Dec 10 2018

Illuminating the Skies for Human Rights

December 6, 2018: Thirty landmarks across the globe will shine bright blue on December 10, 2018, to celebrate Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights Watch said today. From New York to Beirut and Santiago to Sydney, the global lighting will highlight the fundamental principles of human dignity that the Universal Declaration affirms and that Human Rights Watch works to defend each day…

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Nov 28 2018

Celebrating A Human Rights Educator

November 28, 2018: Palisades Charter HS STF surprised STF Teacher Advisor Angelica Pereyra with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition presented by Aurelia Friedman, a representative of Congressman Ted Lieu. At their regular Wednesday meeting, students had also prepared an accordion business card version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to give everyone in attendance, plus, STF’s traditional blue icing cupcakes with a toothpick flag waving an article of the UDHR. Students gave a short presentation about the significance of the UDHR and thanked Ms. Pereyra for inspiring STF members for nearly 20 years. Photos of the event will circulate on social media on December 10, the official 70th anniversary of the UDHR.

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Nov 26 2018

Young Voters Turned Out in Historic Numbers, Early Estimates Show

According to US News, “young adults motivated by social issues and dissatisfied with the Trump administration turned out in record numbers to vote in the 2018 midterms and backed Democratic candidates by historic margins, initial analysis shows. This fall, HRW Student Task Force members got more than 1,200 people registered and preregistered to voteeducated their campus communities and got out the vote leading up to the November 6 midterm elections. Congratulations on so many successful events!

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Nov 15 2018

Celebrating 70 Years of the UDHR!

With the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) quickly approaching, STF is sharing our Celebrating 70 Years of the UDHR Toolkit. The toolkit has materials and resources to help you prepare for your December 10 celebrations including…

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Nov 13 2018

Speaking Out Where There Is Silence

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November 13, 2018: STF leaders and teachers gathered with HRW supporters to celebrate 40 years of HRW during the 2018 Voices for Justice Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Prior to the start of the dinner, Mike Bochenek, HRW Children’s Rights Division senior counsel, and Emma Daly, HRW Communications Director, discussed with STFers the importance of speaking up for human rights. Mr. Bochenek shared his experiences working with migrant children in detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border while Ms. Daly discussed the need to stand up against “fake news.”…

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Oct 25 2018

Students Vote for Human Rights at Canyon and Da Vinci

October 23-25, 2018: Canyon’s STF hosted a successful mock election. The STF chapter set up 15 polling booths on the outside stage for students to participate in a mock election on 10 human rights themed propositions. The propositions reflected the results of a human rights survey sent to 200 Canyon High students. Students were challenged to examine how “mock” laws would impact a variety of human rights…

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Oct 19 2018

Carson, Da Vinci and Golden Valley STF Chapters Register Voters

October 19, 2018: Preparing to beat California’s voter registration deadline on Monday, October 22, STF members at Carson Senior HS, Da Vinci Schools and Golden Valley HS registered and preregistered more than 100 students during lunch time activities throughout the week. They faced down high winds in Santa Clarita Valley and made last minute adjustments to improvise. Other schools used tents, voter booths, signs, announcements, student-made videos and mock election ballots to engage their classmates and work to increase voter turnout on November 6…

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Oct 09 2018

700 Future Voters Line Up at Mock Election at Palisades Charter HS

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October 9, 2018: Starting bright and early at 8am, STF organizers welcomed the first classrooms to Mercer Auditorium to participate in voter registration and Palisades Charter HS’s first mock election for the crucial November 6 Midterms. The Palisades STF chapter joined with the school’s Leadership Class and the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office to present 40-minute sessions throughout the school day to over 700 students and teachers…

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Sep 25 2018

STF Registers Voters

September 25, 2018: STFers at Archer School for Girls, Crossroads School, Culver City HS and Sierra Canyon School participated in National Voter Registration Day preregistering and registering students and faculty to vote in the November 6, 2018 midterm elections. STF chapters got more than 150 people registered to vote throughout the day!

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Sep 15 2018

Vote for Human Rights!

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September 15, 2018: Inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the HRW Student Task Force members are calling on their friends, families, classmates, teachers and communities to vote for human rights in the November 6 midterm election in our Vote for Human Rights Campaign…

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Aug 24 2018

Join Us for the LA Premiere of “Naila and the Uprising”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:00 pm | Doors open
6:30 pm | Movie, followed by Q&A
8:30 pm | Reception

Presented at the Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Purchase Tickets Today!

