USHRN 2015 Conference
The US Human Rights Network gave one of its prestigious awards to the Black Workers for Justice. The BWFJ was selected along with seven other recipients for its Movement Builders Award. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with USHRN’s biannual conference in Austin, Texas called Advancing Human Rights 2015: Sharpening Our Vision, Reclaiming our Dreams.
Human rights activists from around the country and some international visitors examined a full range of issues such as immigrant rights, workers rights, the rights of sex workers, water rights, LGBTQ rights and so much more. As is the practice at these and similar gatherings the delegates were welcomed by the indigenous peoples of the area and spend time conducting a local action, in this case at the county courthouse challenging a bad immigration policy and unfair deportations.
The Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble represented the organization and participated in workshops, panels and cultural performances.
International Human Rights Day 2015 The Trump Danger and the Rising Tide of Racism
On December 10 people around the globe acknowledge International Human Rights Day, the date when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948. People around the globe have reason to be concerned about the state of human rights. Raging wars, terrorist attacks, massive displacement, growing fascism, police murders, economic crisis and pending ecological disaster are the conditions that challenge all humanity.