My Tears For A Syrian Child Drowned At Sea

by @WHumanRightsWP

Recently a Syrian boy drowned at sea along with others he was traveling.  The poor child then found washed ashore.  The merciless seas took his young life but they aren’t as merciless as man.


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The Tarnished History and Image of Police Departments

Long before there was a police force in America, there were sheriffs. The office of sheriff has its roots in 9th century England. According to the National Law Enforcement Museum, the early policing system was modeled after the English structure, which incorporated the watch, constables, and sheriffs (derived from the British term, “shire-reeves”) in a community-based police organization. The British system developed from “kin policing” dating back to about 900 A.D., in which law enforcement power was in the people’s hands, and they were responsible for their families or “kin.”) Early law enforcement was reactionary, rather than pre-emptive—the watch usually responded to criminal behavior only when requested by victims or witnesses.

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‘Selma’s Missing Epilogue: The Recent Dissolution Of The Voting Rights Act

The final scenes of the 2014 film Selma, which depicts Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for federal voting rights legislation to protect African Americans in the South, leave viewers applauding, content with our nation’s civil rights progress after witnessing a concrete example of how a protest effected meaningful national change. But what the movie doesn’t provide is an update — a scene that flashes forward almost 50 years to show how the exact rights granted to blacks who marched across Alabama in demonstration have recently been eroded by our highest court and then by states across the country.

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Do you think we will every be able to vote from home to avoid all this voter ID mess and votes getting thrown out because someone has the same name? 

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal on New Pennsylvania Law Restricting Prisoners’ Speech

Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks with Democracy Now! about Pennsylvania’s new law that authorizes the censoring of public addresses of prisoners or former offenders if judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause “mental anguish” to the victim.



The ‘victim’ could choose to not listen.


And the convicted are not always guilty.


What happened to the liberty of free speech?


Human Rights Watch: Migrants Returned to Danger [VIDEO]


Serious Flaws in Border Screening of Fleeing Central Americans.

(San Pedro Sula) – The US government’s rapid-fire screening of unauthorized migrants at the border is sending Central Americans back to the risk of serious harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.


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This Is Why I Fight For A Free Syria

No I am not Syrian or from Syria, but the people of Syria have captured my heart.  Their stories have both broke my heart at times and other times touched my heart.  Looking at the photo collage I …


Human Rights Lawyer Mom Arrested for ‘Blocking’ Sidewalk While Waiting for Family to Use Bathroom


Chaumtoli Huq was arrested while standing in front of the Times Square Ruby Tuesday, court papers show.


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Death and Racism


The article on The Root hit me hard;

 Reject the “He was a good kid” or “He was a criminal” narrative and lift up the “Black lives matter” narrative.Those who knew him say Brown was a good kid. But that’s not why his death is tragic. His death isn’t tragic because he was on his way to college the following week. His death is tragic because he was a human being and his life mattered. The good-kid narrative might provoke some sympathy, but what it really does is support the lie that as a rule black people, black men in particular, have a norm of violence or criminal behavior. The good-kid narrative says that this kid didn’t deserve to die because his goodness was an exception to the rule. This is wrong. This kid didn’t deserve to die, period. Similarly, reject the “He was a criminal” narrative surrounding the convenience store robbery because even if Brown did steal some cigars and have a scuffle with the shopkeeper, that is still not a justification for his killing. All black lives matter, not just the ones we deem to be “good.”

It caused me to think back about why, during the George Zimmerman case, I did not debate nor defend against accusations that Trayvon was a “thug.”   Here we are again with Michael Brown, and there are folks trying to posture Michael as deserving of death because he was not a “good kid. “


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‘A cemetery for our people’: Guatemalan consul sees life and death of Texas migrant crisis

In 2013 Alba Caceres sent back 48 bodies from South Texas. But it’s not the dead she worries about so much as the living



It’s not just a Texas migrant crisis.


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