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Social Justice and Human Rights Songs. The 4th Branch by Immortal Technique 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton The Abolitionist's Hymn Abraham, Malcolm and John by Dion American Idiot by Green Day American Terrorist by Lupe Fiasco Anarchy in the U.K. by the Sex Pistols.

Social Justice and Human Rights Songs

» Italian Americans Who Fought for Justice Zinn Education Project. The White Man in That Photo. Sometimes photographs deceive.

The White Man in That Photo

Take this one, for example. It represents John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s rebellious gesture the day they won medals for the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and it certainly deceived me for a long time. I always saw the photo as a powerful image of two barefoot black men, with their heads bowed, their black-gloved fists in the air while the US National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” played. It was a strong symbolic gesture – taking a stand for African American civil rights in a year of tragedies that included the death of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. » ‘Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation Zinn Education Project. By Julian Hipkins III and Deborah Menkart Fifty years ago this month, Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer gripped the nation with her televised testimony of being forced from her home and brutally beaten (suffering permanent kidney damage) for attempting to exercise her constitutional right to vote.

» ‘Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation Zinn Education Project

“Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings?” She asked the credentials committee at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. One Easy Thing All White People Could Do That Would Make The World A Better Place. When Oppression Is the Status Quo, Disruption Is a Moral Duty. I’m struck by the way society can commemorate the movement of the past while condemning the movement of the present.

When Oppression Is the Status Quo, Disruption Is a Moral Duty

It is called 'raving hypocrisy' and the US is the unchallenged leader in it. Hypocrisy taken to a level were, what Orwell has described so well as 'big brother', becomes the underlying reason and cause for unmitigated inequality. The political establishment cannot praise King with one breath while condemning modern civil disobedience in the next breath. The Growing Movement to Restore Voting Rights to Former Felons.

Dear Non Natives: It's Time To Listen to Native Americans. Since late Thursday, Native Americans have been telling non-natives what we really need to hear with the hashtag #DearNonNatives.

Dear Non Natives: It's Time To Listen to Native Americans

It’s about time that the rest of us start listening. Western governments and non-native western people have a history of ignoring Native voices, to the point where their people, land, culture, and lives have been stolen from them. This legacy of physical, sexual, and cultural violence against Native people across the Western hemisphere continues today. For example, Native Americans are disproportionately killed by police.

In fact, they are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial group, even African Americans. Native Americans also face very high rates of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Native Americans face many other issues, such as high rates of poverty and health problems. It’s Only Deviant Until Everybody’s Doing It. Tattoos are quickly become mainstream in the United States, especially for younger people.

It’s Only Deviant Until Everybody’s Doing It

Until recently a tattoo could disqualify a person from becoming a police officer, joining the military, and many other jobs. 8 ways in which the American with Disabilities Act changed everyone's lives. Curator Dr.

8 ways in which the American with Disabilities Act changed everyone's lives

Katherine Ott invited students in Dr. Samuel J. Redman's Museum/Historic Site Interpretation Seminar to explore the museum's disability history collections and write blog posts sharing their research. The American Disabilities Act, signed in the White House on July 26, 1990, was groundbreaking for people with disabilities. 6 words from a 5-year-old girl show exactly why diversity matters in Hollywood. The 9 Painful Stages Of Realizing You Live In A "White Person Bubble"

Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes. This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind By Alex Tribou and Keith CollinsUpdated: June 26, 2015 Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court has now extended that right nationwide.

Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes

The decision came after a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states from 2013 to 2015, with 36 overall prior to the Court's ruling. Kailash Satyarthi: How to make peace? Get angry. Rihanna’s new video is a surprisingly powerful statement on immigration. These photos from around the world should scare the pants off of McDonald's and Walmart. "What?

These photos from around the world should scare the pants off of McDonald's and Walmart.

" You might be saying to yourself. "Why does the 16-year-old grimacing at me from behind the counter at Wendy's while she texts her boyfriend selfies of her new temporary tattoo deserve to make that much money? " (OK, Stephanie. OK.) A brilliant poster campaign wants to change how people think about immigrants. Economic difficulties in the United Kingdom have led to a surge in support for the far right in recent years, which in turn has led to mainstream parties trying to co-opt elements of the far right's agenda.

