“As a white person, we have to listen”

Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore's levelheaded comments about race in an interview on New York City's Hot 97 caught my attention. Consider this snippet: "If there's anything positive that has come out of their [Eric Garner and Michael Brown] deaths—if there's anything positive—I believe it has brought attention to injustices that have been plaguing America since the … Continue reading “As a white person, we have to listen”

2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

December has been a terrible month for human rights—from the U.S. Senate’s report confirming the use of torture, to the slaughter of Pakastani school children, to two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Overall, 2014 has been an extremely troubling year. Some human rights … Continue reading 2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

“He could take her away from us”

I watched someone close to me become a victim of the horrific cycle of domestic violence. Her name is Kavita. “My fiancé took out his anger on me,” she said. “I was told I was worthless and stupid. Sometimes, it was very subtle—he would withhold his affection from me, or he would completely ignore me … Continue reading “He could take her away from us”

End the Imprisonment of Children & Mothers

Yesterday, The Advocates for Human Rights and more than 120 national and regional organizations wrote to President Obama opposing this week’s opening of the Dilley, Texas family detention center.  While Congress and the Administration prepare for a joyful holiday season, many children will spend this holiday season in jail instead of with relatives here in … Continue reading End the Imprisonment of Children & Mothers

14-year-old Exonerated after Execution

When he was executed 70 years ago in South Carolina, 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. was so small he had to sit on a stack of books on the electric chair to reach the electrodes. Yesterday, Judge Carmen Mullins vacated the decision that had meant death for the child. Civil rights advocates have spent years trying … Continue reading 14-year-old Exonerated after Execution

Egypt Waiting for U.S. Citizen Mohamed Soltan to Die

“Mohamed died, and came back to life,” said a nurse earlier this month while attending to the care of U.S. citizen and Ohio State University graduate Mohamed Soltan, who has been on a hunger strike for 324 days (as of December 17) in an Egyptian prison. Mohamed's hunger strike is in protest to his illegal … Continue reading Egypt Waiting for U.S. Citizen Mohamed Soltan to Die