Monday, December 10, 2018


Compiled by Dick Bennett. 
(#1 12-10-08; #2 12-10-09; #3 12-10-11; #4 December 10, 2012; #5 Dec. 10, 2013; #6, Dec. 10, 2014; #7, Dec. 10, 2015)

See: UN/USA, Amnesty International, OMNI Human Rights Newsletters, OMNI Bill of Rights DAY Newsletter (Dec. 15), OMNI Vegetarian Action (animal rights), numerous newsletters about UN organizations, Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.  OMNI has many allies!

URL for all UN DAYS:

Local Action:  People Power Dec. 11
Defending Rights & Dissent, Chip Gibbons
Local to National:  UN Association of America: Contact Congressmen
Local, National, International:  Google Search UN HUMAN RIGHTS DAY  
Videos for International Human Rights Day,  Anne Phillips, Brave New Films 


People Power Dec. 11 Bentonville
Janet Johnson-Mertz  12/10/18
10:24 AM (0 minutes ago)
to me, jjohnso2mer

Dear Mr. Bennett:
People Power appreciates each and every one of more than 4,300 people who signed our petition to STOP Separating Families and END the voluntary 287g agreement with ICE in Washington and Benton Counties.
Now, you can help even more by attending the ICE and Washington and Benton County Sheriffs public meeting.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
10:00-11:00 a.m.
(come early, 9:30-9:45 am, to sign in)
Benton County Sheriff Office
1300 SW 14th Street
We can be present and stand in support with one another. Like you, we want everyone in our NWA communities to feel safe and welcomed. And, to trust, not fear, our local law enforcement officers. Let’s build bridges, not walls. Let ICE hear what we think about how they treat immigrants in Northwest Arkansas.
For more information, call 479-935-4422
If you are unable to attend, you can still share your voice by contacting your sheriff:
Tim Helder, Washington County Sheriff
Shawn Holloway, Benton County Sheriff
It's Human Rights Day. Who will Defend the Human Rights Defenders?
Chip Gibbons, Defending Rights & Dissent 12-10-18 via 
9:12 AM (1 hour ago)
to James
Dear Dick,
Police killings of unarmed African-Americans. Pipelines deemed too dangerous for majority white communities rerouted through indigenous lands. Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities surveilled, infiltrated, and deemed suspicious based only on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Whistleblowers treated as spies and jailed for exposing the criminality of the national security state.
We've seen dynamic social movements rise up  to challenge these human rights abuses. But we've also seen those movements come under attack by police and politicians.
What do we do when human rights defenders are attacked?
At Defending Rights & Dissent, we stand up and fight back.
Our role is to defend the human right defenders. Because without them our human rights are seriously in jeopardy.
The right to free expression is a fundamental human right. That's why the US Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights protect it.
Free expression, free assembly, and free association aren't just fundamental rights. They are the tools that human rights defenders rely on to fight back against the abuses.
Today is Human Rights Day. It's the 70th anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
so we can continue to defend the right to protest, organize, and speak out,
so we can continue to defend the space for social movements to emerge and flourish
so we can continue to defend the human rights defenders
Thank you for your support!
Stay Loud, Stay Strong,
Chip Gibbons
Policy and Legislative Counsel

UN Association of America (UNUSA): Contact Your Congressmen
On Human Rights Day, your voice is critical.
Chris Whatley  12-10-18   Unsubscribe
10:03 AM (11 minutes ago)
to me

Dear Dick,
There is no is denying that human rights around the world are under threat everywhere we look, both at home and abroad.  
Human rights are relevant for all of us, every day, such as freedom from fear, freedom to speak up, rights to health and education, and access to economic and social justice.
That's why UNA-USA has been celebrating human rights all year long—to shine a light on one of humanity's most important milestones: The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Today marks seven decades of human rights progress around the world. It also reminds us to reach higher, speak louder, and strive to do better, because we still have a long way to go
Ask your Members of Congress to make sure they are standing up for human rights because I know you are too.

Chris Whatley
Executive Director, UNA-USA

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Washington, DC, DC 20006
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Videos for International Human Rights Day
Anne Phillips, Brave New Films  12-10-18 via 
8:02 AM (11 minutes ago)
to James

Dear Dick,
70 years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, marking the first International Human Rights Day. Since then, activists worldwide continue to fight to have these rights upheld and respected. 
Since 1948, we have seen countless human rights victories. But sadly, we’ve also seen new atrocities, many of which culminate in human migration. 
In Europe, we continue to see tensions rising from the over 100,000 refugees who have arrived by sea in 2018 alone. In the United States, we are watching another crisis unfold. The Trump Administration's tear-gassing of women and children seeking asylum is just one of many blatant violations of international human rights treaties against refugees and asylum seekers. 
While the political pendulum will continue to swing back and forth, let's focus on what we can do at home, in our own communities and schools. In our 6-part films series, Home is a Human RightBrave New Films examines issues related to immigration in the U.S. that impact undocumented and refugee communities.
On this 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, we urge you to help change the narrative and make a positive impact by hosting a free screening of this powerful series.
Do you belong to a community group or faith community where you could screen Home is a Human Right?
Are you a student or educator who wants to bring Home is a Human Right to your campus or classroom?
You can even host a screening in your home to educate your friends and family or to help raise money for one of the great organizations working on the front lines (we can even help you find and connect with some of those organizations!). Learn more about hosting a screening below:
Watch the trailer for Home is a Human Right and read more about the series here. You have the chance to change the narrative and make a positive impact. Please join us in fighting to protect the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being by sparking these conversations, mobilizing your community to action, and making your voice heard.
For justice,  Anne Phillips
Outreach Director
P.S. Want to take action right now? Check out the Love Knows No Borders website to find an action near you or click on this link to connect directly with your Members of Congress to protect families and cut funding for detention, deportations, and border militarization.

A few Connections
US Bill of Rights Day, December 15
UN World Refugee Day, June 20
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 21
Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Day (v. Columbus Day),
     October 13
UN Day, Oct. 24
UN Day v. Violence Against Women, Nov. 25

Contents:  Human Rights Day 2017 Newsletter
UN Human Rights Day, December 10, 2017
UN Human Rights Day, December 10, 2016
UN 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 20      16
UN Human Rights and Refugees, 2016
United States and Human Rights, 2017
United States Violations of Human Rights, 2017


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