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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

Ethical Choices Program

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 10, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, College/Adult, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Health, High School, Humane Education, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

“The Ethical Choices Program aims to empower high-school and college students to make thoughtful, responsible lifestyle decisions in order to improve their health, protect the environment, and decrease animal suffering.” Humane educators from around the… More

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Gracefully Grayson

by Ami Polonski

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 29, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Psychology, Resources

Orphaned in preschool, Grayson Sender lives with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in Chicago. To the outside world, Grayson is a boy; but inside, Grayson knows she should be living as a girl. As 6th… More

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For Your Must-Read List: “George”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison and Marsha Rakestraw In the book “George” (grades 4-6, 240 pgs), George was born a boy, but she knows she is a girl. And when no one is around, she calls herself… More

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George

by Alex Gino

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 12, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

George was born a boy, but she knows she is a girl. And when no one is around, she calls herself Melissa and reads magazines about clothes and makeup. These magazines are hidden, as are… More

Welcoming Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 21, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Education, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Welcoming Schools, which is a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, offers lessons, resources, and other tools for educators and parents on topics related to family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender, and… More

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Through My Eyes

by Ruby Bridges

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 16, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Infused with relevant photos and quotes, Ruby Bridges tells her own story about when “the civil rights movement came knocking at the door” and transformed the life of a six-year-old girl. Ruby’s journey as one… More

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13 Children’s Picture Books about Bullying

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on October 9, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As information about bullying becomes more pervasive, schools and others who serve children are striving to create anti-bully/pro-hero environments. Since bullying and exclusion can begin as early as preschool, it’s important that we who are… More