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As an organization, CEASE is all about action. We act on a variety of public issues to help young children as they grow.
Act4CEASE list serve:
CEASE now has an action arm, a list serve called Act4CEASE which alerts members by e-mail to opportunities for public policy actions to help children (and their parents and teachers) to survive and thrive in a more peaceful, healthier world. Many of the messages on the list serve relate to children and the media, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The list serve messages come when issues require our individual and collective action, maybe 5 to 10 times a month, although this frequency may increase with the new issues. Members are invited and encouraged to share their concerns for action initiatives with others on the list serve.
To join the list serve, send an e-mail to email@example.com
Current CEASE Action Campaigns:
1. Stop the wars.
2. Eliminate nuclear weapons, don’t build them.
3. Phase Out Nuclear Power Plants
4. Support the creation of a U.S. Department of Peace.
5. Reduce violence in children’s lives.
6. Save Children from Schools that Don’t Respect Them or their Stages of Development.
7. Defend the Early Years.
8. Teach young children to live in peace.
9. Ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
10. Protect children from environmental hazards.
11. Reclaim childhood from commercialization.
12. Help limit young children’s exposure to unhealthy screen media.
13. Support immigration laws that keep children safe.
CEASE has passed a Resolution, urging NAEYC and all early childhood organizations to speak out about the harm war causes to children where ever it is happening, and here in the U.S. as it undermines children’s sense of security and the hope that conflicts can be resolved without violence. War deprives children of the safety they need and the resources that should be devoted to their healthy development. CEASE urges the speedy end of the Afghanistan war and the continued reliance on violence to resolve global conflicts. In 2009 we wrote to First Lady Michelle Obama and the NAEYC Governing Board about this. And we must all speak out against violence as a solution to global problems. Please communicate with the President, stating your concerns in this area while congratulating him on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Passionate advocacy for alternative solutions is needed. See more at www.peacefultomorrows.org
Since its inception in 1979, CEASE has advocated for nuclear disarmament. Thirty years later, the nuclear danger is still very much with us. We believe that we have a responsibility to our children, grandchildren and future generations to end the threat that nuclear weapons pose to humanity and all life. Although President Obama has declared his Administration in favor of this goal, our nuclear arsenal continues to take money needed for children and other real needs, and the threat continues. See http://www.nuclearweaponsfree.org
Nuclear disarmament will be threatened as long as nuclear power plants continue to need and produce nuclear fuel such as plutonium. Fukushima, Cherbonyl, and Three Mile Island all showed the acute vulnerability of nuclear power plants to disastrous releases of radiation by terrorists, by accident, or by natural causes. Nuclear fuel will continue to pollute the Earth long after we are gone. See http://www.facebook.com/end.nuclear.now and www.ippnw.org.
CEASE continues to work to support efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives, to create a Department of Peace, calling for the elevation of the U.S. Institute of Peace to a Cabinet-level Department. The primary function of the Department of Peace will be to research, articulate, and facilitate nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict.
We work to end corporal punishment and the physical, mental, and emotional abuse of children, especially in public and private institutions where children are educated but also in the home. We work to reduce the exposure of young children to violence in the home, in the community, in the world, and in the electronic and other entertainment media. Our campaign to get NAEYC to regard war as a form of damaging violence against children in its position statement is continuing.
CEASE supports the Save our Schools March, SaveOurSchoolsMarch.org, which brought thousands ofeducators, parents, and concerned citizens to Washington, DC on July 30, 2011 to stand up for quality public education for all children. Many CEASE members attended both the march and the 2-day conference leading up to it, and others who couldn’t get to Washington participated in local protests held around the country.
Defending the Early Years, www.deyproject.org, is a project designed to track the effects of new preschool standards on early childhood education; to promote appropriate guidelines for early childhood educators, with a strong emphasis on child-directed play; and to mobilize the early childhood community to speak out with well-reasoned arguments against inappropriate standards, assessments, and classroom practices. The project is directed by Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, firstname.lastname@example.org , with senior advisers Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Diane Levin. Both Diane and Nancy are long-time and active CEASE members.
CEASE works to help children learn and live nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution for public and private issues. Through them we work with their parents and public officials to do the same, alongside several other organizations. We are continuing to try to convince NAEYC that peace education must be the foundation for its new position statement on violence in the lives of children. The 2010 CEASE Seminar addresses these issues. Please help us in this effort with your own communications to NAEYC and its Governing Board members.
