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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

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!

Join Us May 17 at 5:00PM

Join the NEA-NH Human and Civil Rights Committee on MAY 17 at 5:00PM to learn about the results of our most recent state-wide survey sent out to members, and why we are stronger when we bring together diverse viewpoints and experiences.  Educators and students deserve basic rights, resources and respect as we all work to improve the effectiveness of public education.

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.

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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.

Bill Seeks to Roll Back the Rights We Secured Last Year

As enacted last year and signed into law by Governor Sununu, each school district now bears the cost of supplying menstrual hygiene products at no cost in all gender neutral bathrooms and bathrooms designated for females located in public middle and high schools. It seems that the “cost” of providing this basic right to our students is is jut too high for some members of the committee who want to gut the law and change it to allow school districts to make reasonable efforts to ensure menstrual hygiene products are available to

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NEA-NH Priorities for Public Education

We ask only what is right: equal opportunity for every student, every educator, every family. Committed to Improving Student Achievement and Education Quality Our students’ job is to learn, and our job is to make sure they can. Our democracy will flourish only when we ensure every school is fully funded, every child is treated with dignity, and every learner can pursue their passion. We must pass laws and policies that push forward the arc of justice–laws that protect all children’s access to a great public education, regardless of age,

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If NH GOP Has its Way, We Won’t Even Be Allowed to Talk About Racism

New Hampshire lawmakers are debating a bill that would prevent educators from teaching about systemic racism and sexism in public schools and state-funded programs. This was the first line of an article in the Concord Monitor, published February 18, 2021. Read it again and note the century it was published. This is happening where we live right now and the bill’s sponsors are people our friends and neighbors voted for. Also from the Monitor; “HB 544, titled an act “relative to the propagation of divisive topics,” seeks to limit public schools, organizations or state contractors from discussing topics related to racism and sexism, and would specifically ban teaching that the state of New Hampshire or the U.S. is racist or sexist. HB 544 is based on a federal executive order

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President’s Letter: Elections Matter – Be Heard

It’s been two years since the last “big” election. I think we all could have predicted that Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump would continue to undermine public education every chance they could – and they did. I think we all know that Commissioner Edelblut would do everything in his power to implement the Trump-DeVos agenda – and he did. I think we all hoped that Governor Sununu would be more moderate in his approach toward education. Instead, he showed just how devoted he was to the notion of dismantling public education when he opposed funding increases, and how little he cared for our health and safety as the pandemic dragged on and we were told we’d be protected by his Swiss Cheese reopening plan. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was

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NEA-NH Fall Instructional Conference Moves Online

Save the Date: Every Tuesday and Friday in October, 4-5:30pm, for your professional development needs. Let’s come together for a Covid-style, ONLINE, Fall instructional Conference unlike any other! Tell your friends to block those times. All courses will be directly related to member requests during this unique year. Invites to come via email very soon!

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NEA-NH Releases Principles for Reopening

District plans that include any amount of in-person instruction need to follow these steps before beginning such instruction or allowing staff and students into a school building. July 22, 2020 – CONCORD, NH – Today, NEA-New Hampshire released our Principles for Reopening, a document that reflects the values of the organization regarding the safe reopening of our schools. In the middle of a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing in the United States, Governor Sununu and Commissioner Edelblut have put the priority on flexibility leaving thousands of students and staff to fend for themselves at the local level. The 56-pages of reopening guidelines adopted by the Governor can be summed up in five words to our school children and educators: “You are on your own.” “Because the Governor and

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