Human Rights Fair and spring are just
around the corner! Make plans with your
students, their parents, and team members
to be at Como Park Pavilion on May 105th.
Plan an end of the year celebration
within your school. Invite members of
the community to participate.
Assist the students to finish their
community action project. Let the Partners
Project know what you have done!
A Look at A Book!
Peace Law Almanac. This collection
contains the Charter of the United Nations,
Nuremberg Principles, Genocide Convention,
International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights, the new South African
Constitution, excerpts from U.S. Army
Field Manual, "United States v.
Lt. Calley," "Spock v. United
States," "United States v.
Oliver North," and other materials.
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute,
1995. Available from Hunter House Inc.
Publishers, PO Box 2914, Alameda, CA
94501, (800) 266-5592.
The Energy of a Nation: Immigrants
Minutes) Brings historical, factual,
and personal perspectives to immigration
issues and features compelling stories
of five immigrants.
Address the impact of immigrants on
the U.S. economy, labor market, and
Uses easy-to-read charts, tables, graphs,
and maps to convey who comes to the
United States, why they come, the process
by which they are allowed in, where
they settle, their impact on the economy,
and the "nuts and bolts" of
U.S. immigration policy. Immigration
is presented within a historical context
and through first-hand accounts and
Middle School, High School, adult.
Available from Minnesota
Advocates for Human Rights, The B.I.A.S.
Project, 400 Second Avenue South, Suite
1050, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2408, (612)
to the 1996
Partners in Human Rights Education Fellowship
Judy Atrubin, Community Representative
The Adam Institute for Democracy and
Lucie Bendova, Community Representative
International Institute of Boston
Greg Karpenko, Community Representative/Intern
Human Rights Center, Partners Project
Sherry Kempf, Teacher
World Friendship Center
Charles Numrich, Community Representative/Trainer
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Juliana Pegues, Community Representative
Legal Services for Prisoners with
San Francisco, California
Edward Rice, Community Representative
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
Minneapolis, Minnesota and Mexico
Johanna Ronnei, Staff Fellow
Human Rights Organization of Nepal
Mary Shouvieller, Community Representative
St. Paul, Minnesota
We wish you success
in your fellowship experiences and look
forward to hearing from you when you
Experience in Mexico
Tonsager, 1995 Fellow
are men that fight one day and they
There are others that fight one year
and they are better
There are those that fight many years
and they are very good
But there are those that fight their
These are the indispensable ones.
Last summer I was
able to work with people that have spent
and will continue to spend their lives
actively defending human rights in Chihuahua,
Mexico. Through the funds granted to
me by the Otto Bremer Foundation, I
had an opportunity to work for Cosyddhac
(Commission for Solidarity and Defense
of Human Rights A.C.). As part of Cosyddhac,
I was assigned to a task force designed
to investigate and compile a report
on the conditions of the indigenous
prisoners incarcerated in Chihuahua.
This experience enriched my life both
personally and professionally. Personally,
it was the first time that I have lived
in a developing country. For me the
most shocking difference was the economy.
One hears stories of how valuable American
dollars are; however, it is a bittersweet
truth to find out. On one hand, I was
glad that the amount of money I received
for this fellowship would last two months.
I felt chagrined, however, to see how
hard some Mexican citizens worked for
the little recompense they received.
It seems that in Mexican society, living
is much better defined as surviving.
I was afforded the opportunity to work
with a team for a common goal. The team
included myself and two Mexican law
students. Together we traveled to three
separate prisons to perform our research.
At each prison, our investigation was
completed in three steps. First, the
director of each prison was interviewed.
After this interview, all of the prisoners
were personally interviewed. The third
step was a review of the prison infrastructure
as well as all of the prisoner case
files. The last step included interviews
of the attending judge and public defenders
at each of the prisons. After investigating
the prisons, the final report was written.
This report was divided into two sections.
The first section solely related the
findings of our investigation. The second
section offered proposals aimed at bringing
the inadequacies of the prisons closer
to accordance with the Chihuahua penal
The final week of
my trip was spent in press conferences
and meetings with Mexican prison officials.
It was our hope that, through public
pressure and the release of our report,
the prison officials would be forced
to better the conditions of some of
the prisons. The extent to which any
of these has been bettered, I do not
know. I can only hope that the necessary
changes are being made.
To conclude, the
fellowship in Chihuahua, Mexico meant
a great deal to me both personally and
professionally. I experienced being
a part of a task force designed to enlist
changes in the penal system of the state
as well as the opportunity to live and
adapt to a different culture. I would
like to thank Cosyddhac for allowing
me to join them in their lifelong struggle
to protect human rights in Chihuahua.
They are indispensable.
The University of
Minnesota will be offering two excellent
courses this summer through the Summer
Institute on International Studies.
For details regarding application and
registration procedures, costs, and
credit, contact the Outreach Coordinator,
Institute of International Studies,
214 Social Science Tower, University
of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455,
1. Centro Legal
15 South 5th St., Suite 1134
Minneapolis, MN 55402
An intern will assist with immigration
matters for Hispanic and low-income
individuals. The intern must have
Spanish language ability. FFI, Paula
Duthoy at (612) 291-0110 or Luz Maria
Frias at (612) 338-4503.
