Posted by: humanrightsandjustice | April 23, 2015

Donate A Day’s Pay Fundraiser 2015

The Center for Human Rights and Justice is running its annual Donate A Day’s Pay (DDP) fundraiser to help raise money for grants for students engaging in human rights related internships this summer that would otherwise be unpaid. Previous interns’ summer work has ranged from farmworker justice to public defense and international work around the world!

The DDP dinner for all faculty, professors, and administrators, and for students who donate $100+ will be held at Professor Liz Porter’s home on the evening of May 9th.

Please help make a big difference in students’ summer work experience by making a small donation!

Donations can be made online here:


Remembering Tiananmen Square Massacre

Please join CHRJ in remembering the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 3, 2013.  CHRJ will be showing a documentary film followed by a moderated discussion about the events of that day and why they are still relevant. 

Date: Monday, June 3, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: William H. Gates Hall, University of Washington School of Law Room 119
Hope to see you there!
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Posted by: humanrightsandjustice | May 29, 2013

Accountability & Guantanamo: Defending Rights in the Post-9/11 Era (6/3)

Accountability and Guantanamo:
Defending Rights in the Post-9/11 Era 
Monday, June 3, 1:30 – 3:20, Olson Room (Gowen 1-A)

On June 3, 2013 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear two cases on the legality of what has been and is being done at Guantanamo.

In Hamad v Gates, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned and ultimately released after more than five years brought a civil rights action against the former Secretary of Defense and others. At bottom, the case asks whether the architects of the Bush Administration’s War on Terrorism are immune from all accountability.

In Nashiri v MacDonald, a man who was sent to Guantanamo after four years being held and tortured by CIA, is asking the courts to prevent his trial and execution by a military commission for crimes alleged to have occurred far from Afghanistan, Iraq or any other battlefield. At bottom, the case asks when and where the US is at war.

The arguments will begin at 8:30am at the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1010 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.

Afterwards at 1:30 pm, please join us for a distinguished panel of scholars to discuss the cases as well as the future of Guantanamo.

Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift, retired Navy JAG and counsel in Hamdan v Rumsfeld, the landmark Supreme Court decision overturning the Bush-era military commissions.

David Glazier, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, and a leading expert on the history of military commissions.

Gwynne Skinner, Professor of Law at Willamette University, and counsel in Hamad v Gates.

Michel Paradis, attorney in the US Department of Defense, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, and counsel in Nashiri v MacDonald.

Carol Rosenberg, reporter for the Miami Herald and dean of the Guantanamo Press Pool.

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Law, Societies & Justice Program

What Can We Do About Drones,Guantanamo & Torture?

A brownbag discussion with Zeke Johnson,
Director of Amnesty International’s Security with Human Rights campaign

Friday, May 17th
1:30 pm in HUB 238

The use of drones to kill has increased. Guantanamo is still open. President Obama and Congress have embraced indefinite detention, military commissions and impunity for torture. More than a decade after the September 11 attacks, the US government continues to violate human rights in the name of its never-ending and vaguely defined “global war” against al Qaeda and other armed groups and individuals. The negative consequences for human rights are immense. The message sent is that a government can ignore its human rights obligations whenever it deems the circumstances warrant. Despite this bleak picture, now is not the time to give up—it’s time to campaign even harder for human rights than ever before. Amnesty International’sexpert on these issues, Zeke Johnson, will share the latest news, tell the personal stories of those affected and discuss what each of us can do to stand against torture, Guantanamo and extrajudicial executions–and stand up for security with human rights.


Posted by: humanrightsandjustice | April 16, 2013

Apply for Int’l Criminal Court Summer School in Ireland (due 5/31)

  • The International Criminal Court summer school 2013

17th to 21st June 2013, NUI Galway, Ireland

The annual International Criminal Court summer school at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premiere summer school specializing on the International Criminal Court. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to attend a series of intensive lectures over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject and by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. The summer school is attended by legal professionals, academics, postgraduate students and NGOs. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law. Participants are also given the opportunity to network with the speakers throughout the week. Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, universal jurisdiction, immunities, and the role of victims.


For more information and to register please visit our website at or


The closing date for applications is 31 May 2013.


  • ·         Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy

27th June to 6th July 2013, NUI Galway, Ireland

Following the success of the last seven years in Venice and Galway, this is the fourth year that this summer school is hosted in Galway jointly by the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUIG. Elements of the summer school include information on the fundamentals of human rights, how to raise awareness of human rights on camera, the development of ideas and how these ideas should be pitched. This year’s programme will feature the Human Rights Cinema Event on 5th and 6th July, organized in collaboration with Amnesty International, Ireland and Galway One World Centre.


The closing date for applications is 30th April 2013. Limited scholarships available!


