Tag Archives: Human Rights

The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis, by Luke Mogelson

“It’s not just about George Floyd,” she told me. “It’s about all the unseen shit, where we don’t have the video.”

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 […]

The Murder of George Floyd

The question they are asking is, When will it end?

The Wounds of War, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan with Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly speaks on The Wounds of War, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan with Kathy Kelly Kathy Kelly will also be speaking at the East Side Freedom Library on Friday, January 21: Tim Arango, The New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad from 2010 to 2017 noted that many people he had spoken with in Iraq said […]

Water and Greenhouse Gas Pollution in the U.S. Military

Co-director Neta C. Crawford puts into perspective just how quickly military emissions add up: in January 2017, two B-2B bombers emitted about 1,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases in a single mission to bomb ISIS targets in Libya, says Mic article. MIC  June 26, 2019    MORE A new drinking water crisis hits US military […]

Assange Arrested: Call for protests and phone calls; also links to articles

The prosecution of Julian Assange is an attack on Freedom of the Press in the 21st Century. WikiLeaks is democratizing journalism, redistributing power and increasing transparency. Publishing the truth is not a crime.

War Is Not Healthy for Children, by Michael Livingston

Our hearts scream out: why?! Why are these children separated from their parents? Why is our government abusing them in this way: tearing them away from their loved ones, incarcerating them in some awful environments, in many cases not letting them know if and when they can be in contact with their parents again?

Michael Moore: We Have to ‘Put Our Bodies on the Line’ to Stop Trump

“We’re not talking about political differences. We’re talking about thousands of children being kidnapped and put in jails.”

RMG Interview at the Hands Off Syria Conference in Sydney, Australia

An eye-opening analysis of the Syrian conflict from down under.

William Hartung | The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker: Never Has a Society Spent More for Less

Put another way, preparations for and the pursuit of war will ensure that any future America is dirtier, sicker, poorer, more rickety, and less safe.

DN! Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks’ Assange is “Long Overdue Decision”

We can say that he is innocent. We can concentrate on the right to know and his right to publish.

Justice Dept Announces It Will End Use of For-Profit Prisons

This announcement comes on the heels of a rather scathing report from the DOJ’s inspector general last week which found the nefarious privately-run facilities had a greater number of safety and security incidents than those run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Liza Burr | One Humanity, One State: An Interview with Mazin Qumsiyeh

Only a single democratic state will promote “human rights and…reconciliation and justice”; there is no other way. You cannot make 78 percent of historic Palestine off-limits to Palestinian refugees (or their descendants) who were ethnically cleansed from their homes and have been granted the right of return under international law. You cannot divide “such a small piece of land…into two countries.”

From Ft. Benning to DC April 14-18, then on to the Border!

Save the date, and stay tuned for more details for this year’s legislative asks, actions, concert, and Border Mobilization workshop at the 2016 Spring Days of Action, April 14-18. Arturo J. Viscarra <arturo@soaw.org>, SOA Watch <soaw.org> February 24, 2016 | As you probably already know, SOA Watch is heading to Nogales, Arizona/Sonora this October for […]

VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

In 2014, Palestine Legal—a nonprofit legal and advocacy organization supporting Palestine activism—responded to 152 incidents of censorship, punishment, or other burdening of advocacy for Palestinian rights and received 68 additional requests for legal assistance in anticipation of such actions.

Cornel West: The Fire of a New Generation

West: …we’re trying to sustain hope by being a hope. Hope is not simply something that you have; hope is something that you are. So, when Curtis Mayfield says “keep on pushing,” that’s not an abstract conception about optimism in the world. That is an imperative to be a hope for others in the way Christians in the past used to be a blessing — not the idea of praying for a blessings, but being a blessing.

SOA Watch: Join us this November 20-22 for our 25th Anniversary Vigil

From the article: July 3, 2015 | Twenty-five years ago, a handful of human rights activists staged a hunger strike at the gates of Fort Benning, one year after the November 16,1989 massacre at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador. It was on that date that Elba Ramos, her daughter Celina Maricet Ramos, and Fathers Ignacio Ellacuría , Ignacio Martín-Baró, Segundo Montes, Amando López, Joaquín López y López, and Juan Ramón Moreno were murdered by Salvadoran soldiers trained at the School of the Americas (SOA).

▶ Mark Fiore: The Selective Hearing of Gun Violence (animation)

Fiore: Six times a week or so, I pass by the pier where Kathryn Steinle was killed. Never did I think that beautiful spot would become such fertile ground for campaign demagoguery.

Mark Fiore: The Gospel of Denial

Fiore: Now that Pope Francis has come out on the side of acknowledging human-caused global warming, Republican presidential contenders are suddenly on the side of “science” not religion. Where does this pope guy get off on mixing religion and politics, sheesh!

Glen Ford: ‘No Justice, No Peace’: Clarity Of Purpose, Warning To Ruling Class

Ford: The logic of the emerging movement is Black self-determination – the principle that Black people have the inherent human right to determine their own destiny – which, in the immediate sense, means control over how they should be policed, and by whom. The venerable slogan “No Justice – No Peace” has served as a workhorse of the current protest, and would be an ideal organizing principle if the implications of the slogan were fully understood, rather than simply mouthed.