All Human Beings are Born Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights

 

The annual Article 3 Advisors Human Rights Day program is a time to pause, reflect and focus on a defining human rights issue of our time, with topics selected that are deeply rooted in social, political and economic history and profoundly relevant to current events. Hosted in partnership with Humanity United and Stupski Foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and The Philanthropy Workshop, this stimulating, thought provoking and engaging event is intended for philanthropists, activists, practitioners, civic leaders, and change agents who are oriented towards understanding complex issues, passing on knowledge and acting on solutions. It is our hope that the program serves as a catalyst for a rich dialogue and a deeper understanding among key stakeholders and influencers. 

For this year’s event we have chosen to focus on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and will highlight Article 1 which states: “All Human Beings are Born Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights". 

To further mark this special, commemorative year, we will celebrate and honor Aryeh Neier’s historic contributions and profound impact on the Human Rights Movement. Aryeh Neier has devoted his life to advancing rights and protecting dignity, and his work embodies the principles enshrined in the UDHR. Also, on this important occasion of the 70th Anniversary, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2014-2018), will deliver keynote remarks that reflect a fearless perspective forged through decades of championing human rights causes.

Human Rights Day is observed by the International Community every year in December. It commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In a time of uncertainty and challenge we hope to connect the history, the urgency for today and the relevance for tomorrow of a human rights centered approach to peace, justice and security.

 
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Special Guests

  Aryeh Neier  is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was president from 1993 to 2012. Before that, he served for 12 years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder in 1978. He worked 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. He served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years, and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Siena (Italy). From 2012 to 2017, he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po.   Full bio >>

Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was president from 1993 to 2012. Before that, he served for 12 years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder in 1978. He worked 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. He served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years, and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Siena (Italy). From 2012 to 2017, he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po.

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  Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein  is the former UN human rights chief; recognized world-wide as a leading and outspoken defender and promoter of universal human rights – awarded the Stockholm prize for human rights in 2015. With a professional background as a practitioner – a former senior diplomat representing his country Jordan – his knowledge is steeped in the global security environment, stemming from over twenty years of direct exposure to many of the world's most turbulent crises and serious security threats. He served as president of the UN Security Council (in January 2014) and was elected the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002 -- guiding the court's growth in its first three years (2002-2005).   Full bio >>

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is the former UN human rights chief; recognized world-wide as a leading and outspoken defender and promoter of universal human rights – awarded the Stockholm prize for human rights in 2015. With a professional background as a practitioner – a former senior diplomat representing his country Jordan – his knowledge is steeped in the global security environment, stemming from over twenty years of direct exposure to many of the world's most turbulent crises and serious security threats. He served as president of the UN Security Council (in January 2014) and was elected the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002 -- guiding the court's growth in its first three years (2002-2005).

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Featured Speakers

  Adam Hochschild  writes frequently about human rights issues. His most recent book, Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays, appeared in 2018. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Award. He teaches at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.   Full bio >>

Adam Hochschild writes frequently about human rights issues. His most recent book, Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays, appeared in 2018. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Award. He teaches at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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  Lateefah Simon  is the President of Akonadi Foundation, which nurtures movement building to advance racial justice in Oakland. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Before joining Akonadi, she was Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation.   Full bio >>

Lateefah Simon is the President of Akonadi Foundation, which nurtures movement building to advance racial justice in Oakland. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Before joining Akonadi, she was Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation.

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  John Prendergast  is a human rights and anti-corruption activist as well as a New York Times best-selling author who has focused on peace in Africa for over thirty-five years. He is the Founding Director of the Enough Project as well as the Co-Founder with George Clooney of The Sentry, a new investigative initiative chasing the assets of war criminals and their international facilitators.  John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.  John is the author or co-author of eleven books. His next book, Congo Stories, co-authored with Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba featuring photographs by Ryan Gosling, will be published in December 2018.   Full bio >>

John Prendergast is a human rights and anti-corruption activist as well as a New York Times best-selling author who has focused on peace in Africa for over thirty-five years. He is the Founding Director of the Enough Project as well as the Co-Founder with George Clooney of The Sentry, a new investigative initiative chasing the assets of war criminals and their international facilitators.

John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

John is the author or co-author of eleven books. His next book, Congo Stories, co-authored with Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba featuring photographs by Ryan Gosling, will be published in December 2018.

