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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?

Organized White Supremacy

Click here for the Southern Poverty Law Center's
Map of "Hate Groups" by State

While Supremacist groups in the United States share certain common elements and characteristics. In addition to a view of racial hierarchy, there is usually some form of antisemitism, dualism, apocalypticism, a reliance on conspiracy theories, a "macho" masculinist perspective, and opposition to rights for gays and lesbians.

They also share some common elements with all social movements. At the same time, there are distinctive differences among White Supremacist groups. There are several ways to illustrate these differences. In order to better explain how these groups operate in the public sphere, we think it helps to separate these groups into the categories of

  • Political,
  • Religious, and
  • Youth Cultural (racist skinhead, racist gangs, etc.)

This typology, proposed by Vysotsky in 2004, focuses on how these groups recruit and mobilize supporters around specific ideologies or cultural frames.


Adapted from Chip Berlet and Stanislav Vysotsky. 2006. “Overview of U.S. white supremacist groups.” In Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 1, (Summer). Special Issue on the White Power Movement in the United States, Betty. A. Dobratz and Lisa. K. Walsner, eds., pp. 11-48.


These resources 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

Resources Table of Contents

We are all part of the Human Rights Movement

Up Front

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

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:

Allies


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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

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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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