Category Human Rights

Support the Philippine Human Rights Act

“On July 3, Philippine President Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act—a law that Amnesty International has called “yet another setback for human rights.” The law appears to be a pretext to target perceived political opponents.”

Protest at General Mills: “No to U.S. Dough for the Occupation of Palestine!”

“Israel, the Occupying Power, has systemically and unlawfully appropriated Palestinian public and privately owned land, exploiting Palestinian natural resources, while forcing the transfer of and creating coercive environments [sic] to forcibly displace the protected Palestinian population.*

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Ella’s Song

To me young people come first
They have the courage where we fail

An Assault on Human Dignity, the Rule of Law, and the Institutions That Would Uphold Them

“The plight of Djamel Ameziane is a real-world example of the self-serving approach to human rights practiced by the United States.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire

“Save the strong, lose the weak
Trust nobody, don’t be no fool
Whatever happened to the golden rule
We got stranded…”

On Daniel Berrigan — The Goodness in the Time of Death, by Eunice Wong

“Goodness remains—precious, unspeakable, wordless goodness—it remains amidst the hatred and the fear, the ugliness and injustice.  Whatever happens to us, there will always be goodness.”

Can We Learn from Cuba About COVID-19? by Penny Gardner

“The population went under ‘lockdown’ on March 20. Business taxes and domestic debts were suspended, those hospitalized had 50% of their salaries guaranteed and low-income households qualified for social and family assistance schemes, with food, medicine and other goods delivered to their homes…”

Why racism was declared a public health crisis, by Andrew Hazzard

COVID-19 “really highlights the intersection of social determinants and historical health issues that make people more vulnerable,” Allen said.

Chris Hedges: American Bloodlands

“It is the absence of empathy, perhaps the best definition of evil. ” 

Assange Extradition and the War on Journalism with Hedges, Ellsberg, Goodale, Udry

“No journalist or publisher who exposes war crimes or corruption will be safe.”

Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist Violence

An interesting take on white supremacy, it’s history, and how it is being reported on today.

Chris Hedges: How Corporate Tyranny Works

“They sued me as a civil racketeer, under a civil RICO statute for $60 billion,” he said. “That was the largest amount of money an American individual ever had been sued for. This began a ten-year campaign to demonize me by Chevron and by its judicial allies.”

Ilhan, Antone and the Price of Inclusion, by Ricardo Levins Morales

“Inclusionists demand equal participation at all levels of the empire and its institutions while transformationists call for fundamental change.”

The Role of Palestine in the US Elections, WAMM webinar in two parts

“Enormous amounts of money pour into various political campaigns around the U.S. with the apparent goal of influencing elections and manipulating governance throughout the nation.” How is that affecting the 5th District in Minnesota, an epi center for recent activism arount the murder of George Floyd.

Hack of 251 Law Enforcement Websites Exposes Personal Data of 700,000 Cops, by Micah Lee

“The fact that the server was seized without a warrant or judicial order and now sits idle while the Germans debate whether or not to let FBI have it simply emphasizes the conclusion that censorship and retaliation, not just investigation, are the driving forces.”

Chris Hedges: My Student Comes Home

“I feel a mixture of excitement and trepidation,” he said. “It feels so strange right now to be walking outside without handcuffs and shackles.”

Andrew J. Bacevich, The All-American Way: MLK’s Giant Triplets

“What I am suggesting is that those calling for fundamental change will go badly astray if they ignore Dr. King’s insistence that each of the giant triplets [racism, extreme materialism, militarism] is intimately tied to the other two.”

A Better Place: Playing for Change, Song Around the World

Some inspiration after days of protest, police violence, and demands for Justice for George and all that implies about changing a system that promotes racism and poverty except for a few who oppress and exploit the many. Playing For Change Get this song on our album “PFC 3: Songs Around The World”: http://bit.ly/PFC3SATW This video […]

Democracy Now! Trump Threatens Protests with Troops, But Police Have Already Been Militarized — With Deadly Results

We look at the increasing militarization of the police with Stuart Schrader, author of “Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.”

The Protests Made a Huge Difference: All Four Minneapolis Cops Charged in Killing of George Floyd

Includes Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announcing the changing of charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd Degree Murder and the charging of the other three officers; we also hear from Tamika Mallory in New York and Nekima Levy Armstrong in Minnesota with information about Breonna Taylor of others in Louisville, Kentucky.