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Tag Archives: Human Rights

Book Review: Hilarie Gamm’s “Billions Lost” sadly has nothing useful or progressive to say

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and the Roadmap to Change" by Hilarie T. Gamm.
Written by:David A Johnson
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NPI poll finds 69% of Washingtonians favor life in prison alternatives to the death penalty

Excerpt: An overwhelming majority of Washingtonians would rather send convicted murderers to prison for life than execute them, a recent poll commissioned by the Northwest Progressive Institute has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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SIFF Documentary Reviews: “Afghan Cycles” and “The Poetess” tell the stories of groundbreaking women in the Middle East

Excerpt: Read NPI's reviews of two films screened at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival that tell the stories of groundbreaking women in the Middle East.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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SIFF Documentary Review: “The Most Dangerous Year” highlights the urgency of the fight for transgender rights

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "The Most Dangerous Year", premiering at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Torturer Gina Haspel will be installed as new CIA head thanks to renegade Democrats

Excerpt: Despite the opposition of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, the United States Senate today voted to confirm torturer Gina Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, further harming the United States' international standing and handing Donald Trump another victory.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LANDMARK VICTORY: Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty!

Excerpt: In a landmark victory for human rights and dignity, the Washington State Senate made history today by approving legislation that would abolish the death penalty, ending the barbaric practice of executing people as a punishment for crimes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “Fifty Million Rising” explains how women are changing the Muslim world

Excerpt: Saadia Zahidi's look at the cohort of "The Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World" doesn't contradict itself, but it is large and containing multitudes. It couldn't be anything less and still true, spanning as it does thirty Muslim-majority countries from North Africa all the way to Southeast Asia.
Written by:David A Johnson
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VICTORY! Delaware Supreme Court declares state’s death penalty law unconstitutional

Excerpt: A significant victory for human rights has been won today: The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penalty law is unconstitutional – and the only chance at fixing it is to punt the issue to the already-divided General Assembly. The top court released its ruling Tuesday that said Delaware’s current capital punishment statute violates the U.S. Constitution by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Connecticut’s Supreme Court puts an end to all executions in the Nutmeg State

Excerpt: This is a great victory for human rights that deserves to be celebrated: After a sweeping two-year review, the state Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment in Connecticut, saying the state’s death penalty no longer comports with evolved societal values and serves no valid purpose as punishment. The 4-3 decision would remove 11 convicts from Connecticut’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Progressive Christian Movement You Never Knew You Needed to Organize

Excerpt: It’s the last panel of the day at Netroots Nation, but energy still seems high. We start out the panel with a video by the Reverend William Barber, who was unable to make it to the convention because of a court case. In this video he talks about the need for a rhetoric of morality, […]
Written by:Patrick
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Nebraska lawmakers abolish executions, overriding Republican governor’s veto

Excerpt: Joyous news to report on today. Lawmakers in the reliably conservative state of Nebraska today took a courageous stand for human rights and dignity by overriding Republican Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of legislation that would permanently abolish executions. With no votes to spare, the unicameral Nebraska Legislature voted to make the Cornhusker State the nineteenth […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Iran frees Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal – two U.S. hikers it has imprisoned since 2009

Excerpt: Iran’s autocratic regime today freed two American hikers that it has held in prison for more than two years in a move it called a “humanitarian gesture”. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both twenty-nine, were allowed to leave Iran’s infamous Evin prison and taken by a diplomatic caravan to an Iranian airport. They were then […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Meet the Hypocrites: U.S. foreign policy

Excerpt: Earlier tonight, President Obama laid out his case justifying the need for U.S. military intervention in Libya, where coalition forces under the  auspices of a United Nations resolution have been knocking out the air defenses of its brutal dictator. The United States and its allies are working to prevent Muammar al-Gaddafi from continuing to kill […]
Written by:Ken
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