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Students stunned at video victory; environment is also a winner

Sitting around a table at Meyers Center BOCES in Saratoga, students, teaching assistants, and teachers were busy crocheting. They weren’t making afghans or shawls– but rather, they were turning plastic into possibility. Little did they know they were also making history.

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New anti-bullying lesson plan for defender Jamie Nabozny

New to the Speak Truth to Power site this month is a lesson plan based on the work of human rights defender Jamie Nabozny, the keynote speaker at the Nov. 14 “See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Making a Difference” conference in Albany hosted by the national office of the American Federation of Teachers and its New York affiliate, NYSUT.

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Jamie Nabozny: Bullying: Language, Literature and Life

Jamie Nabozny: Bullying: Language, Literature and Life

LESSON GRADE LEVEL: 7–12 Human Rights Issue: Standard of Living, Education, Freedom from Persecution, Freedom from Discrimination Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2: Freedom from Discrimination Article 3: Right To Life, Liberty, Personal Freedom Article 5: Freedom From Torture And Degrading Treatment Article 25: Right to an Adequate Standard of Living• Article 26: Right [...]

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Video: Playwright Ariel Dorfman on Speak Truth to Power

Video: Playwright Ariel Dorfman on Speak Truth to Power

Watch Dorfman explain his connection to the stories of courageous human rights defends and why he decided to help spread the word.

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Video contest encourages students to Speak Truth to Power

The Speak Truth to Power project will enter the video documentary world with a contest challenging middle and high school students in New York to create a film based on the experience of courageous human rights defenders around the world.

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Wangari Muta Maathai (1940-2011)

It is with great sadness that the family of Professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on 25th September, 2011, at the Nairobi Hospital, after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer.

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New lesson plan for Congressman John Lewis

New lesson plan for Congressman John Lewis

New to the STTP site this month is a lesson plan based on the work of Congressman John Lewis, who has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he described as “The Beloved Community” in America.

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John Lewis: Non-Violent Activism

John Lewis: Non-Violent Activism

New to the STTP site this month is a lesson plan based on the work of Congressman John Lewis, who has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he described as “The Beloved Community” in America.

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Kerry Kennedy honored for human rights advocacy (with video)

Kennedy received the Albert Shanker Award, NYSUT’s most prestigious award recognizing special contributions to public education.

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Inspired in middle school, a student gives back

Inspired in middle school, a student gives back

Atiya Raja first heard about “Rachel’s Challenge” as a student at Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Spring Valley, and it changed her world view. The way Atiya explained it last week while visiting her former middle school teacher Diane Gonzalez at Chestnut Ridge, “I had never thought about the world outside of me. The first [...]

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