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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!

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.

NEA-NH to DeVos: We will fight every effort to open unsafe schools

July 9, 2020 – CONCORD, NH – No one wants to see our children back in schools more than us. No one. But the same instinct that moves a teacher to go to any length to protect their class, is also telling us that rushing our children back into classrooms, hallways and buses until we know it is safe, is clearly not the best thing to do. So, we stand up and we speak up for our kids. “We will not be bullied by the President of the United States

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NEA-NH Statement on the Safe Re-Opening of Our Public Schools

CONCORD, NH – June 19, 2020 – NEA-New Hampshire released their statement on the safe re-opening of our public schools today. Something important happens in our schools and classrooms that remote learning can never replace. While remote learning is a necessary response to a national emergency, it can never replace the productive learning environment of our schools and classrooms; it does not provide equal opportunities for an adequate education; and it is clearly unsustainable for the majority of New Hampshire’s parents. Remote learning does not provide the important socialization skill

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NEA-NH: DOE Survey Not Designed to Ask the Right Questions

If you haven’t seen it yet, the New Hampshire Department of Education has released a survey to collect information about the best way to safely reopen our schools. Spoiler alert: If you decide to take the survey, be prepared to spend 20 minutes of your day helping the Commissioner of Education collect data to support his political belief that public education as we know it is fundamentally flawed and that private, charter and virtual schools are the answer to all our problems. “The commissioner’s survey is set up to deliver a pre-determined result that supports his agenda of promoting private and charter schools,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President. “It focuses on the experience of remote learning and fails to address the inequalities in the system that have finally come

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NEA President Eskelsen Garcia Issues Statement About Killing of George Floyd

Washington—NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement about the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers:   “The National Education Association understands the deep racial history and trauma caused by the culture of white supremacy, and we believe that to achieve racial and social justice, we must acknowledge it as the primary root cause of institutional racism, structural racism, and white privilege. It is a privilege that manifests as white people weaponizing the police against black men and women going about their daily lives. During this pandemic, we have also seen police treating black and brown people differently than white people. The overarching sentiment about these cases for so many people—including many of our students and their families—is that the lives and the

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38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration

The Martin Luther King Coalition invites all to the 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration, Monday, January 20th. The Coalition has organized annual observances of Dr. King’s birthday since 1983. Its members include diverse local organizations dedicated to carrying on Dr. King’s work to end racism, eliminate poverty, and promote peace through active nonviolence. This year’s celebration will be held will again be held at Temple Adath Yeshurun, 152 Prospect Street, Manchester, NH 03104. The celebration is free to the public and all are welcome. Celebration details include: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm Community Dessert Sharing Musical sections by the Manchester High School West Jazz Band Directed by Diane Francoeur 3:00 pm- 5:00 pmWe are very proud to welcome back The Greater Manchester Area Choir, James McKim (Director), Elizabeth

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Charter Grant Has Far Too Many Unanswered Questions

NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle released the following statement today: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yet, this is exactly what we have come to expect from programs and initiatives championed by our education commissioner, Frank Edelblut. First it was the hype and misdirection surrounding his “Learn Everywhere” rules. Now it’s his “look I found $46 million for our charter schools with no strings attached” plan. Let’s be clear: the money Commissioner Edelblut is peddling from Betsy DeVos will cost New Hampshire far more than $46 million over five years and will do nothing to help the overwhelming majority of students in our state. If, as the commissioner says, there are no strings attached to this money, then why has the grant application for the funds

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