anti-racism

This category is about racism and the struggle against it, but is not focused on border and immigrant issues – which, of course, have to do with anti-racist struggle. However, since we have categories specific to those, please look there regarding those issues, which may not be included here.

Disability rights and human rights — they affect ALL of us

By James Patrick Jordan (National Co-Coordinator) Talking about disability Language matters, and in the case of people with disabilities, it matters a lot. Ableism, exclusion, and misconceptions are held up by a foundation of words that are still abundant in U.S. society. Ireland’s National Disability Authority and Brown University both provide clear and succinct guides…

Nobody’s child: victims of the U.S. child welfare system

How racism, classism and injustice intersect with poverty and lack of an adequate social safety net to violate children’s and families’ rights By Camille Landry (National Co-Coordinator) The U.S. child welfare system is broken. It violates human rights of the children it claims to serve. It intersects with racism, classism, injustice, poverty, a deeply flawed…

Conclusion from Margaret Kimberley: Human Rights in the U.S. 2022 Report

By Margaret Kimberley (Executive Editor and Senior Columnist, Black Agenda Report) The words human rights are used quite frequently but conditions around the world prove that they are rarely taken seriously. The United States, which claims to be a protector of human rights, has more people imprisoned, some two million, than any other country on…

From “Black Lives Matter” to “housing is a human right”: a movement is spotlighting genocide in the U.S.

From racist police murders of unarmed civilians to mass evictions and forced displacement during a homelessness epidemic, genocide takes new forms today By Nicole Chase (intern) and Natalia Burdynska-Schuurman (National Co-Coordinator) June of 2020 marked a defining moment in history when the police murder of George Floyd spurred a massive popular uprising for racial justice…

Introduction from Gerald Horne: Human Rights in the U.S. 2022 Report

By Gerald Horne, historian and scholar of African American Studies On 17 December 1951, Black Communist attorney and activist, William L. Patterson, delivered the “We Charge Genocide” Petition to the United Nations in Paris. Ten days later, the U.S. government moved to invalidate his passport.   This searing document, still worth reading and birthed in no…

The color of Covid: racial inequities in the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic 

“When white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia.” (My grandfather, George Robinson, Sr.) By Camille Landry (National Co-Coordinator) What color is Covid? Many people would say red and blue, citing the familiar graphic of a fuzzy red globe with blue spikes. Others might say that Covid has no color. But the Covid pandemic…

PATRIARCHY IS A M*THERF*CKER: the criminalization of pregnancy is a miscarriage of justice

By Camille Landry (National Co-Coordinator) *Updated May 4, 2022 The United States of America is a nation – the only nation – that was founded on principles of genocide, racism, hatred, and misogyny. Despite limited actions to recognize the basic human rights of Indigenous, Black, Brown, female and LGBTQiA people, this nation persists in denying…

Crueler but still not unusual: the U.S. death penalty

By Camille Landry (National Co-Coordinator) Volumes have been written about it. Hundreds of thousands of people have protested it, written to their legislators and congress members, prayed about it, sung about it, and hoped that it would end. It has been condemned as inhumane, ineffective, racist, cruel, antiquated, vengeful and just plain wrong by individuals…

Human Rights Week 2021 — A time for reflection and re-dedication to justice

We celebrate Human Rights Day across the world on December 10. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to…