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5 Minute Changemaker: Pick Up Others’ Trash

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The last couple of years, I’ve made a point of picking up at least one piece of trash a day from a street or parking lot. Since trash abounds, I readily exceed… More

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Four Must-See Films About Sexual Assault

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 27, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Although the “Stanford rape case” has garnered the most attention lately, the sexual assault of women and girls is a regular occurrence. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, in the… More

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How to Help Animals in Hot Cars

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Every summer we read about multiple tragedies of animals (usually dogs) dying because they were left in hot cars. Just last week a police dog in Georgia and another in Texas died… More

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Refuse to Stay Silent: Resources for Teaching About LGBTQ and Gender Identity Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 23, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The news is full of the aftermath of Orlando. People are holding memorials around the world. We’re scared. Angry. Frustrated. Disheartened. We’re grappling with how we talk about tragedies like Orlando with… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Take Just Enough

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In the hurry-scurry of our daily lives, it’s easy to buzz through on auto-pilot and not think about the amount of stuff we’re consuming each morning — the soap and shampoo in… More

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9 Books for Youth About Child Labor

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw “The change starts within each one of us, and ends only when all children are free to be children.” ~ Craig Kielburger Have you recently purchased a soccer ball? Something embroidered?… More

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Let’s Help Each Other Awaken From the Fog of Culture

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on June 6, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The other day my husband and I were discussing our frustration with the human race. Nearly everywhere we looked (online and around our community), we saw cruelty, destruction, oppression, and casual indifference…. More

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How Online “Filter Bubbles” Are Influencing Your Reality (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “There is no standard Google anymore.” In his TED talk, Eli Pariser talks about an invisible shift that’s happening online that can hinder our pursuit of democracy and meaningful citizenship: invisible algorithmic… More

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Behind the Smokescreen: Using Critical Thinking to Explore Tobacco and Tobacco Ads

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

 by Marsha Rakestraw My first memory of smoking is when I was hanging out with my much older brother and his friends, who found a pack of cigarettes and decided to give the forbidden sticks… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Do Something Good That Scares You

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on May 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (Christopher Robin to Pooh) ~ A.A. Milne Last week I did… More