Brooke Goldstein Speaks On Children's Rights At GPS

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Brooke Goldstein, filmmaker, activist, and legal advocate, spoke to an assembly of GPS Upper School students on Monday, and later to a smaller group at a Lunchtime Learning program. 

Ms. Goldstein is the founder and director of the Children’s Rights Institute and director of the Lawfare Project, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about the abuse of law and legal systems for political or military means.

Espousing her belief that “all children have the right to life, an education, and media free of incitement to hate and to kill themselves,” she previewed clips of her award-winning documentary, “The Making of a Martyr.” When children are taught that their “greatest aspiration should be martyrdom, then that child is as much a victim of a human rights crime as the people” he blows up in a suicide act, she said. 

She bemoaned the “desensitization” of children in the Middle East and encouraged the students to increase their own awareness of how little the media addresses the human rights violations of using children as human shields. 

Ms. Goldstein’s research has taken her to the West Bank and into interviews with leading terrorist groups, families of suicide bombers, child psychologists, and teachers. Children exposed to terrorist teachings that promise “candy, Ferris wheels, and family members” in the afterlife do not “have the intellectual capacity to choose a life of terrorism and martyrdom.”

Stating that “terrorist groups are adults directing armies of children,” she warned the students that “ignoring the issue sends the message that we don’t care about Muslim children.” Instead, she is dedicated to preventing the child-as-suicide-bomber phenomenon from spreading.


Junior League Of Chattanooga Hosts Reception For New Hamilton County Teachers

The Junior League of Chattanooga kicked-off the school year with a welcome to Hamilton County School’s new K-5 teachers. At the reception, which took place at Orchard Knob Elementary School, the Junior League contributed school supplies and introduced the committee that will be helping with special projects, providing teacher supplies and additional in-class support to new teachers ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools' Activities For The Week Of Aug. 13

George R. Stuart Elementary hosts  Smart Goal Setting Session on Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm. Parents are invited to learn how to help students set and achieve their goals. Popcorn and drinks provided. Click here for more information or contact Savannah Shell, 423-476-8246, sshell@clevelandschools.org .    Yates Primary hosts an Open House and ... (click for more)

Pinkston's Office Seeking The Death Penalty Against Trio Charged In Murder Of State Witness Bianca Horton

The office of District Attorney Neal Pinkston is seeking the death penalty against three men charged in the murder of state witness Bianca Horton. The intent to seek the death penalty was filed against Andre Grier, Courtney High and Charles Shelton. They were among 42 alleged members of the Athens Park Bloods gang charged in a state RICO action. Ms. Horton was gunned down ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Mayor, City Council To Appoint Phil Noblett As City Attorney

Mayor Andy Berke and the Chattanooga City Council said they will introduce a joint resolution next  Tuesday  confirming Phil Noblett as city attorney and chief legal officer for the city of Chattanooga. A native of Asheville, N.C., Mr. Noblett received his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham and has been a licensed ... (click for more)

The Sad Condition Of Historic Brown's Ferry Tavern

It is embarrassing and saddening how the historic Brown's Ferry Tavern looks right now. It is disgusting.    Whoever the new owner is has left this amazing piece of our local history to rot. Pieces are falling off the roof and chimney. The grounds: grass, bushes, trees are so overgrown and out-of-control that it is disgraceful.   Private property ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Cake Is Baked’

If all goes well, and as expected, Hamilton County Chancellor Jeff Atherton will tell a group representing the Democratic Party not to ever again clutter his office or his courtroom with such a childish amount of political poppycock as will be brought on display tomorrow. The Democrats want to block Robin Smith, a longtime Republican stalwart, from becoming our next State Representative ... (click for more)