Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

What has Obama done in office?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I have posted a couple times addressing this question. What has Obama done so far? You can read those here and here. But… I stumbled upon a fantastic site that answers that question simply—over and over and over again– What the F*** has Obama done so far dot com. Obama has done so much for our country. He cannot fix all the years of damage the last administration did but he has done a lot towards repairing so many national wounds. From healthcare reform to rights of all people to corporate responsibility—Obama has been working hard for all of us…these are just a few examples the website cites…

For Women…

For Children…

For minorities…

 

For gay rights…

 

For students…

For Human Rights (and for restoration of political legitimacy)…

For science and research…

For the disabled…

 

For the veterans and their families…

For the elderly…

For the unemployed…

For the fiscally conservative (and the next generation)…

For the geeks, even…

 

And as I said above, these are just a few of the examples of What Obama has done so far… in one term in office. I would say he has done an outstanding job so far.

Thank you President Barack Obama.

You can read more on the website: What the f*** has Obama done so far?

To all the women I know…

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Happy International Women’s Day!!!


Equal access to education,

training and science and technology:

Pathway to decent work for women

Read more here. Or here. Or here. Or here. Or here.

Human Rights Day 2010 (December 10th)

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Tomorrow (December 10th 2010) is Human Rights Day. It is a day to take notice of all the suffering due to oppression, violence, discrimination. It is a day to decide enough is enough. Pick something that resonates for you and start to be a voice against injustice. Domestic Violence. Poverty. Governmental violence. Something, choose something. Even if it is just educating yourself on the human rights violations that are happening every single day all around the world or reading a book about a particular human rights struggle. You can read more about Human Rights Day here.

You can take a test and learn more about Human Rights Defenders here. You can learn more about what human rights are here. You can read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights here.

I will read about one human rights defender every day for the rest of this month. And re-evaluate what I will do to help defend human rights going forward. =)

Help this woman, please…

Friday, July 9th, 2010

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

I was told there is a woman in Iran that is sentenced to be stoned to death. I did some research and the official statement from the Iranian government in response to these allegations is that it is not true that she will NOT be stoned to death1. However, I am also well aware that official statements are not always true and thus, I am moved to do something.

Being stoned to death means she will be buried up to her head and then people will throw rocks at her face and head…and continue to do so until it kills her. This is an extremely cruel and unfathomable means of torture and death. We must stop this OR any state-sanctioned death from happening. It is not a question of whether she is guilty of a crime or not…but for the record, she is not…it is not a matter of cultural sensitivity or cultural imperialism or relativity, it is a matter of human injustice, cruelty…it is a matter of fundamental human rights. We all have a right to live and be free from gender domination or state-sanctioned governmental death.

We must help stop this death (and all unnecessary deaths) immediately as humans. Please, please, please help save this woman from this horrific torturous death OR ANY DEATH. She is charged with adultery which is a gender bias crime, the premise being that women are property, property of their fathers then their husbands and thus have no fundamental rights. I disagree!

I digress, this is such a complicated case but before we get lost in all the minutiea, please…let’s prevent this senseless death in whatever way we can. I will come back to the breakdown of the issues within this case for afterthought but now more than my opinion or thoughts or yours on everything else, we must try to save this woman’s life.

This video will help explain the case:

This is what you can do to help save this woman, Sakineh’s, life:

  1. http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=134025&sectionid=351020101 []
  2. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38140909/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/ []
  3. http://www.amnesty.org/ []
  4. http://missionfreeiran.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/sakine-children-2/ []
  5. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/08/iran-death-stoning-adultery []