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Human Rights

The inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Preamble, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.

On Beating Extinction and Refusing Eviction: A Letter to #NoDAPL’s Frontline

By Kelly Hayes

I write these words on what’s a cold night in my city, and a much colder night where my heart is — with my friends in Standing Rock. My writing, which typically centers movements, often sways between news and analysis. My coverage of #NoDAPL has been no exception. But this piece is neither news nor analysis, because these words are for you, my people, for our Protectors and resistors — for those who aren’t seeking to be heroes, but who are nonetheless members of heroic movements and communities. (more…)

One Week of Poems on Love and Terror

By adrienne maree brown In this moment, when the future is so uncertain, Praxis Center turns to poetic offerings by adrienne maree brown. As she wrote on her blog, “i still believe it is the core work of our species – to … Continue reading

#FreeBresha: We See You

By Deana G. Lewis On July 28, 2016, Bresha Meadows, a fourteen-year-old girl, took defensive action to save her family – her mother, her siblings and herself – from her father’s continued abuse. This was not Bresha’s first choice, nor … Continue reading

Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’

Repost from NYT This short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the … Continue reading

Freedom Square: Making Black Lives Matter

By Alice Kim, Editor In Chicago, the #LetUsBreathe Collective has transformed a lot adjacent to the Homan Square facility, exposed as a Chicago Police Department “black site” by The Guardian last year, into a beautiful organizing space aptly called Freedom … Continue reading

Why We Dream About a World Without Police

By William C. Anderson, Contributing Editor, Race, Class, and Immigration The last few years have been rough. President Obama’s last term in the White House has given many of us some of the most polarizing times we have ever experienced. … Continue reading

Single-Payer Or Bust

By Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Contributing Editor, Global Health Universal government-funded health insurance goes as far back in history as 1883. Developed countries such as Germany, Sweden, Britain and Norway began providing some form of universal health insurance to citizens as early … Continue reading

Historic Federal Guidance on Transgender Students

By Transgender Law Center Thanks to the Transgender Law Center for providing insightful commentary on the federal government’s historic guidance on transgender students issued last week on May 13, 2016. Please visit the TLC blog for up to date reports … Continue reading

Alisha Walker: Survived & Punished

By Brit Schulte Alisha Walker was working when she was attacked. Her attacker, Alan Filan, was a regular client who became aggressive, hostile, and demanded unsafe services while under the influence of alcohol. When Alisha refused, he escalated from threats … Continue reading