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NEA-NH Human & Civil Rights Committee (HCR)

Who We Are

We are a committee made up of educators, retired educators, and members of the NEA-NH staff.  Our job is to stay up to date on current issues and concerns which are happening throughout our state and country related to Human Civil Rights.

Human Civil Rights are rights you have as a human being.  No matter your race, sexual orientation, and/or ethnicity, you are human and deserve the same treatment as anyone else.

How We Can Help

The Human Civil Rights Committee can provide professional development, give presentations, offer support, and be a voice for their members.

As a dues paying member, you are never alone.  The HCR committee is here to help you find resources and to assist with training and support as needed.

If you would like for members of the HCR committee to provide any assistance, please feel free to reach out to the committee chair. 

We Want To Hear YOUR Stories

Please email us at probertcogan@gmail.com and share your stories.  Obviously, we can not see or hear what is happenin

Take Action Today to Support Title IX

Tell the Department of Education that we support safe and welcoming learning environments.

In response to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX, NEA has created an online platform so members can easily and directly submit comments in support of the Department’s restoration of Title IX protections. To date, the total number of comments submitted from our platform to date is 4,482 and we need to bring the full weight of NEA to bear.

These proposed changes would make a huge difference in meeting the promises of Title IX. Specifically, the proposed changes clarify that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on sex stereotypes, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, and gender identity and that schools have a responsibility to prevent and address all forms of sex-based harassment. Additionally, the proposed changes clarify and strengthen protections for pregnant students and educators to ensure necessary accommodations are made on their behalf.

Safe Schools for Everyone! What Educators Should Know About LGBTQ+ Rights

This guidance answers some FAQs about federal protections for public school students and employees, the threats posted by state legislation, and resources to create an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students to speak up!

Build your school’s Opportunity Checklist

Do students and educators at your school have everything they need? If not, this is your opportunity to speak up!

The Human & Civil Rights “HCR” Committee is asking for your help by filling out a survey. The purpose of the survey is to understand what might be happening or has happened within your workplace towards you, a colleague or your students.
The HCR is a committee made up of educators, retired educators, and members of the NEA-NH staff. Our job is to stay up to date on current issues and concerns which are happening throughout our state and country related to Human Civil Rights.
With your help on completing the anonymous survey the HCR committee could better serve you.
The HCR Committee will be hosting a PD opportunity event on Tuesday May 17th at 5pm. A registration email will go out in April.

Here is a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GAhSQAwHfw

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the HCR Chair Patrick R. Cogan


Across race and place, educators, parents and allies are coming together to ensure that every Black student and educator can live, grow and thrive with support, love and joy. The goal of Black Lives Matter at School is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversation and impactful actions in school communities for people of all ages to engage with issues of racial justice. Find stories, resources and ideas highlighting Black Lives Matter at School from across the country.

Get connected and engaged to advocate for racial and social justice in our schools and communities.

Know Your Rights Guides

Lawmakers and policy makers across our country, in yet another attempt to divide Americans along partisan and racial lines, are pushing legislation that seeks to stifle discussions on racism, sexism and inequity in public school classrooms.

Download your state-specific guide (more to come soon):

Stand Against Hate and Bias

We all deserve the right to live, work, and thrive no matter our color, immigration status or sexual orientation and gender identities—no exceptions. But today, certain politicians are pushing laws that restrict our freedoms and divide us, so they can get and hold onto power at any cost –even if that means denying us the basic rights, resources, and respect that we all deserve.



Find inspiring stories and resources from education justice activists along with ways to take action in your community.

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Latest EdJustice News

The latest news and updates from EdJustice.

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NEA EdJustice Home Page

Growing the movement to win education justice for our students, schools and communities.
NEA EdJustice engages and mobilizes activists in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in public education.

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Racial Justice in Education Resource Guide

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NEA Center For Social Justice

The Center for Social Justice is dedicated to lifting the voices of educator-leaders for the opportunity for all students no matter their zip code.

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Veoleo’s Glossary of Anti-Racist, Historical and Emotional Terms & Concepts for Better Discussions with Spanish-Speaking Friends & Families

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Understanding Anti-Bias Education: Bringing the Four Core Goals to Every Facet of Your Curriculum

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Bilingual Resources on How To Raise An Ally / Como criar un aliado

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Children’s Books About Racial Injustice. In a series of blog posts, we showcase numerous Mighty Girl books for both children and teens that explore racism in both historical and modern contexts, as well as celebrate the accomplishments of African American girls and women. For more reading recommendations, you can find over 500 relevant titles in our Racial & Ethnic Discrimination book section.

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Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

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Social Distancing is crucial in minimizing the impact of COVID-19, But social distancing can impact LGBTQ youth by decreasing their access to positive social interactions and increasing negative social interactions.

