Human Rights in the U.S. Reports

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

By Maya Hernández (Program Coordinator) This past year, profit-over-people ideology and anti-union efforts were particularly prevalent in 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 United States. The…

Disability rights are human rights – and they affect ALL of us

By James Patrick Jordan (Program 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. The very concept of “ability” is a continuum that varies from person to…

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 (Program 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, patriarchy, the criminal justice system,…

Preface by Comité Cerezo México (Human Rights in the United States: 2023 Report)

By the Comité Cerezo México To all the compañeros and compañeras of the Alliance for Global Justice 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. Firstly, we would like…

Conclusion by Margaret Kimberley (Human Rights in the United States: 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 look at structural genocide in the U.S.

From racist police murders of unarmed civilians to mass evictions and forced displacement during a homelessness epidemic, a movement is confronting genocide By Nicole Chase (intern) and Natalia Burdyńska Schuurman (Program Coordinator) June of 2020 marked a defining moment in history when the police murder of George Floyd spurred a massive popular uprising for racial…

Introduction by Gerald Horne (Human Rights in the United States: 2023 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 (Program 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…

Security, Empire and life in the USA

By James Patrick Jordan (Program Coordinator) Republished from Covert Action Magazine The word “security” conjures a couple of distinctly different and conflicting images. One is of human beings living in safe, viable, and sustainable communities, where individuals can freely develop their full potential, not hindered by threat or assault or exclusion from the daily necessities…

Healthcare for human rights, not profits: what the U.S. can learn from Cuba’s Coronavirus response

Cuba’s remarkable response to the Coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for a healthcare system that puts people before profits By Natalia Burdyńska Schuurman (Program Coordinator) For two years now, the Coronavirus pandemic has done irreversible harm to millions in the United States. To date, over 78 million confirmed cases of infection and over 940,000 deaths…