The Activists Cook Book, by Andrew Boyd Available from: United for a Fair Economy, 37 Temple Place, 5th Floor, Boston, MA. Tel: (617) 423-2148Fax: (617) 423-0191Email:<>

A manual full of good ideas for taking action and making a difference on social and economic issues.

Children Hungering for Justice: Curriculum on Hunger and Children’s Rights Available from: Church World Service, Office on Global Education, 2115 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-5755.Tel: (410) 727-6106.

A curriculum with units for K-1, 5-8, and high school that includes both informative activities and guidelines for taking action.

Child Labor is Not Cheap, by Amy Sanders

Available from: Resource Center for the Americas, 317 Seventeenth Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2077.

Tel: (612) 627-9445Fax: (612) 627-9450Email:

A three-lesson unit for grades 8-12 that uses innovative activities for learning about child labor and taking action to end it. Cost: $14.95

Exploding the Hunger Myths, by Sonja Williams

Available from: Institute for Food and Development Policy—Food First

398 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94618 Tel: (510) 654-4400Fax: (510) 654-4551Email:

Source of Part B of the activity Hunger USA, as well as other learning materials. 1987.

Food: Where Nutrition, Politics & Culture Meet, by D. Katz et. al.

Available from: Center for Science in the Public Interest

1755 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 Tel: (202) 332-6000

Source of Part A of the activity Hunger USA, as well as other learning materials. 1976.

Human Rights for All, by Edward OBrien et. al.

Available from: Street Law Inc., 918 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20006-2902.

Tel: (202) 293-0088Fax: (202) 293-0089

This comprehensive text on human rights contains a chapter on social and economic rights, with innovative activities and informative text. A teacher’s guide in available with the text.

Listen to Us: The World’s Working Children, by Jane Springer

Available from: Publishers Group West, 4054 Emeryville, CA 94608.

This well-illustrated book helps young people understand the world. 1997.

Local Action/Global Change: Learning about the Human Rights of Women and Girls, by Julie Mertus, Mallika Dutt and Nancy Flowers

Available from: Women's Inc., 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

Tel: (212) 687-8633Fax: (212) 661-2704


This resource book has chapters and learning activities on women in the workplace, women in the economy, and the social and cultural rights of women. 1999.

The New Global Economy: A View from the Bottom Up,

Available from: Resource Center for the Americas 317 Seventeenth Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2077.

Tel: (612) 627-9445Fax: (612) 627-9450Email:<>

A 23 minute video and workshop/game kit for high school students and adults.

Sustainable America Organizer Kit on Human Rights

Available from: Sustainable America, 350 5th Ave, Room 3112, New York, NY 10118-3199.

Tel: (212) 234-4221Fax: (202) 239-3670Email: sustamer@sanetworkord

A lively handbook that puts economic development in a human rights context, providing background information and action ideas. 1998.

Teaching Global Awareness with Simulation and Games, by S. Lamy et. al.

Available from: Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver, 2201 S Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208.

Tel: (800) 967-2847Fax: (303) 871-2906

Source for “The Scramble for Wealth,” and many other creative learning strategies. 1994.

Why Is There Hunger in Our Community?, by A. Dorosin, C. Geelan, E. Gordon, and R. Moore

Available from: Alameda County Community Food Bank, 10901 Russet Street, Oakland, CA 94603 Tel: (510) 568-FOOD

Source of Part D of the activity Hunger USA, with curriculum units for grades K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. 1997.

Children without Childhoods

Available from: American Federation of Teachers Child Labor Project, 55 New Jersey Ave., NA, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: (202) 879-4400Email:

One of several publications on child labor by the American Federation of Teachers.

Hunger in America

Available from: University of Illinois, Visual Aid Service, Champaign, IL 61820. Tel: (208) 333-1360.

I am a Child

Available from: International Labour Organisation, Geneva 22, 1211 Switzerland.

A 52-minute video that offers images and personal stories of children at work. Comes with a study guide, Stop! Child Labor.

Kids in the Fields

Available from: The National Labor Committee, 275 7th Ave., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Tel: (212) 242-3002Fax: (212) 242-3821Email:

An excellent 23-minute video about child farm workers.

