Human Rights

09.06.2020

Declare a State of Moral Emergency

Declare a State of Moral Emergency

By Peter Geffen Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd, but I am responsible. Sixty years ago Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel pointed to the reality of our moral situation then. His words ring truer today than ever: “In a free society, some are guilty, all are responsible.” I did not kill George… »

08.06.2020

The Poor People’s Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival

The Poor People’s Campaign:  National Call for Moral Revival

ACTIONS: Monday, June 8th and Saturday June 20th, 2020 In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a… »

08.06.2020

Minneapolis’ ‘long, hot summer’ of ‘67 – and the parallels to today’s protests over police brutality

Minneapolis’ ‘long, hot summer’ of ‘67 – and the parallels to today’s protests over police brutality

The scene was intense. Black residents of Minneapolis angered over an incident of police brutality fought with officers in the streets and set buildings ablaze. Many were injured; dozens were arrested. Eventually the National Guard, called in to patrol the streets, ordered black citizens back into their homes. This may sound… »

08.06.2020

UK Failing Domestic Abuse Victims in Pandemic

UK Failing Domestic Abuse Victims in Pandemic

Enact Legislation Protecting Those Most At Risk The government of the United Kingdom is stalling on establishing a robust legal framework to address violence against women and girls even as reported domestic abuse spikes during the pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. Insufficient measures to ensure critical support and services for… »

07.06.2020

“They” Are Not Nameless

“They” Are Not Nameless

Many across the world have viewed media images of mass protests and demonstrations in collective and individual exasperation at the [yet another] filmed, deliberate, senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The millions of people who have exercised their First Amendment rights–freedom of speech, freedom of the press, peaceable… »

07.06.2020

What Should I Do?

What Should I Do?

Here in America, Black people are being asked by their White (or White passing) friends “What should I do?” to end racism. This question occurs, for many of us Black folks, especially, those of us who can trace our roots back to the plantation, like a set up for yet,… »

07.06.2020

‘This Is Incredible’: Enormous Crowds Flood Streets Across US Demanding End to Police Brutality and Justice for George Floyd

‘This Is Incredible’: Enormous Crowds Flood Streets Across US Demanding End to Police Brutality and Justice for George Floyd

“It feels like it’s more than just a moment. Finally, finally it’s more than just a moment.” By Jake Johnson – Common Dreams Hundreds of thousands of people across the United States—and, in stunning displays of solidarity, around the world—poured into the streets Saturday demanding an end to police brutality… »

07.06.2020

Berlin passes first German state anti-discrimination law

Berlin passes first German state anti-discrimination law

The city-state’s new law explicitly bars public authorities, including police, from discriminating based on skin color, gender and other factors. Lawmakers say the new rules help to address systemic racism in Germany. Berlin became the first German state to pass its own anti-discrimination law on Thursday, with a majority of… »

06.06.2020

The Good, the Potential, and What Might Happen

The Good, the Potential, and What Might Happen

Already we’ve seen, as a result of people taking to the streets in the United States: Four policemen indicted. More racist monuments dismantled. Some minimal and inconsistent limit on what the New York Times editorial page will defend having done in the way of spreading evil. Some minimal and inconsistent limit on… »

06.06.2020

Protests Against Racism Are Also Spreading in the Netherlands

Protests Against Racism Are Also Spreading in the Netherlands

On 1 June, a large demonstration took place in the centre of Amsterdam in solidarity with demonstrators protesting in dozens of cities in the United States against the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. In Amsterdam, a large demonstration took place on June 1st… »

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