In Our Backyard

Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It

Author: Nita Belles

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441248587

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 4007

In recent years, Americans have woken up to the reality that human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. But what most still do not understand is that neither is it something that just happens to "other people" such as runaways or the disenfranchised. The human trafficker is no respecter of faith, education, or socioeconomic status, and even kids who are raised in solid families in middle and upper class suburbs can fall victim. Likewise, labor trafficking happens in our cities, neighborhoods, and rural areas. Through true stories and years of boots-on-the-ground experience, including at the Super Bowl, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches readers everything they need to know about human trafficking in the United States and what they can do to join the fight against it. She helps concerned parents, friends, teachers, law enforcement, government officials, and other leaders understand all forms of trafficking, identify risk factors, and take practical steps to keep their loved ones and neighbors safe from predators.

Secrets of the Seasons: Orbiting the Sun in Our Backyard

Author: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0307982408

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 9865

The family from Secrets of the Garden are back in a new book about backyard science that explains why the seasons change. Alice and her friend Zack explore the reasons for the seasons. Alice's narrative is all about noticing the changes as fall turns into winter, spring, and then summer. She explains how the earth's yearlong journey around the sun, combined with the tilt in the earth's axis, makes the seasons happen. Alice's text is clear and simple, and experiential. Two very helpful—and very funny—chickens give more science details and further explanation through charts, diagrams, and sidebars. Packed with sensory details, humor, and solid science, this book makes a complicated concept completely clear for young readers—and also for the many parents who struggle to answer their kids' questions! "Several adults of my acquaintance . . . would find Secrets of the Seasons to be an eye-popping revelation." —John Lithgow, The New York Times Book Review From the Hardcover edition.

In My Backyard

Author: Valarie Giogas

Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing

ISBN: 1607180197

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 6026

A rhyming picture book that introduces backyard animals by baby and family group names while counting them from one to ten, followed by a "For creative minds" section with animal facts memory game and information on caring for wildlife.

Secrets of the Garden

Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard

Author: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0517709902


Page: 40

View: 1451

Depicts a family of four who make their garden their summer home as they prepare the soil, plant seeds, water the garden, and watch for a harvest of vegetables.

The Castle in our Backyard

Author: Malcolm Paterson

Publisher: Oratia Media Ltd

ISBN: 1877514055

Category: Auckland (N.Z.)

Page: 32

View: 3679

Tui and his cousin Jennifer are much too busy playing a video game to want to visit Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill. But then Nanny Marei tells them the mountains got giants and fortresses, just like their game! Explore Maungakiekie with Tui and Jennifer as they travel back into its history meeting the Goddess of Fire, Māori tribes, Chinese gardeners, Sir John Logan Campbell, and the tourists of today.

Human Rights in Our Own Backyard

Injustice and Resistance in the United States

Author: William T. Armaline,Davita Silfen Glasberg,Bandana Purkayastha

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812205145

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

View: 5584

Most Americans assume that the United States provides a gold standard for human rights—a 2007 survey found that 80 percent of U.S. adults believed that "the U.S. does a better job than most countries when it comes to protecting human rights." As well, discussions among scholars and public officials in the United States frame human rights issues as concerning people, policies, or practices "over there." By contrast, the contributors to this volume argue that many of the greatest immediate and structural threats to human rights, and some of the most significant efforts to realize human rights in practice, can be found in our own backyard. Human Rights in Our Own Backyard examines the state of human rights and responses to human rights issues, drawing on sociological literature and perspectives to interrogate assumptions of American exceptionalism. How do people in the U.S. address human rights issues? What strategies have they adopted, and how successful have these strategies been? Essays are organized around key conventions of human rights, focusing on the relationships between human rights and justice, the state and the individual, civil rights and human rights, and group rights versus individual rights. The contributors are united by a common conception of the human rights enterprise as a process involving not only state-defined and implemented rights but also human rights from below as promoted by activists.

