“Highland Park, Michigan – the birthplace of mass production is a post-industrial city on the verge of financial collapse. The state of Michigan has appointed an Emergency Financial Manager to fix the crisis. The Manager sees the water plant, which Ford built in 1917 to support his auto industry, as key to economic recovery. She has raised water rates and has implemented severe measures to collect on bills. As a result, Highland Park residents have received water bills as high as $10,000, they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized. THE WATER FRONT follows the personal story of Vallory Johnson, who transforms her anger into an emotional grassroots campaign, defending affordable water as a human right. THE WATER FRONT is not just about water, but touches on the very essence of our democratic system. The film presents a community in crisis but it also presents the powerful enactment of local participation in finding solutions to the problems of our times.”

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{ LINK: from Human Rights First: Congress Moves to Block Guantanamo Closure (Part 15) }

damn there are a lotta these coming in the email today.

full contact info for congress members is available on this website.

NOTE: as always, if you can’t contact your congresspeople, passing this info around is still really helpful.

Congress is adding another chapter to its tireless efforts to block Guantanamo’s closure.

Already in December, it forbade the use of any Defense Department funds to bring detainees to the United States—but now it’s considering extending those restrictions to ANY AND ALL government funds. Such restrictions would needlessly impede the administration from employing one of the most effective tools available to bring terrorism suspects to justice—regular federal courts.

Federal courts have been MUCH more effective at trying terrorist suspects than the military commissions. Federal courts have convicted over 400 terrorists since 9/11. Military commissions: 6. Military experts agree it is in our interest to close Guantanamo.

If passed, these measures would create additional obstacles to closing Guantanamo and bringing terrorism suspects to justice.

Write your members of Congress NOW to urge them to oppose these efforts. Guantanamo must be closed!

“…[Natalie] Portman talks of being ‘infuriated’ by protests against the Toronto Film Festival for its string of films from Tel Aviv. She explains that the protesters…“say [Tel Aviv] was built on the misery of Palestinians. Well, the United States was built on the misery of the Native Americans and all the slaves who were brought over so are we going to boycott all American films? I don’t think the Israeli government is beyond criticism—there’s plenty to protest against, but it seems really absurd to me that artists would try to censor art.””

Natalie Portman in V Magazine in 2009 (you can read it here)

I guess she didn’t think the social and cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa was a great idea either. Or that protesting current, ongoing human rights violations is different from protesting ones that happened 200-300 years ago. And the “other countries did/do bad things too!!” has always been my favorite defense, nice touch Ms. Portman.

I have a ton more of garbage just like this sitting in a word doc on my comp from when I was writing the colour beige entry, I wonder if I should just make a Colour Beige 2: The Idiocy Outtakes post or something.

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Links and commentary may be triggering for sexual assault and institutionalized racism.]

Things that are true: Natalie Portman said something hella stupid and it’s not the first time. She made a crass comparison to try to make a flawed and fucked up point and she should be called out for it.

Things that are not true: That human rights violations committed against Native people is not a current, ongoing issue. It is not in the past. And you know what? We should be protesting about it. We should be demanding the return of sacred land and landmarks. We should be fucking infuriated that a 2010 law meant to protect Native people places a value of three years maximum jail time on their rape, which is epidemic and overwhelmingly committed at the hands of non-Native men.

I am so exhausted with this bullshit, y’all. I am so sick of purported allies perpetuating the meme that, after all that there genocide “200-300 years ago,” EVERYTHING WAS TOTALLY COOL. It erases all the shit that went down in those 200-300 years. Like Catholic boarding schools built for the expressed purpose of teaching Native children how to be “civilized people,” boarding schools full of physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse, the last of which weren’t shut down until the 1970s. It ignores the fact that as a DIRECT RESULT of these schools, huge parts of our culture has been lost forever, trained out of us, that so many of our languages are dying out and alcoholism and abuse within the community has skyrocketed. And then there’s the forced sterilization of Native women (also in the 1970s!), the undermining of tribal law and leaders, making it impossible for them to protect their own people, something that was, as mentioned, only addressed in TWO-THOUSAND AND TEN in a hugely problematic and fucked up law that inherently values a Native person’s rape as less worthy of punishment than any other citizen. And these are the US government’s attempts to fix things.

What Natalie Portman said was fucked up, but so is the commentary above and I am officially out of spoons.

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the last residential school was shut down in the 90’s. More current than you think.  If you’re in your 20’s, and had been born native - it could have been you.

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Thanks for the correction. I had heard a lot of articles citing the 1970s as when most shut down and then read one that said the last was, indeed, closed in the 90s, but apparently my brain blanked on that in my rage. Shall edit the original post.

