Get Ready for the 1997 Human Rights
Mark it on your
calendar -- May 16, the Partners Program
Human Rights Fair! We have arranged
it with the weather folks to have a
beautiful spring day for the event at
Como Park Pavilion. The day will start
at 9:00 in the morning and run until
2:00 in the afternoon. There is no fee
for schools, but we do ask that an appropriate
number of chaperones accompany your
This year, the Fair
has taken on a theme of International
Child Labor. The question we ask everyone
is -- Who Pays the Price? Teachers involved
in our Program should have already received
information on the troubling problem
of Child Labor. We are hoping that the
issue will be brought up in classrooms
before students attend the Fair so they
can have a better understanding of what
needs to be done around the world --
and around here -- to make a change.
If you have any ideas on using this
topic in your classroom and are willing
to share then please call us.
We will fill the
day with workshops and aim activities
toward all ages of young people. From
workshops on printing to puppet-making
to letter-writing to song-writing and
music-making to face-painting -- we
will fill the day with something for
everyone. There will also be treats
and special presentations throughout
If you would like
more information or would like to register
for the 1997 Human Rights Fair!, please
contact Jen Orr in the Partners' office,
(612) 626-0041. We'll see you there!
Rights Fair Contest!
with this year's Human Rights Fair!
we are sponsoring a Contest for students.
Send us your artwork, short stories,
poems, videos, or music based on what
you know about the problems of child
labor. Use as your inspiration the song
"One U, One Me" and the information
sent to you about child labor.
All artwork received
by the Partners Program will be judged
against other entries in the same age
categories. There will be six winners
in all and each winner will receive
$25 to donate to a worthy cause of their
choice. All entries must be received
by April 4, 1997. Please contact Jen
Orr in the Partners' office with any
- U.S. Conference on Education
The China - U.S.
Conference on Education will be held
in Beijing, People's Republic of China,
July 9-13, 1997. This will be the largest
gathering of Chinese and American educators
ever assembled. The registration materials
are now available. Space is limited!
Conference cost is $3350.00 for a nine-day
Conference Package program. Schools
wishing to develop a partnership with
a school in China can request a U.S.-China
Links application. For detailed information
on the Conference visit Global Interaction's
Home Page http://www.goodnet.com/global/
14 West Cheryl Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85021
PHONE: (602) 943-3922
FAX: (602) 943-4458
International Urgent Action Appeal
Use the following
Children's Edition of the Amnesty International
Urgent Action Appeal in your classroom.
Use it as a letter-writing lesson or
a lesson on the Convention on the Rights
of the Child. Airmail letters cost 60
to most countries. If you receive a
reply, please send them to the Colorado
office of Amnesty International immediately.
If appropriate, thank the official who
has replied and ask to be kept informed
about the case. If you need more information
on any of these subjects, please contact
the Partners' office.
UA 4/6/97 United
Roisin (Roshen) McAliskey
(AI) is very worried about Roisin McAliskey.
She is in Holloway Prison in England
and she is pregnant. Roisin is very
weak and sickly. She will have her baby
very soon. AI believes that Roisin cannot
get the care that she and her unborn
baby need at Holloway Prison Hospital.
is being held for questioning about
the bombing of British soldiers in Germany.
AI realizes that this is a terrible
crime, and that those who are guilty
of it must be punished. Roisin, however,
has not yet been charged or tried for
this or any crime. AI is concerned that
the health of Roisin and her baby will
be at risk unless she is allowed to
give birth to the baby in a proper hospital.
AI asks assurances that Roisin be permitted
to remain with her infant when returned
to Halloway Prison, and in Germany,
if she must go there to stand trial
for the bombing.
Please write a courteous
letter to Michael Howard, the Secretary
of State of the United Kingdom. Ask
him to make certain that Roisin McAliskey
and her baby receive proper medical
care. Ask him to make sure that Roisin
is allowed to remain with her baby.
