The Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by governing laws.
The Dorothy Cotton Institute honors the legacy of an important Civil Rights leader, Ms. Dorothy Cotton.
As an education and resource center, DCI is:
1) developing, nurturing, and training leaders for a global human rights movement;
2) building a network and community of human rights leadership; and
3) exploring, sharing, and promoting practices that transform individuals and communities, opening new pathways to peace, justice and healing.
The Dorothy Cotton Institute will address three major problems regarding human rights.
1) Efforts to achieve human rights are largely disconnected from each other and have not generated a popular movement on a global scale.
2) Most people in the United States do not comprehend the full scope of human rights, defining them as voting rights, non-discrimination, free speech and freedom from torture, but overlooking the economic, cultural, and environmental rights to which all people are also entitled under the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights. Human rights education is a glaring need, particularly in the United States and the rest of the world.
3) The lessons learned from past and current struggles are too often not being documented and passed on to support other human rights efforts. These lessons need to be captured, organized and disseminated to people who sorely need this information to support their own struggles to claim and exercise their human rights.
The Dorothy Cotton Institute through its training and education programs, education and visitors’ center, gatherings, youth leadership and fellowship programs, Becoming A Human Rights Friendly School project, and support for local organizing efforts will provide an integrated approach to developing a global network and community of human rights leadership. These programs are also designed to foster and encourage a well-informed and inspired critical mass in the public, particularly in the United States, to spark and energize a global human rights movement toward the achievement and exercise of human rights for all people.