Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 10 is Human Rights Day and December 15 is Bill of Rights Day






On Nov. 16, 2008, TMN printed three articles about rights on the same page: "Election Spurs Threats," about threats against Obama; "Gay Advocates Protest Marriage Ban"; and a protest in Paris over wearing fur, "Activists Throw Flour on Lindsay Lohan." Negro rights, gay rights, animal rights: the great, long, inspiring struggle continues.

I mention TMN's past attention to rights to keep what I will now say in perspective. TMN made no mention of Human Rights Day or the UDHR today. Nor did NAT or ADG. To repeat, Human Rights Day celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the greatest documents ever imagined and created for world peace and justice. Also, the UDHR is inseparable from the creation of the United Nations, for it was a child of the UN. Furthermore, it is inseparable from a United States that in 1945 valued human rights, for the USA was an original and foremost sponsor of the document, and Eleanor Roosevelt was highly influential in its composition. So the silence by our local media should be deeply offensive to us all at this moral crisis of our nation that invades nations without provocation, imprisons without charge or trial, wiretaps without warrants, and tortures. I appeal to you to speak up now, and to help OMNI in 2009 ensure that this media silence is not repeated and that HUMAN RIGHTS DAY is celebrated as it deserves. Write the newspapers, call your schools and ask what they are doing today, call Pres.-elect Obama (

and of course read the UDHR! Let us celebrate Human Rights Day today December 10 and Bill of Rights Day December 15, 2008 and 2009…...

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Print allUniversal Declaration of Human Rights Turns 60: Help Celebrate a Shared Success!

Dear Dick,

Sixty years ago today, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a groundbreaking document recognizing fundamental, equal, and inalienable rights for all individuals that was drafted at the UN under the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Thanks in large part to the Declaration, much progress has been made in the realm of human rights. Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go.

In a 21st Century world in which violence, torture, human trafficking, and even genocide continue to persist, the Universal Declaration remains a unique and invaluable instrument for promoting universal respect for basic human rights.

Help commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and honor the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, by calling on President-elect Obama

to recommit the United States to the Declaration's enduring principles and to work through the UN to promote human rights.


American Civil Liberties Union Chapter. Pres. Ann Heffernan, 582-1154.

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Human Rights Watch

International Rescue Committee (NY,NY)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, Baltimore)

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United Farm Workers (Keene, CA)



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Planned Parenthood (NY, NY)

CIVIL LIBERTIES (see: Human Rights)

American Civil Liberties Union

American Coalition Against Censorship


Free Press Action Fund (Northampton, MA)

National Coalition Against Censorship (NY, NY)


Americans United for Separation of Church and State


People for the American Way



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The Interdependent (journal of the United Nations Association of the USA) Summer 2008 has several articles on the UDHR. "Expansion and Regression," "Human Rights at Risk? The Arbour Years and Beyond." "Louise Arbour in Her Own Words." And more.

Robert Tapp, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Still Ahead of Its Time?" The Humanist (Nov.-Dec. 2008) "This December 10, let's celebrate the still-young history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Let's keep it in the forefront of the world's attention….and bring our own country fully back into the UN…."

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All of these books and films come from OMNI Resource Guide #32

--Bartels, Larry. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age. Princeton UP, 2008. The increasing economic inequality in the US and the failure of the political system to mitigate its effects on poor citizens

--Richards, Eugene. A Procession of Them. U of Texas P, 2008. 71 photos. Advert.: "unflinching ook at the inhuman conditions suffered by the mentally ill and disabled in many countries….the chaos, claustrophobiaw, and loneliness of these living hells."

--Hedges, Chris. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. 2006.

--Turk, James and Allan Manson, eds. Free Speech in Fearful Times: After 9/11 in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Europe. Lorimer, 2007. Rev. Academe (July-August 2008). Negative reactions to 9-11 extended around the world. Some chapters tell of suffering personal injustices, some are historical accounts, and others give policy and cultural critiques..

--Shepard, Michelle. Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr. Wiley, 2008. Rev. The Catholic Worker (Oct. Nov. 2008). A young Canadian citizen was kept in Guantanamo and tortured for 6 years without trial. The review also discusses Mohammed Jawad.