For faculty and speakers, this year’s program, and more information please visit or email to All events associated with the summer school could be followed from our Face Book page,


  • ·         Summer School on Human Rights, Migration and Globalization

8th to 12th July 2013, NUI, Galway


The Irish Centre for Human Rights will host its inaugural Summer School on Human Rights, Migration and Globalization from 8 to 12 July 2013. The inaugural year’s subtopic is Defining and Promoting Human Rights of Migrants in an Era of Globalization. The five days of intensive sessions will be led by leading specialists including Professor Francois Crépeau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. The Summer School will familiarise participants with the sources of migrants’ rights and the available protection mechanisms. It will also provide participants with an understanding of the major tensions underlying the issue of the protection of migrants’ rights and of how globalization shapes these tensions. The programme will include social activities that will allow participants to network with each other and the panel in a relaxed environment. The Summer School is open to anyone interested in the contemporary challenges of migration and human rights protection. Participants will have an opportunity to propose their research ideas for discussion.


For more information, please visit:

Please address any additional queries to:


The closing date for applications is 31 May 2013.


Questions please contact:   Amina Adanan, Doctoral Fellow, Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway (Email:; Mobile: +353 (0)87 903 8657).

Posted by: humanrightsandjustice | April 15, 2013

Volunteers Needed for 5/1 March & Rally for Int’l Worker’s Day


contact: Leah Grupp-Williams, 251-3631


May 1st March and Rally: In celebration of International Worker’s Day AND in support of Just and Humane Immigration Reform

Organized by El Comite Pro-Reforma Migratoria y Justica Social and the May 1st Action Coalition


Wednesday, May 1st, 2013: 1PM

Rally at St Mary’s Church (611 20th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98114). March to the Federal Building (915 2nd Ave).


               *On Twitter: @May1stAC; on facebook: May 1st Action Coalition.


We need 200 volunteers for this year’s march, which we are expecting to be huge. Peacekeepers are the eyes and ears of the march. You are part of this big day of action, walking with marchers, keeping people safe, and reporting any concerns to your team captain. Minimum age: 16.

Recruit your friends! You can form a peacekeeping team (6-12 people) by asking friends, family, or coworkers to join you. Team captains must attend a training on Saturday, April 27th, from 10am-12pm.


Day of: Arrive to Judkins Park by 1pm to sign in and be assigned to a team. You are done when we arrive at the Federal Building. We will need about 20 people to stay and help with stage security – please let me know if you are willing.



We need about 50 volunteers who will be responsible for orienting people as they arrive at Judkins Park. This will involve greeting people and helping them find the rally. When the rally is over, you will help gather people and move them onto Lynn Street to begin the march.


Day of: Arrive to Judkins Park by 12:15pm to sign in and pick up a T-shirt. You are done when the march leaves the park.


Bucket Brigade

Bucket Brigade volunteers collect donations from participants during the march. This is a great job for youth wanting to volunteer.


Day of: Arrive to Judkins Park by 1pm to sign in and begin gathering donations in big paint buckets. The bucket brigade will then set up on Jackson Street for the march to pass through.  You are done once the march has passed through the bucket brigade and we have loaded the buckets into the truck.


Bike Brigade

We need 2 more volunteers to join the bike brigade. Members will be provided with bicycles and will be an addition to our communications and peacekeeping teams. Your job will be to ride up and down the length of the march, communicating with your team captain and peacekeeping team captains. You may be asked to ride ahead or stay behind. The goal is to have another set of eyes and ears, and another means to move information. Minimum age: 16.


Day of: Arrive at Judkins Park by 1pm to sign-in and meet with the rest of the bike brigade. You are done when we reach the Federal Building.


Other Volunteer Opportunities

–         Photographers/videographers: we need some folks to help document the march!

–         Sign and banner making prior to the march: more details to come!

–         Parade float: Help move the stagecoach float from Judkin’s Park to the Federal Building!



Posted by: humanrightsandjustice | April 15, 2013


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Posted by: humanrightsandjustice | April 4, 2013

“Can you Measure the Rule of Law?” Discussion 4/10

Can you Measure the Rule of Law? 


Date: Wednesday April 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Room: 212, William Gates Hall
Join us for an informal discussion with Juan Botero, the Executive Director of the World Justice Project, where he discusses the WJP Rule of Law Index and how he and his team have developed a research methodology to compare the quality of the rule of law in over countries.  
The WJP Rue of Law Index is an innovative quantitative assessment tool designed by the World Justice Project offering a detailed and comprehensive picture of  the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice. 

Juan Carlos Botero is the World Justice Project’s Executive Director and former Director of the Rule of Law Index, where he has led the development of the Index project and co-authored the report since its inception in 2008. Mr. Botero’s previous experience as a researcher at Yale University and consultant for the World Bank focused on developing cross-country indicators and designing several indices of the World Bank’s Doing Business report. Previous experiences include service as the Director of the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington D.C., Chief International Legal Counsel of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Deputy-Chief Negotiator of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, member of the Advisory Board of the Colombian Antitrust and Consumer Protection Agency, and Judicial Clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court. He has been a professor or guest lecturer in several countries, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law. His academic publications focus on the areas of rule of law, access to justice, and labor regulation. A national of Colombia, Mr. Botero holds a law degree from Universidad de los A ndes and a Master of Laws from Harvard University. He is a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center.


