SAMO STF Hosts HRE Workshop for Teachers

March 26, 2014: For the second year, SAMO STF members hosted teachers and administrators for a Human Rights Education (HRE) workshop during SAMOHI University. A dedicated group of educators and STFers discussed ways to incorporate HRE into English, science and foreign language courses. Students provided participants with suggestions and techniques for introducing HRE through specific lesson plans, reading lists, and other materials…

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Congressman Waxman Supports EMUS

March 18, 2014: Human Rights Watch Student Task Force members from Oakwood, Palisades Charter, Santa Monica, Sierra Canyon and Wildwood chapters met with Congressman Henry Waxman of the 33rd District and presented background about the End Military Use of Schools Campaign….

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SAMO STF “Occupies” Freshmen Seminars

February 21, 2014: Santa Monica High School STF hosted a simulation event for the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign, “occupying” freshmen seminar classes in their Humanities Center.

Beginning as a membership recruitment effort, leaders introduced STF, human rights and the right to education. All of a sudden, the lights went off and the chaos started…

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“Hanging Out” With Japan

February 14, 2014: STF leaders from Academy of the Canyon, Santa Monica High School and Palisades Charter High School met with two high schoolers interning with the Human Rights Watch Tokyo office for a Google Hangout session. The students shared engagement and photo gathering techniques, including explanations of different events both the Japanese and American students have hosted since the start of the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign. They discussed next steps for EMUS in the US and brainstormed ideas of how the Japanese students can continue to expand the campaign on their end…

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Congratulations STF for 1,000+ Photos!

A message from Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director, HRW Children’s Rights Division:
“Congratulations Student Task Force for collecting the voices of 1,000 students and teachers calling for an end to the military use of schools. We at Human Rights Watch will now be taking these messages to the world’s decision makers to let them know how important it is to students and teachers for schools to be safe places to study and learn.

“Over the next few months we will be delivering your photos to diplomats at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and we will be taking them to meetings with government officials in Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance (and creativity too). Onwards to the next 1,000!”

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Wildwood Competes for EMUS

February 11, 2014: Wildwood School’s STF chapter successfully ran a school-wide promotion of the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign. With a goal to educate their campus and collect photos, Wildwood STF created a video that explained the background of this pressing human rights violation. Once the school community was intrigued and informed, the STF chapter introduced the “EMUS Epic Competition.”…

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Hart Educates With A Heart

February 6, 2014: Hart STF chapter held two assemblies, reaching out to 180 students and teachers on campus. Chapter leaders connected with the audience, conveying the urgency of the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign through video and PowerPoint. After the presentation, participants took action, creating slogans and posing for photos for the EMUS Tumblr site. Hart STFers will use the slogans and photos on an EMUS “quilt” to be displayed on campus and in outreach efforts with public officials and media.

Congratulations Hart STF for your hard work and great effort raising awareness!

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Pitching EMUS at the Winter Workshop

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January 8, 2014: Student leaders from STF chapters, teacher advisors and supporters reviewed EMUS campaign progress and prepared for spring advocacy meetings with elected officials and international representatives…

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International Human Rights Day!

As many of you know today is Human Rights Day. The UN first established this day to highlight the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all people and nations. This year we are thrilled to announce that two iconic buildings—New York’s Empire State Building and Toronto’s CN Tower—will be shining HRW blue to commemorate Human Rights Day, and in recognition of Human Rights Watch’s 35 years of work worldwide to protect and promote human rights…

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AOC and Hart Educate Santa Clarita Valley

Sixteen STF members from four chapters (Academy of the Canyons, Golden Valley High, Hart High and Valencia High) hosted an EMUS Campaign exhibit at the Annual Santa Clarita Valley Literacy and Arts Festival on Saturday, December 7th at the Newhall library. STF students provided attendees with information about EMUS and took photos of teens and adults who wanted to join the campaign…

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Sierra Canyon Learns About EMUS

November 20, 2013: The Sierra Canyon STF Chapter, the FREE Club, hosted an event to introduce the End Military Use of Schools Campaign to their school. Club members introduced the campaign, gave examples of what the campaign is and what it is not, and showed the EMUS Tumblr page…

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HRW Defenders Join International EMUS Campaign

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November 12, 2013: In an evening of empowerment, the Student Task Force joined Human Rights Watch to honor Natalia Taubina (Russia) and Alina Diaz (U.S.) with the 2013 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. Prior to the annual dinner and award ceremony, STF hosted a reception for students and teachers to meet the honorees and HRW researchers. Students were inspired by Ms. Diaz, who works to protect immigrant farmworkers from sexual assault, and Ms. Taubina, who exposes police abuse in Russia.

