About the Lucy Parsons Popular Human Rights School

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The Lucy Parsons Popular Human Rights School is an initiative to bolster inter-communal collaboration and training capacity for front-line grassroots organizations through the facilitation and exchange of training, skills and infrastructure necessary for building a stronger and more unified popular movement in defense of human rights in the U.S.

Training will center the lived realities, theories and organizational strategies of our sister organizations involved at the frontlines of popular movements in the U.S. and the Americas. The school envisions the cultivation of a stronger and more unified grassroots network of human rights defenders leading the struggle to uproot the systemic foundations of modern human rights violations: capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, neoliberalism and all forms of oppression and injustice.

Objectives

The establishment of the Lucy Parsons Popular Human Rights School serves four objectives:

  1. To build bridges between AFGJ, its fiscally sponsored organizations, and U.S. grassroots organizations working in communities at the highest risk of human rights violations
  2. To strengthen communication channels between grassroots organizations through the establishment of a national grassroots human rights reporting network in the U.S.
  3. To build and maintain collaborative and strategic partnerships connecting grassroots organizations, human rights defenders and educational institutions and programs
  4. To build a stronger and more unified national grassroots network of human rights defenders in the U.S.

Mission & vision

The Lucy Parsons Popular Human Rights School is an initiative to bolster inter-communal collaboration and training capacity by providing front-line grassroots organizations with a platform to facilitate the exchange of training, skills-building and infrastructure for building a stronger and more unified popular movement in defense of human rights in the U.S.

There’s a false narrative in mainstream U.S. media and our educational system that treats human rights violations as abnormal and isolated incidents. We recognize that the concentration of wealth and power on a global scale is at the root of most, if not all, human rights violations, and that the full realization of human rights requires us to make a conscious effort to dismantle the foundations of oppression and discrimination: capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, neoliberalism and all forms of injustice.

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“There’s no such thing as neutral education. Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom.” ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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