Jun 22 2014

STF Alumni Take Action for EMUS

June 22, 2014 Alumni Reunion Party Collage

June 22, 2014: In honor of STF’s 15th anniversary, more than 30 alumni gathered at the Second Alumni Reunion Party held at longtime STF friend Ann Kerr’s home.

Participants updated each other on their activities since leaving STF and discussed future plans, including moves to Cambodia, Singapore and New York City. Linda Gordon, outgoing STF Co-President from Santa Monica HS, explained this year’s STF campaign: End Military Use of Schools (EMUS). Attendees paired up, created slogans and took pictures for EMUS…

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May 19 2014

STF Celebrates A Year of Firsts

Students share leadership advice at the Year-End Workshop.
Photo by Thomas De Clerck

May 19, 2014: It has been a year of firsts for STF: created and launched an international social media campaign; was featured in an ABC News Flash; met privately with UN Ambassador Samantha Power; gained approval and support from Hart School District Governing Board to establish human rights education electives in district public high schools, and so much more…

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May 13 2014

Congresswoman Janice Hahn Shocked by EMUS

May 13, 2014: Six members of the Carson STF chapter introduced Congresswoman Janice Hahn to the EMUS campaign on Tuesday. Congresswoman Hahn was enthusiastic to spread the word about EMUS, offering to send letters of support to government representatives and is also willing to make a statement on the House floor, entering the EMUS campaign into the Congressional record…

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Apr 30 2014

Oakwood and Sierra Canyon Collaborate with Congressman Sherman’s Rep.

STFers pose with Congressman Brad Sherman's Senior Policy Deputy, John Alford. Photo by Kristin Ghazarians.

April 30, 2014: STFers from Oakwood and Sierra Canyon schools discussed EMUS with John Alford, the Senior Policy Deputy to Congressman Brad Sherman. After explaining the finer points of the campaign and the Draft Lucens Guidelines, participants explored some of Congressman Sherman’s priorities and brainstormed ways they could help him continue working for a peaceful world. Mr. Alford promised to introduce the congressman to EMUS and figure out how his office can assist the campaign…

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Apr 29 2014

Golden Valley Presents A History of Genocide


April 29, 2014: Reaching out to more than 500 students, the Golden Valley STF chapter presented a history of genocide with the aid of the film “The Last Survivor.” Over three class periods, the audience learned the stories of survivors of the Holocaust and Rwanda genocides, as well as the conflicts in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the presentations, students were invited to write words of encouragement and friendship on red hearts for Darfuri refugees.

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Apr 28 2014

HRW Hosts LA Premiere of “FOOD CHAINS”

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Buy your tickets online, or call 310-477-5540.

Friday, May 16, 2014
6:00 pm Reception with hearty hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm Film premiere and panel discussion
9:00 pm Reception with coffee and dessert

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Apr 24 2014

Pali Commemorates Genocide Awareness Month

Pali STF explains the eight steps to genocide. Photo by Kristin Ghazarians

April 24, 2014: On the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Pali STF showed “The Last Survivor” to engaged students. Participants learned about the genocides in Armenia and Cambodia, as well as mass atrocities in Chile and Sierra Leone. They discussed the steps to genocide and ways high school students can make a difference.

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Apr 10 2014

SCV EMUS Delegation Meets with Congressman McKeon’s Deputy Director

Santa Clarita Valley STF Delegation presents EMUS quilt to Congressman Buck McKeon's staff. Photo by Lorenzo Medina.

April 10, 2014: Members of AOC, Canyon and Hart Student Task Force chapters met with Congressman McKeon’s Deputy Director, Morris Thomas, and Scheduler, Heather Duncan, to provide background on the urgency to end military use of schools and to request a personal meeting with the Congressman…

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Apr 02 2014

SCV STF Advocates for HRE and EMUS with School Board

STFers present next steps in the EMUS Campaign to the William S. Hart District Governing Board. Photo by Liz Delgado.

April 2, 2014: Members from all five Santa Clarita Valley STF chapters presented the EMUS campaign, outreach efforts at school sites and recent community events to the William S. Hart District Governing Board on Education. To support the EMUS campaign, Board members posed for a picture with slogans made by AOC STF members.

STFers also made a pitch for human rights education (HRE), asking the Board to consider adopting human rights/global studies courses at each campus…

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Mar 26 2014

SAMO STF Hosts HRE Workshop for Teachers

STF leaders and teachers brainstorm ways to integrate human rights education into classes. Photo by Nina Benjamin.

March 26, 2014: For the second year, SAMO STF members hosted teachers and administrators for a Human Rights Education (HRE) workshop during SAMOHI University. A dedicated group of educators and STFers discussed ways to incorporate HRE into English, science and foreign language courses. Students provided participants with suggestions and techniques for introducing HRE through specific lesson plans, reading lists, and other materials…

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Mar 18 2014

Congressman Waxman Supports EMUS

March 18, 2014: Human Rights Watch Student Task Force members from Oakwood, Palisades Charter, Santa Monica, Sierra Canyon and Wildwood chapters met with Congressman Henry Waxman of the 33rd District and presented background about the End Military Use of Schools Campaign….

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Feb 21 2014

SAMO STF “Occupies” Freshmen Seminars

February 21, 2014: Santa Monica High School STF hosted a simulation event for the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign, “occupying” freshmen seminar classes in their Humanities Center.

