by Guest Blogger: Sacajawez Hall
In commemoration of the 64th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the US Human Rights Network is highlighting 64 member and partner organizations as a way to raise awareness about the domestic human rights movement.
Yesterday, October 22, marked the 17th National Day of Protest against Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. This week, we feature seven organizations challenging state repression and the criminal justice system. From racial profiling, to mass incarceration and political prisoners, these organizations are working for dignity, human rights and an end to repression.
The Human Rights framework is essential to the reaffirmation of our humanity and rights beyond the limits of the US constitutional framework.
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. CCR uses litigation proactively to advance the law in a positive direction, to empower poor communities and communities of color, to guarantee the rights of those with the fewest protections and least access to legal resources, to train the next generation of constitutional and human rights attorneys, and to strengthen the broader movement for constitutional and human rights.
The Center serves as a public space for developing, testing, training and implementaion of approaches to popular education, strategic planning, and communications skill enhancement as an organization of Afrikans in the United States/New Afrikans, committed to defending the human rights of our people and promotion of self-determination in our community using human rights frameworks, arts, technology and any means necessary!
The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.
Rights Working Group (RWG) convenes and mobilizes its diverse constituencies and amplifies their efforts to hold the U.S. government accountable to protecting human rights, focusing on the evolving connections among national security, counter-terrorism, immigration enforcement and criminal justice policies and systems.
Founded in 1996, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to end the death penalty, build power in communities targeted by the criminal justice system, protect the rights and dignity of those on death row and their families and transform Georgia’s broken public safety system.
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community by any means necessary!
All of Us or None is a national organization started and led by formerly-incarcerated people, their families, and supporters fighting to win full restoration of their civil and human rights. All of Us or None is determined to end all discrimination faced after release and to fight for the human rights of prisoners. Their goal is to build political power in the communities most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the Prison Industrial Complex.
Woodhull is a proud member of the US Human Rights Network where we Chair the Sexual Rights and Gender Justice Working Group. This campaign is shared here and on the US Human Rights Network website – a treasure trove of human rights resources and up-to-the minute information!