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By Lynn Rosen Richard Breonne Malcalm
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Chapter OneChild Labor
Mr. Rights fights the fight He flies in to correct the wrongs that have been done, helping each and everyone. He sings a mighty tune aloud Listen as he approaches the crowd:
"I am Mr. Rights and I am here to say. All bad things must go away. We cannot hurt the world anymore. Isn't this world worth fighting for?
There are social injustices surrounding us today, Too many problems and so much to say. So let's take the problems one by one, Let us make them go away and return to a world faced with happiness and fun."
Mr. Rights then flies away to fight the first problem of the day. A group of children, playing in a circle, see him and ask him why he is there. You see Mr. Rights is known throughout the world. He begins to talk to them about something that really bothers him.
Child Labour is when children have to work without playing.
The time to help them is now. Stop delaying!! They work in mines, and factories Selling food, farming and other jobs presently" "Why does this happen?" asked Nicolas.
Mr. Rights explained that child labor accounts for 22% of the workforce in Asia, 17% in Latin America, 32% in Africa and 1% in Canada, Europe, U.S.A. and other wealthy nations. He informed the children that many companies use children to work and hide that. In 2008, a meat packing company in Iowa employed 57 children.
The case was thrown out of court because the families were afraid to testify. Someone might beat them.
How sad is that?
In 2007 in Liberia Firestone Tire Company was found to employ children. The case was dismissed because no one stepped forward. In 2008 children were working for Gap making blouses. Of course GAP said they didn't use children. This practice is going on around the world and will continue to if we don't stop it.
Gianna said, "How can we stop this?" Mr. Rights looked at her. He didn't want to scare the children because they were 8 years old. He explained that we must fight for the rights of all people.
To make this a better world you see
A world of beauty, laughter and joy
That will bring the sunshine out in every
girl and boy
We must stop child labor and the perils it brings
Then a different song we shall sing
Mr. Rights told them that many people fought against child labour by refusing to buy products made in shops where children worked. The International Programme on the elimination of Child Labor was founded in 1992.
This gives us hope for a better future.
Mr. Rights then waved goodbye to the children and flew off as they watched him disappear.
Chapter TwoGlobal Hunger
A school was in session in Florida and in dropped
Mr. Rights. The children were a bit afraid of him.
Where did he come from? What did he want? Their questions were soon to be answered. Mr. Rights smiled with a smile that could light up the world. He explained, "I am Mr. Rights and I am here to tell you that you all have rights that you must protect." He asked them to name their rights and surprisingly enough they couldn't. He spent a few minutes explaining rights and they listened attentively. Their teacher had heard about Mr. Rights and she was pleased to see him.
Today Mr. Rights was explaining about global hunger. He saw many hands raise and the children knew that others were starving around the world. What they didn't know is how they could help. He had the teacher write on the chalkboard the following:
collect food for the needy
recycle old clothing, books, toys
He stressed that 1 man's garbage was another's treasure.
The children started to understand. He then wrote websites on the board that can help children:
www.freerice.com www.heifernan.com www.nomorehunger.webs.com www.hungersite.com
The children were shocked to learn that more than 800 million people are hungry. It made them sad. He told them to go home and tell their parents. As he left the teacher was exploring the sites.
In Iowa he watched Mrs. Jamison read, "Tomorrow's Vision," by Lynn Rosen. The children were entranced. Yes they could be part of the change and help other children and adults who didn't have what they were fortunate enough to have. The kids wanted to write poems about poverty and they formed groups and the words started blossoming as does a flower.
Mr. Rights was amazed at their words. Gianna got up to present the poem from her group:
So much pain and a lot to fear.
Hunger Kills by destroying your immune system
It attacks your confidence
Hunger runs through you like a tornado leaving you
It takes away your hopes and your dreams and demeans
Hunger is our enemy"
When Gianna was finished everyone applauded. Now it was time for group 2. Nicholas read:
Some are so fortunate while others we forgot
How could we turn our backs and walk away?
Global hunger is affecting our world and this we
We will fight by helping
Listening to poor people yelping
Never turning our backs or walking away
We shall be hunger fighters and we are here to stay"
Logan read clearly and with pain in his voice:
red as fire that burns
green with envy for those who have
white as a ghost
yellow as rumbling stomachs growl
black as the night that covers us
Hunger is an enemy of the people"
Al's group was the last reading and their words were sharp:
throughout the world
Slashing with a knife those that time has forgotten
Destroying human beings
Discarding human beings
A child dies every 5 seconds
We sit back and wait for more
Shame on us
Now is the time to band together
To help those less fortunate in all types of weather
To give from the heart and to never cease Let us present a world hunger free A world of peace"
The children felt a sense of accomplishment. Their poems touched the heart of Mr. Rights. Now he could move on.
Chapter ThreeWomen's Rights
Mrs. McKenna and her class were having lunch. They sat around a long table, chatting as they ate. Suddenly Mr. Rights appeared. Everyone in Washington, D.C. knew him. He was no stranger there. The conversation was about presidents. Gianna asked her teacher, "Why wasn't any woman ever president?" Mrs. McKenna turned to Mr. Rights.
Mr. Rights started to explain. "Many years ago women were treated poorly. All they could do was work around the house, take care of the children and menial chores. The children looked shocked. They were not even allowed to vote. A strong group of women led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton thought this was unfair so they started protesting.
Due to their efforts women were given the right to vote. We call this suffrage. These woman were wonderful
Fighters and accomplished what they set out for."
The children were surprised to learn about women. They thought all women were as important as the ones they knew.