The Secretary of
State's address is:
SECRETARY OF STATE
THE HOME OFFICE
50 QUEEN ANNE'S GATE
LONDON SW1H 9AT
(The salutation -- Dear Secretary of
Amnesty Interactive CD ROM
Get a free AI CD
ROM for your home or classroom. It is
an award-winning human rights MACINTOSH
CD ROM. Just send the Urgent Action
Office (POB 1270, Nederland, CO 80466-1270)
a photograph of your child or students
using the March Action to write a letter
on behalf of Roisin McAliskey.
Human Rights Education Course at the
U of M
at the University of Minnesota with
other educators and human development
professionals! The summer Human Rights
Education course will examine human
rights as an emerging theme in education
and will explore the definitions and
foundations of human rights. In particular
the class will analyze case studies
of local organizations involved in human
rights education. The class meets June
17-July 17, Tuesdays and Thursdays from
1-3 p.m., in Burton Hall 120. EdPA 5128,
Sec. 7, 2 credits. Gwen Willems, Partners
Program Advisory Board member, is the
instructor. Call 612-624-6331 for more
Rights Events Calendar
The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights
Presents International Human Rights
at the Grassroots: Putting International
Standards to Work for Our Children.
Boyd Law Building and the University
of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, Iowa
Namibia as a Lens and a Mirror.
A slide talk by Katie Knight. 7 p.m.,
Century Room, Christensen Center, Augsburg
Child Labor in the Global Economy.
Workshop will explore child labor in
the global economy and how concerned
people can respond. It includes videos,
articles from various perspectives,
and role-plays. Call the Resource Center
of the Americas for more information,
Child Labor. Craig Kielburger and
other speakers from 7-9 p.m. Open to
the public at St. Joan of Arc Catholic
Church in South Minneapolis. Please
call The Resource Center for the Americas
at 627-9445 for further information.
the Children: A Youth Conference on
the Issue of Child Labor. The Resource
Center for the Americas at the Humphrey
Center, call 627-9445 for more information.
Registration is limited.
Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner. Please
contact MN Advocates for Human Rights
for more information, 612-341-3302.
the Heart of the Beast Summer Puppet
Workshop. A week-long conference
that will be held in Montevideo. Teachers
bring an empty suitcase to the workshop
and leave with puppets and a stage they
have created. Participants will learn
the history and context of puppet-making
and how to use puppets in the classroom.
The course can count as graduate credit
through Hamline Graduate School. Call
Colleen Casey at In the Heart of the
Beast for more information, 721-2535.
Amnesty International Summer Human
Rights Education Institute. UC-Irvine;
Irvine, CA. Call AIUSA Western Regional
Office (415) 291-9233 for details.
Program Dates to Remember
St. Cloud Enrichment Meeting, Cyberbean
Worthington Enrichment Meeting,
Human Rights Fair! Como Park Pavilion,
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
History Month Lesson Plan
by: Jenny Eisele, Johanna Bond,
and Jim Hilbert at the St. Paul Open
distribute cards with different shapes
on them (half circles and half squares).
students line up to vote on some issue
relevant to their lives (i.e., "Should
there be school on Saturdays?").
allow the students with squares on
their cards to cast a ballot.
the group into circles and squares:
ask them to discuss how it felt to
be able to vote or to be excluded
from voting. (Our students who could
not vote began spontaneously protesting
the students back together, give a
short description of the women's suffrage
movement, and then discuss women's
voting rights in the context of the
Crazy Horse Defense Project
Crazy Horse is a
revered spiritual and political leader
of the Lakota who spoke out strongly
against the use of alcohol and prophesied
the devastation that alcohol would bring
to the Indian Nations. Crazy Horse was
a defender of the people and the Lakota
traditional way of life. Crazy Horse
(Tasunke Witko) is perhaps best known
for his defeat of General George Custer
in the battle of the Little Big Horn.
