1997 Human Rights Fair! A Smashing Success!
The Human Rights
Fair! was held on Friday, May 16 at
the Como Park Pavilion. In spite of
the cold weather, 400 students attended
from 15 area schools. Throughout the
day workshops were offered on topics
as diverse and exciting as making a
dream catcher to using the internet
for activism to writing postcards for
Amnesty International to working on
the Foul Ball Campaign to creating puppet
theater to making a video. Several schools
presented skits and several performers
conducted singing and drama workshops.
During the Center Stage show, the Solidarity
Kids Theater performed a play about
child labor and Bernard L. Turner performed
the Human Rights Fair! Theme song, "One
U, One Me". If you are interested
in buying a CD version of Bernards
song, please contact the Partners Program.
The day started
out cold and dreary but the students
enthusiasm and intelligence would have
outshined any sun! Thank you to all
those who attended.
to all of our team members and students
on an exciting and eye-opening school
year. Please let us know how we did.
Fill out the end-of-the-year surveys
and return them as soon as you can.
They will help us plan for next year.
Congratulations to the 1997 Partners
Program Fellowship Recipients!
Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation,
Borges, Community Rep
Finish League for Human Rights, Finland
American Friends Service Committee Criminal
Justice Program, New York
Gales, Community Rep
Migrationszentrum der Caritas, Berlin
Projekt Integrationshaus, Germany and
Nnamdi Igboeli, Lawyer
Ezeobi and Company, Nigeria
Nicolai, Community Rep
Youth for Population Information and
Monteverde Institute, Costa Rica
C. Pugliese, Community Rep
Parroquia of San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
Association for Nonviolence, Camaroon
R. Stone, Teacher
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights,
Treinen, Community Rep
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights,
Shahid Yousuf, Community Rep
Grameen Bank, Bangladesh
you success in your fellowship experiences
and look forward to hearing from you
when you return!
Attention: Partners Program Office and
Library Open All Summer!
most schools are closed for the summer,
the Partners Program Office and Currriculum
Library will be up and running full-time
for use by volunteers and students.
Regular office hours are from 9:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For your convenience, Johanna is also
available for appointments outside of
regular office hours. Volunteers in
Greater Minnesota can check out materials
not found in their local human rights
libraries through the mail. Dont
be shy--just give us a call at (612)
626-0041 and well do our best
to help you find what you need!
summer is an opportune time to return
curricula to the Partners Program Library.
We ask that individuals who still have
curriculum, video tapes, or other materials
checked out please return them as soon
as possible. We have a very high demand
for many of these materials, and want
to give all our volunteers the chance
to review and use them. Thank you for
using our library and other resources,
and we hope to see or hear from you
year has been great for Partners Program
events. We want to thank all of those
who were so important to their success.
