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Human Rights

Dignity and freedom for all.

The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It
by Wendy Call
The movement to end the violence through the decriminalization of drugs has never had so much momentum. And it's never been easier to get involved.
Can We Keep the Internet Free? Can We Keep the Internet Free?
by Candace Clement
The struggle to save the world's greatest communication network.
Meet the Real-Life Inmates Fighting for Mothers' Rights at "Orange Is the New Black" Prison Meet the Real-Life Inmates Fighting for Mothers' Rights at "Orange Is the New Black" Prison
by Victoria Law
On issue after issue, women prisoners have learned to be their own strongest advocates.
Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion
by Molly Rusk
Why did an elementary school math problem go viral? It has to do with a new set of federal education standards known as the Common Core.
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.
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