Informed Voting: Official Voter Guides and VOTE411


It seems like the clarion call to "go out and vote" is shriller than ever this year. But the fact remains that merely showing up to the polls and casting a ballot on election day (which, in truth, is becoming intentionally harder for non-rich, non-white voters across the U.S.) is not enough: the power of... Continue Reading →

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Muhammad Ali and Other Black Celebrities Didn’t ‘Transcend Race’


Transcending is a perpetual one-way street for black people, yet famous white people like Antonin Scalia, David Bowie and Merle Haggard weren’t asked to transcend their whiteness for black people to recognize their importance. They didn’t have to transcend being Italian-American, British or an Okie from Muskogee. They were just accepted for being who they... Continue Reading →

Contaminated water in Flint, Michigan violates human rights


The situation of lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, is fundamentally about human rights, a group of United Nations experts today said, urging the United States to protect the rights of children and others who are most at risk from pollution and toxic chemicals. “No parent should have to endure the mental torment that will haunt... Continue Reading →

United Nations News Centre – Authorities in Apple-FBI case ‘risk unlocking Pandora’s Box’ – UN human rights chief


The top United Nations human rights official today urged United States authorities to proceed with great caution in their legal efforts to break the encryption on an iPhone linked to the investigation into the mass killings in San Bernardino, California, saying the case could have broader implications for digital security and human rights. Read on... Continue Reading →

Tribes and Researchers Study Climate Using Science and Traditional Knowledge


The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was at its lowest in 500 years during 2015, and that is bad news for tribes farther south of the mountain range that straddles California and Nevada. Southwestern tribes were the focus of a recent symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science... Continue Reading →

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