Nov 17 2017

“Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” Inspires STF

November 17, 2017: The Academy of the Canyons STF chapter hosted more than 200 students for the film “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower,” on the campus of College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita Valley. The documentary follows Joshua Wong, a teenager who rallied thousands of students to skip school and occupy the streets of Hong Kong. The film follows Joshua as he becomes one of the autonomous territory’s most notorious dissidents, successfully disrupting government plans to transfer power back to China.

The event was well received and students asked questions concerning Joshua Wong’s sentencing to jail terms. Students said Joshua’s courage inspires them to stand up to injustices here at home…

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Nov 14 2017

A Night to Remember: HRW Voices for Justice Dinner 2017

In an inspiring night celebrating the defense of human rights, Student Task Force leaders, teachers and special guests gathered at the 2017 Human Rights Watch Voices for Justice Dinner. During STF’s personal meeting with HRW Emergencies Director Peter Bouckaert and Programs Director Iain Levine, attendees learned how Peter and Iain came to be human rights advocates and they shared stories from the field. Following their encouragement, students gathered petition signatures from dinner guests, asking Congressional leaders to support a bipartisan, clean DREAM Act, while other STFers heard updates on Joshua Wong from “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” director Joe Piscatella…

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Nov 08 2017

“I am an American”

October 23 – November 8, 2017: Alex Alpharaoh, DACA recipient and spoken word artist, has been essential helping STF advocate for the human rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This fall Alex has performed his show, “WET: A DACAmented Journey,” at the STF Leadership Workshop, Santa Monica HS, Palisades Charter HS, Sierra Canyon School, Carson HS, Crossroads School, Culver City HS and New Roads School. He will be at Golden Valley on November 29. Thousands of students and teachers have witnessed Alex’s emotional journey about growing up undocumented in Los Angeles…

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Oct 25 2017

STF Urges William S. Hart School District to Protect DACA Students

October 25, 2017: Santa Clarita Valley STF students urged administrators in the William S. Hart Union High School District to protect the human rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients on their campuses. Leaders from Academy of the Canyons, Canyon, Golden Valley and Valencia high schools asked district officials to: 1.) Draft an official statement of district policy to protect undocumented children raised in the U.S.; 2.) Write a letter to parents assuring the protection of all students from interview or detention by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on school sites; and 3.) Provide counseling resources for students encountering anxiety or depression due to fears of deportation…

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Oct 16 2017

Alex Alpharaoh Inspires SAMO

October 16, 2017: To personalize the struggles of undocumented youth in the United States, the HRW Student Task Force Santa Monica High School chapter invited Alex Alpharaoh, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient and spoken word artist, to perform his show “WET: A DACAmented Journey” for more than 400 students and teachers. Alex shared the painful challenges he faced growing up in Los Angeles without legal status, and how the DACA program changed his life…

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Sep 16 2017

Protect the Human Rights of DACA Recipients

September 16, 2017: Since 2012, more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children were allowed to go to school and work without fear of deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On September 5, 2017, President Trump rescinded the program and gave Congress six months to determine the fate of DACA recipients. Human Rights Watch has said, “Trump’s repeal of DACA will expose hundreds of thousands of people to deportation by a cruel and unjust immigration system.”…

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Sep 07 2017

Don’t Miss “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower”

Get your tickets for the Human Rights Watch Film Club’s next screening, “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower,” Sunday, September 17. STF will be saluted at this event, including panel moderator, STF Director Pam Bruns, and a student panelist. Help us fill the theater!

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Aug 10 2017

2017 Fall Leadership Workshop Save the Date: Saturday, September 16

Please join us Saturday, September 16, 9:30am-2:30pm for the STF Fall Leadership Workshop (click to officially RSVP) to learn about our new fall advocacy campaign! The event will be generously hosted at Fullscreen, a creative media company.

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