Since March 1992,
Hornell Brewing Co. & Ferolito,
Vultaggio & Sons of Brooklyn, NY
have sold a malt liquor named "The
Original Crazy Horse Malt Liquor."
This product is not only offensive to
the relatives and admirers of Crazy
Horse but illustrates how Indian names,
designs, symbols, and culture are being
misappropriated for commercial purposes.
Here the use of Crazy Horse's name implies
a false and misleading connection between
Crazy Horse the man and the malt liquor.
These companies also market and sell
"AriZona Iced Tea" and other
"AriZona Products" using Indian
designs and sacred symbols. These products
are being boycotted nationally.
The Crazy Horse
Defense Project (CHDP) is dedicated
to stopping this wholesale theft of
indigenous property. If any of you would
like to work on this issue in the classroom
there are curriculum materials available
from CHDP. There are a number of related
issues addressed in the curriculum materials
such as the mascot and logo issue, cultural
exploitation, and the use of Indian
names, etc. Helping the boycott would
make an excellent class project. For
more information and/or materials contact
the Human Rights Center, call the CHDP
at 612-222-4703 and ask for Phyllis
Frederick, or contact Linda Loverude,
author of the curriculum materials at
Thank you to Phyllis
Frederick, Chair of the Partners Program
Executive Committee, for contributing
& Local Perspectives
On February 1, 1997,
the Partners Program and Minneapolis
Community Technical College co-sponsored
a full-day conference entitled "Global
and Local Perspectives: International
Human Rights and Emerging Movements."
The conference was open to all students
from MCTC and Partners Program volunteers.
Approximately 60 people were in attendance,
the majority of whom were students from
the college. It was a great way to introduce
the topic of human rights to the students,
and for the Partners Program volunteers
to receive more in-depth information
on the issues of Indigenous Rights,
Domestic Violence, and Economics/Labor
In addition to learning
about human rights, we learned about
taking action from a group of 4th, 5th,
and 6th graders from J.J. Montessori
School. The students presented original
artwork on the articles in the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of
the Child, and made an appeal to all
conference participants to help bring
an end to the use of land mines.
Here is more information
about the Send a Shoe Campaign:
The Minnesota Campaign
to Ban Landmines calls on all Minnesotans
to send a shoe to President Clinton,
General John Shalikashvili, and Richard
Schwartz (CEO of Alliant TechSystems
WHY A SHOE? A shoe
is a symbol of the thousands of landmine
victims -- women, men, and especially,
children -- around the world who will
never walk again. A shoe is a visible
act of solidarity with the survivors
of landmine explosions who have lost
feet, legs, or lives. The politicians,
military planners, and corporate executives
who continue to advocate the use of
landmines have chosen not to hear the
voices of the victims. These shoes,
arriving at the White House, the Pentagon,
and Alliant Tech's corporate headquarters,
will join with the voices of the survivors
to call for an immediate and comprehensive
ban on landmines. Thousands of shoes
arriving in the mail each day will shout
out the "business as usual"
cannot continue when it comes to landmines.
Every shoe that is unwrapped will include
an enclosed message calling for an immediate,
comprehensive ban on all landmines.
In the finest tradition of sabots
(wooden shoes worn by workers) being
used in the past in Europe to sabotage
war machinery we will send our shoes
to put an end to landmines once and
WHAT TO DO? Send
an old shoe to each of the following
landmine decision makers. Include a
note that explains why you are doing
this and call for an immediate, comprehensive
ban on all landmines.
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
General John Shalikashvili
Chair, Joint Chiefs
Washington, D.C. 20318-0001
600 Second Street NE
Hopkins, MN 55343
For further information,
please contact the MN Campaign to Ban
MN Fellowship of Reconciliation
PO Box 14792
Minneapolis, MN 55414-0792
This article was
contributed by Marna Anderson, Assistant
Director of the Partners Program.
