When a young Egyptian woman travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to 60 years of military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice in a country in the grips of a power struggle, where there is little tolerance for the likes of her. Buoyed by the other activists she meets along the way, Hend Nefea’s story mirrors the trajectory of the Arab Spring – from the ecstasy of newfound courage to the agony of shattered dreams. In the end, despite crushing setbacks, it is resilience that sustains the hope for reform even in the darkest hours of repression.
Sep 20 2015
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Sep 01 2015
We are in the midst of the worst refugee crisis the world has seen since World War II. Worldwide displacement has reached a staggering all-time high as war and persecution relentlessly rage on in too many places around the world. Over 60 million people have been forced from their homes, fleeing for their lives. Thousands find themselves making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.
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Aug 29 2015
August 29, 2015: Over 70 students, teachers and special guests attended the STF Fall Leadership Workshop at Wildwood School to learn about the most serious world-wide refugee crisis since World War II. Participants heard from long-time friends at i-Act, who work in Darfuri refugee camps in Chad, and from an STF leader who fled for her life from Afghanistan and recently secured political asylum…
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Aug 05 2015
As you head back to school, we invite you to one of our most important events of the year: STF Fall Leadership Workshop!
Who: You, STF leaders, Teacher Advisors, guests and speakers
When: Saturday, August 29, 9:30am – 2:00pm
Where: Wildwood School
More details coming soon!
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Jul 28 2015
July 27-28, 2015: Educators, administrators and students gathered for a two day workshop at Palisades Charter High School to gain knowledge about the historical and contemporary significance of human rights and the mechanisms that protect them and to reinforce the skills and values to uphold human rights. Human rights education (HRE) expert, Nancy Flowers, joined participants…
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May 05 2015
May 5, 2015: Fifty-five students, teachers and guests listened in awe of Dr. Henry Oster, Holocaust survivor, as he shared his story at the STF Year-End Leadership Workshop. Graduating STF intern Alexa Mencia said, “An experience like meeting Dr. Oster would have significantly shaped my course of study and action as a high school student.”
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Apr 23 2015
April 23, 2015: At an after school event, more than 100 students gathered to listen to listen to a presentation about the Rwanda Genocide from expert and STF alumna, Amy Marczewski Carnes, Associate Director of Education – Evaluation and Scholarship. Amy talked about her travels to Rwanda, meeting the women drummers of Ingoma Nshya and tasting ice cream at “Sweet Dreams.” During the Q&A session, Amy asked the audience what can be done to prevent future genocides. One student responded, “By holding events like this. Having open forums for discussion can help prevent atrocities.”
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Apr 22 2015
April 22, 2015: 250 students and teachers gathered at Carson High School to listen to STF alumna, Jasmina Repak, speak about her experiences as a teenager during the Bosnian Civil War. As a teenager, Jasmina learned about the genocide in Srebrenica and discussed the event with the Carson students. After her presentation, the audience watched “Sweet Dreams” and participated in a Q&A with Jasmina.
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Apr 20 2015
April 20, 2015: STF friend, Alepho Deng, spoke to 150 students at Valencia High School about his experiences as a Lost Boy of Sudan. He then joined STF leaders in Santa Clarita Valley for dinner, before speaking at the Valencia City Library. More than 95 members of the community came to hear Alepho. Audience members expressed their gratitude to STF for hosting the event and raising awareness of human rights issues.
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Apr 16 2015
April 16, 2015: Reaching more than 400 students and teachers, the Palisades Charter High School STF chapter hosted an all day event to educate their campus about Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. They explained the history of the Rwandan genocide and screened “Sweet Dreams.” They also had a gallery walk of information about other major genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Apr 13 2015
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Apr 09 2015
April 9, 2015: Sierra Canyon’s FREE Club educated their classmates about Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. They hosted an evening event, sharing information about the Armenian, Cambodian, Bosnian, Rwandan and Darfur genocides before screening “Sweet Dreams.”
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Apr 08 2015
April 8, 2015: With the help of 60 students, the New Roads STF Chapter hosted a “die-in” to honor the victims and survivors of genocide. Students “died” in the main lunch area for 10 minutes as the entire high school walked past. Armed with signs and audience attention, speakers read facts from the Armenian, Holocaust, Cambodian, Bosnian, Rwandan and Darfur genocides. Prior to the “die-in,” STFers presented Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month at an all school meeting.
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Feb 17 2015
February 17, 2015: Student leaders and teacher advisors gathered at the STF Winter Leadership workshop to review the successful Children’s Rights Camps and launch the Genocide Awareness and Prevention efforts for April.
Students walked a 20th and 21st Century gallery of genocide and shared their knowledge and questions about: Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
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Feb 11 2015
February 11, 2015: Oakwood STF hosted their Children’s Rights Camp event as part of their school’s Diversity Week dedicated to human rights.
Educating more than 300 4th-12th grade students, teachers and administrators, the three-tent camp raised awareness about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, military use of schools and child migrants.
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Feb 05 2015
February 5, 2015: The Sierra Canyon STF chapter, the FREE Club, invited more than 200 students and teachers to learn about the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Child Migrants, EMUS and Juvenile Justice issues at their Children’s Rights Camp.
In a meaningful show of support, students wrote 150 letters to California Governor Brown in support of Edel Gonzalez, the first person originally sentenced to Juvenile Life Without Parole to be given a parole-eligible sentence under SB260…
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Feb 03 2015
February 3, 2015: New Roads School invited human rights education (HRE) expert, Nancy Flowers, to discuss incorporating more human rights into their curriculum at a half-day workshop. STF leaders Matthew An and Jessica Martinez spoke to the assembled faculty at the STF co-sponsored event, explaining why HRE is so important from the student perspective…
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Dec 10 2014
December 10, 2014: Valencia STF hosted a special school assembly to commemorate Human Rights Day in collaboration with the UNICEF and Help the Children clubs. Students and teachers learned about the importance of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, child soldiers, child marriage, child farmworkers and the right to education…
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