From the Physicians For Social Responsibility – Iowa Chapter website:
Save the UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) Campaign
The University of Iowa plans to close the UICHR.in a decision made without input from UI students, faculty, and the state-wide Iowa community.
Over more that the last decade, Iowa PSR and UICHR have been key allies in a number of joint educational programs.
Iowa PSR will help organize a full page Signature Ad in local newspapers to oppose dissolution of the UICHR.
The date of publication will be International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012. We need your donations now help publish the Ad.
Go here to
- donate online or by check
- sign on, to the Ad
- provide a quote that may be used in the Ad
- read more about the UICHR
- email UI President & Provost
- contact UICHR
More on the Campaign
December 10th marks the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the end of World War II. The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) has worked tirelessly for over 12 years to advance recognition and understanding of, and support for human rights and social justice across Iowa. But now the University seeks to close the Center. This is a dangerous proposal.
Over its lifetime, the UICHR has had a role in countless events in Iowa City, around the state and world, having to do with social justice and human rights. The UICHR has been a strong partner for PSR, the UNA, Veterans for Peace, many student organizations, as well as for Johnson County and Iowa City officials, and many, many others all across Iowa. Together we promoted the rights of future generations to a healthy, life-supporting environment, the rights of women, workers, and immigrants, and addressed the perils of widening inequality, social injustice, and violence. Together our voices and impacts have been stronger and more effective.
Yet, the status of human rights around the world and here in the US remain perilously fragile. Outside the Center, public discourse and interactions are increasingly influenced by those who would commoditize every human encounter or endeavor; media sources too often promote violence over understanding and respect, divide rather than join people in shared aspirations. The voices and influence of people like those working in the Center provide a counter weight to this coarsening of our humanity. We cannot afford to loose them.
The UICHR Board and Staff want to make sure that everyone in the area and across the state is aware of the impending closure of the Center and what it’s loss would mean to the wider community.