Media representations of crime in the USA drive not only public perceptions about crime but public policy, as well. For this reason, it is essential that media representations not be biased against any particular groups, especially on the basis of race or gender. Today, #SaturdaySchool evaluates the fairness of media representations of crime and surveys the role of the media in … [Read more...]
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#SaturdaySchool started as a weekly hashtag chat about academics and rights-based issues — but it’s more than that. It’s an idea about protesting misinformation that is funded by corporate media and perpetuated by ignorance. #SaturdaySchool is a weekly digital teach-in intended to cross social media platforms. It doesn’t even have to happen on Saturday. A teach-in is a kind of protest that involves boycotting a previous behavior to learn and teach. That’s what #SaturdaySchool is all about.
Every sovereign state has the right to regulate its borders. However, the U.S. government, in recent years, has turned from regulation to criminalization, with regard to its southern border with Mexico. The mass criminalization of border-crossing has led to explosive budgets, along with violations of international law and of human rights. Moreover, such criminalization has not … [Read more...]
Although the struggle for labor rights has been going on for a very long time, many people aren't very familiar with what these rights are and what they mean for us. Just to be clear, human rights are rights that belong to all humans, regardless of nationality, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ideology, etc. Civil rights are the rights that accompany citizens of a … [Read more...]
Making and seeing strong arguments is crucial to democratic governments, human rights advances, and in sustainable development. Finding and confronting problematic evidence, faulty arguments, and logical fallacies helps us confront obstacles to political and social change. Learning and teaching critical thinking skills is an essential and ongoing foundation of social justice … [Read more...]
Mike Brown and Eric Garner are just two of the more recent examples of men of color dying at the hands of a police officer in the United States. American history is full of examples of racial violence in the form of police brutality. Today's saturday school discusses not the history of the subject, but ways to address racial violence and hopefully put an end to police … [Read more...]