“One of the original innovators in responsible tourism, Global Exchange’s Reality Tours, runs customizable trips to over 40 locations around the world including many countries rarely visited by tourists such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Iran, Cuba, Palestine and North Korea. Global Exchange is a unique tourism provider because it is first and foremost an international human rights organization. By contextualizing the images often portrayed in the US media for its participants, Reality Tours is able to shine a light on US foreign policy, and the continuing ramifications of that policy over decades in a multitude of locations. Reality Tours promotes peace through citizen diplomacy, delegations which create personal engagements while traveling – real people and their personal stories, not just statistics.”
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Green Festival speaker Zoe Weil and the Institute for Humane Education offer graduate and online courses to create a more just, sustainable and humane world
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SURRY, ME — August 4, 2011 For people who want to learn about meaningful, empowering, and relevant issues that connect to their daily lives and are passionate about exploring solutions to our global challenges, the Institute for Humane Education offers a variety of online courses and graduate programs:
“A Better World, A Meaningful Life” is a monthly online course for activists and concerned citizens. It provides participants with tools for action and change-making and teaches about the interconnection between human rights, environmental sustainability and animal protection in creating a better world. Classes start Sept. 2, Oct. 3, and Nov. 4. For info: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/better_world_meaningful_life
“Teaching for a Positive Future” is a six-week online course for teachers and educators who want tools and resources to help inspire their students to become leaders and change-makers for a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable world. The Fall class starts Oct. 17. For more info: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/teaching_for_a_positive_future
“Raising a Humane Child” is a six-week online course for parents who want tools and resources to help their children to become conscientious, compassionate citizens of the world. Classes start Sept. 12 and Nov 7. For more info: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/raising_a_humane_child
The Institute for Humane Education in affiliation with Valparaiso University also offers five accredited graduate programs in humane education – with degrees for teachers, activists and concerned citizens including M.Ed., M.A., M.A. in Liberal Studies, M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Humane Education. For more info: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/graduateprograms
The Institute for Humane Education is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to fostering peace, sustainability and compassion through humane education. Humane education approaches human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection as interconnected and integral dimensions of a healthy, just society. Headquartered in Surry, Maine, the Institute for Humane Education has been training humane educators and promoting humane education since 1996. The Institute for Humane Education offers online programs, workshops and institutes, a certificate in humane education, and a dynamic resource-filled website: www.HumaneEducation.org.
About the Institute for Humane Education
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to creating a humane world through humane education.
About Zoe Weil
Zoe Weil is the president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE)www.HumaneEducation.org, which is dedicated to educating people to becomechangemakers in creating a healthy, humane, and just world for all. With the goalto inspire a society of solutionaries, IHE offers graduate programs, online courses,workshops, and resources that advance comprehensive humane education worldwide.
Humane education addresses the interconnected issues of human rights, environmentalpreservation, and animal protection. IHE’s M.Ed., M.A. and graduate certificate inhumane education, offered through an affiliation with Valparaiso University, are the onlyprograms of their kind. Zoe is the author of Nautilus Silver Medal winner Most Good,Least Harm; Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times; ThePower and Promise of Humane Education, and Moonbeam gold medal winner Claudeand Medea, about 12-year-old activists.
“A hot June sun glared over the Arroyo Arenas organic vegetable garden at the edge of Havana where Ms. Slezak, a 68-year-old retired social worker from Long Island, and 16 other Americans were visiting as part of a “food sovereignty” program organized by Global Exchange, a human rights organization, and Food First, a policy institute.”
“Yesterday we celebrated living legend Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Looking back on his 93 years, there are 11 lessons (from many) that I would like to share from his legacy which would help us make a small but positive mark in our society. Here they are:
1. Determination in fighting for the right thing. Nelson Mandela’s fought against apartheid for was a struggle of more than 50 years from 1943 when he joined ANC to 1994 when South Africa became independent and he became president. Of these years, 27 were in prison.”