Sponsored by the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program
Posted by: humanrightsandjustice | April 1, 2013

LWC Presents Screening of Inocente (4/4)

LWC Presents A Screening of “Inocente” 
Law Women’s Caucus presents a screening of the Academy Award winning short documentary, “Inocente.” This film illuminates the legal and social conditions of poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, immigration, and youth law through the personal lens of one young woman. However, although these issues are strongly situated throughout the film, Inocente is a story about the inspiration, hope, and expression people receive from art. It allows us to see the intersecting conditions of oppression for young people in America while recognizing that those conditions don’t completely define the lives of those living within them.

From the Inocente website: “INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do.”

Co-Sponsored by Advocates For The Arts and the Latino/Latina Law Student Association


Posted by: humanrightsandjustice | March 27, 2013

2013 A.O.R.T.A. NW Tour: Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance


Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance







Workshop description, how to sponsor, access information,

& more details below.


SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013, 1:00PM – 6:00PM


(6230 Beacon Avenue, Seattle, WA 98108)



$100.00 TO $15.00. No one turned away!

* Light refreshments provided. Please feel free to bring own *


Space is limited! Please register by Wed, April 10th 


For more information about workshop:

kiran(at)aortacollective(dot)org or jenna(at)aortacollective(dot)org

For more information about donations & community sponsoring:

Uzuri (dot) consulting (dot) productions (at) gmail (dot) com



along with community sponsors




Dear community and potential collaborators/sponsors:


I am pleased to announce that A.O.R.T.A. (Anti-Oppression Resource Training Alliance) will be coming to Seattle, WA for their 2013 Northwest Tour.  Please see details below about organization and facilitators.






4/6: Olympia // ANTI-RACISM FOR ORGANIZERS // 2:30-6PM


4/11: Bellingham, WA // ANTI-RACISM FOR ORGANIZERS // 6-9PM



How do we sustain our vision for change? How do we assess what needs to happen next when there is so much to get done? How do we stay strong, build power, and maintain effective sustainability as organizers, organizations, and communities? In this participatory workshop we will break down the elements of transformative organizing — concepts, structures and tools to move through internalized oppression and interpersonal conflict to unify individuals and communities that are at the center of multiple intersecting systems of oppression and set us up to thrive. Come with questions and ideas and leave with new strategies!


This space is wheelchair accessible.

In order to create a space where folks with multiple chemical sensitivities can participate, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils) and smoke far away from the entrance to the space. For info on how to support folks with multiple chemical sensitivities, visit:


Sliding scale $100-$15, no one turned away.
If you have access to wealth or regular income, paying at the higher ends of the scale helps us to be able to continue to offer workshops that are accessible to poor and working class folks, who need to utilize the lower ends of the scale.

AORTA is a collective of educators devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy. We work as consultants and facilitators to expand the capacity of cooperative, collective, and community based projects through education, training and planning. We base our work on an intersectional approach to liberation because we believe that true change requires uprooting all systems of oppression.


kiran nigam, based in Oakland, CA, is an educator, facilitator, and artist with roots in California, Michigan, Iowa and Uttar Pradesh. After living in the Berkeley Student Co-ops, kiran worked as the Director of Education and Training for NASCO, where she facilitated workshops for housing cooperatives across the US and Canada. Kiran spent three years teaching at a democratically run school, and has served on the Boards of NASCO and the US Solidarity Economy Network.

Passionate about building healthy and sustainable organizations, kiran loves facilitating organizational retreats, strategic planning sessions and longer camps and trainings that allow for deeper growth, strategizing, and skills development.

Kiran was a core organizer of the 2010 US Social Forum as co-chair of the national Program and Culture Working Group. Kiran has also organized cooperative educational conferences, including the National Worker Cooperative Conference and NASCO’s Cooperative Education and Training Institute and Anti-Oppression Action Camp.

Kiran has presented at many conferences, events and campuses, including the University of British Columbia, Evergreen College, the Rouge Forum, and the Philly Stands Up Transformative Justice and Sexual Assault Action Camp.

You can contact kiran at: kiran(at)aortacollective(dot)org

Jenna Peters-Golden is an organizer, trainer, anti-Zionist Jewish rabble-rouser and artist with an inexhaustible amount of energy for exploring, taking things apart, and putting them back together. Firmly planted in West Philadelphia, Jenna was raised in southeastern Michigan.

She has organized regionally and nationally with the new Students for a Democratic Society, the Rainforest Action Network and Student Environmental Action Coalition around PowerShift. She has been inspired by working with organizations like Casino Free Philadelphia and the Ruckus Society, and is a member of the political study group Marginal Notes. Jenna is also a core member of Philly Stands Up, a transformative justice collective.

In 2010, Jenna was a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change grant.

Jenna also served as a track coordinator for the Growing Safer Communities Track at the 2011 Allied Media Conference. Jenna has presented at events such as the U.S. Social Forum 2010, NASCO Institute, Communities United Against Violence’s Safety Fest 2011, and the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy 2011.

You can contact Jenna at: jenna(at)aortacollective(dot)org

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