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PEACE & JUSTICE

A fair world lays the foundations for peace.

Theme Guide :: Human Rights
The United States prides itself on being the land of freedom and opportunity; the country that shows the way to rights for all. But our troubled history and troubled present reveals a different story: YES! asks where do we stand on human rights?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - unabridged
The unabridged text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948: the first, comprehensive, internationally approved statement of rights.
SIDEBAR :: From the Other Side of the Bars
by Carol Estes, Catherine Bailey
To learn more about the roadblocks to getting back into the courts once you've been imprisoned, Catherine Bailey and Carol Estes spoke with four members of the Black Prisoners Caucus at Washington State Reformatory, a close security prison in Monroe, Washington.
In Oaxaca, Women Rise
by John Gibler
Putting their personal lives on hold, women in the Mexican state of Oaxaca helped shut down the government, took over a TV station, and stood up to police violence.
Yes. We're Ready: Human Rights Advocacy Yes. We're Ready: Human Rights Advocacy
by Larry Cox, Dorothy Thomas
Human rights are a powerful tool to break barriers, unite people in common cause, and show us the way to justice within and beyond our borders. Activists across the country are defining a new patriotism.
Mere Justice Mere Justice
by Jesse Wegman
The drive to punishment is making us forget that prisoners have a right to be heard.
Education, by Rights Education, by Rights
by Liz Sullivan, Cecilia Blewer
Teach the Children: How do we build a school system that serves the needs of all students? Human rights provides a solid foundation.
Who's Afraid of Economic Rights? Who's Afraid of Economic Rights?
by Carol Estes
Invisible Rights: We'll protect your right to vote. But not to eat. Economic human rights are in the Universal Declaration, but not in the U.S.
Check Your Rights at the Border Check Your Rights at the Border
by Justin Akers Chacon
Economic globalization is driving workers north. They increasingly leave their rights at the border.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
In 1948, the world agreed on rights that belong to everyone. This Magna Carta for humanity sets a high bar that few governments clear.
We Can Turn it Around We Can Turn it Around
by Doug Pibel
The U.S. led the world on human rights. As it loses its way, we're the ones to bring it back.
Sometimes A Great Nation
by Eric Foner
The U.S. has a proud history of advancing human rights—and sometimes forgetting them. Historian Eric Foner proposes we give humility and respect a try.
The Case of Lt. Ehren Watada
by Martha Baskin
Last week a military court judge ruled Lt. Ehren Watada, the first Army Lieutenant to refuse orders to deploy to Iraq, could not raise the legality of the Iraq War in his defense. Members of the public gathered for a Citizens’ Hearing on the legality of U.S. actions in Iraq.
Evo's First Year Evo's First Year
by Juliette Beck
Evo Morales' first year as President of Bolivia: Race Conflict threatens division while Andean cultural traditions restore balance
2007: A Sankofa Year
by Emira Woods
Emira Woods argues that it's time to abolish all forms of slavery that still ravage lives throughout much of the African world. Let's make 2007 a Sankofa Year.
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