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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

¿En Qué Parte del Mundo?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 20, 2016 | Filed under College/Adult, Consumerism, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

Los estudiantes van de compras en búsqueda de camisetas para identificar la relación entre lo que visten y bajo qué condiciones se han fabricado estos artículos. Recomendado para grados de 9 en adelante Duración: Por… More

Ethical Clothing

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 17, 2016 | Filed under Animal Protection, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, Global Issues Guides, Health, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Finding clothes that don’t cause harm to people, animals, or the earth is challenging. Use these resources to help you make clothing choices that do more good and less harm. More

¿Quién Hizo Mi Ropa?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 6, 2016 | Filed under Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Consumerism, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

Los estudiantes investigarán el “lugar de nacimiento” de su ropa, aprenderán sobre cómo esa ropa está conectada con la opresión y explotación de niños y mujeres, y considerarán soluciones positivas. Recomendado para grados 6-12 Duración:… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Boys Without Names”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 28, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison and Marsha Rakestraw In “Boys Without Names” by Kashmira Sheth (2010, grades 5-9, 305 pgs), Gopal’s family has hit hard times in their village in rural India. Good weather brought good crops,… More

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Boys Without Names

by Kashmira Sheth

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 19, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

In “Boys Without Names” (305 pgs), Gopal’s family has hit hard times in their village in rural India. Good weather brought good crops, but that drove prices down, leaving his family unable to pay their… More

Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 31, 2014 | Filed under Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Consumerism, Human Rights, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

This organization tracks human rights and labor issues globally and runs campaigns to promote worker rights. The website includes news and reports about labor rights violations and victories around the world. More

Who Made My Clothes?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 19, 2014 | Filed under Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Consumerism, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

Students will investigate the “birth place” of their clothes, learn about how those clothes are connected to the oppression and exploitation of children and women, and consider positive solutions. Recommended for grades 6-12. Time: 2-3… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Because Shiny Objects Can Cause Us to Alter Our Values

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 15, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

I have a confession. I’ve knowingly been contributing to the genocide of orangutans and the destruction of the rainforest. I’ve been supporting war, sweatshops, the pollution of our oceans, and the rise in global warming…. More

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Thinking Critically: Who’s Responsible for What Happens in Sweatshops & What Do We Do About It?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 29, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

According to news reports, since 2005, nearly 2,000 garment workers in Bangladesh have been “killed in factory fires and structure collapse.” With the spate of recent tragedies, both companies and consumers are taking another look… More