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Human Rights

Dignity and freedom for all.

Women Are Vets, Too: Meet the Organization that Acts Like It Women Are Vets, Too: Meet the Organization that Acts Like It
by Rachael Stoeve
At events known as "Stand Downs," which take place in more than 200 cities and towns across the United States, vets from all walks of life gather to support one another.
11 Reasons Why We Should Not Attack Syria 11 Reasons Why We Should Not Attack Syria
by Sarah van Gelder
Remember the last time we were told military strikes were needed because a Middle Eastern despot had used weapons of mass destruction?
After Rana Plaza: Let's Bring Humanity Back Into Our Stuff After Rana Plaza: Let's Bring Humanity Back Into Our Stuff
by Christa Hillstrom
We all know our stuff doesn't grow on store shelves. Here's how we can rehumanize our relationship with our things—and the people who make them.
Why MLK's Dream Took on Poverty and War Along with Racism Why MLK's Dream Took on Poverty and War Along with Racism
by Drew Dellinger, Walter Dellinger
As some beat the drums for war with Syria on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it's important to remember the full scope of King's dream.
Adam Hochschild: We Can End Slavery—Again Adam Hochschild: We Can End Slavery—Again
by Christa Hillstrom
It took just 20 years to end the British slave trade. What history teaches us about ending exploitation today.
Why an Iraqi Single Mom Is Suing George W. Bush for War Crimes Why an Iraqi Single Mom Is Suing George W. Bush for War Crimes
by Corey Hill
An Iraqi single mom and a tech lawyer believe they can prove the Iraq War was a “crime of aggression” under U.S. law.
Four Ways to Escape the NSA Dragnet Four Ways to Escape the NSA Dragnet
by Nick Pearson
Start by switching to an alternative search engine, using an alias on Facebook, and supporting allied nonprofits.
Infographic: Your Stuff’s Not As Cheap As You Think It Is Infographic: Your Stuff’s Not As Cheap As You Think It Is
by Doug Pibel, Katrina Rabeler
What do we really trade for all of the cheap stuff we buy?
Day Four: Youth-Led Occupation of Florida Capitol Still Growing Day Four: Youth-Led Occupation of Florida Capitol Still Growing
by James Trimarco
For the last three nights, a growing group has camped out in the Florida Capitol building, demanding the governor address their concerns about the Zimmerman acquittal.
To Keep Kids Out of Trouble—And Prison—Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions To Keep Kids Out of Trouble—And Prison—Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions
by Katherine Gustafson
After teaching students to understand and talk through their conflicts, schools in Denver and Los Angeles have seen major reductions in disciplinary action.
A Roadmap to a World Without Drone Proliferation? A Roadmap to a World Without Drone Proliferation?
by Ken Butigan
It’s not too late to forge a drone-free future. International treaties have already helped ban landmines and nuclear weapons testing—and could mitigate drone warfare’s worst atrocities.
Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha! Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha!
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In just six months, the “Land of Lakes” went from debating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, to legalizing it this week. One proud resident on celebrating change in one of our more politically quirky states.
Nerds, Jocks & Conscientious Objectors: The Hidden World of Israel’s High School War Resisters Nerds, Jocks & Conscientious Objectors: The Hidden World of Israel’s High School War Resisters
by Sarah Lazare
High school's tough enough without having to face prison time for refusing to serve an occupation you know is wrong.
Housing Crisis on the Rez: Why Haul a Run-Down Shack from the Plains to DC? Housing Crisis on the Rez: Why Haul a Run-Down Shack from the Plains to DC?
by Mark Andrew Boyer
Tribal leaders trucked the battered old home to Washington to show the nation’s leaders what the housing crisis on reservations looks like in person.
After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice
by Kristin Moe
On March 9, two NYPD officers in plain clothes shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. At the marches and nightly vigils held in his memory, people are demanding a different kind of police department.
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