Who is left out?

IMAG3068After campers arrived on Monday morning, one of our first activities was to discuss the right to equality and dignity.

Counselors led small-group discussions about the following questions with our 11-12 year old campers:

Is the work of the civil rights movement in the U.S. finished?

Who in the U.S. or elsewhere is left out of the right to equal and dignified treatment?

What strategies from the past or what new strategies can bring about more equal and dignified treatment?

What can YOU do to treat people in a more equal and dignified way?

How would you respond to these questions? I was impressed and excited by the depth and thoughtfulness of our campers answers:

Is the work of the civil rights movement in the U.S. finished?

  • No – because there is still racism & jealousy.
  • No – the US won’t allow people in from Mexico.
  • No – because there is still injustice and people are not treated fairly.
  • No – people are still fighting to make others have lower standards of living.
  • No – there is police brutality.

Who in the U.S. or elsewhere is left out of the right to equal and dignified treatment?

  • Mexican people
  • immigrants
  • LGBTQ people
  • kids
  • farmworkers
  • homeless
  • people in poverty
  • African-Americans
  • animals
  • women
  • kids
  • people with disabilities

What strategies from the past or what new strategies can bring about more equal and dignified treatment?

  • speeches
  • boycotts
  • marches
  • protests with signs
  • social media & videos
  • nonviolence

What can YOU do to treat people in a more equal and dignified way?

  • love
  • respect
  • tolerance
  • donations
  • care
  • share a meal
  • help people
  • stop bullying
  • notice injustice & address it
  • encourage people
  • tell my friends about their rights
  • give people stuff that they want
  • coffee/tea with civil discussion
  • videotape injustice
  • set a good example
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