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Take Action: Community Activists in Chiapas Face Harassment and Intimidation
Human rights and community leaders in Mexico continue to experience threats - including death threats. They ask for help from global activists to protect their lives and their community work.

Current threats follow previous repression, including the unjust prosecution of local organizers of the Civil Resistance against the high cost of energy in the southern state of Campeche. Last December, in response to an emergency action, letters of solidarity with Sara Lopez and Joaquin Aguilar brought authorities in Campeche to the negotiating table.

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01 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights
US Discriminatory Immigration Policy Toward Haitians
refugees-miami-02.pngIt's a familiar story for Haitians - last in, first out for the hemisphere's poorest, least wanted, and most abused people here and at home. Most recently it was highlighted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announcing the resumption of over 30,000 deportations to a nation reeling from poverty, repression, despair, the devastation from last summer's storms, and occupation by UN paramilitary Blue Helmets - since 2004, illegally there for the first time ever to support and enforce a coup d'etat against a democratically elected president, at the behest of Washington.
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27 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Why is Chuck Turner in Handcuffs?
3063136691_e37d1dbef5.pngThe Boston media used a grainy photograph released by the FBI to conclude that Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner is guilty of extortion. But the accompanying FBI affidavit, when shorn of speculation and irrelevancies, is a decidedly unconvincing document that fails to provide a legitimate law enforcement justification for the targeting of Turner. Could it be that Chuck Turner’s history as an outspoken critic of the FBI had something to do with his being targeted?
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19 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Mexico Presents Flawed Theory in Shooting Death of American Journalist
bradwill.png(Cambridge, Mass.) February 4, 2009 - Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) charges that Mexico's investigation into the shooting death of an American video-journalist has presented a scientifically flawed theory that ignores PHR's conclusive findings, including the discovery that one of the bullets was a ricochet.
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06 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
Venezuela: Terror in Perija
afichesolidaridadyukpas-2008.GIF* The following article was originally published on Jan. 30 2009 in El Mundo, a Caracas daily. Written by a member of the editorial collective of El Libertario , it calls attention to what we fear is a bloody attack against these original inhabitants of the western part of the country.
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03 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : International
Justice for Jason: Raise your voice against racism in our state!
JasonVassellPhoto.jpgOn February 3, 2008 Jason Vassell, an African-American student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was the victim of a racist hate crime. He has been further victimized by a racist prosecution. We, a coalition of community organizations, students and faculty, seek solidarity in challenging this racist prosecution.
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30 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Race
Leonard Peltier Beaten In Prison
Leonard Peltier.jpgNative American political prisoner Leonard Peltier was badly beaten and injured by other inmates after being moved to a different prison in Pennsylvania. Here is an urgent call for action by Leonard's sister and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.

RELATED: 2/2/09: Leonard Peltier Transferred Back to Prison in Lewisburg, PA (from Democracy Now!)

And the imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been moved back to prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, weeks after he was attacked shortly after being transferred to another prison in Pennsylvania. Friday will mark the thirty-third anniversary of his arrest. He was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Peltier has long maintained his innocence and is widely considered a political prisoner in the United States.
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22 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Noam Chomsky Speaks on the Gaza Crisis
Noam_chomsky_cropped.pngOn January 13, Noam Chomsky addressed the crisis in Gaza at a talk held at MIT. This event was co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and its Program on Human Rights and Justice. For video and audio coverage of this event, please visit
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics : War and Militarism
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