Human Rights Reports

While Claiming to Defend Freedom Around the World, the U.S. Has Dozens of Political Prisoners—and the Majority are People of Color

US Political Prisoners Require a Political Solution The US has at least 55 Political Prisoners, mostly people of color. It is a mistake to treat these cases individually. They require a political solution. Amnesty to the ten US political prisoners who were arrested in the Black Lives Matter uprisings!   The US has at least…

It’s all connected: racism, poverty, environmental assault

We invite you to examine environmental racism and racialized assaults on the most fundamental elements of all life: air, water, and land. By Camille Landry (National Co-Coordinator) Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement…

Our environment: enough for everyone’s need…but not everyone’s greed

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Yet, when it comes to the effects of climate change, there has been nothing but chronic injustice and the corrosion of human rights.” (Mary Robinson) By Camille Landry (National Co-Coordinator) The most fundamental human right is the right to live. This includes the…

Preface from Comité Cerezo México: Human Rights in the U.S. 2022 Report

To all the compañeros and compañeras that work or collaborate with the Alliance for Global Justice Mexico City, April 12, 2022 Sending you a fraternal salute from every one of us that belong to the Comité Cerezo México, an organization that for more than 20 years has protected and promoted the defense of human rights.…

Labor organizing in the U.S. in 2022: confronting the anti-worker, anti-union corporate agenda

By Maya Hernández (National Co-Coordinator) This past year, profit-over-people ideology and anti-union efforts were particularly prevalent in the sectors that demanded the most labor. Millions of dollars went into campaigns to stop union organizing at the same time that several anti-worker policies passed into effect, painting a grim future for workers across the U.S. The…

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…

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…