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4 Videos for Introducing Privilege

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

by Marsha Rakestraw When I was in school, we never talked about privilege. I think the first time it was addressed in a class was my studies in humane education — after 2.5 bachelor’s degrees… More

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“All American Boys” Tackles Police Brutality, Racial Justice, and Being an Upstander

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 2, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Rashad’s stop at a local convenience store for a bag of chips turns into a nightmare when he is brutally beaten during an arrest for a crime he didn’t commit. Quinn witnesses… More

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All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 17, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Arts, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Education, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Rashad’s stop at a local convenience store for a bag of chips turns into a nightmare when he is brutally beaten during an arrest for a crime he didn’t commit. Quinn witnesses the beating, perpetrated… More

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The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 15, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

It’s 1958. And although Richard and Mildred Loving got married in a state in which interracial marriage is legal, in their home state of Virginia, it was not. So when they returned to Virginia, they… More

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Tips for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on February 27, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Stories are a powerful tool. They teach us about the world and ourselves; they influence our values; and they help shape our worldview. With children’s books, we’re usually looking for a good… More

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Teach Tolerance with the Activity “Judge Not”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

In the wake of more mass murders in Paris, Beirut, and beyond, there are calls for retaliation, for closing borders, for blaming immigrants, Islam as a whole, and more. When we are angry and terrified… More

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Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes

by Rethinking Schools and Council on Interracial Books for Children

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 9, 2015 | Filed under Elementary, High School, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

“…books and movies tell lies about Native people.” A group of children from several different Indian nations talks about their experiences as American Indians and expresses their anger, sadness and frustration about the stereotypes and… More

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4 Video Resources for Exploring Race, Racism, Stereotypes, and Microaggressions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on October 12, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Talking about race, racism, and institutional oppression can be challenging, especially when many white people are feeling defensive, uncomfortable, and confused. Videos, including those using humor, can be a great tool for… More

Everyday Feminism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 30, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Health, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Everyday Feminism is a feminist digital media site. Their mission “is to help people heal from and stand up to everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism.” They say: “We aim to shift… More

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8th Grade Superzero

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 26, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Due to an unfortunate incident at the beginning of school, Reggie is determined to keep a low profile. But when his church youth group gets involved in helping people who are homeless at a local… More