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Urge Government, Tribal and Indigenous Leaders to Take a Stand for Human Rights [OUTREACH TEMPLATES]

Updated: Sep 29


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We are proud to support the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute in this effort for state and local government and Tribal and Indigenous leaders to join a statement that declares support for human rights principles and reaffirm that all levels of government share responsibility to respect and fulfill human rights. 

This initiative comes at a time when government commitments to justice, equality, and dignity for all couldn’t be more important.  Across the US, and the world, communities are responding to the impacts of COVID and addressing issues with renewed focus on discrimination and inequality.  Human rights principles provide an important framework to shape law, policy, and practice that provide communities the support and resources they need to thrive.  Additionally, this statement is timely as the United States’ human record is scheduled for review in November as part of a UN mechanism known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

It would be extremely valuable if you would be willing to reach out to your state, local and Tribal and Indigenous to urge their participation.  The deadline to join the statement is September 30th.


For more information, see here.


Note: Priority for Governors, Mayors, State and Local Human Rights Agencies, as well as Tribal and Indigenous leaders as signatories.   However, other state and local officials can also join.   


TEMPLATES FOR OUTREACH

Sample Tweet

[@Handle] You are on the frontlines of making human rights a reality! Voice your commitment to human rights today!  Sign on to a 2020 statement in support of human rights. More information: https://tinyurl.com/StateandLocalHRSupport. Deadline is Sept. 30.


Sample Email

Dear [Name],

I am writing [as an advocate/constituent/on behalf of [x] organization] seeking to build human rights principles into how governments operate in these unprecedented times.

I invite you today to voice your support for human rights principles and demonstrate human rights leadership at a time when your commitment to justice, equality, and dignity for all couldn’t be more important.  Human rights principles provide an important framework to shape law, policy, and practice that provide communities the support and resources they need to thrive.  Additionally, this statement is timely as the United States’ human record is scheduled for review as part of a UN mechanism known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

I hope that you will sign-on to this statement and demonstrate your support for human rights principles and global solidarity.  The initiative is spearheaded by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute in coordination with an array of national and local human rights organizations, including the US Human Rights Network, the ACLU Human Rights Project, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation. 

More information can be found here, and the direct link to sign on is also here.

Sincerely,  


[name/organization]



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