Speak Truth to Power: LIVE

speak truth to power live web event

NOTE: Pre-registration is officially closed, but the webcast is open to all. You can still participate by logging on to www.sttplive.org the day of the event.


  1. To launch Speak Truth to Power: a human rights curriculum aligned to New York State standards and developed through a partnership between NYSUT and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights ;
  2. To recognize participation in NYSUT’s Child Labor Challenge, and
  3. To inspire young people to become Defenders of Human Rights themselves.


  • An educational web event which will focus on issues of human rights, especially child and forced labor in the cocoa industry.


  • Friday, December 10, 2010 (International Human Rights Day) at 1:00 pm


  • In your classroom, school, assembly hall, campus, or home: where ever you can access the Web
  • And live from a middle-school classroom in Spring Valley, NY


  • Students and teachers from around New York State who have joined in the NYSUT Child Labor Challenge
  • Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights
  • Human rights defender Lucas Benitez, a founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • U Roberto (Robin) Romano, director of the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate.


“Human rights are what reason requires and conscience demands.” – Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations

Young people hunger for active examples on how to work constructively for justice and human rights. The web event highlights one aspect of the new Speak Truth to Power lessons about human rights which carry on Robert F. Kennedy’s resolute belief in the civic and moral responsibility of each individual to take action against injustice, poverty and prejudice. The lessons, aligned with New York State standards are being published on December 10.

Hundreds of young people throughout New York State have acted this Fall to bring light to the terrible injustice of forced child labor in the cocoa industry. Educators have incorporated screening and study of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a new documentary verifying the existence of forced child labor in the cocoa industry in 2010. This event recognizes and celebrates their work and gives them an opportunity to connect with others.



The Speak Truth to Power lessons were written by New York State teachers of Social Studies and English Language Arts in collaboration with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. The lessons are aligned with the current (2010) New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies and English Language Arts middle school and high school. Some lessons also include the standards areas of Science and Family and Consumer Sciences. If the New York State Learning Standards change over the next few years, the lessons will be revised accordingly.


About Human Rights and Defenders

Young people who care about Human Rights

Young people to become Defenders themselves

Students and teachers to learn more and act effectively for justice

Outline of Event:

  • Welcome from Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights;
  • Clips from The Dark Side of Chocolate (a documentary about child labor in the cocoa industry), AND
  • Behind the scenes of The Dark Side of Chocolate with Director U Roberto Romano;
  • Questions from young people for Romano;
  • Highlights of Romano’s new film: The Harvest/La Cosecha;
  • Focus on real-life human rights defender Lucas Benitez, who is featured in the curriculum;
  • Recognition of classes and groups who have participated in NYSUT’s Child Labor Challenge;
  • Pre-registered classes will be entered into a contest for prizes (t-shirts, Fair Trade chocolate, educational materials, etc.) during the web event

Technical Requirements:

The event will consist of audio and video content that will be delivered via the Internet. The only equipment required in the classroom is a relatively recent computer with a high-speed connection to the Internet. No special software other than a web browser is required.

For optimal viewing, the computer should be connected to a video projector and external speakers to make sure all participants can see and hear. No cameras or microphones are necessary.


  • Internet connection: Minimum download speed 512kbit/s (or that can view our test video at videos.visuality.com/test without interruptions)
  • Supported browsers: IE8.x/IE7.x, FF 3.6.x, Safari 5.x, Opera 10.x, Chrome 7.x
  • Supported operating systems: Any that support one of the browsers listed above
  • Mobile phone support: None
  • Flash player: Version 9 or higher
  • Audio Speakers: Computers will need speakers on or attached to the computer to hear the audio
  • Large classroom settings: Video projector attached to the computer for the audience

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