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Aug 09 2018

“Picture Human Rights” National Contest

The Human Rights Watch Student Task Force has teamed up with HRE USA to announce the 2018 Picture Human Rights Poster Contest. Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate. To help you get started, HRE USA has created the Picture Human Rights Resource Kit with ideas on how you can learn more about the UDHR and celebrate it in your own community…

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Jul 11 2018

Advocating for Our Community

With too many human rights at risk in the U.S., STFers have been advocating to protect their communities. This past fall, STFers defended the human rights of DACA recipients with the help of spoken word artist and DACA recipient, Alex Alpharaoh. Following the Parkland, FL school shooting in February, STFers planned and/or participated in national walkouts, die-ins, and preregistered nearly a thousand future high school student voters. Read more about this dynamic year of advocacy in the 2017-18 STF Year in Review.

We included updates from our wonderful STF student and intern alumni. Stay updated with our STF alumni on our STF Alumni page online and in print version of the STF Year in Review.

Thank you for your dedication to human rights advocacy and have a great summer!
STF Team: Pam, Nancy, Kristin, Lizbeth, Ella, Sydney, Lissette, Lalise, Drew and Charlie

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Jun 19 2018

Facebook Live on “Zero Tolerance” Family Separations

June 19, 2018: We urge you to watch this Facebook Live discussion with HRW Children’s Rights Division Mike Garcia Bochenek, who has just returned from McAllen, Texas, where he visited a Border Patrol detention center. Mike spoke about the conditions he saw, the people he met, and the trauma children can suffer from being separated from their parents. Watch to learn more.

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Apr 24 2018

Giving Passion A Strategy

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April 24, 2018: Surrounded by posters and art from their year of human rights advocacy, 50 current and rising STF leaders, teachers and guests celebrated their efforts to protect the human rights of DACA recipients, calling for school safety and an end to gun violence, and raising awareness about the possible genocide against the Rohingya in Burma at the STF Year-End Leadership Workshop…

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Apr 08 2018

Join Us on May 1, 2018 for “ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power”

Join us for a special screening of ANITA, followed by a Q&A with Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock.

On October 11, 1991, a poised young law professor sent shock waves through the nation as she sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee intrepidly testifying to the lewd behavior of a Supreme Court nominee.

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, the Film Club revisits Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s ANITA, which crystallizes the sexist power dynamics in the room that day and unravels the impact of that lightning-rod moment on Anita Hill’s life and the broader discussion of gender inequality in America.

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Mar 19 2018

Harvard-Westlake STF Connects DACA and Music

March 19, 2018, The Chronicle (Harvard-Westlake School’s online student newspaper): The Human Rights Watch Student Task Force hosted the American Youth Symphony Orchestra to facilitate conversations about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and immigration in Ahmanson Lecture Hall on Monday…

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Mar 14 2018

STFers Say #Enough!

March 14, 2018: STFers walked out, held moments of silence, remembered the 17 victims from Stoneman Douglas HS, spoke up for their human rights to safety and education, demanded protection from gun violence, registered voters and signed letters and petitions to legislators. On Wednesday, STFers joined students from more than 3,000 schools in the U.S. to raise their voices to end gun violence…

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Feb 23 2018

STF in Action for DACA

As Congress fails to protect the human rights of DACA recipients, this spring STFers are engaging their campus communities to keep the conversation alive. Actions include:

Chapters collected petition signatures urging Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Santa Clarita Valley Congressman Steve Knight to pass a clean DREAM Act…

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Feb 09 2018

A Message from Alex Alpharaoh

Dear STF students and Leadership,
I wish to begin by expressing my deepest gratitude. Gratitude for the selfless work you are doing in your schools and communities in an effort to create awareness by creating bridges of solidarity through positive dialogue and leadership through example. These are scary and challenging times for the immigrant community in the United States. It is so easy to feel discouraged and hopeless because our lives are being used as bargaining chips.

We NEED STF to continue helping us in this fight (for our rights).

-Alex

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Feb 01 2018

Emergency Actions for DACA

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February 1, 2018: “The deportation clock is ticking on hundreds of thousands of young people who know no other country,” said Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois. About 1,000 work permits a day will expire beginning on March 5, and all protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be stripped away on a rolling basis over the next 2-1/2 years. With this looming deadline threatening, more than 60 STF student leaders, teachers and special guests gathered for the 2018 Winter Leadership Workshop to reaffirm their commitment to protecting the human rights of DACA recipients and to determine the next steps for emergency actions…

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Jan 17 2018

Join Us on January 28, 2018 for “The Blood is at the Doorstep”

Get your tickets for the Human Rights Watch Film Club’s next screening, “The Blood Is at the Doorstep” Sunday, January 28. This human rights-related documentary looks at mental health, race and law enforcement following the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black man in Milwaukee…

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Nov 29 2017

Golden Valley TV Highlights Alex Alpharaoh Performance

November 29, 2017: Spoken word artist Alex Alpharaoh wrapped up his Student Task Force campus tour of “WET: A DACAmented Journey” at Golden Valley HS in Santa Clarita Valley. After his performance, the Golden Valley TV (GVTV) crew interviewed Alex to discuss his goals for telling his personal story of coming to the United States at a young age and living without documentation…

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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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