Beginning as a membership recruitment effort, leaders introduced STF, human rights and the right to education. All of a sudden, the lights went off and the chaos started…

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Feb 14 2014

“Hanging Out” With Japan

February 14, 2014: STF leaders from Academy of the Canyon, Santa Monica High School and Palisades Charter High School met with two high schoolers interning with the Human Rights Watch Tokyo office for a Google Hangout session. The students shared engagement and photo gathering techniques, including explanations of different events both the Japanese and American students have hosted since the start of the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign. They discussed next steps for EMUS in the US and brainstormed ideas of how the Japanese students can continue to expand the campaign on their end…

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Feb 14 2014

Congratulations STF for 1,000+ Photos!

A message from Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director, HRW Children’s Rights Division:
“Congratulations Student Task Force for collecting the voices of 1,000 students and teachers calling for an end to the military use of schools. We at Human Rights Watch will now be taking these messages to the world’s decision makers to let them know how important it is to students and teachers for schools to be safe places to study and learn.

“Over the next few months we will be delivering your photos to diplomats at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and we will be taking them to meetings with government officials in Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance (and creativity too). Onwards to the next 1,000!”

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Feb 11 2014

Wildwood Competes for EMUS

Middle school and high school students work together to create slogans for the Wildwood EMUS Campaign photo competition.

February 11, 2014: Wildwood School’s STF chapter successfully ran a school-wide promotion of the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign. With a goal to educate their campus and collect photos, Wildwood STF created a video that explained the background of this pressing human rights violation. Once the school community was intrigued and informed, the STF chapter introduced the “EMUS Epic Competition.”…

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Feb 06 2014

Hart Educates With A Heart

Hart High students design slogans and take a stand for the end of military use of schools worldwide.

February 6, 2014: Hart STF chapter held two assemblies, reaching out to 180 students and teachers on campus. Chapter leaders connected with the audience, conveying the urgency of the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign through video and PowerPoint. After the presentation, participants took action, creating slogans and posing for photos for the EMUS Tumblr site. Hart STFers will use the slogans and photos on an EMUS “quilt” to be displayed on campus and in outreach efforts with public officials and media.

Congratulations Hart STF for your hard work and great effort raising awareness!

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Jan 08 2014

Pitching EMUS at the Winter Workshop

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January 8, 2014: Student leaders from STF chapters, teacher advisors and supporters reviewed EMUS campaign progress and prepared for spring advocacy meetings with elected officials and international representatives…

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Dec 10 2013

International Human Rights Day!

As many of you know today is Human Rights Day. The UN first established this day to highlight the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all people and nations. This year we are thrilled to announce that two iconic buildings—New York’s Empire State Building and Toronto’s CN Tower—will be shining HRW blue to commemorate Human Rights Day, and in recognition of Human Rights Watch’s 35 years of work worldwide to protect and promote human rights…

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Dec 07 2013

AOC and Hart Educate Santa Clarita Valley

Sixteen STF members from four chapters (Academy of the Canyons, Golden Valley High, Hart High and Valencia High) hosted an EMUS Campaign exhibit at the Annual Santa Clarita Valley Literacy and Arts Festival on Saturday, December 7th at the Newhall library. STF students provided attendees with information about EMUS and took photos of teens and adults who wanted to join the campaign…

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Nov 20 2013

Sierra Canyon Learns About EMUS

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November 20, 2013: The Sierra Canyon STF Chapter, the FREE Club, hosted an event to introduce the End Military Use of Schools Campaign to their school. Club members introduced the campaign, gave examples of what the campaign is and what it is not, and showed the EMUS Tumblr page…

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Nov 12 2013

HRW Defenders Join International EMUS Campaign

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November 12, 2013: In an evening of empowerment, the Student Task Force joined Human Rights Watch to honor Natalia Taubina (Russia) and Alina Diaz (U.S.) with the 2013 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. Prior to the annual dinner and award ceremony, STF hosted a reception for students and teachers to meet the honorees and HRW researchers. Students were inspired by Ms. Diaz, who works to protect immigrant farmworkers from sexual assault, and Ms. Taubina, who exposes police abuse in Russia.

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Oct 09 2013

Bede Sheppard Visits Carson, Pali, SAMO, New Roads and STF leaders

October 9, 2013: Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director of HRW’s Children’s Rights Division, met with students at Carson HS, Palisades Charter HS, Santa Monica HS and New Roads School to discuss the consequences of armies and rebel groups taking over schools in 24 countries around the world. Late in the day, in a special session at HRW offices, Bede worked with STF leaders from 11 high schools…

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Oct 01 2013

SCV STF to Host “Girl Rising” Events

When: Friday, October 11
Time: 4:30pm matinee and 7:30pm encore
Where: Hart High School Auditorium
Address: 24825 North Newhall Avenue, Santa Clarita
About the film: “Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.”

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Sep 21 2013

STF Launches the EMUS Campaign!

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, more than 70 participants representing 14 high schools and many STF supporters gathered for the annual STF Fall Leadership Workshop at UCLA. Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director of the HRW Children’s Rights Division, introduced STFers to the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign via video from Europe.

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Aug 22 2013

2013 Fall Leadership Workshop Save the Date

Important information:
Who: You, your fellow STF leaders, teachers, advisors, and speakers
Where: UCLA, Kerckhoff Hall
When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 12:30-4:30pm*
Campaign: End Military Use of Schools
RSVP today!

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