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    The new education center for Boise’s Wassmuth Center for Human Rights will be named the Philip E. Batt Building to honor the former Republican governor and his work promoting human rights in Idaho.

    The new education center for Boise’s Wassmuth Center for Human Rights will be named the Philip E. Batt Building to honor the former Republican governor and his work promoting human rights in Idaho.

    “The one-of-a-kind human rights education center will be a ‘beacon of light’ in the heart of Idaho’s capital city,” said Dan Prinzing, the center’s executive director, in a press release. “In the center’s work to foster a climate and culture of upstanders who embrace respect, compassion, equality and justice for all, Gov. Batt’s life and legacy is a commitment to human rights.”

    The two-story education center will be adjacent to the Anne Frank Memorial in downtown Boise.

    Construction on the Wassmuth Center’s Philip E. Batt Building will begin in mid-October with a projected open date of August 2023. The center’s Building Our Future campaign to fund construction of the project has raised $4.7 million with a goal of $5.5 million, according to the press release.

    Batt, born in Wilder, Idaho, served as Idaho’s governor from 1995 to 1999. Batt also served as chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, lieutenant governor and as a member of the Idaho Legislature in the state House and Senate. Batt’s contributions to human rights in Idaho include sponsoring the creation of the Idaho Human Rights Commission, and as governor, pushing through landmark legislation to cover Idaho’s Hispanic farm workers under the state’s workers compensation program, according to the press release.

    Former Governor, Butch Otter said, “Phil Batt has been a champion of all Idahoans for as long as I can remember- from the workers in the field to the executives in board room… Phil has been a warrior for all human rights and is a worthy recipient of this honor and recognition.”

    19th Annual / 3rd Virtual

    Change Your World Celebration

    The Art of Human Rights

    The annual Change Your World Celebration is the signature fundraiser for the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. Proceeds from this important evening guarantee our program success each year and advance our statewide mission of promoting respect for human dignity and diversity through education.

    Take the Pledge.

    Etched in the stone of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Bill Wassmuth proclaims, “Saying ‘yes’ to human rights is the best way to say ‘no’ to prejudice and bigotry.”

    Bill, an unlikely human rights hero, was a pastor of St. Pius Catholic Church in Coeur d’ Alene from 1979-1988.  During that time, his leadership of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Rights made him the target of an Aryan nation bombing attack on his home.  Leaving the priesthood, marrying and moving to Seattle, Wassmuth served as the founding executive director of the six state Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment from 1989-1999.

    As Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, wrote, “Standing up together against hate … is a message of courage in the face of bigotry — a message that we need to hear frequently in our country.”

    Standing together, we invite you to take the pledge.  Commit to saying “yes” to human rights.

    Commit to fostering a climate and culture of human rights in your community.

    Pledge to Just Say YES to Human Rights, the most basic rights and freedoms that belong to every human being from birth to death, regardless of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, or nationality.   Pledge that your words and actions will include:

    Equality: YES, I will treat others as equals. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

    Respect:  YES, I will care enough to consider how my words and actions impact others. Whatever our differences, human rights belong to everyone.

    Compassion:  YES, I will behave toward others with care and generosity. When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone’s rights are diminished.

    Justice:  YES, I will speak up for the fair treatment of all human beings and empower others to do the same. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

    Wassmuth Education Center Campaign

    Idaho Human Rights Day Virtual Concert

    ABCs of Social Justice


    Memorial Poster

    Designed by Boise graphic artist Stephanie Inman.

    Support the work of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights with an online $10 purchase.

    Anne Frank Memorial Poster

    18” x 24” poster


    Show your support with a We Are Everywhere yard sign.

    Available at the Wassmuth Center Offices.

    Come grab yours today, and show, we are everywhere with

    Love, Justice, Respect, Equality, Kindness and Compassion!

    Welcome progress has been made since the late Bill Wassmuth first stood up to bigotry and hatred in northern Idaho.
    But the need for human rights education grows with every new generation of Idaho children.
    Today’s headlines only remind us there’s much more to be done.
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    Activity and Events

    Events are a great way to enjoy a time with community friends and neighbors.

    Join us for one of our upcoming events, co-host an event with the Center, or even schedule a tour of the Memorial for your company or civic group.

    Get Involved

    Find out how you can take part in our efforts to provide human rights education opportunities in Idaho and beyond.

    There are many ways to get involved with the Center – volunteer, donate, attend an event, and participate in a program.

    Building Our Future

    We are at a critical crossroads in our history, and the demand for our services has never been higher.

    Our planned one-of-a-kind comprehensive human rights education center next to the only Anne Frank Memorial in the United States will give us a greater opportunity to make a profound impact through the keystone of our outreach efforts: education.

    Human Rights Certification

    For the individual, certification is formal recognition of a specific skill set that focuses on human rights and human dignity.  For a business or organization, having employees or members who have earned certification is evidence that value statements are backed by knowledgeable, thoughtful, and meaningful commitments.

    voices of idaho podcast

    Voices of Idaho Podcast

    Hosted by Dan Prinzing with Adam Thompson, tune in and join the conversation with members of our Idaho human rights community. Seasons One and Two episodes are personal journeys shared to further define the Center’s Spiral of Injustice and Be an Upstander programs.


    Upstander C.A.R.E. Awards

    The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights welcomes applications for its annual Upstander C.A.R.E. (Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Empathy) Awards. Each year Idaho graduating high school students are honored with scholarships up to $3,000 for taking action to create positive change in their communities.

    Spiral of Injustice

    Designed by Idaho metal-artist Ken McCall, “The Other” recognizes the devolution of humanity when injustice targets and demeans members of the community.


    “Art Is a Call to Action” – BSU Public Radio

    Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

    Located in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho, experience what a memorial to human rights brings to the community.

    Designed and constructed by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial stands as a globally shared icon in the promotion and protection of human rights.

    To learn more about the Memorial, schedule a tour or take a virtual one.

    Marilyn Shuler Classroom

    Honoring the state’s first director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the Classroom showcases the “History of Human Rights in Idaho” with videos and an interactive timeline.