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Nov 12 2019
November 12, 2019: Attendees of the 2019 HRW Voices for Justice Dinner were inspired to stand for human rights after powerful presentations from HRW’s Executive Director Ken Roth; Rohingya writer and activist Imran Mohammad; HRW researchers and advocates working in Africa, Iran and China; Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef and a performance by the Gay Men’s Choir…
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Nov 08 2019
November 6-8, 2019: In a recent Los Angeles Times poll, 95% of LA County voters say homelessness is Los Angeles’ biggest problem. “…The poll showed broad agreement that societal problems — especially a lack of affordable housing and mental health resources — play a major role in causing homelessness”…
In order to help their classmates better understand how youth in Los Angeles might become homeless, Santa Monica and Palisades Charter High School STF chapters hosted homeless youth advocate Tamar Chafets. Tamar shared the story of a former student at Santa Monica HS student whose family ran into housing trouble and had to move from an apartment to a motel and ultimately to a shelter. Tamar’s goal in telling the story was to help dispel myths around homelessness and encouraged students to be empathetic and supportive of all their classmates, some of whom they may not realize are food or housing insecure…
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Nov 05 2019
November 5, 2019: Realizing their campus is in an area heavily impacted by wildfires, drought and other signs of climate change, Sierra Canyon STFers decided to take steps to ensure their school community does everything it can to reduce its carbon footprint.
Students conducted a waste audit of the trash and recycling opportunities on campus. They found that less than half of the classrooms and facilities had recycling bins, and those available around campus are not properly used.
In collaboration with school administrators, STFers are putting recycle bins in every classroom, administrative offices, the library and gym, and making sure they are labeled so students can learn what is and isn’t recyclable…
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Oct 30 2019
October 30, 2019: In 2009, on the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), STF members urged Los Angeles, Santa Clarita and Santa Monica City Councils to pass resolutions adopting the CRC on a local level. Inspired by their success, Culver City HS STF leaders recently met with Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells to present …
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Sep 07 2019
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…
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Aug 22 2019
Dear STF Leaders and Teacher Advisors, Please join us 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 the Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica. Important Information: Who: You, STF leaders, Teacher Advisors, guests, speakers When: Saturday, September 7, 9:30am-2:30pm …
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Aug 17 2019
August 17: On a splendid summer day overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Ann Kerr, Coordinator of the Visiting Fulbright Scholars program at UCLA, generously hosted the Student Task Force 20th anniversary reunion at her home in the Palisades. STF alumni, teacher advisors, interns, and special guests celebrated twenty years of training thousands of young advocates to protect human rights in their school communities and around the world. Responding to the frequent question of graduating high schoolers, “How do we stay connected with STF and Human Rights Watch?”, alumni at the party committed to forming an STF Alumni Network in Los Angeles. The new group will support the Los Angeles HRW Film Club screenings and ongoing HRW digital advocacy. Details to come. Let us know if you want to take part in developing this dynamic expansion of STF activism…
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Jun 19 2019
Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary by checking out A Year in the Life of STF! Share our tribute to Sid Sheinberg, longtime supporter of HRW and champion of STF, catch up on the advocacy efforts of the “Vote for Human Rights” and “Human Rights on the Southern Border” campaigns, learn about STFers’ meetings with a Holocaust survivor, Congressional representatives and their staff and see what STF alumni have been up to in 2018-19…
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May 24 2019
May 24, 2019: STF leaders from Academy of the Canyons, Canyon HS and Golden Valley HS met with Congresswoman Katie Hill to discuss human rights in the U.S. immigration system.
STFers shared a comprehensive overview of the work they did this spring to educate their peers on America’s immigration history and about current issues at the U.S. southern border…
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Apr 30 2019
April 30, 2019: At the 2019 Year-End Leadership Workshop, more than 60 STF leaders and teacher advisors heard from guest speakers who emphasized the importance of speaking up for the human rights of others.
After accepting letters to Congressman Ted Lieu recognizing his leadership in fighting for human rights in the U.S. immigration system, Daisy Paniagua-Uribe, Congressman Lieu’s Field Representative, commended the students for standing up for human rights on the U.S. southern border. She encouraged participants to write letters, call district or Washington, D.C. legislative offices and request meetings with their elected officials to make sure their concerns are heard….
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Apr 29 2019
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Apr 12 2019
March 12 – April 12, 2019: STF chapters continued to share STF’s Human Rights on the Southern Border exhibit, launched by Palisades Charter HS STF on March 1. Academy of the Canyons, Canyon HS, Carson HS, Da Vinci Schools, Golden Valley HS and New Roads School STF chapters hosted the traveling exhibit for hundreds of students, teachers, parents, community members and a representative from Congresswoman Katie Hill’s office…
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Apr 10 2019
Each year, Human Rights Watch hosts an International Council Summit for board members, donors, staff and guests to discuss what is happening within the organization. This year, the Council Summit is in Los Angeles and we are asking for volunteers from STF to assist with the event. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know ASAP…
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Mar 08 2019
March 8, 2019, HRW: Human Rights Watch mourns the death of our friend, supporter and board member Sid Sheinberg, a legendary Hollywood executive who died at home on March 7 aged 84. Sheinberg and his wife Lorraine worked tirelessly for decades to support human rights and were instrumental in helping Human Rights Watch to establish work on the rights of women and LGBT people…
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Mar 01 2019
March 1, 2019: Palisades Charter HS’s Human Rights Watch Student Task Force presented their special exhibit, “Human Rights on the Southern Border,” on Friday, March 1 in their school auditorium.
The exhibit was produced by Pali’s Student Task Force, with the support of the Latino Student Union, to provide significant facts about the people and geography along the 2,000-mile U.S. southern border, why people cross it, and examples of basic human rights violations documented by human rights organizations…
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Jan 31 2019
January 31, 2019: As headlines about immigration dominate the news, 60 Student Task Force leaders, teacher advisers and supporters gathered for the 2019 Winter Leadership Workshop to launch Human Rights on the Southern Border campaign.
Grace Meng, a senior researcher with HRW’s U.S. Program, shared the story of a young mother and her daughter who fled gang violence in Honduras and explained why the U.S. immigration system is inhumane and disrespects human rights…
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Jan 14 2019
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Dec 10 2018
December 10, 2018: Thanks to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and nations’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted, untold human suffering prevented and the foundations for a more just world have been laid. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity. To educate about and to honor the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, members of the HRW Student Task Force hosted film screenings, art contests, photo challenges, posted visual displays around campus and filmed videos expressing why the anniversary is so significant…
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Dec 10 2018
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
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
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 vote, educated 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
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