Kenmore students have fair trade hearts

Here’s a video of Kenmore 6th-graders students talking about how they felt as they learned about the connection between child labor and chocolate. That video is the result of months of work and lots of details. Joi Chimera, a Kenmore TA member, provides some highlights. Start with brainstorming and class discussions about this topic. In […]

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Rally wow!

Amazing photos from today going up as fast as tech will allow. Do check out this Times-Union article if for no other reason than a great photo of one NYSUT President. (It’s one of three photos so if it doesn’t come up right away click on NEXT to the top right of the photo.) Meanwhile, […]

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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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The dark side of chocolate

Okay, before you put another piece of chocolate in your mouth, you’ve got to see Before you buy a bag of candy to give out for Halloween, you’ve got to know that many major brands of chocolate candymakers, KNOW that child and forced labor is a problem in their supply chains. Children are forced to […]

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