ATTENTION PS188Q COMMUNITY
PS188 DEI FOCUS for June 2022
Rights and Activism
“There’s a moment where you have to choose to be silent or stand up”
Affirmation & Empowerment
I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.
-Angela Davis, U.S. political activist, academic and author
Spotlight – Rights & Activism
You are Revolutionary
by Cindy Wang Brandt
This is the empowering message parenting author and podcaster Cindy Wang Brandt wants every child to hear and embrace. In this inspiring picture book she speaks to every child who sees injustice in the world, revealing that they already have inside themselves everything they need to make big, transformative change in the world–just as they are. Every kid is a revolutionary! You don’t need to wait until you grow up. You don’t even need any special skills. Kids who are loud, kids who are quiet, kids who make art, kids who are good at math, kids with lots of energy, kids who are good listeners–all kids have what it takes to make a difference.
- What changes do you want to see happen in your school, community, state, the country or even the world?
- Why do you think people do not stand up more often to actions we feel are unjust, whether in public or in personal life (with family or friends)?
- How can children be involved as an activist in their own community?
- What are ways activists use to express themselves?
Definition: What is Rights and Activism?
A right that all people are born with is called a human right. Many people now agree that there are many human rights. Some of the most basic rights are the right to live nd the right to believe what one chooses. Many people think that a government should protect the human rights of all it’s people.
- Encyclopedia Britannica
Action to make a change, or stop a change, in society. It can be trying to make a government change its laws, or trying to make people change what they do.
- Kiddle Encyclopedia
Resources and Links
The Bill of Rights, Free US Government Articles for Students
Judith Heumann, National Women’s History Museum
5 LGBTQ Heroes You Should Teach Your Kids About Today – And What To Say
We need to teach younger kids to be activists too!