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Human Rights

Dignity and freedom for all.

Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars
by Wendy Call
On the heels of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado, the movement for less punitive drug policy is coalescing at every level. Its new leaders could come from the very countries that have suffered the most.
Russian Aggression Deserves a Response, But U.S. Lacks Credibility to Lead It Russian Aggression Deserves a Response, But U.S. Lacks Credibility to Lead It
by Stephen Zunes
The United States cannot legitimately lead an international response to the illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine until it abides by international law itself.
Immigrant Detainees' Hunger Strike Targets Legal "Grey Area" Immigrant Detainees' Hunger Strike Targets Legal "Grey Area"
by Rachael Stoeve
A hunger strike in a Washington state detention facility draws attention to a facility where most U.S. laws don't apply.
People Over Profit: Why These Two Small Countries Stood Up to Big Mining People Over Profit: Why These Two Small Countries Stood Up to Big Mining
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
If the governments of Costa Rica and El Salvador can resist the mining industry, maybe we all can.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie Schloredt
In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
Remembering Chokwe Lumumba Remembering Chokwe Lumumba
by Laura Flanders
Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died—did his best to be both.
From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis: Can Art Provide Justice When Courts Fail? From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis: Can Art Provide Justice When Courts Fail?
by Carla Murphy
"Having not been a judge or a witness who could've helped communicate what Michael Dunn did, my art is the only way I can give Jordan Davis justice."
How a Great Man Put Down His Guns: Martin Luther King's Path to Nonviolence How a Great Man Put Down His Guns: Martin Luther King's Path to Nonviolence
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
It took years of political evolution for King to understand nonviolence not merely as a moral force, but as an effective strategy for leveraging political change.
How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison
by Molly Rowan Leach
In restorative justice, those who commit crimes have to face the consequences of their actions. After this Colorado policeman tried it out, he came to believe it's part of the answer to America's prison problem.
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa Hillstrom
As India honors the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that rocked the nation, YES! talks with Sister Lucy Kurien—whose life was changed forever when she saw a young woman set on fire.
Mandela's Spirit of Forgiveness Mandela's Spirit of Forgiveness
by David Korten
Those in Mandela's circle were united in their compassion for the architects of the Apartheid system.
This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It
by Nur Lalji
"Violence is not simply shooting people. Violence is also poverty. It's also incarceration—putting people in prison is incredibly violent."
5 Solutions for a Kinder Cellphone 5 Solutions for a Kinder Cellphone
Forget smarter! This infographic depicts the lifecycle of a cellphone, and points out non-toxic, conflict-free mineral responsible design.
Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic
Interactive map of garment industry factories, designed in response to the Bangladesh disasters.
Indigenous Activist to Canadian Police: Stop "Roughing Up" Fracking Opponents Indigenous Activist to Canadian Police: Stop "Roughing Up" Fracking Opponents
by YES! Online Team
Indigenous activist Ellen Gabriel explains why she is in solidarity with members of the Elsipogtog Nation who are attempting to block seismic testing, which they believe is a precursor to fracking.
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