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Human Rights

Dignity and freedom for all.

What You Can Do to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis What You Can Do to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis
by Jen Marlowe
In two weeks, Georgia plans to execute a man whose guilt is in doubt, but there is still hope for clemency.
Gold or Water? A Deadly Debate Gold or Water? A Deadly Debate
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
To protect their water supply, Salvadorans are trying to ban corporate gold mining—and facing threats and violence as a result.
More Incarceration Is Not the Answer More Incarceration Is Not the Answer
by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
In California, the headlines about prisons always seem to be the same: out-of-control costs, inhumane living conditions. But it doesn’t need to be that way.
People We Love: Bert Sacks People We Love: Bert Sacks
by Robert Mellinger
A peace activist defies sanctions to save lives.
People We Love: Maria Aguinda People We Love: Maria Aguinda
by Oliver Lazenby
An indigenous elder from the Amazon takes Chevron to court.
Seattle Stands By Public Employees Seattle Stands By Public Employees
by Richard Conlin
Not all governments are clashing with public employees. Seattle’s city council president on why the city passed a resolution in support of public employees and collective bargaining.
Define American: Jose Antonio Vargas Tells His Story Define American: Jose Antonio Vargas Tells His Story
Video: Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas opens up about his life as an undocumented immigrant—and the "underground railroad" that made it possible.
Think Outside the Bars Think Outside the Bars
by Michelle Alexander
Why real justice means fewer prisons.
A Peaceful End to the War on Drugs? A Peaceful End to the War on Drugs?
by Rebecca Leisher
The international war on drugs isn't stopping drug use or trafficking—but it is ruining lives. Drug policy expert Sanho Tree on what we can do differently.
My First Vote My First Vote
"I was overjoyed when I got my voter registration card. I was a real citizen!" Ex-offenders on reclaiming the human right to vote.
Photo Essay: Crude Reflections from the Amazon Photo Essay: Crude Reflections from the Amazon
by Lou Dematteis
After enduring years of toxic dumping and rising cancer rates, indigenous Ecuadorians took oil giant Chevron to court to fight for the life of the rainforest—and its people.
Photo Essay: The Innocents Photo Essay: The Innocents
Photographs give a voice to our nation's wrongfully convicted.
Voices of Compassion Voices of Compassion
Personal stories of life beyond bars.
"Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" "Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"
Amy Goodman talks to legal scholar Michelle Alexander about the new American caste system.
Film Review: Egypt: Seeds of Change Film Review: Egypt: Seeds of Change
A video primer from Al Jazeera for would-be nonviolent revolutionaries everywhere.
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