Ferguson: “Let’s Make a Difference”

The freedom to enjoy human rights without discrimination is one of the most fundamental principles of human rights law. Every human being is equal in dignity and worth and has the right not to be discriminated against. Racism, which limits peoples’ access to rights based on their identity, attacks the very concept of human rights. … Continue reading Ferguson: “Let’s Make a Difference”

Transcript of President Obama’s Address to the Nation on Immigration

Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation on Immigration The White House November 20, 2014 "My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. "For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, … Continue reading Transcript of President Obama’s Address to the Nation on Immigration

Don’t Put Mothers and Their Children in Prison

Today’s Twitter feed is abuzz with the news that the White House intends to announce administrative action for some of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented Americans. While the contours of the relief remain unclear, President Obama’s action undoubtedly moves the immigration reform debate to a new place and promises to make real – at … Continue reading Don’t Put Mothers and Their Children in Prison

Déjà Vu All Over Again

This morning I opened my e-mail to a string of comments relating to an ad in City Pages, our local Voice Media Group publication. “Outrageous.” “Sickening and repulsive.” “Disgusting.” Of course, I had to see for myself what was prompting this reaction. The item in question was an ad for local strip club Déjà Vu. … Continue reading Déjà Vu All Over Again

Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

During the week of September 22, the International Oromo Youth Association's (IOYA) president, vice president, and I were in Geneva—invited there to meet with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the treaty body that oversees implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. IOYA worked diligently to raise funds from … Continue reading Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

Building Momentum in Geneva with the Oromo Diaspora

This fall was a busy time for advocacy at the United Nations on human rights in Ethiopia. It was also a great time to see The Advocates for Human Rights' new toolkit, Paving Pathways for Justice and Accountability: Human Rights Tools for Diaspora Communities, in action. Universal Periodic Review Concludes with Some Fireworks In a … Continue reading Building Momentum in Geneva with the Oromo Diaspora