The U.S. runs with a devil

You may never have heard of the Oromo people, the largest single ethnic group in Ethiopia. You might be surprised to learn that if you are a U.S. taxpayer, you are subsidizing their oppression. On Tuesday, April 19, a Congressional commission named the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission conducted a hearing on human rights conditions … Continue reading The U.S. runs with a devil

Conference on the Status of Women proved weary, but source of optimism

  When The Advocates for Human Rights asked whether we wanted to join them at the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s 60 session (CSW), we jumped at the opportunity. There, we spent three days of the two-week conference participating in seminars and listening to politicians and experts speak on topics relating to The … Continue reading Conference on the Status of Women proved weary, but source of optimism

Stopping private prison profiteering in Minnesota

They are not building these prisons to stay empty,” Reverend Ovester Armstrong, Jr. told protesters at the Minnesota State Office Building on March 22. “They are building these prisons to fill them up.” Inside, the House Public Safety Committee held hearings on re-opening a private prison in Appleton. The private prison is owned by the … Continue reading Stopping private prison profiteering in Minnesota

Where punk and the law meet: helping asylum seekers and immigrants

John Barham wears no shoes in his office; he practices law in his socks. On a recent Wednesday evening, his socks were dark gray wool, soft-looking. Beneath his desk one foot occasionally rubbed the other, two cats playing. He said the areas of law he specializes in — criminal defense and immigration — are designed, … Continue reading Where punk and the law meet: helping asylum seekers and immigrants

Ban on mandatory life-without-parole applies to all who were sentenced when juveniles, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court issued a decision today in a 6-3 opinion that states must retroactively apply the ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles. The ruling comes from the case of 69-year-old Henry Montgomery, imprisoned since he was 17 for a crime he committed in 1963. When Montgomery was sentenced at age 17, life without … Continue reading Ban on mandatory life-without-parole applies to all who were sentenced when juveniles, Supreme Court rules

Women Suffer in Myanmar’s 60-Year Civil War

This week marks one year of mourning by the Kachin minority in Myanmar for two Kachin volunteer teachers with the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC). On January 19, 2015, the bodies of Maran Lu Ra (20) and Tangbau Nan Tsin (21) were found dead at their house in the church compound located in Kongkha Village in … Continue reading Women Suffer in Myanmar’s 60-Year Civil War