of Life and Learning" on Human
Rights Day, December 10, 1996 would
not have been possible without the support
of the following performers and contributors:
Warren C. Bowles, American Fish, Marna
Anderson, Julie Baker, Rochelle Becker,
Burgess International Group, Inc., Byerlys-Bloomington,
Byerlys-St. Louis Park, Cafe Latte,
Chez Daniel, Julie M. Cull, Mercy Das-Sulc,
Nina Dibner, Dunn Brothers, Eastside
Beverage, Expo Elementary, Donald and
Arvonne Fraser, Gopher Hockey Team,
Great Harvest, The Guthrie Theatre,
Mari Harris, Haskells, HeadWaters
International, Nan Heffken, Hennipen
Technical College, Hubert H. (Skip)
Humphrey, III, Insty Prints, International
Womens Rights Action Watch, Sherry
Kempf, Linden Hills Florists, Litin
Papers, Tracy McJilton de Marquez, David
McQuoid-Mason, Mark VII Distributors,
Max Ray, The Minneapolis Cafe, Mpls.St.Paul
Magazine, Minnesota Advocates for Human
Rights, The Minnesota Institute of Art,
Minnesota Timbedrwolves, Minnesota Vikings,
Mixed Blood Theatre, Robin Phillips,
Pneumbra, Sister Helen Prejean, Max
Ray, Riverside Florists, Elaine Ronnei,
Eric Rudelius-Palmer, David Parker,
Kirkpatrick Sale, Salisbury Flower Market,
Sawatdee Thai Restaurant, Kim Schlender,
Sheffield Florist, Sidneys Pizza
Cafe, Teach Me Tapes Inc., Theatre de
la Jeune Lune, University of Minnesota
Athletic Department, The Playwrights
Center, Lagoon Cinema/ Uptown Theatre,
The Childrens Theatre Company,
University of Minnesota Law School,
Valley Crossing Community School, Via
Gardenia, Wilder Community School, Gwen
Willems, and World Cultures & Languages
Human Rights Fair on May 16, 1997 could
not have been successful without the
contributions from each of the following:
Mills, Inc., First Bank, Great Harvest,
Insty Prints, Byerlys, Dunn Brothers,The
University of Minnesota Alumni Association,
Sharon Kinney, Wentworth Screenprinting,
Dana OKonski, Freelance Graphic,
the Solidarity Kids Theater, the U of
MN Labor Education Service, Greg Poferl,
the American Postal Workers Union, and
we would like to thank our Foundation
Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation,
St. Paul Companies, US WEST, The Musser
Fund, and U.S. Institute.
also like to take this opportunity to
acknowledge our volunteers, presenters,
students, and staff for the extra hard
work they put into these events:
David Parker, Howard Kling, Beth Peterson,
Jen Orr Connie Overhue, Bernard L. Turner,
Camilla Nelson, Laurie Witzkowski, Josh
Hawkins & Mighty Media, Lynn Schultz
& Students from J.J. Hill Montessori,
Heather Winters & the Harriet Tubman
Center, Max Ray, Katie Knight &
Students from Highland Park Junior High,
Kristen Parker & Students from Pillsbury
Elementary, Brian Ahern & Students
from Johnson High, Annie Cull, Therese
Gales, Velma Gleason, Brent Pattison,
Alison Frye, Teol Knight, Donna McNamara,
Cyndy Rudolph, Lisa Michot, Lavonne
Molde, Sue Moravac, Tommy Goodwin, Scott
Belcher, Allen Nugent, Steve Grams,
David Phillips, Eve Zamora, Emeka Igboeli,
Lydia Morley, John Gwinn, Joe Geary,
Bryan Phillips, Mari Harris, Frank Hernandez
& Students from the Tri-District
School, Bill Peltzman & Students
from Burnsville High, Jane Gilles &
Students from Forest Lake High, James
Olm, Niel Witikko & Students from
Hermantown High, the St. Cloud Area
Learning Center, Robin Phillips, Natalie
Detert, Susan Foster-Zdon, Evelina Giobbe
& the Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Resource Institute, Yolanda Williams,
Como Park Pavilion, Jenna Twernbold,
Debra Lynn & Students from Expo
Middle School, Maria Baldini, Blessing
Rugara, Minnesota Advocates for Human
Rights, and Goldy Gopher.
Request for Photos
have any photos of your classes or teams
working on human rights, send them in
with a short explanation of what is
going on and we will print them!! Share
your excitement and energy with others!
MN Advocates Annual Awards Dinner
Advocates for Human Rights Thirteenth
Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner will
take place on Tuesday, June 3, 1997
at the Minneapolis Hilton Grand Ballroom.
This year the dinner honors these individuals
making a difference in the fight to
end child labor practices.
is the president of RUGMARK-Nepal. The
RUGMARK initiative is a coalition of
South Asian carpet makers, international
organizations, and individuals working
to monitor the rug manufacturing industry
and put the RUGMARK label on rugs produced
without child labor. Sulo is the owner
of a rug factory that provides a number
of innovative programs that support
Meadows Middle School, of Quincy, Massachusetts,
is being honored for their inspiring
success in raising over $100,000 to
build a school in honor of slain Pakistani
child labor activist, Iqbal Masih. Taking
their cause to the internet, these students
and one dedicated teacher show the power
of youth activism.
