Saturday, October 20, 2007

Untouchable Children in India

[I received this from The Dalit Freedom Network. No, I seldom recommend TV programs, but this may help get the word out about the Dalits and their desperate needs.]

Advocate. It's a word we use a lot around the Dalit Freedom Network offices. It means speaking up on behalf of 250 million Dalits in India who struggle under 3,000 years of caste oppression. Sunday, October 21 at 8:30 p.m. EST, Nick News will help us spread the word.

The Emmy Award-winning kids’ news cast on the Nickelodeon TV network will air “The Untouchable Kids of India,” which focuses on the personal stories of five Indian teens. The segment will emphasize the efforts of Indian children to jump-start change in the caste system. The broadcast also includes a discussion with DFN partner Kumar Swamy.

Tune in to meet extraordinary Indian kids like Jayesh—a Dalit—and his good friend Asish—a member of the upper-caste. They’ll tell the story of their unexpected friendship and send an important message to American kids their age: the heart of transforming communities lies within kids.

Please forward this e-mail to a friend to help get the word out and remember to watch Nick News on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Matt Mancinelli
Director of External Relations
The Dalit Freedom Network

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