Specifically, the issue I focused on was the case of the poor and their inability to afford things like food and healthcare that are meant to be human rights rather than purchasable luxuries.
I used a variety of resources to research human rights and violations of human rights in America. One of the initial resources I used was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which can be viewed online. This document details the specifications of human rights, and can be used to determine whether certain actions are in fact violations of human rights. Jack Donnelly's textbook, Universal Human Rights in Theory & Practice provides theoretical analysis of the articles found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And a textbook by Leonard Beeghley entitled, The Structure of Social Stratification in the United States, outlines some important details about the different classes and the reproduction of class in America.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provided a credible resource for facts about working trends in America. Statistics from their website show that contrary to what many people believe, poor people do work; in fact, most work full-time. With statistics about working people who earn less than the poverty threshold as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute on Poverty Research shows that poor people do work and that minimum wage may be too minimal. The Federal Register provided a table that shows exactly what the poverty levels are considered to be, based on the number of people in a family. (See Table 1 in Appendices).
On a website called Socialist Worker Online, Alan Maas wrote an article which I found useful in learning about minimum wage and why increases in minimum wage over the years have not been enough. A website from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops helped me consider the expenses poor people face, such as childcare, and why minimum wage often is not enough to support those expenses. Another website put forth by the Food First Institute for Food and Development Policy gave helpful insight in determining the severity of hunger in the U.S. despite how wealthy and productive this country is. An article by Bernstein and Conlin that was published on the website BusinessWeekOnline helped me understand some of the reasons, such as globalization, that are causing the working poor in America to struggle for survival.
In order to present my research, I will construct a Power Point slideshow. A picture of an American flag will be presented on the first slide, and will be accompanied by familiar phrases such as "land of the free," and "liberty and justice for all." The flag is such a symbolic image to Americans and invokes strong emotions of pride. During the first slide an audio clip of the Star Spangled Banner will be played for the full effect of those emotions. The information to be disclosed immediately after displaying the flag will make the audience question their previously unquestioned pride. (See Figure 1 in Appendices).
The second slide of the presentation will utilize an audio file that plays the sound of glass breaking. The slide will present nothing more than the concise, straight-forward message that America is a place where human rights violations occur. After letting this message sink in with the audience, the presentation