A brilliant poster campaign wants to change how people think about immigrants

The result has been a discourse around immigration that overwhelmingly paints the desire of foreigners to move to the UK as a negative that needs to be addressed, with the parties competing over who can address it more effectively. The Movement Against Xenophobia's "I Am an Immigrant" campaign tries to reframe the issue in a positive light, with a series of posters highlighting the contributions immigrants make to society. Studies done in the United States show that immigration raises average incomes of native-born Americans, including native-born Americans with low skill levels. Immigration is, of course, even better for the incomes of the immigrants themselves, which makes reduced barriers to migration one of the biggest possible game changers for overall global growth. They asked students to vote on a fee of $2.50 each semester to help DREAMers. The results are in. There are roughly 1.8 million young people who were brought to the United States as children and who continue to live here as undocumented citizens.

They call themselves DREAMers as part of a continued shout-out to the DREAM Act (the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act), a bill that if enacted would allow them to apply for legal status and, eventually, citizenship if they went to college or served in the military. Supporters have been trying to get the DREAM Act passed since 2001. The students of Loyola University Chicago got tired of waiting for Congress to act. Racism explained by a good ol' Southern boy. When a self-proclaimed "white redneck" starts a video with "white people are racists," it's hard not to listen. Sitting in his Ford F-150 truck, he spends five minutes delivering a whole bunch of great thoughts about — you guessed it — racism.

"Not all white people are racist, but white culture is. Our white country is. Our American culture is full of white supremacy. We live in a white supremacist culture that caters to white people. " Every City Needs a Trans Awareness Campaign Like this One. Vancouver is consistently named one of the most livable cities in the world, and its Park Board recently launched a program that’s making it even more appealing.

Hillcrest Community Centre, built during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, became host this week to a series of posters raising awareness about the trans community and issues facing trans people. The program was developed after a 2014 report from the city’s Trans* and Gender Variant Working Group offered suggestions for ways to make public spaces more inclusive and accessible to trans and gender-variant folks. Said Park Board chair John Coupar, “At its heart it’s about making everyone feel comfortable and welcome at our community centers.” Remembering Cesar Chavez in pictures. Photo 1 of 31. Homeless People Were Asked To Write Down A Fact About Themselves. Their Answers May Surprise You.

It's a Social Movement: Alex Morales at TEDxYouth@SanJuan. Netroots Nation Conference Social Movement. Hilarious Marriage Equality PSA from Ireland Mocks 'Armagayddon' To Imagine and Pursue Racial Justice, Race, Ethnicity and Education, 2012. Welcome to Racial Equity Tools. Teaching/files/2012/02/Social-Movements.pdf. Social movements » Teaching TSP. Social Movements: How People Make History. By Peter Dreier Back in 1900, people who called for women’s suffrage, laws protecting the environment and consumers, an end to lynching, the right of workers to form unions, a progressive income tax, a federal minimum wage, old-age insurance, dismantling of Jim Crow laws, the eight-hour workday, and government-subsidized health care and housing were considered impractical idealists, utopian dreamers, or dangerous socialists.

100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century. 5 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, at which Dr. Context: Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Un-Fair Campaign. Jane Elliott's Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise - Learning Materials. What’s Making This Map Of The U.S. Break Out Like A Nervous Teenager? Story of Stuff. The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. Slavery Footprint - Made In A Free World. » Correctional Association of New York: Correctional Association of New York: A Force for Progressive Change in the Criminal Justice System Since 1844. Zinn Education Project Honors Sean Arce. Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2012) – The Zinn Education Project announced the recipient of the 2012 Myles Horton Education Award for Teaching People’s History.

The award is named for Myles Horton, one of the most influential educators in the 20th century. Myles Horton was co-founder of Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, famous for its pivotal role in desegregation efforts, and a tireless advocate for education and civil rights. Discussing Diversity. Made in a Free World.