Friday, November 27, 2015

Hopa Mountain: Human Rights Day at the Bozeman Public Library.

Hopa Mountain will host a free Human Rights Day conversation beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Bozeman Public Library. Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Human Rights Day 2015-Our Rights Our Freedoms Always

Human Rights Day 2015

Human Rights Day 201510 December

Fifty years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two international treaties that would forever shape international human rights: The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Created in the aftermath of WWII, the two Covenants along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights became the International Bill of Human Rights setting out the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.
Since that time a fundamental sea change has occurred across the world, with many countries recognizing human rights and the rule of law as the basis for truly resilient and stable societies.
The Two Covenants - More Relevant Today Than Ever
Yet, challenges remain.
FREEDOM, underpins the International Bill of Human Rights – freedom from fearfreedom of speechfreedom of worship and freedom from want.
Fifty years on, many people are still unaware of the existence of the International Bill of Human Rights and many countries around the world still have much to do to build political institutions, judicial systems, and economies that allow ordinary people to live with dignity. The growth of hate speech against religions and racial minorities, the justification of rights violations in the name of combatting terrorism, the clawing back of economic and social rights in the name of economic crises or security, and the failure to respect the right to privacy in the digital age, show the relevance of the two Covenants and the need to respect them.
To promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary, the UN Human Rights Office is launching on Human Rights Day “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." a year-long campaign to shine a light on the inalienable and inherent rights of global citizens -- now, and always.
“Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” revolves around the timeless themes of rights and freedom and the relevance of the work that continues in securing and ensuring them. At its core, FREEDOM, underpins the International Bill of Human Rights – freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want.
On Human Rights Day, we invite you to join in celebrating 50 years of freedom as embodied in the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). These four freedoms are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted.
Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Jimmy Carter: - you've got a friend in the White House

"As we spread the word about libraries and learning and democracy and understanding and communication and progress and harmony and peace through your own work, through your work you can remember that you've got a friend in the White House."

--Carter, Jimmy (1979) "White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services Remarks at a Meeting of the Conference. ," November 16, 1979. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Libraries in times of Crisis

Important blog: 

Libraries support their communities in many different ways. Whether through times of humanitarian or political crisis, civil unrest or even the personal crises that affect all of us, libraries can be places of comfort, safety, reconciliation and hope. 

Crisis is a natural part of the human experience. In this blog, we explore the reasons why so many people turn to their library during times of crisis and the different types of support which our libraries can offer. In so doing, we offer a conceptual model of the different roles of libraries during times of crisis on a scale from the personal to the global.

The role of libraries in times of crisis

--Nick Poole is Chief Executive of CILIP.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Stand with Junot Díaz on Human Rights in the Dominican Republic

Librarians, now is the time to make sure the work of Junot Diaz is on our shelves for our users to read:

A Dominican diplomat has accused Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz of being "anti-Dominican" for his outspoken remarks against the government's actions surrounding Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent. He also revoked an Order of Merit awarded several years ago to the author.

Image: Activists Call On Congress To Act Against Dominican Republic's Treatment Of Haitian Descendants

Award winning writers Junot Diaz (L) and writer Edwidge Danticat (R) talk after meeting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill, October 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. The renowned writers called on Congress and congressional staff to push the U.S. government into applying pressure to end this human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic that is wreaking havoc on hundreds of thousands lives. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Junot Díaz,has written powerfully about the social context and inequities of life in the Caribbean that leads to violations of human rights.

“We need the revelations that come from our apocalypses—and never so much as we do now. Without this knowledge how can we ever hope to take responsibility for the social practices that bring on our disasters?” -- Junot Díaz, “Apocalypse: What Disasters Reveal.” (Boston Review 2011) --\
as quoted in:

ACURIL 2011: The Role of Libraries and Archives in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Research

Friday, October 23, 2015

Human Rights in Children’s Literature.-New Award

Carnegie medal
Librarian organisation CILIP (which stands for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have got together with human rights campaigners Amnesty International to announce a major new partnership to celebrate human rights in children’s literature.
It’s going to be called the Amnesty CILIP Honour and will span both the Carnegie fiction and the Kate Greenaway picture book awards.
Beginning with the 2016 medals, a title from each of the prestigious shortlists will receive the Amnesty CILIP Honour, a thumbs up for the books that most distinctively illuminate, uphold or celebrate freedoms. The books receiving the commendation will be able to carry an Amnesty CILIP Honour logo.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Creativity, Social Justice and Human Rights within Adult Education," by Susannah Brown


Brown, Susannah. "Creativity, Social Justice and Human Rights within Adult Education," International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology (IJAVET) 6 (2015): 2
In this paper, the author describes philosophical concepts of adult learning and their application as integrated with creative problem solving within the context of social justice and human rights. The context is framed by the work of the United Nations (1992) which emphasizes importance of women’s roles and creativity in the process of forming a global community. Foundational theories (Gardner, 1999; Greene, 1995; Knowles, 1975; Lawrence, 2005; & Vygotsky, 1978) are connected to support this philosophical approach to adult learning. Creative application examples are shared featuring changes in women’s education and subsequently their lives such as, a project guided by artist, Vic Muniz (Walker, Jardim, Harley, & Muniz, 2010) and an arts-based education program that changed the lives of incarcerated women in one female correctional facility (Mullen, 1999). The goal of this paper is to provide examples of how creativity and arts-based learning can be integrated within adult education promoting social justice and human rights.
Keywords: Adult Education, Creativity, Education, Human Rights, Social Justice