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{ LIST OF Human Rights Organizations YOU CAN CALL! }


Action Without Borders 
(New York)
Phone: 212-843-3973
Fax: 212-564-3377

Amnesty International
Amnesty International Offices can be found at:

The Global Campaign for Free Expression
Phone: +44 20 7278 9292

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
Tel: 7951112 - 7946065
Fax: 7921913
Email: and 

Canadian Lawyers Association for International Human Rights (CLAIHR)
Phone: (613) 233-0398

Citizens Committee on Human Rights Western Australia (CCHR WA)

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
(New Delhi, India)
Tel: +91-11-2685-0523, 2652-8152, 2686-4678
Fax: +91-11-2686-4688

CHRI London Office
Tel: +44-020-7-862-8857
Fax: +44-020-7-862-8820

CHRI Ghana Office
Tel: +233-21-683068, 683069, 683070
Fax: +233-21-683062

(Washington, USA)
Phone: 202-822-4600
Fax: 202-822-4606
Email (Press Contact): 

Human Rights International Alliance
(Surrey, England)
Phone: :+44 (0) 1483 767654
Fax: :+44 (0) 1483 721616

Human Rights Solidarity
(Geneva, Switzerland)
Phone: 41.79.380.67.89

Human Rights Watch
(New York, USA)
Phone: 1-(212) 290-4700
Fax: 1-(212) 736-1300
Website in Arabic:

Humanitarian Law Project
(Los Angeles, USA)
Phone: 323 653-0726
Fax: 323 658-6306

International Commission of Jurists
(Geneva, Switzerland)
Phone: +41(0)229793800
Fax: +41(0)229793801

International Council on Human Rights Policy

International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association (ICDAA)
(Montreal, Canada)
Phone: (514) 285-1055

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
(Selangor, Malaysia)
Phone: 603-7727-6386/7727-7387
Fax: 603-7727-7389

International Rescue Committee

People’s Decade of Human Rights Education (PDHRE-International) 
(New York, USA)
Phone: (212) 749-3156
Fax: (212) 666-6325

Rights and Democracy
(Montreal, Canada)
Phone: +1-514-283-6073
Fax: +1-514-283-3792

United Nations Association USA
(New York, USA)
Phone: 212-907-1300
Fax: 212-682-9185

Africa Action 
Washington, USA
Phone: (202) 546-7961
Fax: (202) 546-1545
New York, USA
Phone: (212) 785-1024
Fax: (212) 785-1078
Email: and 

(Washington, USA)
Phone: 202-462-3614
Fax: 202-387-1034
Email: and 

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies 
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: 7951112 - 7946065
Fax: 7921913
Email: and 

Human Rights Watch/Africa
(Washington, USA)
Phone: 202-612-4321
Fax: 202-612-4333

Arab Program for Human Right Activists

Arab Commission for Human Rights
Phone: 00 33 1 4092 15 88
Fax: 00 33 1 4654 19 13

Arab Organization for Human Rights
Phone: (20) 3466582
Fax: (20) 3448166 

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
(Cairo, Egypt)
Tel: 7951112 - 7946065
Fax: 7921913
Email: and 

Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists
Website (Arabic):
Website (English):

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network
Phone: (+45) 32 69 88 88
Fax: (+45) 32 69 89 01

Global Network of Arab Activists
Contact detailsWebsite:

IBN RUSHD Fund for Freedom of Thought Principles and Goals
(Olsberg. Germany)
Fax: ++49-(0)2962-802424

Mothers For Peace

Arab Program for Human Right Activists

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{ LINK: Feb. 25: NYC Rally in Solidarity with the people of Bahrain, Libya, & Yemen }


Friday, February 25, 11:30am – 3:30pm

In Front of the United Nations Building, 2 United Nations Plaza (866 2nd ave)

Please join the peaceful rally in New York City to stand in solidarity with the people of Bahrain, Libya, and Yemen. Friday prayers will be held at the protest site and the demonstration will follow.

On December 17, 2010 a man set fire to himself and sparked a revolution. Twenty-six-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi’s single act became the catalyst that would forever redefine the Middle East. Mohamed accomplished what leaders entrenched in decades of rule failed to do- he restored hope, lifted the siege of fear, and brought real change to a region long starving for it.

With the example from the patience and persistence of the people of Tunisia and Egypt, we have learned, now more than ever, the power of peaceful demonstrations.

Therefore, we invite all supporters of basic human rights to help us express our solidarity with those fighting for their freedom dignity and social justice.

It is particularly important that the youth step up and make their presence felt. It has been the persistence of the youth in Tunisia and Egypt that have been the agents of change in their respective countries.

It is time for a new generation of Arabs to step up and demand a better future.