Kerry Kennedy, NYC Area Elementary and High School Students Tell Hershey They Don’t Want Chocolate Made by Exploited Kids
New York City – June 8, 2011 With World Day Against Child Labor right around the corner, hundreds students and concerned consumers gathered today in front of the Hershey Store in Times Square to call on Hershey to “raise the bar” by eliminating exploitative child labor from its cocoa production supply chain.
Human rights activist Kerry Kennedy also spoke at the rally. She was joined by Lee Cutler, secretary treasurer of New York State United Teachers Union, as well as students, teachers and musical performers from the New York City area.
“The illegal use of child labor in chocolate production by Hershey and other chocolate-makers must stop,” said Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. “With this rally in Times Square, we are making sure that these companies hear that chocolate produced by children is a crime.”
A decade after major chocolate companies including Hershey agreed to eliminate abusive child labor, forced labor and trafficking from their supply chains, these abuses continue on West African cocoa farms. Hershey is lagging behind its competitors in implementing policies to end these abuses in its chocolate products. Families who grow cocoa also live in poverty due to unstable cocoa prices. Students and consumers are calling on Hershey to take stronger action to end these labor rights violations and to start using Fair Trade Certified cocoa, which also guarantees farmers a stable price and additional funds for community development projects.
“The people at today’s rally represent the tens of thousands of consumers across the country who expect the companies they purchase from to care about the people who are at the very source of the products we buy” said Green America Fair Trade Coordinator Elizabeth O’Connell. “We are sending Hershey the message that it needs to make larger commitments to remove forced and child labor from its chocolate products.”
Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign Director Adrienne Fitch-Frankel said: “So many of us associate Hershey with sweet childhood memories. The remarkable youth turnout at today’s rally shows that youth in the United States are outraged that, for a countless number of their peers in Africa, recollections of Hershey and childhood will mean bitter memories of exploitation in the cocoa fields.”
International Labor Rights Forum Campaigns Director Tim Newman said: “As World Day against Child Labor approaches this weekend, Hershey continues to lag behind its competitors in independently certifying that its cocoa is not produced by abusive child labor and forced labor. After ten years of broken promises, it’s time for Hershey to make firm commitments to sourcing Fair Trade Certified cocoa.”
The “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” campaign is organized by the non-profit groups Green America, International Labor Rights Forum, and Global Exchange. Over 30,000 consumers have taken action by sending e-mails, postcards, petitions, and making phone calls to the company asking it to end child labor. Campaign supporters across the country are joining the rally in solidarity by taking part in a national call-in day to Hershey headquarters (http://www.raisethebarhershey.org/take-action-call-hershey) and also through twitter by using the hashtag #HersheyGoFair.
For more information on Hershey’s corporate social responsibility record please read Time to Raise the Bar: The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company. To read this report visit: http://www.raisethebarhershey.org.
To read why one local student is attending the rally today, please see this article by Ariana Taveras, a student in the class of 2012 at the Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ariana-taveras/why-i-am-marching-at-hers_b_871973.html.
“At Benedictine Academy, we believe that every child has the right to an education and to be treated with dignity. Child slave labor in the chocolate industrymust be stopped.
A new documentary was recently released, The Dark Side of Chocolate, about child slave labor. We saw how the children were getting beaten and working in the hot sun, unable to go to school,” says student Norky Diaz. Her classmate, Kai Alexander, adds “We knew we had to get involved because we care what happens to children. Chocolate child labor is immoral.” And that is just what we did. Kai Alexander, a passionate writer immediately connected her pen to her heart and wrote a rap/poem for the SHAC (Students helping All Children) Squad to use to raise awareness among their classmates and students in other schools. It is also being used as the soundtrack of our new short documentary about child slave labor in the chocolate industry.”
Why I am Marching at Hershey’s Store in Times Square via Ariana Taveras – Huffington Post