Although the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most comprehensive and widely followed treaty in the world's history, the United States, Somalia and South Sudan have not yet become parties to it. Somalia and South Sudan have excuses. We don't. CEASE actively participates in the Campaign for US Ratification of the Children's Rights Convention, www.childrightscampaign.org, along with over 200 other national organizations, seeking to hasten its long-overdue ratification. Children everywhere need US ratification so that the Convention will be effectively universal. The Convention, in its 22 years in force for 193 countries, has made huge improvements in child health, lives free from abuse and oppression, and education, including child care and the right to play. In 2012 the Campaign is seeking to get President Obama to send the Convention forward to the Senate, so that it finally will be on the agenda for ratification. The Campaign's Website offers a variety of suggestions for action to help insure ratification.
10. Protect our world from global warming and other environmental hazards:
CEASE is acutely aware that global warming is the most serious environmental challenge to the health and safety of our children and their children’s children. In order to ensure a safe environment for future generations, we must act immediately. We recommend that readers follow the advice of The Environmental Defense Fund and follow out the many actions we can all take described there to make an immediate positive impact on global warming. CEASE made its own recommendations about the environment in its 2010 Newsletter
CEASE is alert to other threats to our future generations such as the impact of pollution with all of its poisons on the health of our oceans, our water and our air. We are cognizant of the waste of energy and resources our current lifestyle causes and encourage the use of sustainable practices such as purchasing locally grown food, using less energy in our homes and making wise choices in our use of transportation. See www.chej.org The Center for Health, Environment and Justice, which has launched Green Flag Schools, a campaign to help children and families create green schools, and other campaigns for building safe communities.
Today’s children are being bombarded with media, toys and products that reflect our fast-paced, sexualized, commercial culture. CEASE is working to maintain our children’s healthy development and understanding of their own identity. To review the history of CEASE’s efforts with NAEYC on this issue, as well as its Buymebusters handout, click here. Although the final position statement, issued in March 2012, comes some distance toward our recommendations, it still lacks the clarity and comprehensiveness of the comparable positions taken by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the health profession's guide for early care and education, Caring for our Children, Standard 2.2.03. As is reported in the summary of recent activities on our Home page, CEASE continues to produce resources and monitor NAEYC activities on this issue.
CEASE also publishes a handout called “Buymebusters”, to help parents and teachers to develop ways to reduce children’s urges to have the latest toys. Two books by CEASE members addressing these concerns are: “Taking Back Childhood: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Fast-Paced, Media-Saturated, Violence-Filled World” by Nancy Carlsson-Paige and “So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids” by Diane E. Levin and Jean Kilbourne. See our bibliography on these issues
Infants, toddlers, and young children are vulnerable to long-lasting harmful effects from exposure to screen media before they are emotionally and cognitively prepared to cope with them. Pediatricians (see http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/mediause.cfm) and the White House recommend no screen time for children under two and very limited screen time for children 3-5. Even so a growing number of parents, aided by child care providers and organizations allow children an unhealthy amount of screen time. The best summary of comprehensive advice about this issue, aimed at child care providers and parents with contributions by CEASE, is CCFC, TRUCE, and the Alliance for Childhood's report, Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education.We need to work for a balanced understanding of the role of screen media in their lives. See www.healthymediachoices.org.See our bibliography on these issues.
CEASE is speaking out and encouraging others to do the same against immigration raids particularly focused on Latino workers throughout the country. When parents of young children are detained or deported, or fearing those acts because they are undocumented or grouped with undocumented immigrants, the health and growth of their children are impaired. Contact your representative to protest these raids and their effects on families and children. For additional information, contact the National Immigration Justice Center. CEASE is one of 205 national organization that supports a common set of principles about immigration reform that works for children, in the context of the impending Congressional review of immigration reform legislation.
After Arizona passed a brutal immigration law in 2010, CEASE wrote a letter to NAEYC, which was holding its Professional Development Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, soon after the law was passed, to speak up more visibly and specifically about the damage that law would do to America's young children.
We were pleased that NAEYC responded very positively to our concerns, providing ample opportunities to its members in Phoenix to express themselves about the issue inside and outside the Institute, and going on record in opposition to Arizona's new law.
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