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Puerto Rico Relief

The Human Rights Festival is seeking donations and volunteers to support our efforts on behalf of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. We have been ramping up our efforts by expanding our work from preparations in the States to trips to the island. 

Our recon team has been on the ground since October 8th, coordinating with other NGOs and local government agencies in order to provide additional humanitarian assistance to the most devastated, hardest-hit, and extremely vulnerable rural areas. We have been transporting volunteers with multiple skill sets back and forth for the greatest impact. 

Our focus has been the stabilization, extraction, and delivery of patients with a broad spectrum of needs to the most accessible and appropriate level of care. We have been helping all patient populations, including the infirm elderly, those with environmental injuries, and families who have a relative with special needs. 

We are going into the hardest-to-reach areas in critical need and getting what needs to be done, done! When we enter an affected region, we will assess conditions and coordinate with other aid groups to get the help to those who need it most. 

An example of what our aid team is doing on the ground in Puerto Rico.  On October 31st, our aid team assembled a water filtration system outside Aguadilla, PR at Centro Integral Belmar, a local nursing home facility. This system gives access to potable drinking water for the elderly residents of the home itself as well as the surrounding community using two Sawyer filters capable of purifying 1 million gallons of rainwater for each filter. This particular system will yield roughly 400 gallons of water per inch of rainfall! Every gallon of water purified equates to 7.5 bottles of plastic bottled water (each bottle containing 16.9 fluid ounces). The average rainfall in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in October is 6 inches of rain. That's 18,900 plastic bottles in one month that don't need to take up weight in supply chains entering Puerto Rico, and create massive amounts of unnecessary waste, and it comes from only one system. These systems are incredibly easy to install, and they make an important difference here on the ground in Puerto Rico. 

To make sure this great work continues donate today!

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More information about our man on the ground... Paul Waggoner

Montreal Gazette wrote a great article about Paul's work in Haiti after the earthquake. He will continue to do this great work in Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

 

GROUP SUMMIT, January 2018

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A first-of-its-kind breakfast conference hosting Executive Directors and staff of like-minded human rights and progressive organizations,
as well as labor unions who represent combined memberships from all fifty states of our nation.

Together we will launch a platform, with the use of innovative technology, that makes real-time action initiatives instantly available in every town, city, county, state, and capital of our vast nation. At this summit, we will build a cohesive Human Rights infrastructure to mold policy, change policy, and give voice to the collective values that we seek to uphold and expand. 

HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL, spring 2018

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A dynamic, fun-filled, and family-oriented full-day celebration of the beautiful diversity that enriches our nation! 

Speakers from your favorite human rights and progressive organizations promise face-to-face interactions while world-class musicians play, commemorating a truly patriotic and quintessentially American day. 


Invited Groups Include:

  • MoveOn.org
  • Black Lives Matter Foundation
  • NAACP
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • GLAAD
  • National Organization for Women
  • Nation Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
  • National Urban League
  • ACLU
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Out Vets
  • National Physicians Alliance
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of LA (CHIRLA)
  • Human Rights First
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Demos
  • Committee to Protect Journalists
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Sierra Club
  • Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
  • UNICEF
  • Native American Arts Council
  • CAIR
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • PBS
  • Love Army
  • Emerge America
  • Emily's List
  • Women for Women International
  • Handmaid Coalition
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Eos Foundation
  • ComfortCases.org
  • UltraViolet
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • NARAL
  • League of Women Voters
  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • UN Women's Council
  • Heifer Internatonal
  • Arbor Day Foundation
  • GreenPeace
  • Disabled Veterans
  • Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières)
  • Karam Foundation
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Fugee Academy
  • Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
  • Adapt
  • Progressive Massachusetts
  • Gay Men's Chorus of Washington
  • Equal Justice Initiative
  • The Voice of America’s 21st Century Patriots
  • Catholic Charities
  • Code Pink
  • Veterans For Peace
  • K9s For Warriors
  • Greater Boston Labor Council
  • First Church Cambridge 
  • Tides Foundation
  • Rock the Vote
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Save the Children
  • The Fred Rogers Company
  • The Clinton Foundation
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • AmeriCares
  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Physicians for Reproductive Health
  • American Refugee Committee
  • Child Foundation
  • A Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
  • Oxfam America
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Shelter Box USA
  • Young Women's Leadership Network
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Equality Now
  • Center for Health and Gender Equality
  • Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • The Climate Reality Project
  • Playworks
  • Project Home
  • ASU Foundation
  • She Should Run
  • Grassroots International
  • ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Feeding America
  • Everytown for Gun Safety
  • Common Cause
  • Democracy Spring
  • Rise Stronger
  • Nuns on the Bus
  • Sandy Hook Promise
  • Indivisible Guide
  • Organizing for Action
  • Bend the Arc Jewish Action
  • HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
  • Sister District
  • Swing Left
  • Resistance School at Harvard University
  • Equality Federation
  • 350 Mass
  • Doctors for America
  • Feminist Majority
  • AFL-CIO
  • Boston Teachers Union
  • National Federation of Teachers
  • Teamsters
  • Teamsters Local 25
  • Border Angels
  • Standing Rock
  • Council for a Livable World