The Overbrook Foundation is pleased to share the US Human Rights Fund’s news of the launch of a new website - www.racialjustice.org. This site includes resources and stories from human rights advocates present at the US Human Rights Fund’s We Shall Overcome: Using Human Rights to Achieve Racial Justice Convening held in Philadelphia last November. Not only does this site explain the human rights framework that united the interested funders, activists, artists and journalists who attended the meeting, but it also includes convening-related and external resources for those who are interested in learning more about the Human Rights movement in the United States.
Highlighted stories from leaders in the field on the importance of human rights and their experiences with human rights-based campaigns also have a place on the site. For example, leaders at NESRI, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the ACLU share their experience with using human rights frameworks. In addition, it draws attention to the story of the 2011 Human Rights Hero Award Winner, Jessica Lenahan. Ms. Lenahan is an American human rights defender who brought her case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to fight for government accountability for the human rights abuses she faced here in the United States. (Her story was actually featured on this blog in November - click here to view it.)
The organizations and the convening lessons covered on this site address a variety of issues that intersect with racial justice ranging from education reform to immigrant rights, from criminal justice reform to health care issues. Despite this wide array of focuses, these individuals and their organizations see how their work can be connected through human rights. They view the fight for racial justice in our country as a fight for the human rights of all. We hope you can check out www.racialjustice.org to explore and learn from the exciting tools and resources found on this new site!