New Roads Mock Violation Stirs Student Awareness

March 13, 2013: The New Roads Student Task Force Workshop held a mock human rights violation event on their campus, inspired from an idea discussed at the STF Winter Leader’s Meeting. In an effort to educate their campus about human rights, STF members selected students from various groups on campus to be a part of their activity.

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Gabriel Stauring Motivates Pali

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March 5, 2013: Gabriel Stauring met with 130 students at Palisades High School and reported on the success of the human rights mobile libraries STF created and launched in Darfuri refugee camps last year. He also showed video reports from the camp, including Rahma, the inspiring teenage librarian.

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Sierra Canyon Hosts Right to Education Panel Discussion

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Feb. 27, 2013: The Sierra Canyon STF Chapter, the FREE Club, hosted “Bridging the Gap: Right to Education,” a panel discussion focused on the systemic issues plaguing the education system in California, as well as potential solutions to the problems.

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SCV STF Demonstrates Power of Student Advocacy

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Inspired by the STF 2012 Fall Workshop, Santa Clarita Valley students set out to ensure that schools in the Williams S. Hart Union High School District are providing the basic educational necessities required under the landmark 2004 Williams v. California settlement.

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HRW’s Zama Coursen-Neff Inspires New Roads Students

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Feb. 11, 2013: “People often say that human rights violations are like mushrooms, they grow best in the dark… One of the most important things that students can do to promote human rights is to stay informed about the issues,” Zama Coursen-Neff, HRW’s Children’s Rights Division Director, told 150 captivated New Roads 9-12th grade students.

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Wildwood Leads in Restoring Human Rights Mobile Library

Jan 29, 2013: Wildwood STF leaders welcomed Gabriel Stauring to an all-school presentation to discuss resupplying the recently destroyed Human Rights Mobile Library in Camp Djabal in Chad. After watching videos of the camp’s librarian Rahma, 7-12th graders asked questions about the Mobile Library, Rahma’s future and how they can help bring human rights education to Camp Djabal.

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New Assemblyman Bloom Confers with Student Activists

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Jan. 25, 2013: Freshman Assemblymember Richard Bloom conferred with STFers representing Santa Monica HS, Palisades Charter HS and New Roads School about subjects ranging from gun violence and school security to the Local Control Funding Formula, and from teacher evaluation to interjecting human rights education…

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STF Winter Leaders’ Meeting Jump Starts Semester

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January 10, 2013: Student leaders and teachers representing each STF chapter attended the Winter Leaders’ Planning Meeting to recap the fall activities and focus on the upcoming semester.

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Malala: An Unflinching Voice for Education

After writing an anonymous blog about education in Pakistan from age 11, Malala Yousafazi made headlines in October 2012 when she was shot in the head for standing up for her right to education. Malala is from the SWAT District of Pakistan, where the Taliban has banned all girls from attending school. She quickly became an inspiration to all STF as we have followed her story.

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STF Supports Launch of HRE USA Network

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) is a new network dedicated to promoting human rights education in the United States. Over the last year, the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force has been supporting the development of HRE USA, which is now open for general membership. The brochure will give you information about the mission and work of …

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STF Attends ACLU Dinner

December 3, 2012: Members of the Santa Clarita Valley STF chapters were invited to attend the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Annual Bill of Rights dinner to represent youth activism. The ACLU offered the invitation to the STF members because of their work in the Williams Compliance Research Project. The STF project seeks to examine …

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STF Hosts Reception for HRW 2012 Defender Awardee

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November 12, 2012: The Student Task Force joined the California Committee South in honoring Abbé Benoît Kinalegu, 2012 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism honoree from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Ida Sawyer, Human Rights Watch DRC researcher, for an evening of empowerment.

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Students Ask the Tough Questions

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October 25, 2012: “Every generation has their civil rights crisis and education definitively is yours (this generation’s),” said speakers at the STF co-sponsored Candidate and Issues Forum on Education. Though education is the priority of the state of California, most everyone admits it is in serious crisis.