Volunteer Awards will be given to Yolanda
Maya and the St. Cloud Area Learning
Center for their work with the Partners
Maya has served on the Executive
Committee since 1993 and has chaired
the Fellowship Sub-committee for the
past three years. Yolanda has dedicated
numerous hours toward the development
of the Fellowship Program, which has
provided 33 Program participants opportunities
to work with human rights organizations
locally and around the globe. Yolanda
is a coordinator the Crazy Horse Defense
Cloud Area Learning Center has been
involved in the Partners Program for
the past two years. In 1993, Margaret
Manderfeld, a lawyer from Neils, Franz,
and Chirhart, was responsible for bringing
the Partners Program to St. Cloud. Steve
Hansen, Tami DeLand, Chris Chopp, and
Nancy Huber are the four motivated and
ambitious teachers that help make it
work. Involved in numerous human rights
activities in the classroom and the
community, the Center has covered issues
as diverse as child labor, racial and
sexual discrimination, personal safety
rights, legal rights of youth, and homelessness.
Their creative human rights actions
include hosting a "Battle of the
Bands" event to raise money and
food for a local shelter. In addition,
they won a national Court T.V.
award for their video of a human rights
mock trial focused on a race and violence
Making a Difference
Center of the Americas with help from
Partners Program and the Humphrey Forum
sponsored a full day "Youth in
Action" conference at the Humphrey
Center on May 9. Along with the featured
speaker, Craig Keilburger, 200 students
(grades 6-12) from 34 schools made a
difference with their voice and activism.
Craig is a 14-year-old child labor activist
from Canada who founded Free the Children.
During the conference, the students
wrote songs about child labor with folk
singer Larry Long, created visual images
for that song with In the Heart of the
Beast theater staff, and developed writing,
video, presentation skills. They also
learned about organizing from members
of a Free the Children chapter in Detroit.
The Partners Program directed a workshop
on the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. The day was summed up by Senator
Paul Wellstone who said of Craig Keilbugers
speech: "History will record that
there was a gathering of young people
in Minnesota in 1997, and that those
young people heard those words and joined
the struggle that eventually ended the
scourge of child labor throughout the
was submitted by Pam Costain, the Resource
Centers executive director.
Take a Look at a Book!
Dreams: Portraits of Working Children.
Photographs by David L. Parker with
Lee Engfer and Robert Conrow
of photographs portrays working children
around the world, including carpet weavers
and brick workers in India and Nepal,
children who work on fishing platforms
in Indonesia, children forced into prostitution
in Thailand, street children, and other
working children in Bangladesh, Mexico,
and the United States. More than 200
million children worldwide work in order
to provide for themselves and their
families. The author discusses why children
work, the health effects of working
as a child, and what people are doing
around the world to end child labor.
July 1997 Phone Orders: 1-800-328-4929
$14.95 plus $2.00 shipping & handling.
Lerner Publications Company, 1251 North
Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55401.
Parker participated on the Partners
Program Human Rights Fair Sub-Committee
this year and presented a slide-show
during the fair. His photo is on the
Partners Program Child Labor Poster.
If you would like a copy of the poster,
please contact the office.
of Classroom Rights
St. Paul Open School
will review the distinction between
rights, privileges, and responsibilities,
and apply the concept of human rights
to their daily lives.
should be told that they will be working
in groups to form a hypothetical list
of ten rules that could be used to protect
the rights of students in the state
of Minnesota, just as the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) protects
the rights of citizens all over the
world and the Bill of Rights protects
people living in the United States (students
should have been introduced to the UDHR
and/or the Bill of Rights before beginning
this activity). It would be useful to
review the definition of a "right"
to make sure that students dont
write a list of "privileges"
they would like to have. The object
is to create a reasonable list of ten
basic rights that students and teachers
could look to as a resource in the case
of classroom disputes.
