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 Article 7 requires States Parties to adopt measures in the fields of teaching, education, culture and information to combat racial discrimination and to promote racial and ethnic tolerance and friendship among nations and groups, and to propagate the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and this Convention.

The President's Initiative on Race actively educated the American people about the role of race in our nation's history and its current impact on our society. From the Initiative on Race, several publications were produced and widely disseminated to community groups, educational institutions, public officials and individuals in order to provide a more accurate picture of the nature of racial issues.

"Changing America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being by Race and Hispanic Origin" documents current differences in key indicators of well-being: education, labor markets, economic status, health, crime and criminal justice, and housing and neighborhoods. The information in this publication provides a factual base on which to build dialogue about race.

"Pathways to One America in the 21st Century: Promising Practices for Racial Reconciliation" profiles community-based organizations focused on furthering racial reconciliation in a variety of fields. This publication is designed to be a reference tool to be used by Americans who wish to work in partnership with others working to heal racial barriers and close opportunity gaps.

The "One America Dialogue Guide" is a step-by-step educational resource on ways to organize and conduct a cross-cultural dialogue in one's own community.

"One America in the 21st Century: Forging a New Future" is the final report to President Clinton by the Advisory Board to the President's Initiative on Race. This comprehensive document is an account of the Advisory Board's fifteen-month examination of race relations in the United States. By exploring the historical basis for existing perceptions and misperceptions of race in America, this report creates a social context for productive dialogue on how to build One America. The report also makes specific recommendations on how the government, the corporate community, non-governmental organizations and private citizens can take active steps to promote racial reconciliation.

All four publications are available in print and may be viewed and printed from the White House website http://www.whitehouse.gov.

The President's Initiative for One America continues to further the President's goals of educating the American public about race. In October 2000, the Initiative for One America and the Department of Education will organize the third annual Campus Week of Dialogue. This year's theme: "Many Paths, One Journey: Building One America" reflects the mission of educating students on diversity-related issues and providing all students the opportunity to succeed in a multi-racial society.

The United States also promotes the goals of Article 7 globally through the U.S. Department of State, particularly the U.S. Information Service. Media like World Net and Voice of America are used to broadcast news and information programs on rule of law, tolerance and other topics related to combating racism and to promote tolerance. These outlets give overseas audiences direct access to experts and policy makers in the United States concerned with issues related to race.

The United States also sends speakers to overseas missions to foster discussion on issues important to multi-cultural societies. Similarly, the State Department's Office of Public Diplomacy distributes publications to target organizations ranging from host country governments to local media and civil society groups such as NGOs.

Moreover, the United States promotes the interests identified by Article 7 through various professional and education exchange programs. Through the Professionals in Residence program, the Department of State sends specialists to non-academic institutions such as foreign media organizations and government ministries to promote the interests identified in Article 7. The United States is also active in CIVITAS, an international consortium for civic education which maintains a worldwide network devoted to promoting informed and responsible citizenship. In addition, the United States devotes substantial resources to the Fulbright Scholar Program, providing enhanced educational opportunities to U.S. and foreign scholars through grants and fellowships, and the International Visitors Program, which brings foreign judges, lawyers, NGO leaders and teachers to the United States for study tours and professional conferences.

In the fall of 1997, President Clinton identified the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes as a priority issue for the nation and announced the creation of a national initiative to examine the current state of race relations in America. In response, the Attorney General established a Hate Crime Working Group consisting of staff from all Justice Department agencies. A major initiative of the Hate Crime Working group is to expand and improve hate and bias crime data collection within the Department of Justice.

Through its Office of Victims of Crime (OVC), the Department of Justice has taken steps to adopt measures to combat discrimination and to promote understanding among racial and ethnic groups. This is evidenced through various measures and programs that are OVC funded

In early 1998, OVC coordinated with the Bureau of Justice Statistics to develop a survey instrument to identify the number of Victims of Crime Act funded victim assistance programs that serve hate and bias crime victims. OVC conducted this informal survey in May, 1999.

OVC provides funding to the National Victim Assistance Academy which conducts annual training sessions at five different locations throughout the United States. Each year, the Academy reaches over 250 participants comprised of state and federal personnel that work with crime victims. There is a formal curriculum which includes a chapter on hate and bias crime.

OVC, in conjunction with the Bureau of Justice Administration, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, developed an eleven page brochure entitled Responding to Hate Crimes: A Police Officer's Guide to Investigation and Prevention. The brochure teaches law enforcement officers how to identify and respond to hate crimes. This grant project printed 450,000 copies of the brochure which are anticipated for distribution to law enforcement agencies nationwide.

OVC plays a major role in the Justice Department Hate Crime Working Group's Hate Crime Training for Law Enforcement. OVC assisted in development of four training manuals and a student workbook. OVC assisted in the development and delivery of special training for local trainers and to all of the states, who in turn, are now reaching out to the local law enforcement agencies to provide training on responding to hate crime. Hundreds of local police departments have received this training in the last year.

As opportunities present themselves OVC provides training on hate crime, hate crime victims' needs, cultural awareness, and, effective responses to hate crime. This training has been provided at several national, and local conferences and symposia reaching thousands of victim service providers.

OVC also provides grant funding to such non profit organizations as the National Multi-Cultural Institute which conducts training on cultural sensitivity in dealing with crime victims. Approximately 150 people have been trained this year. Additional training sessions are planned.

The Department of Interior operates several programs that promote education and awareness of diverse students to the fields of science and natural resources. For instance, at Chamizal National Memorial, Texas, the National Park Service sponsors special programs and activities to broaden understanding and to encourage perpetuation of cultural heritages in the performing and graphic arts.

The Department of Interior has also begun the Underground Railroad Program nationwide. This relatively new program is in the process of identifying hundreds of key people and places in the US, Canada, and Mexico associated with the network of individuals who guaranteed the safety of escaped slaves during the 19th Century abolitionist movement. Each person and site selected as part of this program will be interpreted in terms of the acts of bravery an suffering in the quest for freedom for all.

 

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