Mr. Rights told the children that even today some women in all parts of the world are oppressed. Nicholas asked, "What does oppressed mean?" Mrs. McKenna explained that it means that women were not treated equally. In some societies, women walk behind the men.
In those countries women may not talk when a man is talking. Often if women don't listen they are beaten and treated badly.
The children were shaking their heads in disbelief. In the United States women hold important jobs. They are doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers and are employed in many other positions. Logan screamed out, "Sally Ride is an astronaut." Everyone laughed because Logan always talked about the space program. They understood and felt how lucky women in the states are. After spending so much time talking about women and their rights Ms. McKenna asked them to write. After 20 minutes she called the children back to their seats.
"It isn't fair that women in some countries aren't free.
Doesn't anyone protect them?
How could it be?
A woman plays an important role in society.
She nurtures her children and makes them happy.
So why wouldn't we treat everyone equally?
God created us that way and that is the way it is
supposed to be."
Gianna was next and she couldn't wait. She began,
"No woman was ever president which is unfair.
Everyone has a right to an equal share.
Women are smart and have a lot to say.
Perhaps one of them will be president someday.
If we go back in history so many important women
you can see.
Hilary Clinton is a leader today.
Nancy Pelosie always has her say.
Years ago Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B
Made sure this is a world of equality
Yes they worked hard
We know that's true
To make this a better world for me and you"
Al was next and he was ready.
"In a world like the one we live in today
Everyone should be equal
No one should be made to pay
because they are women
Women are teachers, mothers and such
They protect their children and the world
they love so much
They cook, clean, read and make sure their
Kids do the right thing
Yes women have a beautiful song to sing"
Everyone clapped. Last but not least was Jamie.
"In the world that we live in today
Women surely should have their say
Some are world leaders and they stand out
Women are worthy of shouting about
So never forget when the day is done
Women are always number 1"
Mr. Rights thanked the class for their wonderful poems.
Mr. Rights told them that in many countries women are treated as slaves and are traded. Their faces showed shock. Mrs. McKenna realized that today the doors of learning had been opened and the children wanted to learn more.
"I will right the wrongs and everyone will see
A better world it can be
Yes, in the future, with time well spent
Gianna might get the chance to be president
We must teach everyone to have hope
To live with their problems and learn to cope
Let's all get together in peace under God's golden sun
We must free the woman and make this a world so
Save the woman
Save the child"
Chapter FourEqual Education
Swooping down in Pennsylvania Mr. Rights smiled. He met such wonderful children and teachers. He felt so fortunate. Now he would deal with adults. He found himself in a shopping center. Everyone knew him.
He began," I am Mr. Rights and I am here to make sure this is the best world it can be. Today I am here to talk to you about education." Everyone seemed interested.
Mr. Rights explained that in our vast world not every child goes to school. Everyone seemed surprised. He talked about Africa and how children who were rich got the opportunity to attend school.
Poor children did not go to school. He showed them a map of countries where inequality reigns. One woman was appalled. She knew people from Africa and yet she never thought that only some children were educated. To herself she thought it was very unfair.
Mr. Rights began, "In West Africa, Sierra Leone is a poor country. Parents can't afford to send their children to school. They don't have money for books or uniforms and the poor kids stay home."
Heads were shaking and disbelief was all around.
Lisa said, "That is unfair. Why should only rich children in Sierra Leone have the right to go to school? Why aren't there more opportunities for the children?"
People were speaking to each other because they couldn't believe this injustice. Mr. Rights called them to order. He continued, "In Sierra Leone children of poor families stay home and help with chores.
It is very cruel
All children should be allowed to go to school
In Africa rich children have more rights
While others are hidden from our sight
Parents don't have money and children suffer they do
Without an education how will they face tomorrow?
In their world which is so blue"
They all seemed to want to help. He told them about Heifernan. Heifernan is an organization which collects money for poor kids in Africa and sends them farm animals. They use the milk or wool to sell and use the money to go to school. People were writing this down.
They could contribute to making this a better world.
Mr. Rights listened to the talk among the mall shoppers.
They were all looking for a way to help. Before he left them he sang out:
They need to learn in order to belong
to our world which should be free
Let's make it the way we want it to be
Educate all of the mothers
They will educate the sisters and brothers
A better world awaits us you see
Surely a world of equality
It has been said that a child shall lead us tomorrow
Let's make this a place of only happiness, no sorrow"
Chapter FiveHuman Trafficking
Mr. Rights was very thrilled. He was invited to attend a conference about human trafficking and he had a lot to say. The conference was in London, England and he had been there several times. He was a superhero. Many people cared about what he had to say. Mr. Rights was not used to traveling by plane. He normally lifted his arms and off he went. The head of the conference sent him a plane ticket and he decided to use it. The plane ride was bumpy but he didn't care. He was invited to be a guest speaker and that was what mattered.
There was a limousine waiting at the airport for him. He wasn't used to this luxury. He was used to being in a rush, flying around the world and never stopping. This was different. In the limo there were drinks, snacks and even a television. He couldn't believe that you could travel in such luxury. He sipped a water and watched his clock. He didn't want to miss a moment.
He got there just in time and they ushered him in. He was the first speaker. Oh how nervous he was. It was one thing speaking to kids and yet another speaking to adults.
After being introduced he began:
"Ladies and gentlemen we are living in sorry times. For the first time the United States was ranked among the other countries that have trafficking. In America, men, women and children are subject to trafficking for forced labor, debt bondage and forced prostitution."
People were groaning and had looks of disbelief. He continued.
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