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Bede Sheppard Visits Carson, Pali, SAMO, New Roads and STF leaders

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October 9, 2013: Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director of HRW’s Children’s Rights Division, met with students at Carson HS, Palisades Charter HS, Santa Monica HS and New Roads School to discuss the consequences of armies and rebel groups taking over schools in 24 countries around the world. Late in the day, in a special session at HRW offices, Bede worked with STF leaders from 11 high schools…

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SCV STF to Host “Girl Rising” Events

When: Friday, October 11
Time: 4:30pm matinee and 7:30pm encore
Where: Hart High School Auditorium
Address: 24825 North Newhall Avenue, Santa Clarita
About the film: “Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.”

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STF Launches the EMUS Campaign!

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On Saturday, September 21, 2013, more than 70 participants representing 14 high schools and many STF supporters gathered for the annual STF Fall Leadership Workshop at UCLA. Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director of the HRW Children’s Rights Division, introduced STFers to the End Military Use of Schools (EMUS) Campaign via video from Europe.

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2013 Fall Leadership Workshop Save the Date

Important information:
Who: You, your fellow STF leaders, teachers, advisors, and speakers
Where: UCLA, Kerckhoff Hall
When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 12:30-4:30pm*
Campaign: End Military Use of Schools
RSVP today!

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SCV STF Meets with Assemblyman Wilk On SB260

August 16, 2013: STF members representing the Santa Clarita Valley STF Chapters met with Assemblyman Scott Wilk to seek his support for SB 260. Marie-Claire Erdynast (Co-President, Hart STF) opened the meeting with an introduction about STF and the work the students have done to support children’s rights.

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Second Human Rights Educators Gathering

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12, 2013: Professionals, educators and students focused on Human Rights Education (HRE) gathered at the Los Angeles offices of Human Rights Watch to get to know the HRE USA network and regional members, encourage partnership and resource-sharing of ideas and materials for implementing HRE.

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“The Invisible War” Screening A Success!

June 23, 2013: Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, The Invisible War is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the victims’ struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. Hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much-needed change.

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STF Alumni Reunion Recap

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June 2, 2013: STF Alumni, representing 14 years of student activism, attended the first-ever Alumni Reunion Party held at Pam Bruns’ home.

“It was a wonderful event and it was great to connect with other current and former STF interns and students,” said recent Tufts graduate Amy Calfas, STF Alumna 2008-2009…

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Human Rights Educators Gather

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May 11, 2013: Human rights educators and students gathered at the Los Angeles offices of Human Rights Watch to learn more about the HRE USA National Network, get to know fellow educators, and determine the priorities for human rights education in the Southern California Region…

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“The Invisible War” Film Screening

Sunday, June 23, 2013: Human Rights Watch is hosting a screening and discussion of the Academy Award nominated documentary, The Invisible War. This passionate and important film has drawn attention to the shameful and under-reported epidemic of rape within the US military.
Student Tickets – $15
General Tickets – $25

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STF Finishes Strong

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April 30, 2013: “From the STF Fall Leadership Workshop at UCLA to the ‘Walk for Your Right to Education’ event at Carson High School, we have made unyielding efforts to improve our schools across the L.A. County, and with much success, we have achieved more than what we foresaw… We must continue to collaborate with one another to gain momentum each year and to learn from our past experiences to make each year more successful than the past,” said Abdiel Lopez…

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Santa Monica HS Works with Teachers to Include HRE

April 24, 2013: In an effort to increase human rights education (HRE) on their campus, Santa Monica HS’s (SAMO) STF chapter developed a student-led HRE workshop for instructors on their campus.

Students provided teachers and administrators with techniques, lesson plans and materials for integrating HRE into English, history, psychology, and language classes.

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Carson Walked for Their Right to Education

April 6, 2013: Students and community members gathered at Carson High School to participate in the chapter’s “Walk for Your Right to Education” event. Over 50 walkers learned about juvenile justice and the new legislation SB260, the local right to education and the Williams Complaint Process, and the Human Rights Mobile Library. Participants wrote letters to Rahma in Camp Djabal in Chad and raised support to help rebuild the recently destroyed Human Rights Mobile Library in the camp.

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