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Student-led Candidate/Issues Forum on Education

Featuring: 50th Assembly District Candidates Richard Bloom and Betsy Butler and discussions with proponents of Propositions 30 and 38

EVENT DETAILS:
WHAT: The Right to Education: A Candidate and Issues Forum
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 7-8:30 pm
WHERE: MLK Auditorium, Santa Monica Branch Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA (Parking entrance off 7th St.)

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STF In Action

October 18-19, 2012: The New Roads STF Workshop held a voter registration drive on campus and signed up eight new voters.

November 5, 2012: Crossroads School will host “All Politics is Local: Social Justice and the 2012 Election” forum for their students.

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ACLU Visits Palisades, Santa Monica and New Roads

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October 10, 2012: Brooks Allen, ACLU Director of Education Advocacy, returned to Los Angeles to speak with students at Palisades Charter HS, Santa Monica HS, New Roads School and representatives from the Santa Clarita Valley STF chapters.

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STF Fall Workshop a Success!

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On Saturday, September 8, 2012, the annual STF Leadership Workshop was held at UCLA. STF chapter leaders were shocked and motivated to take action by keynote speaker Brooks Allen’s, ACLU’s Director of Education Advocacy, presentation on “Making Rights Real: How to Protect Your Right to Educational Opportunity.”

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2012 STF Fall Leadership Workshop Saturday Sept. 8

The annual STF Leadership Workshop will be held at UCLA on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The workshop will be co-sponsored by the UCLA International Institute Visiting Fulbright Scholars. Fulbright scholars will join student leaders and teachers from all 12 STF chapters to hear keynote speaker Brooks Allen, ACLU’s Director of Education Advocacy.

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STF Wraps up 2011-2012

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On June 4 leaders representing 10 STF chapters attended the Year-End Meeting to celebrate an ambitious year of activism. Thank you to everyone for your dedication to the Right to Education campaign and all the amazing events you made possible, especially the launch of the Human Rights Mobile Libraries in Darfuri refugee camps in Chad.

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STF Partners With Vaughn for Human Rights Conference

On May 21st, the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force was invited to attend the Second Annual Human Rights Conference at Vaughn International Studies Academy in Pacoima, CA. The conference was organized by Engaging Teens in Humanitarian Action, a student leadership group whose focus is to educate their school community about human rights issues. STF …

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Santa Clarita Valley Students Present a Global Lens on Education Through Art

STF members from Academy of the Canyons, Canyon, Golden Valley, Hart and Valencia High Schools partnered with the City of Santa Clarita Library to present “A Global Lens on Education” last night at the Valencia Library. The presentation took the audience through a journey around the world as each STF chapter explored education barriers faced …

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Alephonsion Deng visits Carson High School

Following lunch, Alepho shared his story as a former Lost Boy of Sudan-turned refugee to over 300 Carson students in grades 9-12. This was Alepho’s final speaking engagment with STF for the 2011-12 school year, and we extend our deepest appreciation for all his time and willingness to tell his story to STF and our …

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Special Video Report: Human Rights Mobile Libraries

It has been one month since Gabriel Stauring and the I-ACT team arrived in Camp Djabal for their twelfth visit to the refugee camps. This trip was particularly significant because STF established the second Human Rights Mobile Library in Camp Goz Amer, under the leadership of Umda Tarbosh.

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“Lost Boy of Sudan” Visits PaliHi

By JACK DAVIS, Special writer to the Palisadian-Post Students at Palisades High heard a challenging speaker on April 13 when a former Lost Boy of Sudan,Alephonsion Deng, came to school to share his inspiring story. Alepho, a 32-year-old Sudanese refugee, currently resides near San Diego, where he has lived since he moved to the United …

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STF Simulates Human Rights Mobile Library With Peers

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STF members at Valencia, Santa Monica and New Roads High Schools engaged their fellow students with a simulation of the Human Rights Mobile Libraries that STF is establishing within Darfuri refugee camps in Chad. Students who attended the event learned more about the history of Darfuri refugees as well as the logistics of transporting and operating the mobile library in refugee camps. Students responded with written messages to refugee students and by signing petitions to President Obama urging the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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