Spring is in the
air! The end of the school year is quickly
approaching. Now is the time to evaluate
where your class has been and is heading.
What has really sparked the interest
of your team and the students? Lead
a brainstorming discussion with the
students about what they believe is
a need in the local, state, national,
or international community. Assist
the students with developing their
Community Action! projects.
Review what lessons your team has
planned for the rest of the year and
plan out your schedule through May.
With the students, plan an end of
the year celebration to recognize
the students for their efforts. Consider
inviting other classes at the school,
their parents, and/or the local community.
A Look at A Book!
Tales From The Dragon's Cave: Peacemaking
Stories For Everyone. Each story
in this collection of magical tales
is filled with fairy tale characters
and exciting adventures as well as vivid
lessons in the art of conflict resolution.
Written and illustrated by Arlene Williams,
Waking Light Press, 1995. 160 pp. Hardcover
$15.95. Available from Wilmington College
Peace Resource Center, Pyle Center Box
1183, Wilmington OH 45177, (513) 382-5388.
The Words Of Peace: Selections from
the Speeches of the Winners of the Nobel
Peace Prize. Selections from the
acceptance speeches and lectures of
the 52 Nobel Peace Prize winners since
1901. Includes Mother Teresa, Lech Walesa,
Elie Wiesel, Rigoberta Menchu, and Yitzhak
Rabin. Edited by Irwin Abrams, Newmarket
Press. Revised Edition. Available from
Wilmington College Peace Resource Center,
Pyle Center Box 1183, Wilmington OH
45177, (513) 392-5388.
Please share with
us a brief description of any book about
human rights that you or your students
have found inspiring.
On May 10, 1996,
Partners in Human Rights Education will
hold a Human Rights Fair to celebrate
the efforts of the students and team
participants. Students will display
their poems, posters, class projects,
and other artwork. Encourage your students
to be creative! Teachers will receive
a call from members of the Partners
Project Executive Committee to encourage
teams to prepare human rights booths.
Certificates of recognition will be
awarded to all students and team members.
There will be food, music, and a recognition
program with a keynote speaker for the
students, families, teams, and community
members. The Human Rights Fair will
be held at the Como Park Pavilion, 1360
N. Lexington Parkway, St. Paul from
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Expo Elementary School
Despite having an
autonomy law that guarantees the right
to cultural expression, the Indigenous
People of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua
have been prohibited by the central
government from implementing literature
from Garifuna, Suma, Rama, Miskito,
and Creole oral traditions into their
curriculum. Education committees working
to produce indigenous curriculum have
been disbanded by the government. Furthermore,
while children of the sugar cane plantations
work and live under inhumane conditions,
the government denies the allegations
of child labor abuses and the existence
of education rights.
I witnessed these
human rights abuses, along with economic
and natural resource abuse, in Nicaragua
this past summer. Through a fellowship
with the Partners Project, I conducted
human rights-autonomy rights workshops
in collaboration with community leaders
and educators. What impressed me the
most was the spirit and determination
of the people to demand in the face
of government oppression not only the
autonomy and human rights guaranteed
to them, but also a just and free life
for future generations.
Tradiciones Vivas: Mexican Popular
Arts. The Science Museum of Minnesota
is sponsoring an exhibit including more
than 400 folk art paintings, textiles,
ceramics, and more. A companion exhibit,
"Chiapas: Continuity and Change,"
features a collection of contemporary
Mayan textiles, costumes, and juxtaposed
video profiles of Zapatista women speaking
about preserving their heritage. The
exhibit will take place from March 2
- May 9, 1996. Science Museum of Minnesota,
30 E. 10th St., St. Paul, (612) 221-9488.
Note: Please submit
any activities that your students and/or
school are involved in and that are
open to the public. FFI means contact
for further information.
Browne Benefit Concert. Jackson
Browne will perform at the Orpheum Theater
to benefit the Center for Victims of
Torture. A private artist's reception
will be held after the concert. Golden
Circle Tickets are available from the
Center for Victims of Torture. Orpheum
Theater is located at 805 Hennepin Av.,
Minneapolis. FFI, (612) 625-0668.
and the Southern Cone. Rafael
Varela will share his insights into
today's political, economic, and social
realities in Uruguay as well as the
impact of increasing Southern Cone economic
integration. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
Resource Center for the Americas, 317
Seventeenth Ave., S.E., Minneapolis.
FFI, (612) 627-9445.
of the Community of Faith: Dialogue
on Issues of Economic Justice.
St. Martin's Table, 2001 Riverside Avenue,
Minneapolis. FFI, Eleanor Yackel at
Songs of Faith, Hope and Liberation
From Around the World: An Evening Concert
with Bread for the Journey.
Sing-along concert of songs of the Christian
church from Africa, Latin America, Asia,
Europe, and North America. $5.00 donation
requested. 7:30 p.m. Foss Center at
Augsburg College, 22nd and Riverside,
Minneapolis. FFI, St. Martin's Table,
on Peru. Two Peruvian-born University
of Minnesota scholars will discuss current
political and economic conditions, the
U.S. role in Peru, social movements,
military and paramilitary groups, the
Sender Luminoso (Shining Path) and Tupamaro
guerrilla movements, cocaine politics,
peasant movements, and the outlook for
the future. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Resource Center of the Americas, 317
Seventeenth Ave, SE Minneapolis. FFI,
Struggle for Modernization and Democratization:
The Case of the Former Soviet Central
Asian Republics. The
conference will focus on politics, history,
applied economics, business, literature,
language, culture, and education in
the new independent states of Kazakhstan,
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, and
Turkemenistan. Registration: $35, $10
U of M faculty and students. FFI, Shirley
Mueffelman, Professional Development
and Conference Services, University
of Minnesota, 221 Note Center, 315 Pillsbury
Drive S.E., Minneapolis, (612) 625-3850.
our Bags: 150 Years of Building Asian
Pacific America. Workshop led
by scholars, students, community workers,
and performance artists will focus on
issues relevant to increasing awareness
of Asian American immigrant health care
needs, gender relations, community roles
of the arts and artists, domestic violence,
teaching resources, adoptees, sexuality
and sexual identity, religions, law
and politics. FFI, Hamline University
Humanities Conference, (612) 641-2893.
