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5 Minute Changemaker: Speak the Good in Others

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

by Marsha Rakestraw My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Leddy, had us students do something that I have never forgotten. She called it a “car wash.” Every week one of us would be the “car,” and… More

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw When I was a new activist in my late teens, I yelled at people. I used unkind language. I tried to shame them and argue them into changing their behaviors. I had… More

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Podcasts for Humane Educators and Changemakers

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

Podcasts have become wildly popular. We can find one on nearly every topic, and new podcasts launch every week. We listen to them when we run, on our commutes, while we’re waiting in line. And… More

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Following My Path to Humane Education

Written by Guest Blogger | 1 Comment | Published on August 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Melissa Andrews Awakening to My Love of All Animals As a child growing up on a farm in rural Maine, it was abundantly clear to me, from very early on, that the animals who… More

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The Struggle: A Black Mother’s Perspective

Written by Guest Blogger | No Comments | Published on August 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by CKrystal Stokes I was at Walgreens after my children’s gymnastics classes, when I ran into a friend near the freezer section. We immediately embraced, her long curly locks meeting my short afro; a meeting… More

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Blue Gold

by Elizabeth Stewart

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 2, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Consumerism, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Coltan, also known as blue gold, powers our cell phones and computers, but all of that convenience comes with a hidden price tag. Blue Gold (grades 9-12, 296 pgs), by Elizabeth Stewart, explores the ways… More

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Confessions of a Former Bully

by Trudy Ludwig

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources

Confessions of a Former Bully (grades 3-6) is a companion book to Ludwig’s My Secret Bully. In My Secret Bully, Katie is being mean to a friend in ways that aren’t always easily identified as… More

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My Secret Bully

by Trudy Ludwig

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Resources

Monica and Katie have known each other since kindergarten. They have a lot of the same interests, and Monica loves being with Katie … when she’s nice. Sometimes, Katie is just plain mean to Monica… More

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Just Kidding

by Trudy Ludwig

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Resources

Vince often picks on DJ and makes jokes at his expense. DJ feels embarrassed and sad and doesn’t understand why Vince is treating him this way. Vince always says he is joking — “Just kidding!”… More

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Keeping Everyone in the Lifeboat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a popular thought experiment involving a lifeboat, a dog, and one or more humans. The discussion is basically an either/or: the human(s) or the dog – who gets tossed overboard? As… More