The Human Rights Action Center was founded by Jack Healey, the world-renowned human rights activist and pioneer. An effective and innovative leader in the human rights movement for over 25 years, Jack helped move the topic of human rights from closed-door diplomatic negotiations to widespread awareness, public debate, and direct citizen action. Colleagues credit him with making human rights a major focus of governments, advocacy organization, and individuals around the world.
Called ‘Mr. Human Rights‘ by U.S. News and World Report, Jack brought human rights to the global stage by his creative use of media and enlistment of world-class musical talent as advocates and spokespersons as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA for 12 years.
The Human Rights Action Center is a non-profit based out of Washington, D.C. that works on the issues of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Aung San Suu Kyi. Using the arts and new technologies, they work creativity to develop new strategies to stop human rights abuses.
5 Main Goals:
1. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
HRAC campaigns to get governments to print this document into all passports. Healey believes that if the declaration is in all passports, it becomes an official documentation of the world.
The Human Rights Action Center celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights anniversary each year. The HRAC has championed the unique cause that calls on governments around the world to print the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in every passport. Each year the HRAC produces a concert to promote this effort. This year, the HRAC collaborated with animator, Seth Brau, to create an animated version of the Declaration.
In the past, Healey has organized musical events for the anniversary with artist participation including Francis Dunnery, Wynton Marsalis, and the Untouchables. He produced a syndicated radio show with Natalie Merchant, Mike Watt and Special Beat/Ranking Roger.
HRAC produced the 50th anniversary concert for the United Nations celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
2. Continue to support Aung San Suu Kyi and the progress of human rights in Burma
In 1991 Jack met with Michael Aris (husband of Aung San Suu Kyi) and promised his help. In 1999 he (Jack Healey) met with Aung San Suu Kyi and repledged his support.
He is now working in conjunction with Jeremy Woodrum and the US Campaign for Burma. Together they are raising global awareness about Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy and the people of Burma who are non-violently fighting against the power of the military Junta.
HRAC’s Jack Healey also speaks regularly at forums for this cause and he serves as senior advisor to Jeremy Woodrum, Director of the US Campaign for Burma.
Together, they have spoken twice to the United Nations Security Council regarding Burma. In 2008, to promote the Burma: It Can’t Wait campaign and address Cyclone Nargis, Healey organized a press conference at the United Nations with actress/director Anjelica Huston.
HRAC also sponsored a concert for the Burmese cause in Bangkok in 1999 featuring Glen Phillips, Raven Simone and Breeze.
3. Create innovative, forceful, effective solutions to assist victims in protecting themselves
‘FAMILIES FOR FAMILIES’ is a legal, non-violent project to protect people in their homes from abuse at the hands of unruly security forces. Originating in Northern Ireland, it serves a number of purposes:
♦ Gives the vulnerable family a source of protection, and support, both practical and psychological.
♦ Provides the vulnerable family with the necessary audio and video equipment to record abuses.
♦ If security forces are caught on audio or video equipment engaging in illegal activity, tapes will assist family in prosecution of guilty parties.
♦ Recorded abuses will also assist the project’s ten participants (listed below) in publicizing the abuses.
♦ Deters security forces from intimidating families, and young males in particular.
As an example of a useful device — a strategy to help — here is the content of a sign that vulnerable families can place on their doors as a warning to security forces:
THIS HOME IS PROTECTED BY FAMILIES FOR FAMILIES
A PROGRAM SPONSORED BY THE
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION CENTER
THE FAMILY THAT RESIDES HERE IS LINKED TO TEN FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO ARE PREPARED AND COMMITTED AT ANY MOMENT TO USE THEIR INFLUENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, IN THE MEDIA, UPON THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, AND IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO EXPOSE AND STOP ANY HARASSMENT OF THIS FAMILY. ALL DISTURBANCES WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REPORTED AND BROADCAST AND WILL BE VIDEOTAPED.
4. Support growing human rights groups all over the world
Why? Every citizen has the right to a human rights group in their country. It is these local groups that make a great difference with the help of the Declaration. The Declaration can be the basis on which indigenous human rights activists and organizations raise human rights issues and organize campaigns in their own countries.
As a truly international effort, the human rights movement of the next century can do more than advocate against the abusers of human rights—it can advocate FOR the oppressed individuals and communities and the vision and aspirations they have for their own future. The Declaration gives people the power to demand their own rights and the power to make them real. It is here where real change can happen.
How? There are two main ways that growing human rights groups can be supported. One way is through a printed Declaration in their own language. This document can be used as a form of support for their actions.
Another way to help these developing human rights groups is through donations. Many of them have little or no money, and they desperately need our support. Citizens of the world should demand that their country provide them with the Declaration.
HRAC arranged for the financing of rebuilding a factory in Bosnia, which now employs over 900 women.
Jack Healey has worked with the Human Rights Center in Haiti as a consultant, preparing a human rights campaign strategy for the organization, evaluating the effectiveness of the Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims in Haiti.
HRAC created Families for Families, an organization based in Ireland that protects families from the terrors of police brutality.
5. Create a fund to get people out of harm’s way in exceptional human rights abuse cases.
Donate by Check:
Human Rights Action Center
451 First Street, SE
Washington, D.C., 20003
Donate by Credit Card:
Make a $20.00 * donation, and receive one of following:
♦ Jack Healey’s Freedom Campaign ‘DOUYE!’ (Our Cause)
♦ ‘FOR THE LADY’ music CD
♦ ‘BURMA: IT CAN’T WAIT’ DVD with the 30 videos from the viral campaign.
Make a $50.00 * contribution, and receive all 3 CDs mentioned above.
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