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Human Rights

Dignity and freedom for all.

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.
A Student Uprising in Arizona A Student Uprising in Arizona
by Jeff Biggers
In Tucson, lawmakers want to cut ethnic studies programs. But they'll have to unchain these students first.
The Refugee Child Photographers The Refugee Child Photographers
by V. Noah Gimbel
How photography training and disposable cameras are giving young Palestinian refugees something new—a voice.
A Message from the Gulf: It’s Not Over A Message from the Gulf: It’s Not Over
by Cherri Foytlin
A year after the BP oil spill, Cherri Foytlin walked 1,243 miles to send a message: this disaster is far from over.
Immigrant Youth Movement Takes a Civil Rights Lesson Immigrant Youth Movement Takes a Civil Rights Lesson
by Daniel Altschuler
How young immigrant activists are learning from the the civil rights campaigners who came before them.
The Moral Case for Change The Moral Case for Change
by Gara LaMarche
It’s time to put the moral life back into our philanthropy and politics.
War Is Not Peace War Is Not Peace
by Christa Hillstrom
For decades, School of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois has argued that embracing militarism will never bring us the security we seek. But he thinks he knows what will.
10 Everyday Acts of Resistance That Changed the World 10 Everyday Acts of Resistance That Changed the World
by Steve Crawshaw, John Jackson
Václav Havel called it “the power of the powerless.” How regular people, from Denmark to Liberia, have stood up to power—and won.
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