by Lea Hansen-George, Richland Center High School

As a culminating activity in a unit covering such issues as prejudice and discrimination, students will "take a stand against hate" by participating in a silent protest. The intent is to foster an appreciation for those who fought for social justice as well as foster empathy for victims of hate. In addition, this project will help cultivate the skills necessary to actively particiapate in taking a stand on important social justice issues.

Introduction

"History is full of instances where people, against enormous odds, have come together to struggle for liberty and justice, and have won - not often enough, of course, but enough to suggest how much more is possible.  The essential ingredients of these struggles for justice are human beings who, if only for a moment, if only while beset with fears, step out of line and do something, however small.  And even the smallest, most unheroic of acts adds to the store of kindling that may be ignited by some surprising circumstance into tumultous change."  Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train