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Kerry Kennedy to address social justice, violence in phone interview

A phone interview with human rights activist Kerry Kennedy will take place during Advisory tomorrow, April 9, in room 308 addressing social justice and violence with a focus on gun control.

Kennedy, daughter of the late New York senator, attorney general and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, was invited by social studies teacher David Rapaport to speak to students in an interview over the phone.

Kennedy established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in 1988 and serves as its president. According to Rapaport, her experience and dedication to the field of human rights make Kennedy an appropriate speaker to address the recent debate on gun control.

“Kerry Kennedy has focused on causes of social justice that are important for students to confront,” Rapaport said. “Lately, a great deal of attention had been paid to gun violence. I’d like to make this the focus of the event with comments on her father’s legacy important for students to hear.”

Rapaport hopes that the speaker will impress a lasting lesson upon the students regarding violence and firearms.

“I hope that students will come to learn that violence is not a problem solving method,” Rapaport said. “The adherence to a strict view that the large amounts of unregulated and unneeded weaponry easily available to Americans could be a starting point for a change in policy about accessibility to guns without suitable protection for the general population. No one needs a machine gun to protect their home in the spirit of the 2nd Amendment.”

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    Damian DeWittApr 9, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Kerry Kennedy is a prominent advocate of human rights from whom students can learn much.

    They ought to know, however, that she has accepted an invitation to speak May 1 at a Scientology event in Los Angeles.

    Human Rights abuses are rampant in the Church of Scientology including coerced abortions, child slave labor, prison camps, and wholesale defamation and intimidation of their critics.

    The May 1 event is being sponsored by Scientology actress Ann Archer, who founded Artists For Human Rights, which is a Scientology front group whose covert purpose is to promote the interests of Scientology in hopes of recruiting young people into the cult.

    Roger Friedman has the story on the Scientology event:

    Scientology human rights abuses have been detailed by Jenna MIscavige Hill (the niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige) in her new book: Beyond Belief. See Huffington Post article and video interview here:

    Kerry Kennedy is undermining her credibility as a human rights advocate by accepting the Scientology invitation. She ought to cancel it immediately.

    Perhaps Palo Alto High School students and Mr. Rapaport can encourage her to do so.