I. In groups
of two or three, students should first
brainstorm a list of at least 15 rights
that they think are reasonable and important
for students in the classroom.
a group, the students should review
their lists, and try to pick out the
10 most important ones. In the review
process, students should make sure that
what they have written down is worded
in such a way that it comes across as
rights and not privileges (a right should
protect an individual, while not necessarily
entitling that individual to anything).
The group should try to come up with
a working, legible copy of their 10-point
should convene with one other group
and offer feedback on their classroom
rights document. Which of the rights
seem most reasonable and/or important?
Which ones seem unimportant or have
the feedback session, groups should
consider any final changes they might
want to make to their documents.
they have settled on a final version,
the teacher should direct the groups
to consider the responsibilities that
go hand in hand with each right. It
is helpful to model this by asking a
few students to offer a sample right
and have the class come up with a responsibility
that would accompany that right as a
group. Once the class seems to understand
the concept, each group should compliment
their original 10-point document with
a list of ten responsibilities which
they should hand in as a final product.
be useful to follow up this activity
with a discussion of the relationship
between rights and responsibilities
as well as the potential advantages
of having an agreed upon written document
to settle disputes.
Bickelhaupt teaches middle school at
St. Paul Open and was a Partners Program
summer teacher fellow in 1996.
Amnesty International 1997 Summer Postcard
Amnesty International USA invites students
to make postcards for political prisoners
who have been arrested for their non-violent
political ideas or activities -- Prisoners
of Conscience. Life is often very boring,
sad, and lonely for these people. Postcards,
wishing the prisoners well, and describing
students summer activities, will
cheer them up.
can mail the postcards they make individually
(postage is fifty cents), or the entire
class can send al of the cards made
for each prisoner in one large envelope
(postage to most foreign countries is
sixty cents for the first half ounce
and forty cents for each additional
half ounce.) Messages should be brief
and personal ("Hope you are well");
please be sensitive to cultural and
religious mores; do not mention the
political situation in the country or
the accusations against the prisoner;
and , do not mention Amnesty International
(it might lesson the likelihood of the
card reaching the prisoner.) These actions
may be used until the end of August,
1997. If you are interested in additional
postcard actions to South Korea or Syria,
or have any questions concerning the
following, please contact Jen Orr at
OLIVA DE NATIVI and LIDUVINA HERNANDEZ
in danger in Honduras. They belong to
an organization that looks into the
disappearances of ordinary Hondurans
and the misbehavior of the government
and military in Honduras. Ms. Hernandez
has been threatened with death for her
work. Please draw summer postcards for
these two women and mail them to their
human rights office in Honduras so all
the members and staff of COFADEH (Committee
of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras)
can enjoy your support.
APARTADO POSTAL 1243
CHARLES OBI is
a magazine editor. He is serving a 15-year
jail term for reporting on secret trials
of army officers in Nigeria. Conditions
are harsh for Mr. Obi in Agodi-Ibadan
Prison and in addition Mr. Obi is suffering
from malaria. You can bring Mr. Obi
a bit of cheer this summer by making
him postcards about your favorite summer
IBADAN, OYO STATE
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Please direct any address change information
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Human Rights Events Calendar
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 may count as graduate credit
through Hamline Graduate School. Call
Colleen Casey at In the Heart of the
Beast Puppet Theatre for more information,
for Nicaragua. A celebration of
the 18th anniversary of the Sandinista
Revolution includes a speaker and a
reception. The event caps a day in which
individuals donate their regular jobs
pay to support labor rights in Nicaraguas
maquiladora sector. $10 suggested
donation. 7 p.m. Newman Center, 1701
University Ave. SE, Mpls. Call Tina
for more information, 729-5148.
