Re: conference announcement
Bill Vorley (email@example.com)
Tue, 06 Oct 1998 16:11:42 -0500
>>"From Aspiration to Activist Agenda: Achieving Economic, Social and
>>Cultural Rights in the U.S."
>>On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the
>>Universal Declaration of Human Rights
>>DECEMBER 4 - 6, 1998
>>HUNTER COLLEGE, BROOKDALE CAMPUS
>>NEW YORK CITY
>>The Universal Declaration is the first international agreement of its kind
>>to state that economic, social and cultural rights - such as the right to
>>work and to be free from poverty - are as indispensable to human dignity
>>and equality as the right to free speech or the right to vote. You are
>>invited to learn more about this international agreement, how it can be
>>used to promote economic and social justice, and to strategize about
>>concrete measures which will promote the achievement of economic, social
>>and cultural rights for all.
>>THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS CONFERENCE:
>>1. To provide an opportunity for social and economic justice activists,
>>members of organized labor, members of religious groups, environmentalists,
>>lawyers, human rights experts and activists - and others - to learn from
>>and respect each other's experience in order to broaden and strengthen the
>>social justice movement in the U.S.
>>2. To broaden our understanding of economic, social and cultural rights and
>>discuss the obligations of individuals and of the state in promoting and
>>3. To provide an opportunity for emerging leaders of new social
>>justice/human rights organizations throughout the U.S. to meet together and
>>strengthen their networks.
>>4. To discuss specific local and national issues concerning the right to
>>work and the right to food and move from the rhetoric of economic, social
>>and cultural rights to specific priorities and an agenda for action.
>>The 50th Anniversary of this important international agreement provides an
>>extraordinary opportunity for us to bring economic, social and cultural
>>rights into the forefront of public awareness at a time when there is
>>growing dissatisfaction with the economic and social policies that prevail
>>in the U.S. today.
>>OUTLINE OF ACTIVITIES AND TOPIC AREAS FOR DISCUSSION:
>>Friday, December 4, evening:
>>Musicians and celebrity speakers will commemorate the 50th Anniversary. One
>>of the few surviving individuals who was close to the drafting process will
>>discuss the process of creating the Universal Declaration, the
>>personalities involved, and the modern vision of human rights that it
>>represents. A national leader in social justice causes will speak about
>>this 'new' vision that includes economic, social and cultural rights. A
>>representative of one of the UN specialized agencies will explain how the
>>UN system is gradually moving from a 'needs based' to a 'rights based'
>>approach to development. We will hear from the leader of an organization
>>currently conducting a national campaign to promote economic and social
>>rights for workers internationally. Musicians from Africa, the U.S. and
>>Latin America will provide entertainment.
>>(A final list of speakers and musicians for the conference will be
>>announced on the website, and on the official invitation, which will be
>>sent out toward the end of October.)
>>Saturday, December 5
>>Presentations of successful interventions, campaigns or instances of
>>activism by participants representing established social justice
>>Symposium: "Workers Rights/Welfare Rights: Making the Connection." This
>>will be followed by a musical performance.
>>Sunday, December 6
>>An interfaith service at 8:00 a.m. for those who wish to participate,
>>followed by a
>>Symposium: "Needs vs. Rights and the Right to Food."
>>Focus groups: (topics to be determined by interest groups that have
>>registered for the conference).
>>Further details will be announced as well as posted on the Institute's
>>UDHR50 website http://www.iatp.org/iatphr50/ as they become available. For
>>further information contact Angelika Weber at phone: (612) 870-3417, fax:
>>870-4846, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Ladin at (612)870-3453, email
>><email@example.com> or either of us at the following address: Institute for
>>Agriculture and Trade Policy, 2105 First Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
>>REGISTRATION FEES: (includes continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday
>>and Sunday) ___$60 per person ___$ 30 for students with ID. Some
>>available. Contributions for scholarships will be most welcome.
>>Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
>>2105 First Avenue South
>>Minneapolis, MN 55404
>>Tel: 612 870 3417
>>Fax: 612 870 4846
>Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
>2105 First Avenue South
>Minneapolis, MN 55404
>Tel: 612 870 3417
>Fax: 612 870 4846
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