Commentary

Putting the ‘Human Rights’ into Education and Training

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: As we all posed in front of our “Human Rights” tree, exhilarated by the moving and inspiring culminating presentation at our 7th 3-day Institute, I felt renewed encouragement to continue our Human Rights Education (HRE) endeavors. Ten years ago, when we launched this project as part of the Rex Foundation, raising […]

A New Version of the World?

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: In her July 18, 2016 column in the Datebook section of the San Francisco Chronicle, Leah Garchik quotes the musician Sting: “We need a new version of the world, one based on empathy, on solidarity, one based on our common humanity.”  I couldn’t agree more!  Join us on Thursday, August 4th, Noon – 1:30 […]

The Butterfly Effect in the Eye of a Hurricane

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: Over these last few weeks, with so much distressing social turmoil swirling around us, I’ve been feeling that our efforts to communicate about the relevance of human rights principles is like a butterfly flapping its wings against the headwinds of a hurricane. Then, Hilary Bass, Executive Director of DSAL (Alameda […]

Eden Night Live: Building Community, Fostering Human Rights

Eden Night Live: Building Community, Fostering Human Rights

We know that strong, healthy communities are essential for human rights, so we’re delighted to share this story of Eden Night Live, a community-building project at the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League. As DSAL executive director Hilary Bass explains, “We want to reduce the crime, and instead of just arresting people over and over again, […]

2016 Rite of Passage Culminating Ceremony: Watch the Videos

We’re delighted to share this collection of videos from the Rite of Passage Culminating Ceremony at REACH on May 20, 2016!

High School Community Action Project Strives to Engage Students in Their Education

As part of our discussions about Article 3, the right to life, liberty, and security of person, several Rite of Passage participants felt strongly about having a greater sense of personal security in their schools. They went on to develop a Community Action Program is to help identify ways to improve relations between students and teachers so […]

‘Facts of Life’: Delving Deeper into Article 3

Following up on our earlier post about the REACH Rite of Passage group’s study of UDHR Article 3, the right to life, liberty, and security of person, here’s an update on their Community Action Project related to police issues.  They decided to create an event at REACH to generate more positive connections between the youth and the Sheriff’s Office […]

More From Balboa High School: The Importance of Human Rights

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: We were so pleased to get the following message from Jill Smith about how her class at Balboa High School felt as a result of learning about human rights. Hi Sandy, I wanted to share something wonderful with you!  As you know, I was eager to teach about human rights […]

Continuing Relevance of the UDHR: More Thoughts

Since we asked about whether—and, if so, how—knowing about human rights mattered in today’s world, we’ve received some thoughtful, and thought-provoking, responses. Here are some insights shared by Bob Groves of Philadelphia:   Thanks for asking this question. I believe it matters greatly. For the last four years I have been teaching a course I call “Human Rights in […]

Balboa High School Students: Does Knowing About the UDHR Matter?

Read this update from Balboa High School TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: In April, we sent out an email to our community of colleagues and supporters asking for input on how knowing about the UDHR matters in addressing issues today, as posted here. Jill Smith, a 10th grade English teacher at Balboa High School, who attended […]