One, Poor One. A three-part
drama about world hunger will be performed
by fifteen children and youth from the
Community of St. Martin. St. Martin's
Table, 2001 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis.
FFI (612) 339-3920.
2 Dr. Jorge
Fernandez, member of the Judicial Council
of Mexico's Federal District, legal
advisor for the CONAI mediating council,
and legal advisor to Chiapas Bishop
Samuel Ruiz, will be in the Twin Cities
to discuss human rights and the current
situation in Chiapas. FFI, Cliff Rohde
at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights,
Rights Fair and Recognition Event.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Como
Park Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Parkway,
St. Paul. FFI, Partners Project, (612)
County Volunteer Lawyers Network Training.
The Network will hold a training session
for pro bono attorneys to work on immigration
cases. FFI, Jennifer Prestholdt at Minnesota
Advocates for Human Rights, (612) 341-3302.
Media, and Capital Punishment.
Conference speakers will include Bryan
Stevenson, Executive Director of the
Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama
and Steve Hawkins, Executive Director
of the National Coalition to Abolish
the Death Penalty. FFI, Sara Gurwitch
at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
Death Penalty Project, (612) 341-3302.
Debate/ Role Play
Sibley High School
10th Grade History Class
St. Paul, Minnesota
Peg Christensen, Teacher
Ed Rice, Law Student
Sarah Welch, Community Representative
Middle School, High
School, or Adult Education
Time Needed by Team:
3 hours total (including research and
File cards and handouts.
Time for the
Debate, 45 minutes
To give students
an opportunity to think about human
rights and to speak about their views
in an organized fashion.
1. Introduce the
students to the concepts of "pro"
and "con" and debate.
2. Choose a human
rights issue somewhat "close to
home" with the students. [This
class focused on the controversy that
surrounds a local nuclear waste storage
facility located on Native American
lands, close to their residential sights.]
Partners Project Team Members
1. Research the
topic to find newspaper articles and
other sources that highlight both sides
of the issue.
Note: An alternative
is to assign students to research the
2. Create handouts.
Distribute the handouts and background
material to the students to read before
3. Make a list of
approximately 10 sub-issues and the
main points on each side of the debate.
Write each sub-issue and its main points
on a file card to create 10 "pro"
sub-issues and 10 "con" sub-issues.
1. Divide the class
into "pro" and "con"
teams. Separate the two groups on opposite
sides of the room.
2. The community
representative and the lawyer (5 minutes)
review the issues and answer questions
from the assigned readings.
3. Assign each group
a side of the issue. Allow the students
10 minutes to prepare their arguments.
The Partners Project team members circulate
to answer questions.
4. One of the team
members acts as the moderator. Each
side makes one comment at a time, switching
sides after every speaker. Students
raise their hands to be called on to
ensure that every student has a chance
5. Before the end
of the time period, the moderator requests
that each side make a final summary
of their position.
6. Ask the students
to write down which side they favored
Note: These comments
can be used in future class discussions.
Student's ideas or even misconceptions
can be used to focus later classes on
their areas of interest.
Three brief notes
about Community Action! Projects. First,
please call or send in your students'
projects, which have been carried out
this year, to the Partners Project by
April 5, 1996 for the next edition
of the Explorer. Second, the
Partners Project will be updating the
Community Action! Manual this summer.
You will receive a call from the Partners
Project staff or Executive Committee
during which you will be asked to give
a brief description of the projects
that your team and students have done
in 1995-1996 and prior years if you
participated. Third, if you have not
received a copy of the Community Action!
Project Manual, please call the Partners
Project at (612) 626-0041 or drop a
us note, and we will send you a copy
Declaration of Human Rights Videos
& 6th Grade Class
Berg Stafford, Law Student
Tonsager, Community Representative
Students read and
discussed the original and simplified
versions of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. They had difficulty
understanding what each right actually
meant. The community representative
showed the Amnesty International cartoon/graphics
video on the Universal Declaration which
the students really liked.
The teacher suggested
that the students make their own video.
Divided into groups of four to six students,
each group was given five articles from
the Universal Declaration. The students
are writing storyboards for each article
with assistance from the law student
and teacher. The ideas range from skits
to graphics. They are also learning
to use the video equipment at their
school. In the next several sessions,
they will tape and produce videos of
the rights. The videos will be shown
on the in-school cable television channel.
Project 1996 Dates to Remember
Follow-Up Workshop in St. Cloud.
Stearn's County Courthouse. 3:30 p.m.
April 11 Fellowship
Training Part I. University of Minnesota
Law School, Room 20. 3:30 p.m. - 7:30
Human Rights for All Curriculum Workshop.
Edward O'Brien, National Institute for
Citizen Education in the Law. University
of Minnesota Law School, Rare Books
Room, Room 381. 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Follow-Up Workshop in Grand Rapids.
Place to be announced. 10:00 a.m. -
April 15 Fellowship
Training Part II. University of
Minnesota Law School, Room 20. 4:00
p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
April 27 Follow-Up
Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin. Place
to be announced. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
May 10 1995-96
Human Rights Fair and Recognition Event.
Como Park Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington
Parkway, St. Paul. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00
Partners in Human
U of M Human Rights Center/
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
437 Law Center
229 - 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455