Katie Knight: Strangely Familiar
Everyone is encouraged
to visit the Alumni Gallery in the Christensen
Center at Augsburg College to see the
beautiful, educational, and uplifting
artwork of Katie Knight, a Partners
Program teacher for the past two years.
Strangely Familiar is an exhibit of
mixed media that explores issues of
family and social justice in Namibia,
Central America, and the United States.
Her artwork will be on display at the
Alumni Gallery from March 3 - March
28, 1997. In addition, on March 20,
1997 at 7:00 p.m. in the Century Room
of the Christensen Center, Katie will
be giving a slide talk entitled, "Namibia
as a Lens and a Mirror." Teachers
may be interested in seeing the slide
talk, as Katie would love to take her
show to your school. Gallery hours are
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, with
later hours for special events. The
Christensen Center is located on 22nd
Avenue South at 7 « Street in
Minneapolis, one and a half blocks south
of Riverside Avenue. Please call the
Partners Program for more information
at (612) 626-0041.
All Partners Program
volunteers and students are encouraged
to attend and show support for a fellow
a Look at a Book!
The Puppet Cookbook
techniques for students of all ages.
With text and pictures/diagrams. To
order, call In the Heart of the Beast
Theater at 721-2535.
the Rooftop of the World: Women's Human
Rights in Nepal
Thanks to a Partners
Program Fellowship and the connection
between the Women's Project of Minnesota
Advocates for Human Rights and the Human
Rights Organization of Nepal in Kathmandu,
Nepal, I was able to spend June 4, 1996
to August 3, 1996 working in Kathmandu
on a project about violence against
women in Nepal. I looked specifically
at the issue of domestic violence as
a human rights abuse.
Over the last 50
years, international human rights law,
and many of the governmental and non-governmental
human rights organizations, have focused
almost exclusively on human rights abuses
committed directly by representatives
of a government against their own citizens.
However, the most serious human rights
violations against women tend to be
inflicted by private citizens, and occur
in the privacy of the home and family.
Only very recent
interpretations of international human
rights law, developed by female lawyers
and women's groups throughout the world,
have started to make the connection
between and draw attention to international
human rights law and the responsibility
national governments have to protect
women from physical abuse, rape, and
death in their own homes. Countries
that have signed legally binding international
human rights documents, such as the
Political and Civil Covenant and the
Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination Against Women
(CEDAW) must be made accountable when
men who rape, beat or kill their mothers,
sisters, wives, and daughters are not
appropriately arrested, convicted or
punished for their crimes against women.
Women make up 51%
of the population of Nepal. But in many
ways they are treated like second class
citizens. They are discriminated against
publicly and privately, in social, political,
and economic arenas. The plight of most
women in Nepal is, to say the least,
difficult. In a country where most of
the men and the women are burdened by
poverty, only those women who have the
benefit of wealth and/or non-traditional
husbands and other family members are
able to enjoy freedoms such as an education
and the ability to work or volunteer
beyond the confines of the home and
Even my Nepali host-mother,
a very educated and fairly wealthy woman
from Kathmandu, now with her own family
to take care of, told me of how her
mother discriminated between her and
her two brothers both when they were
children and as adults. Her brothers
were educated in private schools, while
she could only go to public school.
She was also given less food than her
brothers. She had to fight not to get
married at 18, in order to continue
her education beyond secondary school.
Even now, her mother sometimes gives
more expensive gifts and food to her
brothers' wives and children. It must
be noted, however, that there are many
individual men and women (including
my Nepali mother), as well as organizations,
fighting to improve the situation for
women throughout Nepal. I had the opportunity
to meet and be inspired by many of these
people at HURON and many other organizations
as I did my own work on domestic violence.
