2022 Imagining Community Symposium


Using Human Rights to Pursue Racial Justice in Dayton

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What would efforts to apply the international human rights framework to struggles for racial justice look like in Dayton? As a global vocabulary of laws and norms, human rights carry moral and political weight that activists around the world routinely deploy in local movements, though the United States is typically an outlier in this regard. In recent years, human rights has sprouted new roots in this country, and our community is currently exploring the utility of human rights to combat persistent racial discrimination and segregation. This session will feature various ways that human rights can be used in local movements, including an initiative to declare Dayton as a “human rights city," a shadow report submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination about excessive use of force by police in Ohio and a collaborative advocacy mapping effort which highlights human rights issues across the city.

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