Zoned for Slavery: The Child Behind the Label:

Available from: The National Labor Committee, 275 7th Ave., 1st Floor, New York, NY 10001. Tel: (212) 242-3002Fax: (212) 242-3821

A 23-minute video, used with Child Labor is Not Cheap, credibly esposes the plight of young workers and inspires viewers action to reform industries that rely on maquilas. 1995.

Human Rights Web Sites

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“A Bullet Can’t Kill A Dream”<>

American School Food Service Association<>

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Campaign for Labor Rights<>

Center for Economic Conversion <>

Co-op America<> and <>

Do Something<>

Fair Trade Federation<>

FOOD FIRST Institute for Food & Development Policy<>

Free the Children<>

Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL)<>

The Hunger Project<>

International Labor Rights Fund<>

Kensington Welfare Rights Union<>

International Campaign to Ban Land Mines <>


National Labor Committee<>


People’s Decade for Human Rights Education<>

Resource Center for the Americas<>

Save the Children<>

Sustainable America<>

Take Action Database<>

UNITE! Campaign against Sweatshops<>

United for a Fair Economy<>

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)<>

US Committee for UNICEF<>

World Hunger Year<>

Zero Population Growth<>



The following activist organizations provide resources for learning about social and economic rights.

Bread for the World

Box W, 1100 Wayne Ave, Suite 1000, Silver Springs, MD 20910

Tel: (301) 608-2400Fax: (301) 608-2401

Bread for the World is a Christian citizens’ movement that addresses hunger issues in the USA.

Campaign for Labor Rights

1247 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Tel: (541) 344-5410

Publishes newsletter with up-to-date information on all sweatshop campaigns and analysis of current labor-rights issues.

Center for Economic Conversion

222 View St., Mt. View, CA 94041

Tel: (650) 968-8798Fax: (650) 968-1126Email:

Educates about the military economy and facilitates the process of converting to a civilian-based economy. Resource guides, and handbooks and reports. Teacher’s kit on economic conversion for high school classrooms.

Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR)

University of Denver, 2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208

Tel: (800) 967-2847 Fax: (303) 871-2906

Curriculum materials and teaching guides for all grade levels, including Teaching Global Awareness with Simulations and Games.

Church World Service, Office on Global Education

2115 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-5755

Tel: (410) 727-6106

Curriculum materials and fact sheets, including a curriculum available for K-12 classrooms.

Co-Op America

1612 K St. NW, #600, Washington, DC 20006

Tel: (202) 872-5307

Conducts anti-sweatshop campaigns targeting Disnet, publishes National Green Pages, <>, and sponsors <>

Fair Trade Federation

P.O. Box 126, Barre, MA 01005

Tel: (508) 355-0284

Promotes fair-trade products and businesses.

Food First Information and Action Network

Institute for Food & Development Policy, 398 60th St., Oakland, CA 94618 Tel: (510) 654-4400

Educational materials, teaching kits, simulations, lesson plans and student readings including Food First Curricula that engage children in questioning the roots of global hunger.

National Labor Committee

275 Seventh Ave., 1st Floor, New York, NY 10001

Tel: (212) 242-3002Fax: (211) 242.3821Email:<>

National Labor Committee provides materials on overseas sweatshops, including video entitled

Zoned for Slavery: the Child behind the Label.

The Resource Center of the Americas

317 Seventeenth Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2077

Tel: (612) 627-9445Fax: (612) 627-9450Email:

Educational resources on economic and cultural issues in the Americas, including Child Labor is not Cheap and The Cost of Your Shirt, a simulation exercise for secondary students based on the lives of Guatemalan textile workers.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)

Institute for International Studies (IIS), Littlefield Center, Room 14, Stanford University, 300 Lasuen Street, Stanford, CA 94305-5013

Tel: (650) 723-1114

Educational resources, including Living in a Global Age, a simulation of international trade between developed and developing countries.

Sustainable America

42 Broadway, #1744, New York, NY 10004

Tel: (212) 239-4221


Sustainable America publishes an Organizer Kit on Human Rights, an action and resource kit highlighting the connection between human rights, economic rights, workers rights, and sustainable economic development.

World Bank Publications

The World Bank, P.O. Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960

Tel: (703) 661-1580(800) 645-7247Email:

Educational materials, including Toward a Better World learning kit series, providing in-depth case studies of international development projects and problems.