After spending a
few days adjusting to my new environment,
I spent time at the HURON office developing
my plan of action, including a definition
of domestic violence. Only a few days
after beginning my research in Nepal,
it became clear that typical definitions
of the perpetrator as a boyfriend or
partner were inadequate. Traditional
families in Nepal tend to live in what
is known as a "joint family"
system. When a daughter marries and
leaves the parental home, she goes to
live with the husband's family, often
including the husband's brothers and
their wives and children, and the husband's
parents. Depending on the position of
the husband in the family, his wife
is susceptible to abuse from many directions,
including the husband's older brothers
and their wives, as well as the parents,
including the mother-in-law. As a result,
women can be victims of domestic violence
not only at the hands of husbands, but
often the entire family, both male and
female members. I spent my time attempting
to assess the attitude of the government
and the general public towards domestic
violence. In hospitals, I interviewed
doctors and nurses, and looked though
medical records. I interviewed lawyers,
police officers, and the directors of
non-governmental organizations working
for women's rights. I visited Legal
Aid offices and interviewed victims
who wanted to share their stories in
the hope of making a difference for
other women. I also had the unique opportunity
to interview the Prime Minister of Nepal.
Unfortunately, I was not impressed.
Although he was perfectly willing to
help us in any way he could, he did
not appear to take our work very seriously.
He repeatedly referred to me as a "beautiful
lady", and asked me why I wasn't
doing research on men who are beaten
by their wives! Definitely a meeting
to chalk up to experience!
About a week before
I left Nepal to return to Minnesota,
I felt overwhelmed, and definitely not
ready to leave. Although I had spent
two months visiting offices, conducting
interviews, and sifting through records,
I felt like I hadn't learned anything,
and that there was just so much more
to do. Only after I left did I realize
how much I had learned, and how much
I had to share with people back in Minnesota.
I increased my knowledge about women,
human rights, and domestic violence
in Nepal, and found that although I
have a lot to learn, fact finding in
human rights is something I would like
to do again. I also learned that I am
capable of adjusting, living, working
and enjoying myself in a very different
cultural environment, something I will
definitely do again. Perhaps most importantly,
I made friends for life, including the
wonderful Nepali family with whom I
stayed. Lakshman and Reena Upadhyaya
were the most wonderful, supportive
"Nepali mother and father"
anyone could ask for, and I hope if
anyone from the Partners Program returns
to Nepal, they will stay with them.
Since my return
to Minnesota in early August, I have
had the pleasure of seeing my work in
Nepal continue, as well as share my
experience with my community. The Women's
Project of Minnesota Advocates for Human
Rights sent two lawyers to Nepal for
three weeks to follow-up on my work.
I hope a report will be produced for
publication in 1997. Furthermore, I
have had the wonderful opportunity to
speak about my experience to students
of all ages all over Minnesota. I have
been in elementary classrooms in St.
Paul, junior high classrooms in Worthington,
and Senior High classrooms in Grand
Rapids. The interest, enthusiasm and
concern that these students show about
my experience in Nepal gives me encouragement
to continue my work in human rights
education, as well as the knowledge
that although I am no longer in Nepal,
my experience there can continue to
be relevant to my life and the lives
Article by Johanna
Allayne Ronnei, Partners Program &
Support Services Committee.
Rights Happy Hour!
Pilar Garrido from
Eden Prairie High School and Siri Anderson
from Hopkins West Junior High have planned
a Human Rights Happy Hour for the second
Thursday in both April and May. Come
join other people working to make their
community a better place. Provide support,
share experiences, and have fun!
10, 1997 5:00 p.m. Kikugawa at Riverplace,
43 SE Main St., Minneapolis, 378-3006
8, 1997 5:00p.m. Sawatdee Bar and Cafe,
118 N. 4th St., Minneapolis, 373-0840
Please call the
Partners Program for more information
This summer you
are invited to join Peace Village's
Fair Game: Work and Play in Children's
Lives -- A peace and justice focused,
action-oriented, day-camp for children
who want to play and learn together.
