Greta’s Year

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 19 December 2019 > In the News

It’s been quite a year for Greta Thunberg. As well as leading millions of people in climate protests around the world, the 16-year-old activist has addressed the United Nations, met and harangued world leaders. It’s no wonder that Time Magazine named her its Person of the Year. Thunberg never imagined her solo protest would have … Continue reading “Greta’s Year”

Greta’s Speech

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 December 2019 > Webpicks

The speech young climate activist Greta Thunberg made to the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019 is a great example of a speech for students. It can be added to work on several Shine Bright 1e themes. Greta Thunberg would also be interesting to study in connection with the LLCER literature curriculum The Curious … Continue reading “Greta’s Speech”

Christchurch Students Perform Haka for Shooting Victims

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 18 March 2019 > In the News

Students from across the New Zealand city gathered for a vigil in honour of those who were killed or injured in the Christchurch mosque shootings. They performed an emotional haka together. The vigil, one of several which have taken place, was organised by Okirano Tilaia, the Head Boy of nearby Cashmere High School. At least … Continue reading “Christchurch Students Perform Haka for Shooting Victims”

School Strike for the Planet

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 15 March 2019 > In the News

A quiet revolution is building momentum around the world as school pupils strike and march to try to get their elders to take serious measures to limit climate change. It started with one Swedish 15-year-old missing school to go and be a one-person picket line in front of a government ministry in September 2018. She … Continue reading “School Strike for the Planet”

Kneeling for His Rights

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 27 July 2018 > In the News

NFL American football star Colin Kaepernick brought attention to Black Lives Matter’s protests about police brutality towards African Americans with his silent protests, kneeling instead of standing when “The Star-Spangled Banner” played before NFL games. Two years on, Kaepernick has been frozen out of the football league but has won two major human-rights awards for … Continue reading “Kneeling for His Rights”

Mexico Olympics Black Power Protest Video

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 16 October 2018 > Webpicks

The silent protest of two African American athletes on the podium at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in civil-rights history. We’ve selected some teaching tools for language classes on the Black Power protest. In 2016, the prestigious Smithsonian opened a new, and long-awaited museum, the National Museum of African American History and … Continue reading “Mexico Olympics Black Power Protest Video”

Protesting for Change

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 04 July 2018 > Ready to Use

Get ahead for the new school year! This A2+-level article can be used in parallel with the warm-up activities implemented at the beginning of the school year, as it deals with the Pledge of Allegiance in every school in the U.S.A, as a daily patriotic ritual, as well as recent protests against the national anthem at … Continue reading “Protesting for Change”

Black Power at the 1968 Olympics Fifty Years On

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 16 October 2018 > Celebrate

Fifty years after the Mexico Olympics, when African-American medallists Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a Black Power salute to protest at discrimination, all three men on the podium that day have been recognised for their courage. On 16 October, 1968, two American sprinters made a symbolic gesture that became an iconic image of fight … Continue reading “Black Power at the 1968 Olympics Fifty Years On”

Students Demand Gun Control

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 28 February 2018 > In the News

After yet another school shooting in the U.S.A., surviving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Texas, are calling for gun control. Their calls have already sparked plans for action such as a national march and two planned school walkouts. On 14 February, a 19-year-old former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School … Continue reading “Students Demand Gun Control”