What kind of future are you creating?

Drawing by: Meba Anteneh, age 9

The purpose of thefirestone.org is to inspire people & organizations into cooperative action towards creating a fair and free world where all life thrives.

By gaining access to human rights education, you will learn the 30 Rights that all of us have simply because we are human beings.  Secondly, you will be able to identify those rights that you feel most passionate about. Finally, you’ll discover simple things you can do and organizations you can support who are already making an impact!

What you do on a daily basis counts no matter how big or small it is. Do you treat your spouse, children or co-workers with dignity and respect? Do you offer a helping hand to a friend, a stranger? Are you contributing to worthwhile, ethical organizations?  Even the energy you put out moment to moment makes a difference.  Do your thoughts and actions contribute to creating peace, understanding, happiness or war, hostility, despair?

Isn’t it time to light your fire within?

Firestone: a material used for producing a spark; a stone that will endure high heat

Who is Ellen  Firestone?

Ellen Firestone, Founder

  • Corporate and Non-Profit Executive
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Studies, the study of health and human potential
  • Podcast Host: Know Your 30 Human Rights with Ellen Firestone
  • International Human Rights Ambassador, United for Human Rights
  • National Council Member of United Nations Association USA (2018-2020)
  • Board of Directors United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia (UNA-GP)
  • Advisory Board, Global Education Motivators (GEM)
  • Advisory Board, Dignity Rights International (DRI)
  • 2021 Recipient of YHRI Human Rights Award
  • 2018 Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

How Many Rights Do You Know and Why Should You Know Them?

As you navigate through this website, you will learn about the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 30 Rights that are ours simply by the fact of being born. You do not have to earn them, no one has to give them to you, they are yours!

Unfortunately, many of these rights are being violated in our own homes, neighborhoods, schools and world but you may not know that if you don’t even know these rights exist.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places close to home–so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

-Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

Watch Videos

No one can take away your human rights! Explore the Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) video presentations of each of the 30 articles.

Listen to Podcasts

Learn more about the 30 articles through podcast interviews and hear what people are doing to promote or protect these rights locally and around the world.

Read Blog

Periodically, we publish articles on a number of human rights topics. 

View Gallery

Check out photos of some of our human rights activities.