Zero Population Growth

1400 Sixteenth St. N.W., Suite 320, Washington, D.C. 20036

Tel: (202) 332-2200(800) POP-1956Fax: (202) 332-2302Email:<>

Curriculum materials including People and the Planet: Lessons for a Sustainable Future, and Earth Matters: Studies for our Global Future, which include excellent exercises on resource use and distribution, hunger, poverty, and environmental issues.

The following activist organizations use a human rights framework, either explicitly or implicitly, in their work promoting and protecting economic, social and cultural rights. Many of their web sites provide links to similar organizations.

Center for Human Rights Education

P.O. Box 311020, Atlanta, GA 31131

Tel: (404) 344-9629Fax: (404) 346-7517Email:

CHRE trains community leaders and student activists to promote the full realization of human rights in the USA.

Clean Clothes Campaign

Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition, 317-17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 Tel: (612) 627-9445Fax: (612) 627-9450

An international campaign coalition of consumer organizations trade union, researchers and others to inform consumers about working conditions in the clothing industry and improve conditions through education and direct advocacy.

Free the Children

1750 Steele Ave. West, Suite 218, Concord, Ontario, L4K 2L7, Canada

Tel: (905) 760-9382Fax: (905) 760-9157Email:<>

Founded by teenager Craig Kielburger, Free the Children mobilizes young people in the fight against child labor.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

245 Second St., NE, Washington, DC 20002-5795

Tel: (202) 547-6000Fax: (202) 547-6019Email:<www.clarknet/pub/fcnl/fedbud.htm>

The FCNL web site contains information about The Citizens Budget Campaign (CBC), a national coalition of religious, peace, and domestic human needs organizations dedicated to public education and advocacy on budget issues. Briefing papers include: Ending Hunger, Affordable Housing, Humane Welfare Policy, Sustainable Development, Economic Conversion, and Tax Justice.

The Hunger Project

15 E 26th Street, Suite 1401, New York, NY 10010

Tel: (212) 551-9100 or (800) 228-6691Fax: (212) 532-9785Email: <>

An international organization dedicated to ending hunger by working at the grassroots level to empower individuals and teach them skills to raise themselves out of poverty.

International Child Resource Institute

1581 Leroy Ave., Berkeley, CA 94708

Tel: (510) 644-1000Fax: (510) 525-4106Email:

International Child Resource Institute works to improve the lives of children throughout the world by providing technical assistance and information.

Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU)

PO Box 50678, Philadelphia, PA 19132-9720

Tel: (215) 763-4584Email:

KWRU is building a movement based on and led by the interests and organization of the poor, with the goals of ending poverty and exposing violations of the right to a living wage, housing, health care, food, clothing, and education.


26 West Street, Boston, MA 02111

Tel: (617) 482-1211Fax: (617) 728-2594Email: <>

Creates partnerships with poor communities around the world to provide emergency and technical support and program funding to break down structural barriers to self-sufficiency.

People’s Decade for Human Rights Education (PDHRE)

526 11th Street, New York, NY 10025

Tel: (212) 749-3156Fax: (212) 666-6325Email:<>

PHDRE is a non-profit educational organization promoting the Universal Declaration’s principles world wide. Their web site includes fact sheets on the human rights connection with development, work, poverty, and other economic and social issues.

Save the Children

54 Wilton Road, Westport, CN 06880

Tel: (203) 221-4024(800) 243-5075<>

Save the Children works at the community level to promote children’s well-being and development.

Sweatshop Watch

310 8th St., Ste. 309, Oakland, CA 94607

Tel: (510) 834-8990<>

A coalition committed to eliminating sweatshops.

United for a Fair Economy (formerly Share the Wealth)

37 Temple Place, 5th Floor, Boston, MA

Tel: (617) 423-2148Fax: (617) 423-0191Email:<>

United for a Fair Economy draws public attention to the consequences of growing income and wealth inequality, through educational programs such as The Activist Cookbook, development of organizing tools, action campaigns, and research.

U.S. Committee for UNICEF

333 E. 38th St., New York, NY 10016

Tel: (212) 686-5522Email:<>

U.S. Committee for UNICEF works in more than 160 countries and territories proving health care, clean water, improved nutrition, and education.

World Hunger Year

505 Eighth Ave, 21st floor New York, NY 10018-6582

Tel: (212) 629-8850 or (800)<>

World Hunger Year was created to support and promote innovative, long term solutions to hunger through self-reliance, economic justice, community building, and food security.