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Lynn Schusterman – A Human Rights Champion
(Nominated by Bill Bryant)
Lynn Schusterman is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, in Oklahoma and across the broader world.
On December 10th, the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights
Alliance will honor human rights heroes from around our
great state. A recognition program will take place at the
State Capitol. More information can be found here:
The Schusterman Foundation supports the Parent Child Center in Tulsa and its efforts to deliver cutting-edge domestic violence prevention and intervention treatment programs to the most at-risk families. Through the foundation, Ms. Schusterman has also invested in long-term partnerships with the University of Oklahoma-Child Abuse Pediatrics, Child Protection Coalition, Family and Children’s Services, the Family Safety Center and Youth Services of Tulsa, and others.
In February of this year, Ms. Schusterman penned an op-ed (published on NewsOK.com) in which she strongly criticized proposed legislation “attacking the rights of LGBT individuals and attempting to deprive their families of the rights provided to all others.”
Ms. Schusterman wrote: “The people of Oklahoma deserve better…. Now is the moment to boldly look forward to how we can more constructively address critical issues and create a respectful, welcoming future for Oklahoma that upholds a fundamental commitment to inclusionary policies and practices for all.”
I admire Ms. Schusterman’s voice and values.
“Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”
–Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989
The States Parties to the present Convention…
Recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding…
Have agreed as follows:
States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child… without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.