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The True Price of Nail Polish

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 8, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Like many girls, when I was younger I used nail polish (even though I preferred sports and tank tops to dolls and dresses). I wanted boys to think I was pretty, and… 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

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “101 Changemakers”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 4, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

The editors of “101 Changemakers” have created an accessible and useful book to help  “share empowering history and ideas with our children.” As they say, “Children do learn in school about a handful of advocates… More

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909

by Michelle Markel

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 24, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Clara came to the U.S. with her family, dreaming of a wonderful new life, but she found herself working long hours under unfair and dangerous conditions as a garment worker in New York. She began… More

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101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History

by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran, eds.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 2, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

The editors of “101 Changemakers” have created an accessible and useful book to help  “share empowering history and ideas with our children.” As they say, “Children do learn in  school about a handful of advocates… More

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Humane Issues in the News

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 7, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Each week we round-up the news you need to know about humane issues, from human rights and environmental preservation, to animal protection, to media and culture, to activism, education, and changemaking.   “Maine school engages… More

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Time to Change Corporations: Closing the Citizenship Gap

by Robert Hinkley

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 21, 2013 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

A corporate lawyer for more than 30 years, Hinkley has been striving to help corporations become better “citizens.” In Time to Change Hinkley argues that the government must make a small but necessary change to… More

Where in the World?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 28, 2013 | Filed under College/Adult, Consumerism, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Social Studies/History

Students “shop” for T-shirts to help them make the connection between what they wear and the conditions under which it’s made. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: At least two days   Common Core… More

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Made in L.A./Hecho in L.A.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 11, 2012 | Filed under Activism, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Consumerism, Human Rights, Resources, Videos/Movies

Made in L.A. (70 min) highlights the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in sweatshops in L.A. who become part of a three-year campaign to win basic labor protections from a major clothing retailer. More

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China Blue

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 11, 2012 | Filed under Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Consumerism, Human Rights, Resources, Videos/Movies

China Blue (86 min) shows us where our blue jeans come from in this behind-the-scenes look at life for young women working in a sweatshop in China. More