Founded by an 11-year old student in 2008, the Human Rights Club discusses current events to enlighten themselves and then others about global and local issues in human rights. Club members discuss issues, and then initiate various activities to learn more about human rights or to teach others about them.
Students in the Human Rights Club gave a presentation to their peers designed to teach them about the 30 human rights listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document of rights that belong to all mankind was written by a special United Nations Commission on Human Rights, led by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and was adopted on December 10th, 1948.
Club members attended a Human Rights Fair in Santa Cruz, CA and met with representatives from Youth for Human Rights International, the NAACP and the ACLU, amongst other organizations.
The club actively collected signatures for a petition to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in California and internationally. These petitions were sent to the United Nations and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The students were proud to gather signatures and support from important people in the community such as the Board of Directors of the local Japanese American Citizens League, California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber and the Honorable Norman Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation.