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Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America

by Tyson Miller, ed.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 25, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

“Dream of a Nation” is a book and project to increase awareness and inspire action around a variety of social, environmental, and democratic issues. The book is divided into 12 sections, each exploring a core… More

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Writing Effective Letters: A Checklist for Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For March, in honor of Words Matter Week (March 2-8), we’re posting about the power of language. Let us know what you think by commenting.) I… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: SHINEing a Humane Education Light in India

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

For the past four years, through her SHINE (Salem Humane Institute for Nature and Ethics) program in Salem, Tamil Nadu, in southern India, Shanthalakshmi Duarisamy has been offering humane education programs and workshops for students… More

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Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 6, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Communication, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

IndyKids is a free newspaper for kids focused on engaging “young people to become informed world citizens through the production of a current events and social justice news source that is created by kids, for… More

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Changemaking 101: The Power of Effective Petitions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 6, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For March, in honor of Words Matter Week (March 2-8), we’re posting about the power of language. Let us know what you think by commenting.)  … More

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Kids Show How We All Should React to “Controversial” Cereal Commercial … and to Racism

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

The hatred and criticism arising from the airing of Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” commercial during the Super Bowl and Olympic Games opening ceremony exemplifies just how much fear, xenophobia and racism still thrive in the… More

ViewChange.org

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 27, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Health, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

ViewChange.org “brings together powerful, evidence-based videos that demonstrate progress in global development.” Videos featured include “documentaries, news reports, and viewer-generated films of varying length and style.” Videos are organized into topics such as health, water… More

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Speaking From the Heart: A Council of All Beings

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 27, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) What does a mountain wish for?… More

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Gay-Straight Alliances Improve School Culture, Help Prevent Suicide

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

According to a new study published in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies (h/t to Alternet), Canadian schools that have longer-standing (three years or more) gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and/or anti-homophobic bullying policies… More

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6 Activities Exploring Prejudice and Discrimination

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow… More