Using the UN to Stand Up Against Racism in the U.S.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKnSMP_LU_Y&feature=youtu.be   The Advocates for Human Rights has Special Consultative status with the United Nations, allowing us to bring matters of concern to the attention of the UN human rights mechanisms. Volunteer Veronica Clark presented The Advocates for Human Rights' statement on racism in the United States at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, … Continue reading Using the UN to Stand Up Against Racism in the U.S.

Welcome Home Blog Series: Karen refugees in Minnesota have a critical ally

Minnesota has seen an influx of Karen refugees from Burma over the past decade, the majority settling in St. Paul. The transition to life here can be bumpy as they struggle to learn English, find jobs, navigate government bureaucracy, and sometimes deal with family upheavals. But the new residents have a critical ally: the Karen … Continue reading Welcome Home Blog Series: Karen refugees in Minnesota have a critical ally

We are advocates. We can do this.

The first days of the Trump administration have been bewildering. "Alternative facts" have been presented with a straight face. The media has been told to shut up and listen. Muslims have been turned away at our airports. Refugees’ travel plans have been revoked. People, including very young children, have been detained for hours, handcuffed, stripped-searched, … Continue reading We are advocates. We can do this.

Marching for a bridge forward

Living halfway across the country from one another, Erin Banovetz Lake and Nick Banovetz are like many siblings and families: The geographical distance that divides them presents its challenges – like their children not seeing each other as much as they’d like or not always celebrating holidays together – but they find ways to stay … Continue reading Marching for a bridge forward

“I can march.”

  This was my first march. I really did not know what to expect. I spent the evening before the march sitting on the basement floor in our house with my sister and our friends painting posters. When we finally got to the march – which was no easy feat because the DC Metro was … Continue reading “I can march.”

Denying thousands the fundamental human right to vote puts democracy at stake

It’s that time of the year once again in the United States: absentee ballots are rolling in and voters are preparing to go to the polls. Some of us, even 20-somethings like me who are new to the grind, take participation in the democratic process for granted. As a child, I made the trek with … Continue reading Denying thousands the fundamental human right to vote puts democracy at stake