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New Global Issues Guide: Teaching and Learning about Human Genocide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 31, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Never again!” was something often-repeated after the holocaust of World War 2. “Never again!” was a promise to past and future generations that the world would refuse to allow such horrific atrocities to resurface. Yet… More

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Why Lasting Peace Begins with the Children

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on July 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Like most people, I have followed the recent news, heartsick by the deaths of so many — so many children and civilians in Gaza, as well as soldiers in Israel. I have imagined the horror… More

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Inspiring Changemakers with the Rethink Challenge

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the most powerful aspects of humane education is its focus on positive solutions. Educating students about global challenges is important, but it’s the integration of connection, creativity, critical thinking, and creating solutions that… More

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Reframing News Headlines

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 21, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In our busy culture, we often may not read beyond the news and media headlines, so how those headlines are framed, and the language they use (not to mention the topic of the story), can… More

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How Well Does Your Country Contribute to the Common Good?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Here at IHE we often talk about the importance of embracing our personal responsibility to do the most good and least harm for all. Now a new Index strives to measure how “good” each country… More

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Find Inspiration and Support with Stories of Solutionaries and Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 14, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When the news and media are saturated with stories of violence, cruelty, greed, destruction, and suffering — or fixated on celebrities, gossip, and superficial issues — generating enthusiasm and effort toward working to create a… More

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Solutionary Grace Lee Boggs Spotlighted in “American Revolutionary”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

To many activists and community organizers, 99-year-old Grace Lee Boggs is a legend. From her work as a Black power activist and labor and political revolutionary to her writing, teaching, speaking, and launching of direct… More

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7 Important Things to Know About Contacting Your Legislator

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 7, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Thanks to the explosion in digital communications, for many of us it has become easier than ever to contact our legislators at all levels. But just because we’re contacting our legislators doesn’t mean we’re successfully… More

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Activities for Exploring Freedom and Oppression

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

“No one is free when others are oppressed.” ~ Author Unknown What is freedom?  Who should have freedom? What boundaries should there be regarding freedom? What responsibilities do we have regarding our own and others’… More

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9 Videos for Exploring Gender Stereotypes and Gender Roles

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 30, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Messages about what it means to be masculine or feminine, a man or a woman, a boy or a girl saturate our culture, from media and marketing, to the people we’re around growing up, to… More