Human Rights Education and Common Core?? Yes, it can be done!!! Welcome to Speak Truth to Power... The Speak Truth to Power curriculum for grades 6-12 (STTP) introduces general human rights issues through the stories of some remarkable people working in the field, and urges students to become personally involved in the protection of human rights. In New York State, the writing of the curriculum was a collaborative effort between the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and NYSUT. As you explore the curriculum, you will recognize the seamless connection between the STTP curriculum and its application to the CCLS. In addition to engaging your students with the curriculum, students can also enter the Speak Truth to Power video contest. The goal of the project is to tell the story of the human rights issue and the difference one person can make. In 2012, the winning video was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Watch this short video to find out about Speak Truth to Power:
Everyone Has Rights-New York State GRADE K-5 Student PSA Contest
Everyone Has Rights is a student video competition that encourages elementary school students to become engaged in human rights. The contest is sponsored by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center). Contest participants must choose one Article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and create a 60 - 90 second Public Service Announcement (PSA). We are looking for student submissions that creatively teach others about a human rights issue. The format is open to documentary, stop motion, narrative, digital photo essay or other innovative explorations that involve film making components. Visit Everyone Has Rights for more information.
What is Fair Trade??
Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, and sustainability. When you make Fair Trade purchases you are supporting:
A Fair Price for Products For Fair Trade Certified™ products, a base price for the commodity is set by the international Fair Trade Labeling Organization. The price attempts to cover the cost of production and a living wage to cover the basics of food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical care. Importers and retailers are then screened and certified by TransFair USA to ensure that they are paying the Fair Trade price for products. Crafts, apparel and other non-certified products are sold by members of the Fair Trade Federation, businesses committed to the principles of Fair Trade. For these crafts, a living wage is paid in the local context.
Investment in People and Communities Many Fair Trade producer cooperatives and artisan collectives reinvest their revenues into strengthening their businesses and their communities. In addition, for each Fair Trade product sold the cooperative also receives a set amount of money, called the social premium, which is invested in community development projects democratically chosen by the cooperative. Examples of projects funded through Fair Trade include the building of health care clinics and schools, starting scholarship funds, building housing and providing leadership training and women's empowerment programs.
Environmental Sustainability Fair Trade farmers and artisans respect the natural habitat and are encouraged to engage in sustainable production methods. Farmers implement integrated crop management and avoid the use of toxic agrochemicals for pest management. Nearly 85% of Fair Trade Certified™ coffee is also organic. Learn more about Fair Trade's environmental standards »
Economic Empowerment of Small Scale Producers Fair Trade supports small scale producers, those at the bottom of the economic ladder or from marginalized communities, that otherwise do not have access to economic mobility. Fair Trade encourages and supports the cooperative system where each producer owns a portion of the business, has equal say in decisions and enjoys equal returns from the market.
Direct Trade Fair Trade importers purchase from Fair Trade cooperatives as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace. The certification also secures long-term, stable relationships between producers and importers.
Fair Labor Conditions Workers are guaranteed freedom of association and safe working conditions. Fair Trade also encourages women's participation in and leadership of cooperatives. Human rights and child labor laws are strictly enforced.
**Information provided by Green America http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/fairtrade/whattoknow/index.cfm
I AM SYRIA
IAmSyria.org is a non-profit media based campaign that seeks to educate the world of the Syrian Conflict. This movement is dedicated to let the people of Syria know that the world is supporting them through video, pictures, and media attention.
The concept of human rights sets the foundation for IAmSyria.org. The operation believes that all humans deserve their basic civil liberties, and no government entity shall take those away. With the Syrian Uprising in 2011, we support an end to the conflict and want to demonstrate to the Syrian people that the world cares for them, and the suffering they are enduring.
While IAmSyria.org supports an end to the Syrian Conflict, we do not propose a specific solution or any call to action by any governmental or non-governmental entity. We have no religious affiliation, no position in the conflict, or condone any specific resolutions.
Do you want to show your support? Print out this sign and take a picture of yourself holding it, then post it on their Facebook page.
Teachers, visit the IAmSyria.org page to get user-friendly, Common Core aligned lessons for your classroom.
In Our Own Backyard: The Hidden Problem of Child Farm Workers in America
Agricultural workers are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Consequently, migrant farm workers are largely unprotected by the U.S. legal system today, and 500,000 of these workers are under the age of 18. This reality allows for exploitative employment practices and violates international laws regarding the treatment of children. Moreover, it prevents the majority of children from migrant families from completing even a high school education. Why do child farmworkers have fewer protections than other children who work? What effect does farm work have on children’s health, safety and performance in school? What are the daily experiences of these children? What can and should be done to improve the situation?
To find out more visit this site created by the AFT: