Learning from Survivors

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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Oakwood’s Camp Supports Human Rights Week

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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Sierra Canyon Educates for Justice

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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STFers Request More HRE

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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Canyon and Pali Camps Reach 1,000 Students!

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January 20 and 21, 2015: Hosting back-to-back events, Canyon and Pali High Schools educated 1,000 participants at their Children’s Rights Camps.

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HRW Sends in the E-Team on January 30!

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Friday, January 30, 2015
6:00 pm | Doors open – Meet & Greet with Peter Bouckaert
7:00 pm | E-Team Film Screening, followed by discussion
9:00 pm | Reception with tacos

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Valencia STF Presents the CRC

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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New Roads School Hosts Children’s Rights Camp

December 9, 2014: More than 250 students, teachers and school administrators attended the New Roads’ Children’s Rights Camp to celebrate human rights.

STFers asked participants to sign online petitions, call the White House, create EMUS slogans and share their family’s migration stories to promote discussion of the children’s rights violations presented in the camp.

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First Stops for the Traveling Children’s Rights Camp

November 21 and 25, 2014: Santa Monica and Wildwood STF Chapters hosted the first traveling Children’s Rights Camps in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

More than 550 6-12th graders learned about the need for US ratification of the CRC, military use of schools, child migrants, child tobacco workers and juvenile justice in California…

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Santa Clarita Valley STF Hosts “Die-Ins”

November 20, 2014: The Santa Clarita Valley STF chapters commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by staging “die-ins” at Canyon High School and Academy of the Canyons.

In a symbolic gesture to raise awareness among their peers, STFers “died” from variety of causes linked to human rights abuses faced by children or because the rights of children are not fully protected…

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HRW Defenders Visit the Traveling Children’s Rights Camp

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November 11, 2014: STF students and teachers joined over 700 other dinner guests to honor human rights defenders and celebrate the dedication of Human Rights Watch’s longtime supporter, Sid Sheinberg. STF contributed to the evening by hosting a preview of the traveling Children’s Rights Camp during the reception for the annual HRW Voices for Justice Dinner…

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HRW Researcher Lewis Mudge Inspires STFers

September 22, 2014: Lewis Mudge, HRW Researcher on Rwanda, Burundi and Central African Republic, met with current STFers and alumni to discuss life in Africa and what it is like being a HRW researcher. After discussing Lewis’s path to HRW, the group focused on his role in documenting the violence in the Central African Republic and political disappearances in Rwanda. Students asked pointed questions to help them develop ideas for their spring efforts to raise awareness about genocide…

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Join Us for “Sweet Dreams”

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
3:00 pm Doors open – Meet & Greet with HRW Research Lewis Mudge
4:00 pm Film screening and panel discussion
6:00 pm Reception with light hors d’oeurvres
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Raising the Roof for Children’s Rights

September 6, 2014: With the help of 60 students, teachers and friends, STF kicked off the 2014-2015 Traveling Children’s Rights Camp during the Fall Leadership Workshop at Wildwood School. Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director of the HRW Children’s Rights Division, joined participants via Skype from Jerusalem to discuss the growing international attention for EMUS…

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EMUS Succeeds Internationally

August 20, 2014: While many of us were vacationing, STF student delegations met with representatives from Finland, New Zealand, the Philippines and Australia to raise awareness of and support for the EMUS Campaign. Students from New Roads, Oakwood, Palisades Charter, Santa Monica and Sierra Canyon schools asked Consul Generals to encourage their governments to step …

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 6 Fall 2014 Leadership Workshop

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Who: You, your fellow STF leaders, teachers, advisors, and speakers
Where: Wildwood School
When: Saturday, September 6
Time: 12:30-4:00pm
Campaign: US Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), accompanied by STF’s traveling Children’s Rights Camp
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Building a Local HRE Collaborative Community

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August 2, 2014: At the third HRE USA Southern California Regional HRE Gathering, 20 educators, students and community members met at the Human Rights Watch Los Angeles office to establish a local Human Rights Education (HRE) collaborative community. Participants shared human rights resources, curricula, and methods, and discussed how to create opportunities to observe HRE best practices in all subject areas. The group was joined by special guests Nancy Flowers and Bill Fernekes…

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Consul General Sada Says “Sí” to EMUS

June 23, 2014: In February, Mexican Consul General Carlos M. Sada learned about the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign during a community presentation by STF Co-President Karina Duarte at Palisades Charter High School. He welcomed a follow-up meeting with STF. On June 23, representatives from Academy of the Canyons, Canyon, Golden Valley, New Roads, …

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STF Alumni Take Action for EMUS

June 22, 2014: In honor of STF’s 15th anniversary, more than 30 alumni gathered at the Second Alumni Reunion Party held at longtime STF friend Ann Kerr’s home.

Participants updated each other on their activities since leaving STF and discussed future plans, including moves to Cambodia, Singapore and New York City. Linda Gordon, outgoing STF Co-President from Santa Monica HS, explained this year’s STF campaign: End Military Use of Schools (EMUS). Attendees paired up, created slogans and took pictures for EMUS…

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STF Celebrates A Year of Firsts

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May 19, 2014: It has been a year of firsts for STF: created and launched an international social media campaign; was featured in an ABC News Flash; met privately with UN Ambassador Samantha Power; gained approval and support from Hart School District Governing Board to establish human rights education electives in district public high schools, and so much more…

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Congresswoman Janice Hahn Shocked by EMUS

May 13, 2014: Six members of the Carson STF chapter introduced Congresswoman Janice Hahn to the EMUS campaign on Tuesday. Congresswoman Hahn was enthusiastic to spread the word about EMUS, offering to send letters of support to government representatives and is also willing to make a statement on the House floor, entering the EMUS campaign into the Congressional record…

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Oakwood and Sierra Canyon Collaborate with Congressman Sherman’s Rep.

April 30, 2014: STFers from Oakwood and Sierra Canyon schools discussed EMUS with John Alford, the Senior Policy Deputy to Congressman Brad Sherman. After explaining the finer points of the campaign and the Draft Lucens Guidelines, participants explored some of Congressman Sherman’s priorities and brainstormed ways they could help him continue working for a peaceful world. Mr. Alford promised to introduce the congressman to EMUS and figure out how his office can assist the campaign…

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Golden Valley Presents A History of Genocide

April 29, 2014: Reaching out to more than 500 students, the Golden Valley STF chapter presented a history of genocide with the aid of the film “The Last Survivor.” Over three class periods, the audience learned the stories of survivors of the Holocaust and Rwanda genocides, as well as the conflicts in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the presentations, students were invited to write words of encouragement and friendship on red hearts for Darfuri refugees.

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HRW Hosts LA Premiere of “FOOD CHAINS”

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Friday, May 16, 2014
6:00 pm Reception with hearty hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm Film premiere and panel discussion
9:00 pm Reception with coffee and dessert

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Pali Commemorates Genocide Awareness Month

April 24, 2014: On the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Pali STF showed “The Last Survivor” to engaged students. Participants learned about the genocides in Armenia and Cambodia, as well as mass atrocities in Chile and Sierra Leone. They discussed the steps to genocide and ways high school students can make a difference.

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