Demanding Accountability

Canyon HS students role play scenarios of migrants and asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico at their Human Rights on the Southern Border Tent Exhibit. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez

As we wrap up the 2022-23 academic year, STFers from Canyon, Da Vinci, Palisades Charter and Wildwood high schools engage their classmates in advocacy and demanding decision-makers uphold basic human rights.

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May 11, 2023: Combining images from the Human Rights on the Southern Border exhibit with a special screening of “The Real Death Valley” documentary, Wildwood STF engaged classmates in their spring advocacy campaign. After the film, 60 participants discussed the end of Title 42 and signed petitions to Congressman Ted Lieu demanding he prevent the use of similar deadly deterrence policies in the future. Photo by Giulia Prough
May 16, 2023: Nearly 200 Canyon HS students signed petitions asking Congressman Mike Garcia to end the use of deadly deterrence policies in the U.S. immigration system. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez
May 16, 2023: “Two years ago, I stood in front of the board urging you to invest in our future, to be part of the solution by taking action against the climate crisis… We need administrative backing from the board to ensure follow through and effective implementation of climate education in the classroom…” said Clementine Causse, Palisades Charter HS STF Vice President. Clementine spoke to her school board members on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Palisades Charter HS Clean Energy Resolution. Her statement was one of several public comments holding the school board accountable for their pledge to achieve energy efficiency, 100% clean renewable energy sources with focus on environmental justice and equity. This effort was follow up from STF’s Human Rights and the Climate Crisis Campaign. Video by Ryan Carpenter (Click to watch, 1:57)
May 22-24, 2023: Following their successful screening of “The Real Death Valley” to the entire 11th grade at Da Vinci Communications, the Da Vinci STF chapter will host the film for 9th and 10th grade students. In partnership with two teachers, STFers will show the documentary, lead a discussion and ask students to sign their petition to Congressman Ted Lieu. 

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