Toolkit: Vote for the Planet Campaign

Why Vote For The Planet?

When we vote for the planet, we are voting for elected officials who shape the climate and sustainability policies of our schools, communities and businesses. Each vote is a vote for climate justice that protects future generations and those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Voters agree that in order to see systemic change locally and globally, climate justice must be addressed. In the United States:

  • Communities of color are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards. People of color are more likely to die of environmental causes, and make up more than half of the population living near hazardous waste.
  • Historically discriminatory housing, education, employment, and healthcare policies have all increased the inequalities that place communities of color at higher risk of dangerous climate impacts. 


Alaina Roberts on Black Freedom on Native Land

On Monday, September 12, 2022, historian and writer Alaina Roberts will introduce the Reconstruction era connections between Black freedom and Native American citizenship in the context of westward expansion onto Native land. This session is part of the Teach the Black Freedom Struggle series of online classes.

September 12, 2022, 7pm (ET)

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The Constitution Explained Virtual Launch Event

Join constitutional scholar and author Linda R. Monk; Julie Silverbrook, Senior Director of Partnerships and Constitutional Scholar in Residence at iCivics; and Christopher R. Riano, President of the Center for Civic Education, for this introduction to “The Constitution Explained,” an extensive and engaging new series of brief, 2- to 3-minute videos explaining key concepts of the U.S. Constitution and how the American system of government has changed since the founding period. Teachers will learn what the series is all about and how they can implement it in their upper elementary, middle, and high school classrooms during Constitution Day and Citizenship Week and throughout the year. A Q&A session will follow presentation of the videos.

September 12, 2022, 7pm (ET)

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Center for Civic Education: Register for a Free Course on the U.S. Constitution

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution? Register to take the Center for Civic Education’s free, self-paced online course, “The U.S. Constitution: Its Foundations, Transformation, and Challenges.”

This course explores events that led to the transformation of the U.S. Constitution and our system of government from its foundation to what it is today. It is perfect for educators and lifelong learners who want to gain a deeper understanding of American constitutional democracy.

“The U.S. Constitution: Its Foundations, Transformation, and Challenges” is entirely self-paced, so you can complete it on your schedule. You can take the entire course or select the sessions that interest you. The course features scholars recorded during the 2021 Presidential Academy for American History and Civics, sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


National Walk to Free Leonard Peltier Kicks Off in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS—The American Indian Movement (AIM) Grand Governing Council hosted a rally in Cedar Field Park to kick off a 15-week national walk demanding the release of Leonard Peltier.

The “Walk to Justice: Free Leonard Peltier” will travel from Minneapolis through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, ending in Washington, D.C. on November 14.

Read more, Native News Online

Learning for Justice: Virtual Open-enrollment Workshops

Learning for Justice offers professional development workshops for current K-12 classroom teachers, administrators and counselors, and for anyone who coaches classroom teachers and administrators.

Each 90-minute workshop costs $15 per participant and is delivered via Zoom with participant interaction and available closed captioning. All tickets must be purchased online. (We are not able to accept cash, purchase orders or checks.) Explore the schedule below, and register today—space is limited! We continue to add new dates, so check back often.

Global Youth-Led Training Webinar

Youth activists are invited to participate in a virtual conversation on Saturday, July 30th from 1 – 4 p.m. EDT.

This event will provide the opportunity to meet, share, listen and learn from other youth. We have some topics in mind, such as links with human rights, use of artistic mediums, lobbying and how to survive setbacks, but tell us what you would like to talk about! If you have not already done so, please complete the online Registration Survey and feel free to pass along this invitation to other youth activists you know.
Take the survey and RSVP here:…/1YNdQ5u4sMFU6HcW4…/viewform… 

Summer Leadership Institute: Navigating the Political Landscape of Social Studies

July 19-20, 2022

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National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) invites you to its Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), Navigating the Political Landscape of Social Studies! 

Currently, social studies, social studies educators, and education as a whole are in a defensive stance as we have become pawns in a misinformation campaign about our content, our methods, and our mission. This year’s two-day SLI event will focus on how we as social studies educators can recapture the narrative of social studies and promote social studies as a central component of preparing all students for civic life.

During this two-day virtual event, NCSS members will learn about the current legal and political challenges confronting teaching social studies and work collaboratively on approaches, tools, and structures that we can put in place at the classroom, local, state, and national levels to navigate the current political landscape.

Zinn Education Project: People’s History of July 4th: Beyond 1776

As you get ready to celebrate Independence Day, have a look at this collection of
people’s history stories from July 4th: Beyond 1776.

A collection of people’s history stories from July 4th beyond 1776. The stories include July 4th anniversaries such as when slavery was abolished in New York (1827), Frederick Douglass’s speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (1852), the Reconstruction era attack on a Black militia that led to the Hamburg Massacre (1876), protest of segregation at an amusement park in Baltimore (1963), and more.

HHREC Memory Keepers Story Hour

Joseph Kaidanow

Generations Forward 

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

6:45 PM Gathering for Family and Friends

7:00 PM Program


Joseph’s parents, Ellen and Jerry, are both Holocaust survivors. Joseph will share his father’s story. Jerry was born near the town of Krivitchi, Poland in what is now Belarus. His story involves the struggle to survive after his parents perished during an “action” in the town as his remaining family fled to the woods of the Naroch forest and eventually immigrated to the U.S., settling in the Bronx.

Joseph and his wife Ellen actively support the mission of the Holocaust & Human Rights Center, as Joseph is the Immediate Past Chairperson who currently serves on the HHREC Board of Directors, and Ellen is a member of the HHREC Memory Keepers GenerationsForward Speakers Bureau.
These stories offer a unique opportunity to hear from a very special group of Survivors and next generation family members about the consequences of hate, and the power of hope, as they help people reflect and realize that their choices matter, and that one person can make a difference.
We are eternally grateful for the contributions from the courageous men and women who share their stories of survival from the Holocaust, and to their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who continue to pass them on.