Human Rights

It’s Human Rights Day – Celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its 70th Year

An important message from the United Nations on Human Rights Day. The goal – guaranteeing the universality of the human rights of all peoples – seems at first glance more remote and unlikely a possibility as ever. Yet everywhere one cares to look, assuming the willingness to seek information beyond the for-profit corporate media gatekeepers so…

September 12, 2017 – Leonard Peltier’s Birthday & the 15,194th Day of His Incarceration

Among the greatest disappointments with the presidency of Barack Obama – there are so many – none are greater than the last, his failure to grant clemency to or pardon the United States’ most famous political prisoner, Leonard Peltier. Peltier turns 73 today, September 12, the 15,194th day of his incarceration. Here’s the latest message…

Please Call Your Senators on Monday – We Can Stop the Saudi Arms Deal & Prevent the Saudi-Imposed Famine in Yemen

Here’s an urgent message from Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy: I need you to make a plan to call your Senators at 1-855-68-NO-WAR. [1-855-686-6927]. With the Senate, it’s always hard to know for sure when a vote will be. We now believe that a Senate vote on Trump’s Saudi arms deal is expected by Tuesday…

March 22 Meeting of It Won’t Happen Here – the Sonoma County Resistance to the Trump Agenda

The folks behind the civil and human rights resolution recently passed by the Petaluma City Council have posted an update and notice of an upcoming meeting on March 22 at the Peace and Justice Center in Santa Rosa. There’s no guaranteeing it won’t happen here without you. Read on – RR.   MAR 8, 2017 — …

The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa – Democracy Now!


Published on Dec 11, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org

As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cuban “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.” Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.

U.S. Support of Saudi War on Yemen a Humanitarian Disaster & Possible War Crime

A public hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, November 17, 2016. From the Commission: A year and a half after the escalation of conflict between the northern Yemeni Houthi movement in alliance with forces still loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and an international Coalition led by Saudi Arabia seeking to restore…

Let the Healing Begin! Urge Obama to Grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier Now

With only 60 days left before President Obama leaves office, it’s imperative that we all act on Leonad Peltier’s behalf every day. Call President Obama for Leonard Peltier, M-F, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414. Email President Obama: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments. Post a comment on Obama’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/potus/ or message him at https://www.facebook.com/whitehouse (or https://m.me/whitehouse). Send…