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Practices for Cultivating Compassionate Communication Skills

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 29, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Sometimes I have a dream in which I run door-to-door in my neighborhood. I bang on the door until someone answers, and then I grab them by the shirt and scream at… 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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I Am a Humane Educator: Anne Ward

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on August 15, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. grad Anne Ward lives on the Dog River in Berlin, Vermont. She says, “Most of my career so far has been spent in animal welfare and sheltering. Recent years have seen a slow… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you don’t even notice it? Or how we all ignore car alarms? Or how our eyes… 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

Jane Goodall’s Good News for All

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 20, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Websites

A project of the Jane Goodall Institute, this blog highlights some of the positive advances being made to help protect wildlife and the actions we humans can take to make a positive difference. More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Neil Hornish

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 14, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. grad, Neil Hornish, is co-founder of the Compassionate Living Project, a nonprofit humane education organization. He is also a humane educator for the Ethical Choices Program and a Systems Project Engineer at United… More

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India’s Daughter

by Leslee Udwin

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 12, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

Twenty-three-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh was on her way home after watching a movie. She and her male friend boarded a private bus. Jyoti’s friend was severely beaten. Jyoti herself was gang raped and beaten,… More