Co-sponsored by Muslims for Peace, Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and the Libyan League for Human Rights

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{ LINK: 3 relatives of slain Mexican activist Josefina Reyes found dead }


MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican police on Friday discovered the bodies of three people related to a human rights activist who was killed last year in the volatile northern border state of Chihuahua.

The bodies of a sister and brother of Josefina Reyes and her sister-in-law were found in a remote area outside Guadalupe Distrito Bravos, southeast of Ciudad Juarez, said Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the state prosecutor’s office.

The three had been missing since Feb. 7, when witnesses reported that armed men forced the trio from a car.

Gonzalez said the bodies of Maria Magdalena Reyes Salazar, Elias Reyes Salazar and his wife, Luisa Ornelas, were found with messages alluding to organized crime. He did not immediately release further information.

Reyes was slain a year ago in Ciudad Juarez. She had led protests against alleged abuses by Mexican soldiers in the Juarez Valley, which sits across from El Paso, Texas.

Her death has been followed by attacks on her family and supporters.

In August, her brother Ruben was killed by unknown assailants. Earlier this month, the home of Reyes’ mother, Sara Salazar, was set on fire while she was protesting to demand that authorities solve the killings and disappearances of her children.

Relatives recently expanded their protest to Mexico City, where until Friday they had maintained a tent in front of the Senate to demand official action.

“The Reyes Salazar family, since the death of Josefina in 2010, has been the victim of a brutal harassment, partly by the state and partly by criminality,” a spokesman for the family, Adrian Fuentes, told MVS Radio. “The demand for justice will not stop.”

The Reyes family’s case has led organizations such as Amnesty International to urge Mexico to protect the safety of human rights activists.

Ciudad Juarez has been the scene of bloody drug cartel turf battles that have killed more than 6,000 people the past two years.

{ LINK: from Middle East Children's Alliance: "URGENT! 400 Children to be deported from Israel ACT NOW!" }

if you can’t donate, passing this around helps a lot.  thanks.

If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night you may remember the award for best short subject documentary, “Strangers No More.”

According to the film’s website, it’s about “an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive… fleeing poverty, political adversity and even genocide. Here, no child is a stranger.”

This Sunday, the State of Israel plans to deport 400 children from the Tel Aviv community of migrant workers and refugees featured in this film.

Unless we ACT NOW.  All of us.

MECA staff are working around the clock to focus public attention on the threat these children face and bring pressure to bear on Israel to STOP THE DEPORTATION AT ONCE.

I’m asking you to make a special contribution now to place print and online ads in the Los Angeles Times and the English edition of the Israeli paper Haaretz calling on Israel to stop the deportation and grant the children and their families full civil and human rights.

The ads will be signed by writer and activist Alice Walker, Academy Award winner Debra Chasnoff, author and academic Noam Chomsky, activists Cindy & Craig Corrie, Naomi Klein and other high profile MECA supporters. With a gift of $100 or more, received by 3pm on Thursday, your name will be published, as well.

When the State of Israel was founded in 1948 it forced 750,000 Palestinians from their land and their homes. Today, Israel is destroying homes, neighborhoods and forcibly removing families from East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, and the Negev. Now, 400 children could be deported from Tel Aviv. 

An Academy Award won’t stop these children frombeing deported but, toghether, we can.

Many thanks,
Barbara Lubin, Founder and Director

P.S. Please don’t wait. We need to raise $22,744 in the next 72 hours and, with your help, I believe we can. Make the most generous contribution you can now to help stop this horrifying threat to 400 children.  Thank you.

{ LINK: 6 activists to face treason charges in Zimbabwe }


“A court in Zimbabwe ruled Monday that six of 45 political and civil society activists arrested last month on charges of plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe in a Tunisian-Egyptian style uprising face a trial on treason charges and could be executed if convicted.”

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“[W]e’re not really equal when we’re STILL supposed to uncritically and obediently cheer when white women are praised for winning “women’s rights,” and to painfully forget the Indigenous women and women of colour who were hurt in that same process. We are not equal when in the name of “feminism” so-called “women’s only” spaces are created and get to police and regulate who is and isn’t a woman based on their interpretation of your body parts and gender presentation, and not your own. We are not equal when initatives to support gender equality have reverted yet again to “saving” people and making decisions for them, rather than supporting their right to self-determination, whether it’s engaging in sex work or wearing a niqab. So when feminism itself has become it’s own form of oppression, what do we have to say about it?”

Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture

An exerpt from Jessica Yee’s essay in the book “Femnism For Real: Deconstructing The Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism.

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I keep being surprised by self-styled ‘feminists’ who turn out to have EDL-esque views on Muslims.

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{ LINK: from Rainforest Action Network: Make Girl Scout Cookies Rainforest-Safe }

if you cannot do this, passing it around is still helpful.  thank you.

NOTE: i am kinda suspicious of RAN these days.