human rights

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

Detained Immigrants Face Sexual Assault In ICE Detention Centers

The abuse of inmates and prisoners by correctional staff has long been an under-reported and serious issue. Molestation, rape, and physical assault should not be part of anyone’s experience in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, the power dynamics of prison lend themselves toward abuse, and the career path of prison guard seems to be one sought […]

The Aftershocks of the DAPL Standing Rock Protests Are Still Ongoing

The Aftershocks of the DAPL Standing Rock Protests Are Still Ongoing

For several months in 2016, the whole world stood at transfixed by what was happening at the Standing Rock. The looming threat of the Dakota Access pipeline through tribal lands combined with the lack of respect for the sovereignty of the tribes to whom that land was significant inspired massive protests and led to the […]

Bathroom Rights Are Basic Human Rights

Bathroom Rights Are Basic Human Rights

It happens all too often when you stop at a gas station on a major highway or visit a fast food restaurant or retail shop in a big city. You realize that you have to pee, or perhaps your digestive condition suddenly alerts you to an imminent need to defecate. You run to the facilities, […]

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 […]