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“To remain neutral in situations of injustice is to be complicit in that injustice.”
— Bishop Desmond Tutu

“There is justice in the truth because they are the same thing.”
mystery author Ross Macdonald [1915-83] (in "The Three Roads", 1948)

“Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.” — Orson Welles [1915-85]

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

“The moral justification for capitalism lies in the fact that it is the only system consonant with man's
rational nature, that it protects man's survival qua man, and that its ruling principle is: justice.”
Ayn Rand [1905-82]

“The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Frank Norris [1870-1902]

“Like a boil that must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light,
injustice must be exposed to the light of human conscience before it can be cured.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”
Ayn Rand [1905-82]

“Democracy must not be a spectator sport. The right to protest, the right to assemble freely, the right to petition one's government -
these are not just rights . . . these are obligations.” — Anthony D. Romero, May 2017 T.E.D. Talk

                                              

Essays on Related Subjects from WMail Philosophy ezine [2000-2007] & Dateline Chamesa weblog [est. 2005]
WMessay #10 "Being Pro-Choice" [May 2001] at Working Minds Philosophy website
WMessay #23 "The Class System of America" [May 2002] at Working Minds Philosophy website
WMessay #25 "Injustice For All" [July 2002] at Working Minds Philosophy website
WMessay #46 "A Living Wage" [September 2004] at Working Minds Philosophy website
WMessay #55 "Joining The Circle" [December 2005] at Working Minds Philosophy website
WMessay #57 "Civil Disobedience" [March 2006] at Working Minds Philosophy website
WMessay #105 "No Justice in Florida" [July 2013] at Working Minds Philosophy website

                                              

Basic Human Rights

“I have the same rights that you do, the same rights that I afford you. We each have only
the collective rights given to all." — G.E. Nordell

“Rights only exist when they apply to everyone. When only some people are accorded a so-called 'right',
then it is privilege and subjugation.” — G.E. Nordell

Declaration of Human Rights of Man & of the Citizen [France 1789]
Universal Declaration of Human Rights [Dec 1948]
United Nations Commission for Human Rights

'The Four Freedoms' Page
at Spirit of America Bookstore

Amnesty International logo
official websiteAmnesty Intl. USA

Fahamu - Networks for Social Justice [est. 2003] based in Nairobi, Kenya
Pambazuka News: Pan-African Voices for Freedom & Justice [est. 2003]
Africa Files [est. 2002] and 'At Issue' ezine [est. 2005] based in Toronto, Canada

mtvU's 'Against Our Will' Campaign [est. 2011]
'Free The Slaves' organization [est. 2007]
Polaris Project [est. 2002]
University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center
Human Rights Web
Human Rights Internet (of Canada)
Human Rights in China
Johns Hopkins University 'Human Rights Quarterly' [est. 1979]

The Human Rights Campaign [est. 1980] Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Equal Rights          American Foundation for Equal Rights [est. 2010] based in California          Alliance For Justice [est. 1979]

'I Stand With Planned Parenthood' and the people's untrammeled right to access to healthcare

Human Rights Film Festival at Magic Lantern
Human Rights Watch Intl. Film Festival
One World Intl. Human Rights Documentary Film Festival [March 2013 = #15] in Prague, Czech Republic



Right of Freedom From Violence
(including Police Brutality, Domestic Violence, Racial Violence, and Bullying)

http://www.nnedv.org/ National Network to End Domestic Violence

The Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/vprp/

Suspicion Nation / the Trayvon Martin Injustice book by Lisa Bloom  "Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of The Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue To Repeat It" [2014] by Lisa Bloom
Kindle Edition from Counterpoint [2/2014] for $11.99
Counterpoint 9x6¼ hardcover [2/2014] for $19.26
Missoula, Rape and the Justice System book by Jon Krakauer  "Missoula: Rape and The Justice System In A College Town" [2015]  4/2015
by Jon Krakauer

