Category Archives: Human Rights

The Shell Game ~ Amnesty International

For decades the oil industry in Nigeria’s Niger Delta has caused widespread pollution of land and water, damaging people’s ability to fish and farm, and putting their health at risk. I have worked on Amnesty International’s campaign to urge Shell and the government of Nigeria to address the human rights impact of oil pollution in the Niger Delta for several years. Earlier this month I had the chance to debate with Shell on the issue… Read More

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Death Penalty: A Decade on, Executions Are on the Wane but Challenges Remain

Since 2003, each year an average of two countries have abolished the use of capital punishment for all crimes – the most recent was Latvia in January 2012. Read More

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The Segregation of Italy’s Roma ~ Amnesty International

What do you think of this situation? The Roma are a European minority sometimes referred to as Gypsies. They are not welcomed in Italy, as so many nomadic peoples are met with similar intolerance in other countries. How do we address these kinds of situations? Can we love people who live differently than us? Read More

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Russian Court Jails Pussy Riot for Two Years ~ Amnesty International News

A Russian court’s decision today to jail members of the punk rock protest band Pussy Riot is a bitter blow for freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International said today.
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Peace Is Attainable by Cassandra Curley

Two phrases keep cycling through my mind, like a song that I can’t get out of my head: “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the country,” a typing drill my mom taught me and Susan Powter’s “Stop the Insanity!” from the early 90s. The sense of urgency to awaken Humanity to the possibility of Peace is a constant force in my life… Read More

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Change Is Afoot: Walking for Education in South Africa

A new initiative called the Walk for Education is making waves in South Africa. This 1925 km walk, taken on by Mamma-Afrika Hampers & MAfrika Projects founders, Mr Jacques Buys and Mr Dana Louw, spans 30 days, kicking off from Windhoek, Namibia on June 18, 2012 and ending in Maputo, Mozambique… Read More

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The Dhamma Brothers by Jenny Phillips

It was an honor to be a guest on “A Call To Consciousness” on September 11th. The story of the Dhamma Brothers, prisoners in a maximum-security prison in Alabama… Read More

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September 11, 2011
A Conversation with Jenny Phillips

The Dhamma Brothers explores the impact that a life-changing retreat had on a group of inmates at the highest level maximum-security state prison in Alabama. The 38 participants in the first-ever intensive, silent 10-day program inside the walls of a corrections facility-many serving life sentences without parole… Read More









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August 21, 2011
A Conversation with Rochelle Ripley

Rochelle founded hawkwing in 1996 as a Native American non-profit agency. With permission from her Elders, she is a Native Storyteller and teacher of Medicine Wheel wisdom for personal development. Through hawkwing, Rochelle is fulfilling a promise to her Lakota Grandmother “to go home and help the people.” Read More









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August 14, 2011
A Conversation with Cassandra Curley

I am walking 50 miles in all 50 states in 50 weeks to remind listeners and readers that we have forgotten our true nature of Peace. As a messenger of Peace, my goal is to bring awareness to those open to seeing the World in a New and Unified way… Read More









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