--Grant, Robert. American Ethics and the Virtuous Citizen: The Blessings of Liberty. Humanist P, 2008. The humanist moral grounding for all the freedoms we hold dear, including speech, press, assembly, association, the right to be free from arbitrary arrest, and sexual freedom. The book then broadens the case socially to support rights to a basic education and health care as well as the rights to marry and have children. This is the third in the American Ethics and the Virtuous Citizen series. The first two are:

--American Ethics and the Virtuous Citizen: Basic Principles.

--American Ethics and The Virtuous Citizen: The Right to Life. Applies principles to the issues of war, capital punishment, abortion, suicide, and other current concerns.

--Schulz, William, ed. The Future of Human Rights. U of Penn. P, 2008. 13 essays focus on US foreign policies. Schulz was Ex. Dir. of AIUSA and pres. of UUA. He is the author of 2 other books on human rights and a book on torture.

--Nickel, James. Making Sense of Human Rights. 1987. Focuses on bills of rights drafted since 1948 by the UN and the Council of Europe.

--Bacon, David. Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants. Beacon, 2008. Documents how undocumented workers have become the world's most exploited workforce. "Illegals" of all nationalities are central in the global struggle for economic justice.

--Bilal, Wafaa. Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life, and Resistance Under the Gun (with Kari Lydersen). Rev. The Progressive (Oct. 2008).

--Cockburn, Patrick. The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq. Verso, 2007. From the invasion to the quick uprising to the civil war and the "surge," a history of the occupation's continuing destabilization of Iraq and the M --Lambert, Alix. The Silencing. Pereceval, 2008. Advert. in The Progressive (Sept. 2008). About six Russian journalists who were murdered and the murder sites.

--Soldiers of Conscience documentary film. 2007. Publicity: "When is it right to kill? In the midst of war, is it right to refuse? Eight U.S. soldiers, some who have killed and some who said no, reveal their inner moral dilemmas in "Soldiers of Conscience."

--Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Violence. AI 2007 Report. Rev. Amnesty International (Fall 2008).

--Bamford, James. The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9-11 to the Eavesdropping on Americans. Interv. Amy Goodman 10-14-08. NSA eavesdrops on communications worldwide, including the US. PBS is making a film based on his book, to be shown Jan. 13, 2009.

--"Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship" documentary film: Chevron's participation in despoiling land and killing protesters.

--Dematteis, Lou, and Kayana Szymczak. Crude Reflections: Oil, Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest. Rev. Amnesty International (Fall 2008). Texaco spent 30 years plundering and polluting the Ecuadoran Amazon and then walked away. This book is about the class action lawsuit brought by the residents of the rainforest they trampled.

--Mother Jones March/April 2008, 5 essays: how CIA oursources torture, torture for pre-crime, one of the torturers, Abu Ghraib, etc.

--Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by US Personnel and Its Impact. Third Report by Physicians for Human Rights documenting the systematic use of torture during interrogation of detainees.

--Hilde, Thomas, ed. On Torture. Johns Hopkins UP, 2008. Bush Ad. use of torture is a regression of democracy, which is destroyed in the name of protecting it. History, debates, and calamity of torture.

--Nelson, Deborah. The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about US War Crimes: Inside the Army's Secret Archive of Investigations. Rev. -PeaceWork (Nov. 2008). Report on the 9000 pages Army archive compiling US war crimes in Vietnam—including 300 atrocities and 500 other cases which weren't confirmed or investigated by the Army. Nelson demonstrates that US war crimes were systemic, tolerated, and even ordered by military leaders. (Has the army committed commensurate atrocities and coverup in Iraq? What will Obama do about them?)

--Barlow, Maude. Blue Covenant. Exposes drive by corporations—Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nestle, etc.-- to control water. Their propaganda at the Dem and Rep conventions was everywhere, for example.

OMNI'S HOPES INCLUDE: A WORLD FREE OF VIOLENCE AND WARS AND THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE AND WARS, A SOCIETY WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, A CARING COMMUNITY WHERE EVERY PERSON'S POTENTIAL MAY BE FULFILLED, AN EARTH RESTORED. GRASSROOTS NONVIOLENCE, WORLD PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS (UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS), CIVIL LIBERTIES (BILL OF RIGHTS), SOCIAL and ECONOMIC JUSTICE (RIGHTS DEPEND UPON JUSTICE), ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PROTECTING SPECIES AND THE EARTH. These are OMNI's ideals. Read our brochure and our newsletters, attend our Steering Committee, become an active member of one or more of our committees, participate in our dozens of activities to see how these broad goals for building a Community of Peace are realized in action. There is nothing vague about Building a Community of Peace through action.
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