An aerial image showing the damage done to Puerto Rico three days after hurricane Maria passed through the island.

Taking Action

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VideoSkin DeepCopies of this film can be borrowed from YCCS.Skin Deep was produced in response to the growing wave of racial hatred and violence in this country. It was made out of the belief that talking about racial issues, both in interracial dialogue and in homogeneous groups, is a necessary first step towards taking action to undo the racial inequities that permeate our institutions and communities and that affect us all deeply as individuals. Race Discussion
VideoDon’t be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist AttacksBystander intervention that does not rely on the police.Taking Action
ReadingDemocracy DiminishedDemocracy DiminishedTaking Action
Lesson UnitExpanding Voting RightsExpanding Voting Rights is a series of five lessons:

Lesson 1 The Early Republic
Lesson 2 African Americans Face and Fight Obstacles to Voting.
Lesson 3 The Voting Rights Act, 1965 and beyond
Lesson 4 Women’s Suffrage
Lesson 5 The 26th Amendment
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ArticleHow the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights MovementHow the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights MovementTaking Action
ResourceRock the VoteRock the VoteTaking Action
LessonPuerto Rico: Finding Our Best Way to HelpStudents hear the performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's song "Almost Like Praying," a benefit for the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Students discuss the song, see a video about how others have responded to the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, and consider how they might use their own talents and strengths to help.Taking Action
VideoBlack Youth VoteTaking ActionTaking Action
LessonStudent VoicesUnit plan with lessons around youth votingTaking Action
ReadingVoting Rights Act: Beyond the HeadlinesVoting Rights Act: Beyond the HeadlinesTaking Action
LessonWe the VotersWhy We March- Use this lesson plan and the short films "Why We March" and "Run Rep Run" to review political protest movements and help students envision running for office themselves Media0cracy - Use this lesson plan and the short film "MediaOcracy" to discuss how students get their news, and help them understand media bias through an investigation of three top cable news outlets.Taking Action
ArticleYoung, black activists emerge amid repeated police controversies in Chicago Young black activists and police violenceTaking Action
LessonAllies for Justice: A Lesson from Viva La CausaActivites will help students:
● Understand the power of allies in civil and human rights movements.
● Understand the importance of working well across ethnic groups, religious orientations and cultures.
● Draw on a primary source to write a poem about the importance of allies.
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LessonBallot Battles: A Cartoon History of Voting Rights (with Lesson Plan)Ballot Battles: A Cartoon History of Voting Rights (with Lesson Plan)Taking Action
ArticleA lesson for Trump from Scott WalkerA lesson for Trump from Scott WalkerTaking Action
VideoBlack Millennial VotingBlack Millennial VotingTaking Action
VideoChicago Students for PeaceChicago Students for PeaceTaking Action