Our Own Backyard

The United States in Central America, 1977-1992

Author: William M. LeoGrande

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807898802

Category: Political Science

Page: 792

View: 7030

In this remarkable and engaging book, William LeoGrande offers the first comprehensive history of U.S. foreign policy toward Central America in the waning years of the Cold War. From the overthrow of the Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua and the outbreak of El Salvador's civil war in the late 1970s to the final regional peace settlements negotiated a decade later, he chronicles the dramatic struggles--in Washington and Central America--that shaped the region's destiny. For good or ill, LeoGrande argues, Central America's fate hinged on decisions that were subject to intense struggles among, and within, Congress, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House--decisions over which Central Americans themselves had little influence. Like the domestic turmoil unleashed by Vietnam, he says, the struggle over Central America was so divisive that it damaged the fabric of democratic politics at home. It inflamed the tug-of-war between Congress and the executive branch over control of foreign policy and ultimately led to the Iran-contra affair, the nation's most serious political crisis since Watergate.

In Our Backyard

A Guide to Understanding Pollution and Its Effects

Author: Travis P. Wagner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471285694

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 2626

This is a welcome answer to the public's desire to know about the environment. Without taking sides, it addresses vital questions on everything from drinking water quality to the cost of toxic controls and cleanups. The information is up-to-date and complete, and the format is designed to be accessible. A question-and-answer format is employed for clarity and compactness, and topics are covered in a rising progression of complexity.

Birds in Our Backyard

Say Hello to Minnesota's Feathered Friends

Author: Adele Porter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780873518369

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 41

View: 1574

From common loons to white-breasted nuthatches to ruby-throated hummingbirds, whether migrating or nesting or feeding or singing, explore Minnesota’s birds through the seasons in this delightful full-color picture book.

Lost in My Own Backyard

A Walk in Yellowstone National Park

Author: Tim Cahill

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9781400080816

Category: Travel

Page: 160

View: 9968

“Let’s get lost together . . . ” Lost in My Own Backyard brings acclaimed author Tim Cahill together with one of his—and America’s—favorite destinations: Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Cahill has been “puttering around in the park” for a quarter of a century, slowly covering its vast scope and exploring its remote backwoods. So does this mean that he knows what he’s doing? Hardly. “I live fifty miles from the park,” says Cahill, “but proximity does not guarantee competence. I’ve spent entire afternoons not knowing exactly where I was, which is to say, I was lost in my own backyard.” Cahill stumbles from glacier to geyser, encounters wildlife (some of it, like bisons, weighing in the neighborhood of a ton), muses on the microbiology of thermal pools, gets spooked in the mysterious Hoodoos, sees moonbows arcing across waterfalls at midnight, and generally has a fine old time walking several hundred miles while contemplating the concept and value of wilderness. Mostly, Cahill says, “I have resisted the urge to commit philosophy. This is difficult to do when you’re alone, twenty miles from the nearest road, and you’ve just found a grizzly bear track the size of a pizza.” Divided into three parts—“The Trails,” which offers a variety of favorite day hikes; “In the Backcountry,” which explores three great backcountry trails very much off the beaten track; and “A Selected Yellowstone Bookshelf,” an annotated bibliography of his favorite books on the park—this is a hilarious, informative, and perfect guide for Yellowstone veterans and first-timers alike. Lost in My Own Backyard is adventure writing at its very best. From the Hardcover edition.

There's a Dinosaur in my Backyard

Author: Kylie Paish

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1493134485

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 24

View: 5756

"A delightful story of a little Australian boy who spots a dinosaur living under his back steps. Beautifully illustrated, it activates a child's imagination while teaching about our unusual Australian native creatures."

In Our Backyard

How 3 L.A. Neighborhoods Affect Kids' Lives

Author: Anne R. Pebley,Mary E. Vaiana

Publisher: Rand Corporation

ISBN: 0833033867

Category: Social Science

Page: 44

View: 8075

Focusing on the subtle interaction between children's well-being and the neighborhoods in which they grow up, the authors consider the age of the community's residents, their incomes, and residential turnover in the neighborhood to draw inferences from the Focused Study of Children and Neighborhoods (FSCN), a survey of three neighborhoods in Los Angeles conducted in 1998. Drawing on the Focused Study of Children and Neighborhoods, a survey of three neighborhoods in Los Angeles conducted in 1998, the authors address the subtle interaction between children's well being and the neighborhoods in which they grow up. The authors consider the age of the community's residents, their incomes, and residential turnover in the neighborhood. The next step in this process will be a large-scale survey of children living in 65 neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County, called the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS).