Center of the Americas St. Paul Saints
Fundraiser. A feast of brats, vegie
subs, pop and beer precedes the Centers
second annual evening of cheering on
our Northern League baseball team against
the evil Redhawks of Fargo-Moorehead.
The games theme is "A Mime
is a Terrible Thing to Waste."
Tickets, including meal, are going fast.
Call Michael for more information, 627-9445.
Summer Institute for Human Rights Education.
Mountainview College, Dallas, TX Contact
Patrick Manson, 214-361-8949 or email@example.com,
for more information.
International Summer Human Rights Education
Institute. UC-Irvine; Irvine CA.
Call AIUSA Western Regional Office,
415-291-9233, for details.
Rights: A Global Perspective. The
Global Studies Summer Institute at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Create
lesson plans and units to integrate
into your existing curriculum, learn
how to use technology to research human
rights. Focus on child labor and womens
rights. For more information call Laura
Sayles at the Center for International
Partners Program Dates to Remember
Annual Advisory Board Meeting.
contact the office for further information,
Events Sub-committee Meeting. Please
contact Jen Orr for further information
or if you are interested in being part
of it, 626-0041.
Partners Program Leadership
Program is currently seeking applicants
for our Executive Committee and Advisory
Board. Please contact the Partners Program
office at 626-0041 by June 30, 1997
if you are interested in receiving more
information about applying for one of
Committee is responsible for overseeing
the Partners Program policy and plan
in the following four areas: policy
analysis and strategic planning program;
program; administration; and financial
management. Members are responsible
for attending monthly meetings, an annual
Fellowship Reporting meeting, the Annual
Advisory Board meeting, and several
other events during the year. In addition,
an Executive Committee member may serve
on one of the six standing Program subcommittees
or on the Fundraising Committee.
Board acts as leadership consultants
and serves the Executive Committee and
Director as special area experts for
strategic planning and problem solving.
The Advisory Board members are responsible
for attending an annual Fellowship Reporting
meeting, the Annual Advisory Board meeting,
and several other events during the
We the Children
Boraas, Elisabeth Charboneau, Rebecca
Lutter, Kate Noble, Kasia Paprocki,
and Anni Simons are students in the
sixth grade at J.J. Hill Montessori
School. This group of committed and
enthusiastic students recently participated
as workshop leaders at the Youth in
Action conference and at the Human Rights
Fair! As part of the ongoing human rights
curriculum coordinated by their teacher,
Lynn Schultz, their class has studied
child labor throughout the school year.
Lynn has worked with the Partners Program
for four years and Jamie Moe, the community
representative, for the past two years.
compiled a report on child labor, focusing
on the use of children to make soccer
balls. This report gives the statistics
and particulars of those children around
the world forced to work for little
or no money to hand-stitch soccer balls.
Almost all soccer balls used in the
U.S. are imported. But not only did
they compile the information, they took
action. They took a survey of St. Paul
schools to see if the soccer balls they
used were FIFA approved (an international
organization that checks for fair labor
conditions to assure that no child labor
was used) and started a series of letter-writing
campaigns. In addition, they drafted
and circulated a petition asking that
St. Paul schools only use FIFA approved
soccer balls. They have over 800 signatures
on that petition.
took an extrodinary interest in stopping
child labor. Lynn points out that noteworthy
is not only the zeal with which they
have approached the study of child labor,
but the consequent application of other
academic subjects and the use of critical
thinking skills to draw cogent conclusions.
Their work has included doing research
at the public library, writing letters
to corporation and public officials,
and answering the responses in pursuit
of clarifications, surveying the athletic
directors in the St. Paul Schools, making
graphs demonstrating some results of
their research, and creating and circulating
took their proposal to the St. Paul
School Board who took it under advisement.
was submitted by Lynn Schultz and the
remarkable students from J.J. Hill.
in Human Rights Education
U of M Human Rights Center / Minnesota
Advocates for Human Rights
439 Law Center
229-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455