Photos by Pam Bruns, Tom Pollock and Patricia Williams
September 7, 2019: Thirty years ago, the world made a promise to all its children. When the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989, they committed to do everything in their power to promote and protect children’s rights. At their fall workshop, STF also committed to help fulfill that promise by taking action on serious rights violations.
Using the framework of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 75 STF students, teachers and special guests discussed:
- Climate change,
- Ending gun violence,
- Children caught in the inhumane U.S. immigration detention centers,
- and Homeless youth in Los Angeles.
To begin their education process, participants viewed video excerpts of world renowned student advocates and heard from special guest speaker Tamar Chafets about her experiences working with homeless youth in Los Angeles since 2003. Following the presentations, STFers rotated through information stations and explored advocacy options they can share with their chapters.