Kean University Human Rights Conference Hunger: The Politics of Food


When: Friday, March 22nd 9am-12pm
Where: Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey, 7083
Cost: FREE – registration required ($250 Stipend provided

Hunger is no game. The devastating truth of the global hunger crisis is evident in the numbers: More than one billion people worldwide don’t know when they will have their next meal; 20 million of these people are at immediate risk of dying from malnutrition. In the United States, 14 percent of the population relies on food banks, soup kitchens, and similar services to feed themselves and their families.

Despite worldwide economic recovery and growth, an increase in sustainable agriculture and declining food prices, food insecurity continues to grow. Factors include climate change, natural disaster, conflict, and global food policy.

The time is now to end hunger.

Award-winning chef and food policy activist Tom Colicchio, head judge and executive producer on Bravo Television’s Top Chef, will be the featured speaker.

Also speaking will be Karen Washington, a leader in the urban farming movement, and Kean alumna Lovely Randle ’16, who has conducted research on the correlation of food deserts and childhood obesity.

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Say it Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling

This new guide by Voice of Witness provides strategies and resources for creating justice-driven oral history projects.

Oral history is a universal form of storytelling. For many years Voice of Witness has shared powerful stories of people impacted by injustice with a broad audience of readers.

Say It Forward extends this work, offering a DIY guide for social justice storytelling that outlines the critical methodology at the core of Voice of Witness’s evocative oral history collections.

What’s Inside?

  • Information, strategies, and steps to address power discrepancies, awareness of cultural norms, insider/outsider dynamics, self-care for interviewers, and more
  • An extensive resource section for oral history, community storytelling, media options for sharing stories, community-organizing resources, and clinical psychology resources related to traumatic stories and self-care
  • Field reports exemplifying how to harness the power of personal narrative to expose larger issues of inequality

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NCSS 2019 Conference – Call for Proposals

The theme of this year’s NCSS conference is “Informed Action: Agency, Advocacy, Activism.” The conference will be held November 22-24 in Austin, Texas.

NCSS is partnering with the National Council for Geographic Education and the Texas Council for the Social Studies to create an expansive professional learning experience for social studies, social science, and geographic educators and stakeholders.

2019 Call for Proposals now open! 

Proposal Deadline: March 3, 2019

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New Status Report on Human Rights in the United States

From US Human Rights Network

The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is pleased to release its seventh annual report on the status of human rights in the United States on December 10th in honor of Human Rights Day. On this day 70 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) the first global expression of the rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled—was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948.

This human rights report is a tool to provide advocates on the ground in the United States with a human rights framework to address their issues on the front lines.

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Reclaiming Dignity Art Exhibit


When: Thursday, February 21 6:30-8pm and Saturday, February 23, 5-7pm
Where: Virginia Jourdan’s Studio, 399 San Fernando Way, San Francisco, CA
Cost: FREE and open to the public

This exhibit is a series of paintings by the artist, Virginia Jourdan in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Jourdan completed 30 painting, one for each of the 30 Articles of the UDHR. The paintings will be showcased at her San Francisco studio. In addition to the painting exhibit, each event will have its own featured interactive discussion, art activity or performance to spark camaraderie, as well as ideas and actions for positive change. We welcome all ages, encouraging the attendance of families, as well as teachers and students.

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Black Lives Matter at School

Mark your calendars! The Black Lives Matter at School week of action will be held from February 4-8, 2019.

Black Lives Matter At School is a national committee of educators organizing for racial justice in education.  BLM at School encourage all educators, parents, students, unions, and community organizations to join the annual week of action during the first week of February each year.

There are many ways to participate in Black Lives Matter at School week. Some educators teach BLM lessons every day of the week, wear their Black Lives Matter At School t-shirt, organize after-school rallies, facilitate their students entering the creative challenge, develop curriculum, post on social media, and rally at the school board meeting. One easy way for everyone to participate is to sign the petition endorsing the week of action

The important thing is that you act in some way to join this movement to bring down the structures of anti-Blackness in education and affirm the lives of Black students in your classroom. 

Email BlackLivesMatterAtSchool If you or your organization would like to support or endorse the week of action.

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