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Celebrate Human Rights! Conference

The goal of this conference, organized by the Human Rights Center and UNC Sociology 273 students, is to discuss, learn about and advance human rights, two years after Carrboro and Chapel Hill adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What have we done and what more can we do? We will have delicious $2 tamales for dinner, panel discussions, children's performance, and music by Plutopia. To purchase tickets to this event, pleace click here.


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Human rights are for all people, everywhere, and under all circumstances. There are no exceptions. That is what all governments promised when they signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the small committee that drafted the Declaration (1948) and the aim was to clarify the universality of human rights --- consistent with all political ideologies, all ethical systems, all world religions, and the tenets of all economic systems. The Declaration is truly international, embraced by peoples everywhere.

But then Eleanor Roosevelt made this remarkable statement:

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination.

The Center for Human Rights will be tackling three big projects: youth programs, workshops in the community, and going to bat for those in our community who experience discrimination.

The Center is located in the barrio, in the tradition of Saul Olinsky, Cesar Estrada Chavez, and Barack Obama. Students who take Judith Blau's classes on human rights have the opportunity to connect theory with practice through service-learning. Their idealism and commitment inspires us. As they say, "Si se puede --Changing the world, two cities at a time." They are truly amazing and we thank them all.

About the HRC

Formally established on 11 February 2009, shortly after receiving 501.c.3 certification, the activities of the Human Rights Center include an after-school program, soccer, ESL and computer literacy programs, nutrition and yoga classes, collaborative programs with Abbey Court residents, festivals, advocacy, promoting food security and nondiscriminatory housing practices. With the assistance of Technology Without Borders, the HRC has been able to set up a free wireless Internet service in Abbey Court.

The Human Rights Center has FIVE core missions:

  • To promote inter-cultural understanding and peoples' full recognition of the dignity and fundamental rights of the others --- across the many lines that divide us; race, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion.
  • To be advocates and provide resources for those who suffer exploitation and abuses of power and greed. Our neighbors in Abbey Court suffer such exploitation and abuses, we will not be silent.
  • To provide opportunities for college students in courses that highlight experiential learning. These include courses on human rights but also courses on immigration, poverty, and inequality.
  • To work with community organizations and local residents to combat poverty, racism, exclusion, abuse of workers and tenants, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia in the broader communities of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
  • To promote awareness of the significance of human rights among residents of Chapel Hill & Carrboro.

Address and Phone Number

501 Jones Ferry Road
Abbey Court ?| E8
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 240-5065

Directions from UNC Campus

The CW and J buses will bring you to Abbey Court. Walk in the direction away from Carrboro through the large grassy area. Building E is across from building F. If you are driving, take Franklin to Main Street that becomes Jones Ferry. Abbey Court is 501 Jones Ferry Road. After you enter, make a sharp right to follow a drive that is parallel to Jones Ferry. You will come to tow big dumpsters and Building E is beyond that. Most activities take place in E-8.

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