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Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature

This course will teach how to select, read, evaluate and analyze depictions and aspects of social justice and injustice in children’s and young adult literature. Through various genres of literature intended for both the child and adolescent reader, students will develop an informed awareness of the complex perspectives, uses, and boundaries of literature and will learn to recognize and analyze how adolescent and children’s literature depicts stories related to social justice, tolerance, equality and social change. We will engage in a variety of teaching/learning methods to cover the course material, including but not limited to: lecture, small/large group discussions, independent and group projects, written and oral presentations. Professor Sarah Park Dahlen St. Catherine University View Syllabus

“It Is the Young People Who Will Free Us”: Resisting Militarized Violence, from Honduras to Chicago

By Gaspar Sánchez and Veronica Morris-Moore | In These Times

Gaspar Sánchez and Veronica Morris-Moore are young organizers from Honduras and Chicago, respectively. Gaspar is a leader of the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and a Lenca indigenous LGBT activist. He was mentored by the late Berta Cáceres, the COPINH co-founder who was assassinated on March 2, 2016. Veronica has been on the front lines of youth struggles in the era of Black Lives Matter, from winning a trauma center to helping oust the state’s attorney who played a role in covering up the Chicago police murder of Laquan McDonald.

Neoliberalism, Youth, and Social Justice In a special interview, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux takes us back to the basics of what can be seen as an ongoing and accelerating war between the rich and everyone else, an event that has resulted in a mass inability “to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations. “We have no way of understanding that link anymore,” Giroux says, “because what we’ve done is we’ve defined freedom in a way that suggests it’s the freedom to do anything you want and screw everybody else.”

Historic Federal Guidance on Transgender Students

By Transgender Law Center

Thanks to the Transgender Law Center for providing insightful commentary on the federal government’s historic guidance on transgender students issued last week on May 13, 2016. Please visit the TLC blog for up to date reports about legal battles and policies affecting trans people.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, the Department of Education and Department of Justice issued guidance today making it clear that schools must treat transgender students according to their gender identity in all respects and cannot ban transgender students from using facilities that match the gender they live as every day.

Amplified Voices from an Unequal Platform Over the past decade lesbians, gays, trans and intersex persons in Africa have experienced high levels human rights abuses. Some of these abuses are committed by the State, which deny us the right to education, health care, bodily safety, freedom to express and associate. We face humiliation, victimization, which often leads to death and trauma. Homophobia and transphobia is everywhere in the world, but never has it been so vocally advocated as in Africa, by state presidents, religious leaders and ordinary citizens. This is most evident within Southern Africa, as Iranti-Org documents and reports on these abuses in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. Iranti-Org is an African collective comprised of LGBTI activists. We are a collective of media advocates who use media tools and platforms such as an online space or a face to face spaces to advocate for the rights of LGBTI persons. We can longer live…