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Human Rights

Dignity and freedom for all.

Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
by Tom Lawson
A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
by John Feffer
Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves
by Tiffany Williams
In the evolving global economy, migrants facing virtual indentured servitude abroad—and coming home to debt and social isolation—feels like the new normal.
After Ferguson, It’s Time to Turn a Civil Rights Moment Into a Human Rights Movement After Ferguson, It’s Time to Turn a Civil Rights Moment Into a Human Rights Movement
by Nathan Schneider
“We need to expand the civil-rights struggle to a higher level—to the level of human rights.”
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
by Valerie Schloredt
Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School
by Liz Pleasant
Teachers and educators collect ideas and resources for how to talk about Ferguson with students of all ages.
Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson
by Deirdre Smith
The tragedy in Ferguson helps us understand why people of color aren't as active as they could be in the climate movement—and what white allies can do to change that.
"We Need Tear Gas Packets Now!" Two Simple Ways to Support the Protesters in Ferguson "We Need Tear Gas Packets Now!" Two Simple Ways to Support the Protesters in Ferguson
by Liz Pleasant
The goal is to raise enough money to send 500 treatments for tear gas exposure to support protesters in Ferguson, Mo.
Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media
by Alexis Goldstein
Other tweets from Palestinians pointed out parallels in racial injustice between the two situations.
Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help
by Melissa Morrone
A guided tour of ways to use your local library to protect your privacy online.
This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart
A private person by nature, Robina Asti stepped into the limelight after her benefits were denied. Years later, her work helped change the Social Security Administration's policy toward transgender widows.
“I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees
by Christa Hillstrom
Ashamed of the public rejection of children seeking refuge in the United States? Here’s what you can do about it.
Why Are Immigrant Children Flooding Across the Border? Jon Stewart Lays It Out Why Are Immigrant Children Flooding Across the Border? Jon Stewart Lays It Out
by Molly Rusk
More than 48,000 undocumented kids have been apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year.
Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary
by Adrienne Maree Brown
"The ideas in Butler's fiction challenge us to contend with our own choices and take responsibility for our own power."
US Patent Office Says It Won't Protect a Racial Slur. Here's What It Means for the Washington Team US Patent Office Says It Won't Protect a Racial Slur. Here's What It Means for the Washington Team
by Molly Rusk
Democracy Now talks to Amanda Blackhorse, the Navajo activist who started a lawsuit to get the Washington football team to change their name.
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