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  Federico Borello  has served as the Executive Director at Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) since July 2014, bringing more than fifteen years of experience working on human rights and international justice issues to our mission. Federico previously served as Director of Investments at Humanity United where he managed the International Justice and the Democratic Republic of Congo portfolios. He has also worked with the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).   Full bio >>

Federico Borello has served as the Executive Director at Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) since July 2014, bringing more than fifteen years of experience working on human rights and international justice issues to our mission. Federico previously served as Director of Investments at Humanity United where he managed the International Justice and the Democratic Republic of Congo portfolios. He has also worked with the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).

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  Chouchou Namegabe  is a Congolese activist, radio journalist, and social change innovator. As founder and director of the South Kivu Women's Media Association (AFEM in french), she trained rural and urban Congolese women as journalists specifically to report about sexual violence and human rights abuses. She used the media to raise the awareness of rural women.  Now based in New York, Chouchou continues her engagement as a freelance consultant in gender and media. She currently works on launching "Anzafrika", a game-changing business incubator expected to transform lives of women in Africa.   Full bio >>

Chouchou Namegabe is a Congolese activist, radio journalist, and social change innovator. As founder and director of the South Kivu Women's Media Association (AFEM in french), she trained rural and urban Congolese women as journalists specifically to report about sexual violence and human rights abuses. She used the media to raise the awareness of rural women.

Now based in New York, Chouchou continues her engagement as a freelance consultant in gender and media. She currently works on launching "Anzafrika", a game-changing business incubator expected to transform lives of women in Africa.

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  Moderator: Randy Newcomb  Randy Newcomb is the President and CEO of Humanity United. He leads all aspects of Humanity United’s strategic planning, development, and operations. He works closely with the organization’s founders and Board of Trustees to ensure that HU achieves its long-term mission and strategic objectives.   Full bio >>

Moderator: Randy Newcomb
Randy Newcomb is the President and CEO of Humanity United. He leads all aspects of Humanity United’s strategic planning, development, and operations. He works closely with the organization’s founders and Board of Trustees to ensure that HU achieves its long-term mission and strategic objectives.

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  Moderator: Glen Galaich  is the CEO of the Stupski Foundation and is responsible for leading the overall strategy of the Foundation as well as overseeing the programmatic focus areas and operations of the Foundation.  Glen previously served as Chief Executive Officer of The Philanthropy Workshop, whose mission was to educate, inspire, and activate a peer network of effective, engaged, and innovative philanthropists.   Full bio >>

Moderator: Glen Galaich is the CEO of the Stupski Foundation and is responsible for leading the overall strategy of the Foundation as well as overseeing the programmatic focus areas and operations of the Foundation.

Glen previously served as Chief Executive Officer of The Philanthropy Workshop, whose mission was to educate, inspire, and activate a peer network of effective, engaged, and innovative philanthropists.

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Musical Performance by

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Marcus Shelby Quintet, SFJazz Resident Artistic Director

with audience participation from SFJAZZ School Day Concerts students

Bassist, composer, and educator Marcus Shelby brings public middle school students into the audience to debut a concert program that explores what it means to be free and equal. Shelby will tie articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to music and historical figures from significant human rights movements. This concert will also be featured in an expanded format throughout SFJAZZ Education's School Day Concerts program, reaching every public middle school student in San Francisco and Oakland.

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Jackson Browne with
Los Cenzontles

Jackson Browne, who has been an ardent and powerful supporter of other cultures through his music for decades, has teamed with Eugene Rodriguez and Los Cenzontles for the moving song “The Dreamer”.

“We don’t see half the people around us/But we imagine enemies who surround us/And the walls that we’ve built between us/Keep us prisoners of our fears”

The issue of immigration is deep and broad. With empathy and insight “The Dreamer” paints a picture of the people in this community – our community.

Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for The Mockingbirds) is a local Mexican American group that promotes Mexican roots music through research, performance, education and media production. Los Cenzontles have revived and promoted little known styles of Mexican regional music since 1989.

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Resources

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's message to mark Human Rights Day 2018, UN Human Rights, November 8, 2018

“The Universal Declaration inspired liberation movements and led to better access to justice, social protections, economic opportunities and political participation. Wherever respect for its commitments has been present, the dignity of millions has been uplifted, suffering prevented and the foundations laid for a more just world.”

 

Partners

Special Thanks to Our 70th Anniversary Planning Committee

Maureen Blanc, Scott Campbell, Jennifer Davis, Natasha Dolby, Will Fitzpatrick, Glen Galaich, Liliana Giffen, Peggy Hicks, Tim Isgitt, Lawrence Mendenhall, Randy Newcomb, Amanda Padilla, Laurent Saveur, Barrett Shaver, Eric Stover


Banner image courtesy of the United Nations Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)