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A Digital Toolkit for Human Rights Month Inspired by Bayard Rustin

Library of Congress/Photographer: Orlando Fernandez
Quaker News
By Marta Rusek | 12/06/17

 

December is Human Rights Month, and to help us promote the cause of protecting human rights in our communities and around the world, we've created a digital toolkit for individual Friends and Quaker meetings/organizations inspired by the work of celebrated human rights activist Bayard Rustin

Raised Quaker by his grandparents, Bayard Rustin grew up to become one of the chief architects of the civil rights movement in the United States. He was a conscientious objector and a highly organized activist who convinced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders in the civil rights movement to adopt nonviolent protest as a strategy to achieve change. Despite his important contributions to the movement, Rustin's story was long overlooked due to his status as an openly gay man and the bigoted viewpoints of leaders at the time. 

We encourage Friends and their meetings to use this digital toolkit throughout Human Rights Month and year-round. 


Social Media Messaging

Consider using these suggested social media messages paired with a Bayard Rustin quotation image on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms to help Friends, seekers, and those who are unfamiliar with Bayard Rustin or the Quaker way become aware of Human Rights Month and ways they can advance the cause of human rights. Or, write your own using hashtag #QuakersPromoteHumanRights

Click here to download the Bayard Rustin quote graphics

During #HumanRightsMonth, get to know #BayardRustin, a Quaker advocate for human rights who organized many nonviolent marches and demonstrations during the civil rights movement. Learn more at FGCQuaker.org/hrkit.

#QuakersPromoteHumanRights  

 

This December, be an "Angelic Troublemaker" like #BayardRustin - promote human rights for all. Visit FGCQuaker.org/hrkit to download a special #HumanRights Month kit.

#QuakersPromoteHumanRights

 

Every month should be #HumanRights Month. Learn strategies for nonviolent advocacy year-round with the "Invisible Activist" #BayardRustin. Visit FGCQuaker.org/hrkit to learn more.

#QuakersPromoteHumanRights  

 


Advocacy in Quaker Meetings

How can your meeting promote the cause of human rights throughout the year? Here are action steps to consider: 

 


Community Participation

Now is the time to engage friends and neighbors outside of your worship community on the importance of advocating for human rights. Not sure where to begin? Here are ideas:

  • Host an interfaith panel on human rights at your Quaker meeting house or church, and invite representatives from other faith traditions to participate.
  • Write an op-ed/opinion essay for your local newspaper or online news organization advocating for human rights, sharing the spiritual grounding for your advocacy.
  • Ask your friends and relatives how their faith empowers them to recognize and affirm human rights, and if you feel comfortable, share your experiences of ways Quaker faith and practice has influenced your advocacy.