TRUCE NEWS for FALL 2011
Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment has been busy preparing the newly released “TRUCE Good and Bad Toy Recommendations” list for the December holiday season. After 2 years of not making specific toy recommendations in its annual “TRUCE Toy and Play Action Guide,” TRUCE has returned to its old tried-and-true format by popular demand. TRUCE hopes the recommendations will help anyone buying holiday gifts for young children over the holiday season (and beyond) to make good toy choices and avoid the bad toys. In recent years, CCFC has given the TOADY Award (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) to the worst toy of the year. This year, TRUCE's 2011 Toys to Avoid will become the nominees for CCFC's TOADY Award. You can go to www.commercialfreechildhood.org to vote for this year's TOADY winner.
TRUCE has also been working hard to get Spanish translations of its 3 main action guides—on toys and play, infant-toddler issues, and media—up on its website along with the English versions of the guides. You will now find Spanish versions of the first two. We also expect to have the Media Action Guide and new Toy Recommendations on line very soon.
Finally, TRUCE will have a booth in the exhibition area of the NAEYC Conference in Orlando. TRUCE members Geralyn McLaughlin and Hugh Hanley, and occasionally Diane Levin, will be staffing the booth where TRUCE materials will be available.
Please share TRUCE materials with parents and colleagues. You may use whatever you want in newsletters without permission. Thank you for your help getting the word out. By Diane Levin
Campaign to Ratify the Children’s Rights Convention (CRC)
Seeks President’s Recommendation, Observance of Universal Children’s Day
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the world’s most universally accepted treaty and the only comprehensive statement of the human rights of every child on Earth, is now almost 22 years old. Only the United States and Somalia (which has an excuse) have failed to ratify it. CEASE is one of the hundreds of US national organizations that are working to get the US Government to ratify the CRC, through the Campaign for the Ratification of the Children’s Right’s Convention, www.childrightscampaign.org. For many years our members have been working for the speedy ratification of the CRC by writing letters to US Senators and editors of local publications, as well as by educating our university classes about it. We are continuing those efforts, with a new focus and some new resources to help us in our efforts.
One of the steps in the ratification process is for the US President to send a treaty to the Senate with a recommendation that it be ratified, along with a description of how the proposed treaty would affect US law and specific recommendations for reservations, understandings, and declarations concerning the treaty. Presidents Bush (Sr. and Jr.) and Clinton failed to do so. Now it is up to President Obama, who has made numerous statements in favor of ratification personally and through his Secretary of State and UN Ambassador, to send the CRC forward to the Senate. Please do what you can to convince the President that, before the end of his first term of office, the CRC needs to be in a place where the Senate can ratify it. The current Senate lacks the 67 votes needed to ratify, but the next Senate may well tip the balance, especially if the CRC is on their agenda.
The Campaign has updated and upgraded its Website, www.childrightscampaign.org, to be more responsive to the needs of its supporters. In addition, the campaign has a new brochure with its “elevator speech” in favor of ratification, that is available on the Website, on request to email@example.com, or by print copy distribution at the NAEYC Conference in November and elsewhere. For more details about the Campaign, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. By John Surr