Sunday, August 23, 2015

Nkoana-Mashabane honoured by Nelson Mandela Library

The Nelson Mandela Library has honoured International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with a National Women's Award.

The Library, which is based at the Protea Glen Secondary School in Soweto, said Minister Nkoana-Mashabane was chosen for the Award in recognition of her dedication to the promotion of human rights, women's empowerment and gender equality and as a leader and role model for young women.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Communists in Ireland -Kenney's Bookstore

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For more than a hundred years, organisations pledged to promoting socialism have existed in Dublin, Belfast, and—for brief periods—other parts of the country. Sections of the International Working Men’s Association(the First International), founded in London by Karl Marx in 1864, existed for a time in Dublin, Belfast, and Cork.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Compass - Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People

Human rights cannot be defended by legal measures alone. They need to be protected and safeguarded by everyone, including young people. Human rights are best respected and appreciated when we know them, stand up for them and apply them in our lives.
COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professionals or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights. It promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education and sees young people as actors for a culture of universal human rights.
COMPASS was originally published in 2002 and is now available in more than 30 languages. A version specifically designed for human rights education with children - COMPASITO - enjoys a similar success. In 2012 Compass was fully revised and updated to include new activities and information about human rights issues such as disability and disablism, migration, religion, remembrance, war and terrorism. In this 2015 reprint chapter 5 has been revised and the full texts of the background information moved
COMPASS is a practical tool and resource for citizenship and human rights education. It is an essential companion for all those who are curious and interested in making the right to human rights education a reality for everyone.

Saturday, July 11, 2015




2 September-13 October 2015 (E13415) | Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Extended deadline for early registration discount: 1 August 2015
Dr. Angela Melchiorre
This certificate course offered jointly by HREA and the Right to Education Project provides human rights, development and education advocates with concepts, skills, and tools to deepen their knowledge and strategise their work on the right to education. The course will look at the theoretical foundations of the right to education, how to apply them in order to identify stakeholders, obligations and violations, and what strategies may be used to promote andrealise the right. The course will apply a human rights advocacy methodology whereby participants learn to work at the level of: substance (being aware of the content and meaning of the right in order to identify violations); structure (identifying duty-bearers and using legal instruments so to encourage accountability); society (identifying actions and behavioural/value changes in order to enhance participation of rights-holders).
Participants will deepen their knowledge by learning about international, regional and national standards related to the right to education; what they mean in practical terms (making education available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable); how they apply to different stakeholders. Participants will also gain skills and knowledge in identifying obligations for states, the international community and non-state actors and in recognising violations of the right to education.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Blaming the Poor: The Long Shadow of the Moynihan Report on Cruel Images about Poverty

Blaming the Poor: The Long Shadow of the Moynihan Report on Cruel Images about Poverty. (Rutgers University Press, 2015).


n 1965, the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan—then a high-ranking official in the Department of Labor—sparked a firestorm when he released his report “The Negro Family,” which came to be regarded by both supporters and detractors as an indictment of African American culture. Blaming the Poor examines the regrettably durable impact of the Moynihan Report for race relations and social policy in America, challenging the humiliating image the report cast on poor black families and its misleading explanation of the causes of poverty.
A leading authority on poverty and racism in the United States, Susan D. Greenbaum dismantles Moynihan’s main thesis—that the so called matriarchal structure of the African American family “feminized” black men, making them inadequate workers and absent fathers, and resulting in what he called a tangle of pathology that led to a host of ills, from teen pregnancy to adult crime. Drawing on extensive scholarship, Greenbaum highlights the flaws in Moynihan’s analysis. She reveals how his questionable ideas have been used to redirect blame for substandard schools, low wages, and the scarcity of jobs away from the societal forces that cause these problems, while simultaneously reinforcing stereotypes about African Americans. Greenbaum also critiques current policy issues that are directly affected by the tangle of pathology mindset—the demonization and destruction of public housing; the criminalization of black youth; and the continued humiliation of the poor by entrepreneurs who become rich consulting to teachers, non-profits, and social service personnel.  
A half century later, Moynihan’s thesis remains for many a convenient justification for punitive measures and stingy indifference to the poor. Blaming the Poor debunks this infamous thesis, proposing instead more productive and humane policies to address the enormous problems facing us today.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Gay Marriage and Gay Pride in Hillsborough County Public Libraries

In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

Look how far we have come. 10 years ago Hillsborough county libraries could  have a book display during Gay Pride month.

A book display recognizing Gay and Lesbian Pride Month was taken down in June 2005  at West Gate Regional Library (Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System) after some library patrons complained. Hillsborough County Commissioner Ronda Storms spearheaded a resolution  to seek a county policy banning public library displays that promote Gay Pride and Lesbian Pride Month.

These are the books that were displayed:

  • My Father’s Scar by Michael Cart
  • Hello, I Lied by M.E. Kerr
  • Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
  • Girl Goddess, #9 by Francesca Lia Block
  • Talk To Me: Stories and a Novella by Carol Dines
  • Tomorrow Wendy: A Love Story by Shelley Stoehr
  • Breaking Boxes by A.M. Jenkins
  • My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
  • Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
  • Ironman by Chris Crutcher
  • Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  • The Shell House by Linda Newberry
  • A Face in Every Window by Han Nolan
  • Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence by Marion Diane Bauer
  • Alice on the Outside by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • True Believer by Virginia Euewer Wolff
  • The Car by Gary Paulsen
  • Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aiden Chambers
  • Razzle by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Box Girl by Sarah Withrow
  • Eight Seconds by Jean Ferris

  • The Florida Library Association passed a resolution on July 21, 2005 not to hold any official meetings in Hillsborough County until commissioners rescind the policy.

    2nd anniversary read-in at July 5th, 2007 Bloomingdale Regional Public Library of the
    Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System  Valrico, Florida.

    On June 5, 2013  the resolution was repealed by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners. The 7-0 vote on Commissioner Kevin Beckner's proposal ends an eight-year ban on Hillsborough County recognizing gay pride or supporting related events. The decision was met with applause and a standing ovation from supporters in the audience at County Center.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion-NEW BOOK!

    Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion examines the interrelationships between digital literacy, digital inclusion, and public policy, emphasizing the impacts of these policy decisions on the ability of individuals and communities to successfully participate in the information society.

    Jaeger, P. T., Taylor, N. G., & Gorham, U. (2015). Libraries, human rights, and social justice: Enabling access and promoting inclusion. Rowman and Littlefield.

     It is the first large-scale consideration of digital literacy and digital inclusion as policy problems and provides policy recommendations to promote digital literacy and digital inclusion.