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Human Rights

Dignity and freedom for all.

Where Did International Women’s Day Come From? Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solis
Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein speaks with writer, spoken-word artist, and indigenous academic Leanne Betasamosake Simpson about “extractivism,” why it’s important to talk about memories of the land, and what’s next for Idle No More.
Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
Review: More than half of the nation’s worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman’s new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.
MLK’s “Racism and the World House”: More Relevant than Ever MLK’s “Racism and the World House”: More Relevant than Ever
by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thinking on racism pertained to all of world society, not just the United States. In this writing, he makes the case that racism is a “corrosive evil” that must be conquered before we can achieve peace.
Today, One Billion Rise Today, One Billion Rise
by Christa Hillstrom
Rise, strike, dance! Join the worldwide walkout for the end of violence against women and girls.
Pathway to Progress in Israel Runs through International Law, Local and Global Action Pathway to Progress in Israel Runs through International Law, Local and Global Action
by Phyllis Bennis
While Israel moved away from the far right in last month’s elections, the new coalition is unlikely to alter the occupation. But change may come from divestment campaigns, the new U.N recognition of Palestinian statehood, and in the Israeli and Palestinian campaigns of nonviolent resistance.
Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights
by Grace Lee Boggs, Alice B. Jennings
On Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, she’s broadly celebrated and even has a stamp bearing her image. But her radical life story is too often left untold.
Vandana Shiva: Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women Vandana Shiva: Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women
by Vandana Shiva
There is a connection between the growth of unjust economic policies and the intensification of crimes against women. The Delhi gang rape has triggered a revolution—one that we must sustain.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers
by Tiffany Williams
150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, it's time to recognize domestic labor as real work that should be protected.
In Gaza Airstrikes, an Appeal to Netanyahu’s Hardliners In Gaza Airstrikes, an Appeal to Netanyahu’s Hardliners
by Phyllis Bennis
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that this morning's airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza came in response to rocket attacks. The real reason may have more to do with his damaged political reputation at home.
People We Love: Somaly Mam People We Love: Somaly Mam
Cambodian sex trafficking survivor Somaly Mam rescues girls from brothels—and offers them a second life.
Photo Essay: Israelis and Palestinians Join Up to Rebuild Homes Photo Essay: Israelis and Palestinians Join Up to Rebuild Homes
by Ben Guss
Volunteers from both the Jewish and Arab sides of the conflict join forces to rebuild homes demolished by the Israeli government.
Julie Erfle: Unlikely Advocate for Immigration Reform Julie Erfle: Unlikely Advocate for Immigration Reform
Instead of turning against undocumented immigrants after her husband's killing, this journalist chose to work for positive policy reform.
One Billion Rising One Billion Rising
Eve Ensler has said that nothing is more important than stopping violence against women. Her new short film encourages us to rise up do just that.
Is an End to the Death Penalty in Sight? Is an End to the Death Penalty in Sight?
by Laura Moye
What’s the good news about the troubling practice of execution in the U.S.? We’re already abolishing it, state by state.
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