2. St. Martin's
2001 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Come and help us serve lunch! Volunteer
as often as you like. Your tips will
be donated to local and global hunger
projects that you select. Nearly $2,000
each month is donated. FFI, Tammy
at (612) 339-3920.
3. Peace Village
2001 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
A volunteer will assist with a peace
and justice focused, action-oriented,
day camp for elementary aged children.
This year's theme is Human Rights
for Children. The sessions are June
17-27 and July 8-18. FFI (612) 341-0871.
Advocates for Human Rights
400 Second Avenue South, Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2408
A legal intern will assist with research
and writing in the area of conflict
prevention and human rights. The Conflict
Prevention Project is developing a
methodology to promote cooperation
and collaboration between human rights
advocates and conflict prevention
actors. MN Advocates needs interns
to work in its Minnesota and New York
City offices. The intern in Minnesota
will be responsible for research and
writing projects about the methodology.
The research will focus on early warning
mechanisms, methods of monitoring,
reporting, and advocacy in the context
of conflict prevention. FFI, Barbara
Frey at (612) 341-3302.
A Library and
Information Science Intern will have
the opportunity to assist Minnesota
Advocates in the organization, development,
and coordination of its resource library,
which contains human rights curriculum,
country files, nongovernmental organization
newsletters, United Nations documents,
and books. Minnesota Advocates also
seeks expertise in the placement of
its publications on the World Wide
Web. FFI, Natalie Detert at (612)
Rights Events Calendar
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.
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,
Harbury will discuss the torture and
death of her husband Efrain Bamaca Velasquez,
a commandante in the Guatemalan guerrilla
forces, at the hands of a CIA paid Guatemalan
Army Colonel, and about her struggle
to uncover the truth in the face of
political stonewalling by the United
States government. 7:00 p.m. Todos Los
Santos Church (Salem Lutheran Church),
610 W. 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN.
FFI Mary Swenson, Resource Center of
The Americas, (612) 627-9445.
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 attorneys to work on pro bono immigration
cases. FFI, Jennifer Prestholdt, 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. The conference will
also feature a number of Twin Cities
speakers and a panel of judges. Conference
tuition is $125 for the day, with a
special rate of $55 for public interest
and government employees and $10 for
students. FFI, Sara Gurwitch, Minnesota
Advocates for Human Rights Death Penalty
Project, (612) 341-3302.
1-9 Human Rights
Travel/Study Seminar to Guatemala.
Sponsored by St. Mary's University School
of Law, this seminar offers an opportunity
to engage in the study of human rights
and international law. Participants
will review selected international treaties,
analyze the political problems of implementing
and enforcing human rights law, and
experience firsthand the relevance of
human rights law to politics, culture,
economics, and the environment. FFI,
Global Education, (612) 330-1159.
the Cycle of Violence: 1996 Annual Human
Rights Awards Dinner. The Minnesota
Advocates annual dinner will feature
Judge Richard J. Goldstone, Chief Prosecutor
for the International Criminal Tribunal
for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
The dinner will be held at the Minneapolis
Hilton Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $125
per person. FFI, Minnesota Advocates
for Human Rights, (612) 341-3302.
17th Annual International Human
Rights Training Programme. The
Canadian Human Rights Foundation program
will focus on non-governmental organizations
involved in human rights. Full or partial
bursaries are available for most selected
participants. FFI, Minnesota Advocates
for Human Rights, (612) 341-3302.
from the South: A Seminar in Nicaragua
for Women Leaders.
Through encounters with people and organizations
representing many sectors of Nicaragua,
the seminar is designed to assist women
leaders in agencies or positions dealing
with conditions or problems affecting
women and children as well as women
involved in grassroots and community
organizations. FFI, Mary Pat Liggio
or Mary Ruth Clowdlsely, the Women's
Center, (804) 484-2121, or the Center
for Global Education, (612) 330-1159.
The Healing Gardens
Tour. The fourth
annual Healing Gardens Tour will be
held on July 13-14 for St. Paul and
selected suburban areas and on July
20-21 for Minneapolis and selected suburban
areas. Participants will receive a list
of garden addresses and a map with the
garden locations. Participants may visit
as many gardens as they like. The tour
will benefit the Center for Victims
of Torture. Advance tickets: $25.00
for individuals and $40.00 for families.
Day of the event tickets: $30.00 for
individuals and $45.00 for families.
To order by phone call (612) 625-6426.
To order by mail, send a check to the
Center for Victims of Torture, 717 East
River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455. FFI
Education in a Cross-Cultural Context.
The Center for Global Education offers
a nine-day graduate-level course for
educators in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Through
experiential education and field trips,
the course will focus on enhancing appreciation
for cultural differences and sharpen
theoretical knowledge and practical
skills in experiential education. Application
required by June 1, 1996. FFI, Center
for Global Education, (612) 330-1159.
at a Crossroads: A Nation Divided Prepares
for Elections. A week
long travel seminar will focus on the
political and social challenges Nicaragua
has faced over the past 17 years. FFI,
Center for Global Education, (612) 330-1159.
