Curriculum & training — Lucy Parsons Popular Human Rights School


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About our curriculum

As Brazilian philosopher and educational theorist Paulo Freire once described, “one cannot expect positive results from an educational or political action program which fails to respect the particular view of the world held by the people.” We’re studying the curricula, reporting, organizational strategies, and activist tools used by our sister organizations involved at the frontlines of popular movements in the U.S. and the Americas to train and certify a grassroots network of human rights monitors and defenders.

The Lucy Parsons Popular Human Rights School has a two-leveled curriculum: 

  • Level 1 certification in human rights reporting, monitoring and campaigning for activists and grassroots organizers, utilizing in-person or online formats, depending on conditions
  • Level 2 certification in specialized areas of human rights reporting, monitoring and campaigning, utilizing in-person or online formats, depending on conditions

The Introduction to Human Rights and Popular Struggle (level 1) six-week course covers the following:

  • Introduction to the philosophical and historical roots of human rights theory
  • Introduction to the structural foundations of modern human rights violations & especially targeted communities in the U.S.
  • “Know your rights” trainings and an introduction to international human rights treaties & norms
  • Training in identification of various types of human rights violations
  • Training in documentation of individual and collective human rights violations
  • Building a human rights defense campaign: tactics and strategies

 The launch of our first class is TO BE ANNOUNCED – thank you for your patience & we look forward to following up with all applicants! 

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“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.” ~ Fred Hampton

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