What is an Ally?

Posted by Celina Martinez on March 28, 2019

When I think of what it means to be an ally, I think of a protest I attended in 1994. I was marching along with countless other Latinos carrying flags from Mexico, El Salvador, and other Latin American countries.  When I looked more closely at the crowd, I noticed that there were also whites, Asian Americans, and African Americans in the mass of people moving down Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. The crowd moved peacefully, almost gracefully, as the sun beat down overhead.  We wore t-shirts and jeans, hats, and sunglasses to guard against the sun’s glare. It was a Sunday and, depending on who you talked to, there were between 60,000 and 100,000 people on the streets that day.

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Topics: Immigration, Upstander

RBG and UPstanding

Posted by Gayle Cole on March 22, 2019

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When educators gathered for our Los Angeles Partnership School Network Symposium at the Skirball Cultural Center earlier this year, they came to share ideas, learn from one another, and, as an extra bonus, visit the museum’s Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The exhibit was perfect inspiration for schools which cultivate upstanding in their schools.

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Topics: Upstanders, Upstander

Strangers When We Meet

Posted by Guest Blogger on March 14, 2019

Special Guest post, with permission from Aine Greaney

I watched the woman cross at the traffic lights and start walking up my side of the street. She disappeared among strolling tourists, but then, there she was again. My hackles rose in recognition, and I recalled something Maya Angelou once said: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Eight years after my first and only encounter with that woman, I remembered in an instant how she made me feel.

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Teaching the Holocaust with Listenwise & Facing History resources

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 11, 2019

In our last of three webinars with Listenwise, we explored the possibilities of pairing resources from Facing History and Ourselves and Listenwise to explore the history of the Holocaust. Due to technical difficulties recording the webinar, we weren't able to post it immediately afterwards, but in honor of the CUE Conference this week, we share it now.

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Topics: Holocaust and Human Behaviour, Listenwise

Museums Annual Free-for-All Day

Posted by Mary Hendra on January 31, 2019

February 2-3, 2019 are free days at museums across Southern CaliforniaWhere will you go?  We had some fun asking Facing History staff and teachers which museums they have in their sights.

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Topics: Los Angeles

Returning to Class Discussions after the LA Teachers Strike

Posted by Mary Hendra on January 22, 2019

Last week, the nation watched as LA teachers conducted the first work stoppage in LA Unified School District in 30 years. Despite a week of hard rain, teachers, students, parents, and community members were on picket lines. Why? And now that an agreement seems imminent, how can teachers and students in LA classrooms use this as a learning opportunity about education, as they transition back to school?

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Topics: Los Angeles, classroom lesson, Lesson Ideas

Schindler’s List – 25 Years Ago and Today

Posted by Celina Martinez on January 18, 2019

I didn’t see Schindler’s List in 1993, when it first in theaters.   I saw it in 2018 for the first time and I’m glad I waited. As a Program Associate at Facing History, I have had a similar journey in learning about the Holocaust as a Facing History student would have. I have learned about issues of identity, we/they, conformity and consent, as well as the actual history in ways that have made me appreciate the film so much more than I would have 25 years ago.

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Topics: Film, workshop

Has it Been a Minute?

Posted by Gayle Cole on January 4, 2019

 

Did you interact with Facing History resources in the past, but it has been a while since you looked into our latest work? 

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A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea

Posted by Liz Vogel on November 21, 2018

 

Our second Book Cafe is coming up on Sunday, December 2, 1-3 PM featuring A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea: The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel. RSVP by emailing me at liz_vogel@facinghistory.org.

"Nervously they waited to board. Doaa shifted from foot to foot in the long line to get through customs. Hamudi clutched his mother's arm, while Saja and Nawara sat on their suitcases, standing only to shuffle forward whenever the line moved. It felt as if every part of the journey were about waiting. Jordanian customs officials seemed to be singling out Syrians for security searches, and Doaa's family was asked to come forward with their luggage, while a group of Egyptian travelers were waved through. Doaa lifted her suitcase onto the table in front of the customs officers. When they unzipped her luggage, she looked at what she had hastily selected in the overwhelmingly emotional last hours at home: two dresses, a couple of pairs of pants, two blazers, a few skirts, several veils, and a few accessories. She stared at the meager contents of her suitcase and thought of the books she had left behind because they were too heavy - one about dream interpretation, a few novels, poetry by Nizar Qabbani, and a workbook on English grammar. She pictured her small teddy bear that lit up and made a kissing sound when she squeezed it, and her fashion sketches of clothes she dreamed of wearing in a future she no longer had." (from Chapter 4, Life as a Refugee)

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Topics: Refugees, Refugee Crisis, Book

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History: Ending Veteran Homelessness

Posted by Monica Brady-Myerov on November 12, 2018

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History is an ongoing series with Listenwise. This series connects Facing History’s themes with today’s current events using public radio to guide and facilitate discussions around the social issues of our time. This is part of a special California series with Listenwise where we make connections to issues as they are particularly relevant for Californians.

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Topics: current events, Listenwise

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