Film Clip. Pacific Climate Warriors. 2019. During the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20, 2019, the Pacific Climate Warriors in Portland showed up at their rally carrying their identity with pride and speaking their truths as Pacific islanders fighting for their homes.Continue reading
Book - Non-fiction. Edited by Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth. Forward by Matt Taibbl. 2020. The news-monitoring group Project Censored offers a succinct and comprehensive survey of the most important but underreported news stories of 2020.Continue reading
Teaching Activity. By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. Students explore three documents produced in the wake of three major episodes of racial violence (1919, 1967, 2014) to understand the long trajectory of police violence in Black communities.Continue reading
Book - Non-fiction. By Carol Anderson. 2018. 368 pages. This history of voter suppression highlights the aftermath and challenges to the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Continue reading
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow, Adam Sanchez, and Tim Swinehart. A role-play activity engages students in building solidarity among different groups and organizations fighting fossil fuels and searching for alternatives.Continue reading
Book – Non-fiction. By Barbara Ransby. 2018. 240 pages. "A love letter to the organizers in the Movement for Black Lives, and a tribute to their increasingly expansive vision."Continue reading
Two hate crime shootings in one week, one of African Americans in Kentucky and the other of Jews in Pittsburgh.Continue reading
The Lummi Nation begin the Kwel hoy' Totem Pole journey.Continue reading
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Apart from the noise pollution, air pollution, and flying debris pollution, there is something profoundly inappropriate about blowing off fireworks at a time when the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world. To cite just one example, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London found recently that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone have killed more than 200 people, including at least 60 children.
Teaching Activity. By Rosemarie Frascella. Rethinking Schools. Our extractive fossil fuel-based economy has always demanded that some people’s homes and health be sacrificed for the benefit of more privileged and powerful others. This article explores how one teacher engages her students in thinking about how “sacrifice zones” play out in their lives.Continue reading
From Mountaintop Removal to Divestment: The Story of Swarthmore Students’ Fight Against Fossil Fuels
Article. By Hannah Jones. The global movement to get institutions to divest from fossil fuels began with students. This article tells the inspiring story.Continue reading
Article. By Jill Howdyshell. The author describes how climate change is hitting Indigenous communities in Alaska much harder than other places in the world. And yet, administrators still insist that school discussions should focus on student test scores.Continue reading
Activists circled the White House to protest the Keystone Pipeline, an oil system that transports crude oil from Canada to various locations in the U.S.Continue reading
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A New York Times article said the symbolism of Christopher Columbus is "murky.” But there is nothing murky about Columbus’ legacy of slavery and terrorism in the Americas. The record is clear and overwhelming. The fact that the New York Times could report this with such confidence — adding that “most Americans learn rather innocently, in 1492 [Columbus] sailed the ocean blue until he discovered the New World” — means that educators and activists still have much work to do.
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a major Category 4 storm.Continue reading
The Virgin Islands were hit by Hurricane Irma. Also, on #tdih in 1928, Hurricane Okeechobee formed and hit Puerto Rico and Florida soon in mid-September.Continue reading
Book – Non-fiction. Edited by José Manuel, Cesar Pineda, Anne Galisky, and Rebecca Shine. Illustrated by Julio Salgado. 2012. Undocumented youth from around the world tell their stories with simplicity and intimacy in this student-friendly collection.Continue reading
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As a history teacher, there are times when the past reasserts itself with such force that you have to put aside your plans and address the moment. Charlottesville is one of those times. The image of white supremacists openly marching in defense of a Confederate general, viciously beating and murdering those who are protesting their racism — is an image we hoped had died with Jim Crow. That this image is not a relic of the past, is a reality that teachers and students must face.
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My family moved to the United States from Okinawa when I was 7. But Okinawa is still home — and I’m hurt and angered at how the United States and Japan continue to treat Okinawa as little more than a colonial outpost. As a teacher, I’m even more dismayed at how the conventional school curriculum keeps young people in this country ignorant about the abuse, but also about the resistance, in my home islands.