This summer they will be learning about
the basic human right of work and play
as it relates to children. The whole
Village will be together during the
opening, lunchtime, and closing of each
day. The children will be in smaller
groups for age appropriate instruction
and activities each day. In addition
to the thematic activities, we will
have a daily focus on one aspect of
Peace Village is
a ministry of the Community of St. Martin,
an ecumenical, Christian community with
a commitment to peace and justice through
nonviolence. In addition to the workshops
for children, it is offering Conflict
Resolution Training Sessions for Parents
on June 10 or July 9.
The Program is open
to all children entering first through
sixth grade in the fall of 1997. Each
session will run Mondays-Thursdays from
9 a.m.-3 p.m. for two weeks. Session
I: June 16-19, 23-26 or Session II:
July 14-17, 21-24. The Program is held
at Faith Mennonite Church. For more
information on costs and registration
please call 341-0871.
Summer Teacher Fellows
The Partners Program
is looking for a few good teachers for
this summer. These part-time fellowships
cover a wide-range of topics, including:
Program recruitment & training;
planning events for the 50th Anniversary
of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights; and working on training materials.
If you are interested in one of these
positions, please contact Kristi Rudelius-Palmer
in the Partners' office at 612-626-0041.
If you think you
have something to share with other Partners
participants (and we know you do!),
please contact Jen Orr at the office,
(612) 626-0041. Don't worry if you don't
have something written -- if you provide
the information, we can take it from
there! Please help us share the best
resource we have -- you!
Women's Day, 1997
for Human Rights sponsored a celebration
for International Women's Day at William
Mitchell Law School on Saturday, March
8. Over 200 women (and a few men) attended
the event and took advantage of the
rare opportunity to celebrate women's
lives, accomplishments, and dreams.
A wide range of workshops were offered
addressing issues such as Economic Justice
for Women, Welfare Reform, Immigration,
Women's Rights as Human Rights, and
International Trafficking of Women.
There was also the opportunity to learn
the art of storytelling, cross-cultural
theater, and self-defense. In addition
to all the fantastic workshops, there
was great food and a beautiful dance
performance by Susana di Palma to end
the celebration. It was a wonderful
day. If you weren't able to attend,
please mark your calendars for next
year. You'll surely want to be there!
Action! Funds Available
Since the beginning
of the school year, the Partners Program
has funded the following Community Action!
Projects. We congratulate the participants
of these actions and urge you to join
them in promoting community involvement.
Junior School, St. Paul
Seventh and eighth
grade students at Highland Park Junior
School are volunteering services to
hunger relief organizations in Minnesota,
based on their understanding of UDHR
article 25- Right to an adequate living
standard and UN Declaration of the Rights
of a Child, #4 - "I have the right
to nourishing food. . ."
The Hmong students
in Nina Dibner's class at Powderhorn
Community School taught the other students
how to make Hmong embroidery, called
Pa'ndau or "flower cloths".
The completed Pa'ndau were sold at the
Powderhorn Neighborhood Association
Arts and Crafts Sale. Proceeds from
the sale were given to a Hmong refugee
organization. The students also donated
some of the Pa'Ndau for the Partners
Program celebration and auction on Human
Grand Rapids Southwest Elementary second
grade class and Carol Steigaufs Red
Lake Indian Reservation Ponemah Elementary
second grade class will be integrating
science, language arts, social studies
and art through a seven month pen pal
project. The two classes will meet and
share a science experience at the Head
Waters Science Center in Bemidji. They
will correspond regularly for 7 months
and have 5 shared experiences with Indian
artists. The Ponemah children will travel
to Grand Rapids when the Ponemah community
dancers and drummers come to present
at Southwest Elemtary in Grand Rapids.
class is creating a symbolic representation
of the 42 articles contained in the
Convention on the Rights of Children.
They are also writing a catalogue to
explain each article. The finished quilt,
with accompanying catalogue, will go
We still have money
to fund more Community Action! Projects.
If you do not have the Community Action!
Fund Proposal, please call Blessing
or Johanna in the Partners' office --
we'll be happy to send you one.