·        An unintended consequence of physical distancing is potential loss of the social connections that protect LGBTQ youth from suicidality. Social connections have been found to buffer stress, reduce depression, and improve well-being. From a developmental perspective, loneliness is especially relevant to youth populations, as the need for social acceptance and belongingness is prominent during adolescence and young adulthood. Social connection has become a crucial component of suicide prevention, especially among LGBTQ youth, connection to the LGBTQ community has been found to buffer the impact of stigma on depression and suicidality

·        To address the potential negative social impacts of physical distancing, efforts must be made to ensure that LGBTQ youth know that they are not alone and feel encouraged to seek support and social connections through means that do not rely on physical proximity. It is important for LGBTQ youth and those who support them to remember that physical distancing does not equate with social isolation. LGBTQ youth should be encouraged to maintain existing connections through virtual means such as video calls and video conferencing. Youth should also be encouraged to participate in shared activities such as online gaming, watch parties, or physical activity classes

·        As schools move their academic curriculum to online delivery, there is a need to ensure that protective factors provided by schools such as supportive individuals and extracurricular activities can also be accessed virtually. Given the known benefits of activity involvement, schools should identify and promote activities that may provide similar benefits without jeopardizing physical distancing. 

·        For LGBTQ youth, physical distancing may have additional unintended negative consequences related to being confined to an environment that may be unsupportive or abusive. Based on existing research on rates of family rejection, many youth will spend their days confined to places that are unsupportive of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity for an indefinite amount of time. Research suggests that among LGBTQ youth, only one-third experience parental acceptance, with an additional one-third experiencing parental rejection, and the final one-third not disclosing their LGBTQ identity until they are adults

·        Youth who find themselves in an environment that does not affirm their identity, or places them at risk for abuse and victimization, can benefit from access to supportive individuals to help them maintain their own safety while also providing an outlet for them to be their authentic selves. LGBTQ youth should seek affirming connections either through existing support networks or by joining safe online spaces for LGBTQ youth. An unintended consequence of physical distancing is that it may provide less opportunities for mandated reporters and other concerned individuals to observe signs of potential abuse and domestic violence.

The Scott McGilvray Children’s Fund – Real Students, Real Families, Real Help

Created by NEA–New Hampshire, the Scott McGilvray Children’s Fund helps kids be ready to learn because a child’s physical, social, or emotional needs should never stand in the way of classroom success.  For more than 25 years we’ve helped children obtain items or services essential to their well-being and success in school, including clothes, medical care, food, transportation, or related services not provided by other agencies. We all know that educators are caring and empathetic – it’s what drove many of us to the profession in the first place. Very

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To Some NH Politicians, Loyalty Means Silence

Representatives Lekas, Layon, Cordelli, and Ammon have introduced HB 1255 to “expand the prohibition on teacher advocacy of subversive doctrines.” Digging back to a New Hampshire Teacher Loyalty law that prohibits educators from advocating communism as a political doctrine, they added prohibitions on advocating “any doctrine or theory promoting a negative account or representation of the founding and history of the United States of America” including teaching that “the United States was founded on racism.” For good measure they also propose that “a violation of this section shall be considered

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2021-2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Arts & Writing Contests

For students in Grades 5, 6, 7, & 8 The Martin Luther King Coalition has always considered involving youth an essential component of the community celebration of Martin Luther King Day. After all, in his most famous speech, one of Dr. King’s most poignant statements was the expression of his dream for the children: that they would one day be able to attend school & play together regardless of the colors of their skin. Therefore, from its early years, the Coalition has invited all children from the state of New Hampshire to participate in the celebration, initially through an Arts & Writing Contest Guidelines for EntriesEntries need to reflect how the student both understands and related to the words of Dr. King to their lives as well as to life

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NEA-NH: Divisive Concepts Guidance Falls Short

Yesterday, the Department of Justice, the Commission for Human Rights and the Department of Education issued guidance in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions document concerning the divisive concepts provisions of HB2, signed into law by Governor Sununu. “The comments included in the document fall short of what we were expecting,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President. “Two weeks ago, we sent a set of questions to the Attorney General’s office seeking specific example-based guidance on the implementation of the divisive concepts law within public school districts and public institutions of higher education across the State of New Hampshire. We still expect, and are awaiting, a response from his office which provides our members with concrete, practical examples of what, in his view, is allowed and prohibited under the

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NEA-NH: Sununu Silences Educators By Signing Budget

CONCORD, June 25, 2021 – Once again, Governor Sununu has failed even the simplest test of leadership. Rather than chart a course that would help the largest number of New Hampshire families, students, parents, and taxpayers, he signed a dangerous and harmful budget at 4:45pm on a Friday afternoon.  In his ongoing attempt to defund and dismantle public education, he signed a budget that silences educators while robbing our public schools of needed funds to pay for private school vouchers for the wealthy. We will not be deterred. New Hampshire educators will persevere in their commitment to prepare our students to succeed in the world. We will do what we always have done each time a challenge is presented to us, and as always, keep kids at the center of

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Divisive Concepts Language Should be Deleted, Not Amended

Sen. Bradley’s divisive concepts amendment is yet another attempt to whitewash American history by intimidating schoolteachers into avoiding important conversations about race and mischaracterizing history lessons and current event discussions on racism and sexism as some plot to undermine America. The past and the present are interconnected. It’s impossible to teach America’s history without discussing injustice, especially when present-day events mirror historical lessons. The vagueness of this amendment makes it very unclear how it will impact history lessons in New Hampshire. What is very clear, however, are the sanctions for educators who violate it – disciplinary sanction by the state board of education.   Such harsh action being applied to a vaguely written statute could result in an overwhelming backlog of disciplinary hearings at the state department of education, as

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