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Book cover: I Am a TaxiBook cover: I Am a Taxi

I Am a Taxi

by Deborah Ellis

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 22, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Diego lives in a cell in an overcrowded prison in Bolivia, with his mother and baby sister. Diego’s parents, who farmed cocoa, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, were falsely accused of transporting drugs and are… More

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Can Entertainment Lead to Prison Change?

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on August 20, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Four years ago I wrote a blog post titled “What Is Prison For?” Prison was on my mind because I’d been reflecting on jury duty and the moral challenge I faced, finding a defendant guilty… More

A Culture of Throw-Away Kids: Juveniles in the U.S. Justice System

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 1, 2012 | Filed under Education, Human Rights, Social Justice

Screenshot image copyright Juvenile in Justice. Recently a 6-year-old kindergartner was arrested and put in handcuffs for throwing a tantrum at school. Unfortunately, this sort of incident is not isolated. We’ve created a culture of … More

A Prison Without Bars Reminds Us We Can Change Entrenched Systems

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on January 25, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy of randy OHC via Creative Commons. For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent post I wrote for, an online community for people passionate about creating a better world. Here’s an… More

What Will Future Generations Condemn Us For? How We Educate Our Children

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on October 6, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

In his excellent op-ed in the Washington Post, Princeton professor, Kwame Anthony Appiah, imagines what future generations will condemn us for, as we have condemned our ancestors for slavery and women’s disenfranchisement. Appiah mentions our… More

Humane Issues in the News…

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on July 27, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

Each week we post links to news about humane education & humane living, and items connected to humane issues, from human rights to environmental preservation, to animal protection, to media, consumerism and culture. “Humane Education… More

What Is Prison For?

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on January 9, 2009 | Filed under Humane Connection

Why is the U.S. prison population not only the highest in the world, but with 5% of the world’s population, why does the U.S. imprison 25% of the world’s incarcerated people? I’m not an expert… More