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The global human rights movement challenges the systems, structures, and institutions that create, defend, and extend oppression and repression in a society.

We are all part of the Human Rights Movement!

More Resources for Human Rights and Social Justice:

Breaking the Silence

What's Behind the Wave of Police, Security, and Vigilante Killings of Black People?


What can White People Do?

I compiled this concise list of links to INFORM & actions to DO primarily for my white friends & family in the U.S. to change the culture & injustices built in to the legal and correctional system.

Please read and share widely in an effort to broaden support for this important issue, especially as white people among white people, within our networks of friends, family & colleagues. A Pew Center poll last summer showed that views on the importance and broader implications of the killing of Mike Brown are extremely segregated by race, with the majority of white people believing the issue is unimportant.

Just shifting this perspective is a huge and important endeavor.

Statements on the Decision

A statement by the National Bar Association condemning the Grand Jury's decision and the prosecutor's poor job:

This article details why police officers are never indicted for murder:

An excellent legal analysis by MSNBC's Lisa Bloom:

This article is a concise but well-argued opinion about structural racism:

I have found that very good coverage of the case & what's happening as a result around the world is through the Washington Post:

What can be done?

Turn this energy into a movement, not a moment!

Talk about it! Especially with those with whom you have differing opinions. White people's silence = violence. "Overall, the social networks of whites are a remarkable 91 percent white." This is in stark contrast to the social networks of blacks & hispanics in the U.S., which are much more mixed:

Contact the Department of Justice to continue to try to bring justice in this case. Even if it's unlikely, it gives a strong message to national leadership that decisive action needs to be taken on these issues:

Read & share Michelle Alexander’s book, ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’:

Or listen to this fact-full interview with the author:

Money is a good way to participate too, and a great organization is the Organization for Black Struggle in Ferguson:

Or, a long document with places to send rapid response donations for Ferguson:

Many more actions listed with the Police Brutality Action Kit:

A set of lessons and tools for teachers:


Join / follow Colorlines, which provides ongoing news and actions for these related issues:

Thank you for taking time to devote to this! ‪#‎MikeBrown‬ ‪#‎Ferguson‬ ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬

x Caitlin

These resources originally compiled at the request of the Spirit House Project
for a National Teach-In, Worship Service, and
Candlelight Vigil held On April 22, 2014, in Washington, DC
(a copy of the event poster is here)

Resources Table of Contents



Up Front

"Operation Ghetto Storm" 
written by Arlene Eisen, with preface by Kali Akuno, published by the Malcolm X Grassroots Committee:

Rinku Sen: Fighting ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Is The Anti-Lynching Movement Of Our Time

What Are the Sundown Towns?

Know Your Rights!

Advice from the Midnight Special Law Collective

Advice from the National Lawyers Guild

Standing Up for You:


Curated List of 200+ Selected Websites
Search Reliable Information Sources
News Updates from Allies
Browse Combined Feeds
Browse by Organization
Dissent is Essential!

Videos Online

When Democracy Works
Narrated by Scot Nagagawa

Vincent Harding
Students as Leaders

Herman Sinaiko
Democracy and the Obligations of Leaders and Citizens--From China in the age of the Mandarins to the Tea Parties Today

Civic Education

Elements of Democracy: The Overall Concept

Basic Concepts, from Magruder's, Chapter One

Essential Elements: The International Consensus

Democracy Activism

Frances Moore Lappé, Doing Democracy: 10 Practical Arts Handbook, Small Planet Institute.

Bill Moyer, JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley & Steve Soifer, Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, New Society Publishers.

Higher Education

The Democracy Imperitive
A project mobilizing higher education to support democracy

Democracy Now!: A daily independent global news hour with Amy Goodman & Juan González

Global Human Rights

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Democracy is not a specific set of institutions but a process that requires dissent.
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Democracy is a process that assumes the majority of people, 
over time, given enough accurate information,
the ability to participate in a free and open public debate,
and to vote without intimidation,
reach constructive decisions that benefit the whole of society, and 
preserve liberty, protect our freedoms, extend equality,
and thus defend democracy itself. 


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