Acquaintance rape is the most under-reported crime in America. The U.S. Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula, Montana police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or by local authorities.
Kindle Edition from Doubleday/Random House [4/2015] for $10.99
Doubleday Books 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2015] for $19.61


voters in line at the polls, circa 1960s

Democracy & Voting Rights

"Democrats would never win if we took away women's right to vote." — Ann 'The Man' Coulter

"Any U.S. citizen who does not vote is a coward and an ingrate." — G.E. Nordell

"The right to vote is a consequence, not a primary cause, of a free social system – and its value depends on the constitutional structure implementing and
strictly delimiting the voters' power; unlimited majority rule is an instance of the principle of tyranny." — philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

Voters Rights Institute

watch 2/2014 video by Bill Clinton on voter supression [4:40] on YouTube

Your Voice Your Vote / Savvy Woman's Guide book by Martha Burk  "Your Voice Your Vote: The Savvy Woman's Guide To Power,
Politics, and The Change We Need, 2014-2015" [2012]
by Martha Burk

Kindle Edition from A.U. Publng [3/2014] for $9.99
CreateSpace 9x5½ pb [3/2012] for $14.36


Workers' Rights
Jobs With Justice = www.jwj.org/

Books on American Labor Movements Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore

Working Minds / Solutions / Labor, Capitalism & the Working Mind


Animal Rights
Animal Protection of New Mexico [est. 1979]
Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico [est. 2002]


Consumer Rights
Forced Arbitration Clauses

Lost In The Fine Print campaign from Alliance For Justice [est. 1979]
"Lost In The Fine Print" 10/2014 video [19:55] at YouTube


Environmental Rights
"Zero Tolerance For Pollution in New Mexico"


Women's Rights
V-Day & City of Joy: A Global Movement To End Violence
Forbes Magazine slideshow of their 100 Best Websites For Women [August 2013 = #4]
Planned Parenthood [est. 1916]

watch "Missing: The Documentary" [2014] video directed & narrated by Young Jibwe [54:35]

Reproductive Justice campaign from Alliance For Justice [est. 1979]
"Roe At Risk" 9/2013 trailer [1:48] at YouTube
"Roe at Risk: Fighting for Reproductive Justice" 10/2013 video [15:37] at YouTube

Equal Pay Day [est. 1996] signifies the date in April when women have earned the same pay as men did during
the prior year; sponsored by the National Committee on Pay Equity [est. 1979]

"The disastrous Trumpcare plan [that] Republicans pushed through the House last week makes being a woman a pre-existing condition."
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan [Dem NM-03] in May 2017


Minority Rights
FWD [est. 2013] for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Somos Un Pueblo Unido [est. 1995] of New Mexico
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights [est. 1996] in Oakland, California

Racial and Racist Stereotypes in Media
Afro-American Racist Stereotypes in Media
Hispanic-American Racist Stereotypes in Media
Asian-American Racist Stereotypes in Media
Native American Racist Stereotypes in Media

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum (ICRCM) [open 2/2010] at the F.W. Woolworth in Greensboro, North Carolina
official museum websitemuseum entry at Wikipedia

A Dream Foreclosed book by Laura Gottesdiener  "A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and The Fight For A Place To Call Home" [2013]
by {journalist & activist} Laura Gottesdiener, Foreword by Clarence Lusane

Book highlights four families threatened by the loss of their homes; discusses racism and
predatory lending; and challenges old ideas about property & private housing

Kindle Edition from Zuccotti Park Press [7/2013] for $7.39
Zuccotti Park Press 8¼x4 pb [8/2013] for $13.46

"Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America" []
http://www.amazon.com/Without-Sanctuary-Lynching-Photography-America/dp/0944092691/

http://www.amazon.com/100-Years-Lynchings-Ralph-Ginzburg/dp/0933121180/
http://www.amazon.com/Strangest-Fruit-Forgotten-Black---Black/dp/1453852794/
http://www.amazon.com/Tragedy-Lynching-African-American-ebook/dp/B00A73J2FY/

'Jim Crow' entrance for colored people to the neighborhood movie theater (circa 1960)