Texas Bigfoot in My Backyard

The Second Year

Author: Susan Sullivan,Mark Angel

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781501060748

Category: Nature

Page: 244

View: 9916

Texas Bigfoot In My Backyard The Second Year is a continuation of the First Year. This year we reluctantly learn to accept these creatures as our neighbors. We soon learn that we have a curious juvenile and a baby on the ranch. This book provides pictures of the foot prints and pictures of some of the gifts we have been given over the past two years. Join me as we continue to learn more and more about these creatures that continue to visit the Bigfoot Ranch In Texas.

Trouble in Our Backyard

Central America and the United States in the Eighties

Author: Martin Diskin

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books


Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 8585

Essays analyze the policies of the United States government toward El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the other countries of Central America

Alien Invasion in My Backyard

An Emu Club Adventure

Author: Ruben Bolling

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub

ISBN: 9781449457099

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 112

View: 1538

The young president of an exploration and mystery club counsels readers on how to start a mystery-themed club with a friend, find everyday mysteries to solve and investigate leads. By the creator of the award-winning comic strip, Tom the Dancing Bug. Simultaneous eBook.

Life in Our Backyard (ENHANCED eBook)

Author: Ilene L. Follman

Publisher: Lorenz Educational Press

ISBN: 1429117079


Page: 32

View: 1058

PowerPoint Presentation Included! The information and activities in this resource book enhance children's knowledge and awareness of the environment they encounter every day, including physical and biological characteristics. Students will find out what characteristics backyard environments have, what animals can be found there, and how to keep their surrounding environment clean. As they explore, students will discover similarities and differences between living things in their environment and those in other ecosystems. Engaging in activities that emphasize the ecology of plants and animals, students will begin to relate the structure of living things to their roles in the ecosystem.

Aliens in the Backyard

Plant and Animal Imports Into America

Author: John Leland

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611172136

Category: Nature

Page: 248

View: 9794

Aliens live among us. Thousands of species of nonnative flora and fauna have taken up residence within U.S. borders. Our lawns sprout African grasses, our roadsides flower with European weeds, and our homes harbor Asian, European, and African pests. Misguided enthusiasts deliberately introduced carp, kudzu, and starlings. And the American cowboy spread such alien life forms as cows, horses, tumbleweed, and anthrax, supplanting and supplementing the often unexpected ways "Native" Americans influenced the environment. Aliens in the Backyard recounts the origins and impacts of these and other nonindigenous species on our environment and pays overdue tribute to the resolve of nature to survive in the face of challenge and change. In considering the new home that imported species have made for themselves on the continent, John Leland departs from those environmentalists who universally decry the invasion of outsiders. Instead Leland finds that uncovering stories of alien arrivals and assimilation is a more intriguing—and ultimately more beneficial—endeavor. Mixing natural history with engaging anecdotes, Leland cuts through problematic myths coloring our grasp of the natural world and suggests that how these alien species have reshaped our landscape is now as much a part of our shared heritage as tales of our presidents and politics. Simultaneously he poses questions about which of our accepted icons are truly American (not apple pie or Kentucky bluegrass; not Idaho potatoes or Boston ivy). Leland's ode to survival reveals how plant and animal immigrants have made the country as much an environmental melting pot as its famed melding of human cultures, and he invites us to reconsider what it means to be American.

A World Church in Our Backyard

How the Spirit Moved Church and Society

Author: Simon C. Kim

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814687776

Category: Religion

Page: 152

View: 843

How did a culturally diverse world church emerge in our local neighborhoods and backyards? Rather than an accidental coincidence, diversity in our country, neighborhoods and pews was intentionally brought about through the Spirit’s prompting of historical events. The jubilee of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) reminded us how the Catholic Church opened her doors to the world, while the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 revealed how the U.S. opened her shores to migrants around the world. Through both ecclesial and legislative reforms, the U.S. became home to many ethnically diverse people and allowed for the creation of a worship space incorporating their cultural backgrounds.