Nov 13 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Aug 09 2018
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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).
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Feb 01 2018
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
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Nov 29 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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