Criminal Justice

“Justice is no longer a concern of the justice system.” — Paul Craig Roberts

"The System with Joe Berlinger" investigative TV series [Al Jazeera America May 2014 to ?]  5/2014
official websiteseries credits at IMDb <


Privacy Rights
Working Minds / Activism Dept. / The Right To Privacy


Selected Books & Films
browse bestselling books on keyword 'justice' at Amazon

Fallout American Nuclear Tragedy book by Philip L. Fradkin  "Fallout: An American Nuclear Tragedy" [1989] by Philip L. Fradkin
The title refers not to the radiation resulting from atomic bomb tests, but to the societal events when victims {'down-winders') of such tests sued the U.S. government, who consistently hid behind the National Security Excuse – and got away with it.
Johnson Books 8½x5½ pb [3/2004] for $12.84
Univ Arizona Press 8½x5½ pb [6/89] out of print/used
Univ Arizona Press 8½x5½ hardcover [6/89] out of print/40+ used
Confronting Fascism / Militant Movement book from Chicago Anti-Racist Action  "Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents For A Militant Movement" [2002]
Essays by Don Hamerquist, J. Sakai, 'Xtn' of Chicago ARA, and Mark Salotte

"Understanding the relationship of fascism, the State, left reformism, and what it means to be revolutionary are priorities in a world where it seems increasingly true that those who do not advance will have to retreat."
Kindle Edition from Kersplebedeb Publng [12/2013] for $4.95
Anti-Racist Action 8¼x5¼ pb [9/2002] for $24.95
Black Gold coffee economics documentary film directed by Marc Francis  "Black Gold: Wake Up & Smell The Coffee" [indep June 2006]
'Your Coffee Will Never Taste The Same Again': A nuanced and sensitive documentary view of our globalized economic and social systems, comparing wholesalers, marketeers, and the high-priced retail coffee world to exploited coffee plantation laborers in Ethiopia.
Co-produced & directed by Marc Francis
Speak It Films / Fulcrum Prodns color DVD [8/2007] for $26.95
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site
Fair Trade Coffee / Market-Driven Social Justice book by Gavin Fridell  
"Fair Trade Coffee: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Market-Driven Social Justice" [2007] by Gavin Fridell
Kindle Edition from Univ Toronto Press [5/2012] for $18.12
Univ Toronto Press 9x6 pb [12/2007] for $32.95
Univ Toronto Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [3/2007] out of print/used
Inventing Human Rights book by Lynn Hunt  "Inventing Human Rights: A History" [2007] by Lynn Hunt
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton [4/2008] for $8.78
W.W. Norton 8¼x5½ pb [4/2008] for $9.24
W.W. Norton pb [4/2008] out of print/used
W.W. Norton 8½x6¼ hardcover [3/2007] out of print/used
W.W. Norton hardcover [3/2007] out of print/40+ used
Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability & Survival book by Daniel Jaffee  "Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival" [2007]
by Daniel Jaffee

Partly based on extensive research in indigenous Zapotec farmer communities
in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Kindle Edition from Univ California Press [2007 edition] for $16.17
Univ California Press 9x6 pb [4/2007] for $29.20
Univ California Press 9x6 hardcover [4/2007] for $53.63 out of print/used
Bitter Chocolate / Seductive Sweet book by Carol Off  "Bitter Chocolate: The Dark Side of The World's Most Seductive Sweet" [2008]
by {Canadian radio journalist} Carol Off

The multibillion-dollar cocoa cartel of West Africa funds bloody civil war and widespread corruption while demanding more beans for less money from the growers; poor farmers have turned to the cheapest labor pool possible: thousands of indentured children who pick the beans but have never themselves known the taste of chocolate.
The New Press 8¼x6 hardcover [4/2008] out of print/many used
Chocolate Nations In West Africa book by Órla Ryan  "Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying For Cocoa In West Africa" [2011]
by Órla Ryan

Kindle Edition from Zed Books [11/2012] for $10.46
Zed Books 7¾x5 pb [5/2012] for $13.46
Zed Books 8½x5¼ hardcover [2/2011] for $87.86
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