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Teacher Appreciation Day at the Museum of Tolerance

CRF is pleased to join the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) as a co-host for its “Teacher Appreciation Day” event on Sunday, May 18. Admission for teachers is free-of-charge. Teachers will be introduced to museum exhibit content, age-appropriate youth programs, and hear of opportunities to schedule a return visit to the MOT with their students.

*  Parking is free at the MOT. Arrive between 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
*  Bring your current valid school i.d. and a copy of your confirmation reservation email.

Teachers must register on-line now to reserve a spot: http://www.museumoftolerance.com/site/c.tmL6KfNVLtH/b.8383139/k.7AF8/Teacher_Appreciation_Days/apps/ka/ct/contactus.asp?c=tmL6KfNVLtH&b=8383139&en=hhLZKZPwGcJTJZOvEgLSJTNwEgLYK3PxFbJQI3MLIoIZIcNUF

See you at the MOT on May 18!
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Bill of Rights in Action, Spring 2014 (Vol. 29, No. 3)

This edition of Bill of Rights in Action looks at historical and current conflicts. The first article focuses on the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, which helped propel Abraham Lincoln into the White House two years later. The second article examines the battle over Sudan, fought in the late 19th century. The last article explores the ongoing issue of Bible readings in public schools.

Click here to download your copy now: http://www.crf-usa.org/images/pdf/members/bria_29_3_web.pdf
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CIVIC ACTION PROJECT
PSA Contest: Lights, Camera, Civic Action! - Fall 2013 Winners

One powerful tool available for creating awareness about an issue or proposed solution is a Public Service Announcement (PSA). A PSA is intended to raise people’s interest in an issue so that they will take action. . .  Watch these powerful videos created by student about issues important to them.

Fall 2013 - 1st Place - Cyberbullying
By: Jenny, Kathryn, Kayla and Lizzie, Atholton High School, MD

View all the winners videos: http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=200

Learn more about CRF's Civic Action Project: http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=105
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Presidents Day: An Opportunity for Reflection
Presidents Day offers all Americans an opportunity to reflect on previous presidents—both on their contributions to the country and on the challenges and controversies faced by their administrations. We hope the following lessons will prove useful in this endeavor: http://www.crf-usa.org/presidents-day/presidents-day.html
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Some Valentine’s Day Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau

Candy
1,148: Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2011, employing 35,538 people. California led the nation with 122 of these establishments,followed by Pennsylvania, with 109.

Flowers
$280,357,058: The value of imports for cut flowers and buds for bouquets in 2013 through October 2014. The total value of fresh cut roses as of October 2013 was $354,703,231.

Jewelry
23,394: The estimated number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2011. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to couples of all ages. In February 2013, these stores sold an estimated $2.8 billion in merchandise.
 
“Please Be Mine”
29.0 and 26.6 years: Median age at first marriage in 2013 for men and women, respectively.

Looking for Love
393: The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2007. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed 3,125 people and pulled in $928 million in revenue.

Giving Love a Second Chance
3.8 years: The median time between divorce and a second marriage.

Read more here: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/cb14ff-01_valentines.pdf
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Religious Holidays should not be endorsed via government!
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BILL OF RIGHTS IN ACTION, Winter 2014 - Vol. 29 No. 2

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
This edition of Bill of Rights in Action is available online only, it focuses on making a difference. The first article explores the battle over the Church of England during the reign of Elizabeth I. The second article profiles Harriet Tubman, a leader of the Under- ground Railroad. The last article reviews Fisher v. Texas, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, and looks at the future of affirmative action.

Download your copy here: http://www.crf-usa.org/images/pdf/members/bria_29_2_web.pdf
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THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE
In this lesson students hold a brief discussion on what they think is the most important news story going on. Then they read and discuss a background piece on the crisis in Ukraine. Next, in small groups, they role play international lawyers and analyze Ukraine’s 1994 Budapest Memorandum, an agreement among Ukraine, Russia, the U.S., and the U.K.

A downloadable and printer friendly PDF of The Crisis in Ukraine is also available.

Download the lesson here: http://www.crf-usa.org/online-lessons-index/the-crisis-in-ukraine
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In honor of Women’s History Month, we are proud to feature this video clip recorded for CRF by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. In this short clip, she talks about her professional life and about making history as the first woman and first African American to be elected to serve as L.A.’s District Attorney since the office was created in 1850.  #WHM2014  
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CIVIC ACTION PROJECT - Student Created Videos

CAPfolio Contest Winners - Fall 2013 Semester

Watch students showcase their Civic Action Project (CAP) experience. The CAPfolio Contest asks students to document what they are doing to make things better in their community using CAP. Listen as students explain what you did – from the research to the civic actions to the impact.

1st Place - Almar & Marissa’s CAP Project, American Canyon High School

View all the winners videos: http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=198

Learn more about CRF's Civic Action Project: http://www.crfcap.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=105
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Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass! Though Douglass never knew the exact date of his birth, which was around February 1818, he chose to celebrate it on February 14.

"Power concedes nothing without a demand," he said in 1857. "It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them." #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2014

http://www.crf-usa.org/black-history-month/frederick-douglass
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Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today.