human rights

Will 2016 Be the Year of Weed and Women?

Will 2016 Be the Year of Weed and Women?

As 2015 drew to a close, many of us did what we do each year at this time: reflect on the changes to our culture and personal lives that happened over the last year. 2015 was surprising in a lot of ways. It saw real, if biased, mainstream media attention focused on police brutality and […]

ACLU: End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

ACLU: End Juvenile Solitary Confinement

Featured image courtesy: DianeDiamond.net My name is Kelly. I’m a student at Suffolk University and a passionate activist at the Student Alliance for Prison Reform, a nationwide network of university students working for prison reform. When I was a teenager I spent 7 months in prison. For the first time I was able to personally […]

A Few Good Cops: Fort Worth Texas Police Officers Make Ad Supporting Gay Marriage

A Few Good Cops: Fort Worth Texas Police Officers Make Ad Supporting Gay Marriage

Last week, days before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was to hear arguments about the Texas state same-sex marriage ban, a controversial advertisement began airing across the state. The television spot features three different members of the Fort Worth Police Department speaking up about a member of their police department, in support of […]

Dear Leelah Alcorn: Your Life and Death Mean Something

Dear Leelah Alcorn: Your Life and Death Mean Something

Content Note: This article discusses bullying, transphobia/hate and suicide of a transgender teenager. Leelah Alcorn’s friends describe her as funny, despite struggling with ongoing depression and a difficult home life. At 17, she had known she was different all of her life but had only recently learned how to give voice to that difference. Because […]

Abused Trans Teen Jane Doe Locked in Boys Prison in Connecticut

Abused Trans Teen Jane Doe Locked in Boys Prison in Connecticut

They call her Jane Doe, an un-named transgender girl of color. Jane first rose to national attention in the spring of this year, when she was kicked out of a Connecticut Department of Children and Families facility, after allegedly attacking one of the staff members. Jane was in the facility because her previous legal guardians […]

Real-World Gay Homecoming Queen Crowned…In Texas

Real-World Gay Homecoming Queen Crowned…In Texas

April Swartz-Larson was the first openly lesbian student to run for homecoming queen at McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas. She was also the first openly lesbian homecoming queen elected there. And no, it wasn’t a cruel practical joke. April got to stand on the football a field with the rest of her school’s homecoming […]

Utah Marriage Equality: A Lesson in Hate

Utah Marriage Equality: A Lesson in Hate

What do the fight for marriage equality and cannabis legalization in Utah have in common? Much more than one might initially think. Both movements face staunch, religious, hateful and bigoted adversaries. Certain members of the Utah Legislature and of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) and the Sutherland Institute each […]

Don’t Shoot: Foam Sword Protest to Protest Police Murders in Utah

Don’t Shoot: Foam Sword Protest to Protest Police Murders in Utah

Supporters of two dead young people from Utah, Danielle Willard and Darrien Hunt (along with supporters of Matthew Stewart, who was killed by a raid in his own home are organizing two protests in Utah to bring attention to these needless police murders. The protests are sponsored by Utah Ghost-Crew.  , they state on the […]

Arizona Inmates Mocked by Jailers for Illness, Denied HIV Tests and Pain Medication While Dying

Arizona Inmates Mocked by Jailers for Illness, Denied HIV Tests and Pain Medication While Dying

Privatized prisons, also called for-profit prisons, bring with them a host of serious issues. One of the major concerns is that inmates will be treated poorly and subject to inhumane conditions as corner-cutting to expand profits is all but inevitable. Places were cuts will dramatically affect quality of life include healthcare, inmate educational programs/libraries, and […]

Pregnant  Woman Threatened with Forced Cesarean Section

Pregnant Woman Threatened with Forced Cesarean Section

Ft. Myers, FL – A Florida hospital has threatened to force a pregnant patient to have cesarean surgery against her will and to report her to child welfare authorities for exercising her right to medical decision-making. The threats were made in a July 10th, 2014 letter from the Chief Financial Officer of Bayfront Health Port […]