Poor, Yet Making Many Rich. A Curriculum
Development and Transformative Education
Seminar. A eight-day
seminar in Mexico built around field
trips and excursions will explore the
Mexican people's struggle to create
effective responses to the challenges
of poverty, racism, sexism, social discord,
and environmental degradation. FFI,
Center for Global Education, (612) 330-1559.
Sharing lesson plans
is an excellent way to help generate
ideas and to share classroom experiences
with other Partners Project members.
As the end of the school year approaches,
each team should work on writing down
and submitting at least one lesson plan.
The lesson plan can be an activity for
one class or an entire unit. The Partners
Project has additional template forms
for lesson plans. Please fill out the
"Lesson Planner" form and
fax it to the Partners Project at (612)
625-2011, mail it or drop it at the
Partners Project Office.
Lessons will be
compiled in a three ring binder and
available in the Human Rights Education
Library. Let's share our successes and
ideas with each other!
Three brief notes
about Community Action! Projects. First,
please call or send in your students'
project, to the Partners Project by
May 24, 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
and you will be asked to give a brief
description of the project(s) that your
team and students have done in 1995-1996
and in prior years that you may have
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
note, and we will send you a copy immediately.
of the Bands
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Steve Hansen, Teacher
Margaret Maderfeld, Lawyer
Kathy Maloney, Community Representative
Age: High School
be hungry anywhere in America is a crime.
To be hungry in Minnesota in the middle
of winter is torture. In the state of
Minnesota there are 74,000 children
under the age of 12 who are hungry.
A total of 160,000 are either hungry
or at risk of hunger in the state of
Minnesota; 21.2% of the children under
12 are at risk of hunger.
Our team's main
concern is the hunger problem of the
youth in St. Cloud, Minnesota. We are
students at an alternative high school
who see this problem at school on a
day to day basis. The following are
two testimonials from our working team:
Student 1 is a 16-year-old
student at the St. Cloud Area Learning
Center who has faced the problem of
hunger throughout her childhood. When
she was in elementary school, her family
faced a particularly hard time when
most meals, outside free school lunches,
consisted of saltine crackers. Her family
got through these times with little
help. There are still times when her
family goes hungry toward the end of
Student 2, from
St. Joseph, MN, went through similar
hardships as a child. Money for food
was scarce at times and he and his twin
brother looked to their older brother
to make them ketchup sandwiches or toast
when there was nothing else available.
After a while they began to seek help
from some local food shelves who would
provide things such as bread, canned
goods, and maybe an occasional box of
Rice a Roni. His family relies mostly
on food stamps for consistent meals.
These students are
not a rare exception to the rule at
the Area Learning Center. A large percentage
of students here have faced, and still
do face, this problem. That's why we
feel that it is our responsibility to
become a part of the solution.
1. Arranged Entertainment:
We booked five bands to volunteer their
playing time for a food drive. A local
radio D.J. is also volunteering time
at the event to give away music cassettes
and Radio Station Merchandise.
2. Arranged Location:
We secured the most cost effective location
available which is the Del Win Ballroom
in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
a) A local radio
station has agreed to match our advertising
b) Designed flyers
for the advertisement that we will
be hanging around St. Cloud and the
surrounding areas such as: St. Joe,
Sauk Rapids, Clearwater and Waite
Park. All are a part of the school
system and part of the St. Cloud Community.
c) Contacted the
St. Cloud Times to have the event
listed in "Silver Linings,"
a listing of community events.
4. Equipment: Contacted
community members to volunteer the time
and equipment to put on the show. Through
the help of the bands, we obtained equipment
such as a P.A. system, lighting, speakers,
and guitar and bass amplifiers.
5. Security: We
contacted the Stearns County Sheriff's
Department to find out if off-duty officers
could regulate the audience at the show.
6. Proceeds: All
proceeds will be donated to the Caritas
Goals and Measurement
a) To set a proactive
model to other teens which inspires
them to recognize and take action
against the problem of hunger in our
b) To alert all
people who attend the event and community
members in general to the serious
problem we need to face as a community.
c) To provide
food for the Caritas food shelter
during January, a month when food
stocks are traditionally low.
a) Whether we
reach our goal of 100 pounds of donated
food, which represents five people's
food supply for a week.
b) Whether we
reach our goal of raising $700.00
at this performance which could mean
1400 cans of soup, 1400 dozen eggs,
or 700 pounds of ground beef for people
who are hungry in our community.
of the number of people who attend
and the amount of food donated. These
measurements will indicate how the
issue of hungry people's needs were
heard and met by the community.
1. The 25(+) signatures
and numbers gathered at the show will
be used to bring together a group of
people to set up an additional project
to battle this problem in our community.
2. The names will
be submitted to Caritas Food Shelf.
Caritas will contact them to volunteer
in special projects or daily work.
to the Area Learning Center Students!!
This project won the "Do Something
Grant" sponsored by Blockbuster,
Guess, Taco Bell, and the New York Times.
Partners Project Dates to Remember
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
439 Law Center
229 - 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455