A new kind of seatbelt

Seatbelts save lives. We’ve all been told this and have been shown this is true. Now, a new bullying prevention initiative has been launched with the title SEATBELT, and it, too, hopes to save lives. Bullying, it says, is a human rights issue. Look no further than the front page of today’s New York Times, […]

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Mobilize Saturday for Bangladeshi workers

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, or a cheap shirt. You can’t put a price on a life — and there are many workers who die in garment factory disasters. Clothing companies are responsible to make sure these factories are safe, and stop looking the other way so they can get their products […]

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Speak Truth to Power lessons in the news

NYSUT’s work made international news on June 1. Here’s a link to story on the Inter Press Service. Their links are a bit outdated, so here’s a direct link to the curriculum. Thanks Joi from Kenmore for alerting us to it.

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The gay teacher

“A number of things have happened over the last few months that didn’t exactly surprise me nor anger me but motivated me to want to take action for myself and my fellow educators who fall under the LGBTQ umbrella,” says one NYSUT member who teaches in the Capital Region.

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The inside scoop on a new video competition

Human rights activist and Shanker award winner Kerry Kennedy gave delegates a scoop Thursday night, sharing the news that NYSUT and the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights will be partnering on a new initiative — a video competition for student filmmakers that will commence in the next academic year.

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Coxsackie-Athens students moved by human rights webcast

Jennifer Rios

Students at Coxsackie-Athens High School in rural Greene County were particularly moved Friday – some near tears – when they heard 16-year-old Jessica Rios talk about her life as a migrant farm worker. “Is this what my life will always be like?” she muses in The Harvest, a new documentary by filmmaker U.Roberto Romano that […]

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PHOTOS: Speak Truth to Power webcast

Today’s celebration of International Human Rights Day and the launch of the new Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum came to classrooms across New York live from Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Spring Valley, New York.

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Lucas Benitez arrives in NY for today’s human rights webcast

Lucas Benitez flew in to Westchester airport yesterday afternoon, bundled up for New York’s frigid weather and noting that it was, remarkably, 38 degrees in Florida: not enough to imperil the tomato crop but still unseasonably cold. At dinner with teachers and fellow unionists he told of a great gain, recently inked, for Immokalee Workers, […]

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Speaking Truth to all ages


“This looks fantastic!” Caryn Davis e-mailed me about the Speak Truth to Power Curriculum posted on NYSUT’s website. Caryn teaches English for Speakers of Other Languages at the College of Staten Island, part of the City Univerity of New York so she’s a member of the Professional Staff Congress. She wants to work it into her […]

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