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Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth is a member-led, multi-racial community organization working to create a city of hope, opportunity, and justice for all children and all families in San Francisco. Their work centers around advocacy for quality public schools for all children, affordable family housing, good jobs for youth and low-income youth families, fair tax policies, and civic engagement.

US Human Rights Network

For those who are interested in learning about domestic human rights movements happening in the United States, the US Human Rights Network is a great place to start (as suggested by Professor Vargas in class this week). One of its principles is human rights movements must be led by those directly affected by human rights violations, a very people-centered approach that I think is mindful and should be replicated by other human rights groups.

Teaching a People's History

"The goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. The empowering potential of studying U.S. history is often lost in a textbook-driven trivial pursuit of names and dates. Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history.

Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine

This website is a good resource to learn about the coalition that launched the recent divestment initiative on campus.

Audre Lorde Project

This is a good website for individuals interested in learning about resources in NYC for individuals looking to support LGBTSTGNC people of color. 

Gentrification Crisis in EPA

Like many cities in the Bay and across the nation, East Palo Alto is being squeezed by the process of gentrification. Many people argue that this is a "natural" market process, but they are failing to consider the displacement of working-class families and the ethnically diverse culture that will be lost with it.

Prison Culture Blog

A blog run by Mariame Kaba of Project NIA on the Prison Industrial Complex, its effects, and dismantling it through alternatives like transformative justice. Very relevant to discussions we've been having around prison abolition.

Teaching Human Rights in High School (and Below)

The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility has a series of lessons focused around current justice and human rights issues, accessible at Recent lesson topics include #BlackLivesMatter, #JeSuisCharlie, and more.

Divestment debate at Stanford

3 recent opinions on The Stanford Daily regarding divestment: (comingfrom very different viewpoints)

Divestment at Stanford is a distraction by Steven J. Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History, Department of History, Stanford University