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You Call This Democracy? : How To Fix Our Government And Return Power To The People
Rusch, Elizabeth
America is the greatest democracy in the world...isn't it? Author Elizabeth Rusch examines some of the more problematic aspects of our government but, more importantly, offers ways for young people to fix them.
The March Against Fear : The Last Great Walk Of The Civil Rights Movement And The Emergence Of Black Power
Bausum, Ann
Mississippi. 1966. On a hot June afternoon an African-American man named James Meredith set out to walk through his home state, intending to fight racism and fear with his feet. A seemingly simple plan, but one teeming with risk. Just one day later Meredith was shot and wounded in a roadside ambush. Within twenty-four hours, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and other civil rights leaders had taken up Meredith's cause, determined to overcome this violent act and complete Meredith's walk. The stakes were high--there was no time for advance planning and their route cut through dangerous territory. No one knew if they would succeed. By many measures the March Against Fear became one of the greatest protests of the civil rights era.
We Say #never Again : Reporting By The Parkland Student Journalists
This collection of essays looks at the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and the fight for gun control-- as told by the student reporters for the school's newspaper and TV station. They provide an inside look at that tragic day and the events that followed that only they could tell. The essays showcase how the teens have become media savvy and the skills they have learned and honed: harnessing social media, speaking to the press, and writing effective op-eds.
Racial Profiling : Everyday Inequality
Behnke, Alison
In the United States, racial profiling affects thousands of Americans every day. Both individuals and institutions such as law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and schools routinely use race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of an offense. Explores the history, the many manifestations, and the consequences of this form of social injustice.
The Voting Booth
Colbert, Brandy
The first year they're eligible to vote, Marva and Duke meet at their polling place and, over the course of one crazy day, fall in love.
Putting Peace First : 7 Commitments To Change The World
Dawson, Eric David
Seven strategies that children can use to make an impact in their communities and promote peace and tolerance.
This Book Is Anti-racist: 20 Lessons On How To Wake Up, Take Action, And Do The Work
Jewell, Tiffany
Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. 20 activities get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge. All you need is a pen and paper. Author Tiffany Jewell, an anti-bias, anti-racist educator and activist, builds solidarity beginning with the language she chooses—using gender neutral words to honor everyone who reads the book. Illustrator Aurélia Durand brings the stories and characters to life with kaleidoscopic vibrancy.
Youth To Power : Your Voice And How To Use It
Margolin, Jamie
The 1963 Children's March in Birmingham, Alabama. Tiananmen Square, 1989. The 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests. March for Our Lives, and School Strike for Climate. What do all these social justice movements have in common? They were led by passionate, informed, engaged young people. Jamie Margolin has been organizing and protesting since she was fourteen years old. Now the co-leader of a global climate action movement, she knows better than most how powerful a young person can be. You don't have to be able to vote or hold positions of power to change the world. In Youth to Power, Jamie presents the essential guide to changemaking, with advice on writing and pitching op-eds, organizing successful events and peaceful protests, time management as a student activist, utilizing social media and traditional media to spread a message, and sustaining long-term action.