Book/Film Recommendations please - Injustice

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11 years 1 week ago #27698 by Simkin
Our son needs to do an English project about 'Injustice' and I have no idea where to look. At school it all focuses on how much injustice Maori have to endure but that kind of injustice isn't what a 17 year old is interested in.

So anything about non-racial injustice please :)

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11 years 1 week ago #380645 by Mich
Hi Simkin - one thing immediately came to mind. A while ago I saw a documentary on how C**a C*la has set itself up in poorer countries and because of the atronomical water needed to make soft drinks, it ends up depleting the supplies of fresh water for locals and crops. The story of how a very poor family that lived across from the CC factory and were unable to access fresh water because of the cost to connect to the same supply that CC uses haunts me to this day. The young daughter was in tears because her friends weren't allowed to visit her at home because they had no running water. My grey-haired brain couldn't remember the country they were talking about, but I googled the issue and came up with this as a starting link for you if you think this might be a subject closer to a 17 year old's interest? Ethical injustice?

www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/2006/cokewwf.html

Cheers, Mich.

Good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help someone up. Anon.

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11 years 1 week ago #380647 by little red digger
Remembering back in the dim and distant past. A book I enjoyed at school was John steinbeck, of mice and men. Lots to think about re the injustice of the day and i found it interesting

Dave and Ruth, Oxford Contracting

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11 years 1 week ago #380648 by little red digger
Kiwi303 will be allong soon. I bet he will be able to real off a good selection. :)

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11 years 1 week ago #380650 by Simkin

little red digger;373799 wrote: Kiwi303 will be allong soon. I bet he will be able to real off a good selection. :)

Thank you so far.

I'll look forward to Kiwi coming online - our son shares quite a few interests with him :D like guns and things:rolleyes:

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11 years 1 week ago #380659 by Stikkibeek
If your son wants to look at famous NZ cases of injustice then there are plenty of precedents. How about Beyond reasonable doubt, by Pat Booth, about the Crewe murders and the subsequent imprisonment of Arthur Allen Thomas for a crime he didn't commit. Then there's the Christchurch crèche case, where a young man's life was effectively ruined by social workers? who didn't follow procedure over the interviewing of children.
There's the holocaust..... plenty to find on that subject,..... the diary of Anne Frank.
The slave trading of African peoples to the Americas. Hunting Aussie Abo's for sport.....Yeh I know, those are racial I guess.

How about the NZ government being able to take land under the Public Works act, to build roads. Injustice is in every corner of the globe.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 1 week ago #380660 by Anne
Is this what students have to do now instead of reading "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
That was what we had to read to begin our English section on injustice. I have been back and re-read it a number of times. Still an excellent book.

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11 years 1 week ago #380664 by Kiwi303
Thanks for the vote of confidence :D however its not THAT long since my own English studies and most of that was about finding our own sources rather than having them handed to us :D

I would suggest he looks at the people who were moved off their islands to make way for the Diego Garcia naval base... the Brits still refuse to recognise them as displaced persons.

Otherwise look at the Indian reservations in America, Wide open plains living nomads shuffled from the West, Arizona, Wyoming, etc, off to manky horrid South Eastern swamps in Florida et al.

African Tribal politics post Colonial Era... Ethiopia and Somaliland, When the Colonial powers such as Italy and Britain and German pulled out of the african continents they took away all the trained clerks and managers who ran thing, leaving Janitors and Coolies used to just taking orders form the white masters suddenly scrambling to run things themselves... chaos, nepotism and corruption is still endemic today as Tribal politics permeates and twists what should be a National bureaucracy to the benefit of the tribes in power and suppresses those tribes without representation.

That's just a start :D If he looks, there is plenty around.

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11 years 1 week ago #380665 by Kiwi303
Oh yeah, Current Events... www.telegraph.co.nz and look for Social Workers ripping kids away from their parents just because they can...

And Christians discriminated against and unable to bar those gays that their beliefs see as un-natural from staying in their hotel... while Muslim minorities get to stone gays in the streets to drive them out of their neighbourhood get off with a slap on the twrist with a wet bus ticket because they are minorities...

What happened to one law for all?

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11 years 1 week ago #380673 by jen
Or the nuclear testing done in the Pacific Islands leaving people to live with the after effects of radiation with little or no support and continue atrocious health problems and side effects.

jen (returned to townie life)
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11 years 1 week ago #380678 by Stikkibeek
And closer to home, the mother not allowed to breast feed her baby in a restaurant. The woman in a wheelchair, not allowed to travel on Jetstar. Injustice comes in all shapes and sizes.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 1 week ago #380680 by Simkin

Kiwi303;373815 wrote: Thanks for the vote of confidence :D however its not THAT long since my own English studies and most of that was about finding our own sources rather than having them handed to us :D

I would suggest he looks at the people who were moved off their islands to make way for the Diego Garcia naval base... the Brits still refuse to recognise them as displaced persons.

Ok, thank you everyone. Diego Garcia sounds interesting and so do the cases of wrongly imprisoned people.

The problem here is that our libraries are closed and we need to buy the books so we can't just go to the library and have a look. The suburban libraries, some of which are open, only have a small selection of the books and next to no specialised stuff.

So if I could have served a few titles on a platter this would be very much appreciated :) :)

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11 years 1 week ago #380681 by Simkin

Anne;373811 wrote: Is this what students have to do now instead of reading "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
That was what we had to read to begin our English section on injustice. I have been back and re-read it a number of times. Still an excellent book.

He read this for his 'wide reading' so can't use it for this 'project'.

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11 years 1 week ago #380689 by Kiwi303
Don't buy... any reasonable book which will go into any sort of detail will be in the region of $75+, $19,95 books just won't hack it unless he's satisfied to just get the gloss over on the subject.

Talk to the library information desk at your little regional library about InterLibrary Loan... I know Murchison (Pop 100ish) library, part of the Tasman District Library system, can obtain books form Victoria Uni of Wellington via ILL... While at Uni of Waikato I've ordered ILL books from Otago university.

It will cost, but $5 to $10 lending fee is a Hell of a lot cheaper than a book which costs sometimes up to or more than 300 USD.

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11 years 6 days ago #380695 by Andrea1
By 'English', do you mean a themed writing assignment, or something specifically on a work of literature?

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