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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

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

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

Black Gold

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

Black Gold (78 min) is an eye-opening expose of the multi-billion dollar coffee industry, and the injustice hidden behind every cup. More

Sim Sweatshop

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 30, 2012 | Filed under Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Consumerism, Human Rights, Online Games, Resources

In this no-win game players must “make” shoes (by dragging pieces of the shoe onto the correct location of the guide shoe) to earn money. As the game goes on, workers must spend some of… More

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 21, 2012 | Filed under Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Human Rights, Resources, Websites

The ILO is a UN agency that works to “shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all.” The ILO website includes a variety of reports and other information on numerous topics, from child labor,… More

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Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry

by Gail Eisnitz

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 19, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Food & Diet, Human Rights, Resources

Eisnitz offers a powerful exposé of the meat industry in the U.S., uncovering corruption and neglect in the standards and practices at slaughterhouses that have led to egregious treatment of animals and people. More

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!Si, Se Puede!/Yes We Can!

by Diana Cohn

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 8, 2012 | Filed under Activism, Children's Books, Early Childhood, Elementary, Human Rights, Resources, Spanish

A chronicle of the April 2000 Janitor Strike in Los Angeles, told through the eyes of a young boy whose mom is one of those striking workers. More