Commentary

Why Are the Arts Essential for Human Rights Education?

As part of this year’s Institute, we asked participants to think about why the arts are so important in teaching about human rights, and then to give us their thoughts. They wrote each idea on a paper leaf; then we filled the branches of a tree of human rights, created during the Institute, with the leaves. […]

Resources for Informed Voters

As we enter an election season filled with name-calling, rumor-mongering, and just plain lies, it can be hard to find accurate information about the issues and candidates amid all the Internet memes. These nonpartisan sites and organizations can help you make sure you’re registered, then navigate through the noise and draw your own conclusions so […]

Why Human Rights Education Matters to You

Why Human Rights Education Matters to You

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: In mid-July we shared Sting’s words: “We need a new version of the world, one based on empathy, on solidarity, one based on our common humanity.” Because I believe this vision is possible, I seek to work on it with you as part of The World As It Could Be […]

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 […]