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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?
The Tools of Fear: Creating Oppression
Formula for Discussing Systems of Oppression Some Common Prejudices
(Ideas, norms, "isms.")
Forms of Discrimination (Actions) Arenas of Power Struggles Tools of Fear The Outcome of Passive or Active Aggression is Oppression

+ Power
= Oppression

  • Racism
  • Religious Triumphalism
  • Islamophobia
  • Antisemitism
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Ableism
  • Classism

(and many more)



  • Systemic
  • Institutional
  • Legal
These can occur singly or in combinations

Unfair power & privilege maintained by social pressure (norms) create systems of oppression or even repression, violence, and murder

These processes can produce acts of passive or active Aggression
Individual Attacks
Group Attacks

Apocalyptic Aggression is action sparked by fear that time is running out so authoritarian or violent solutions are justified

Psychological & Sociological Mechanisms Described in Social Science:
Social Cognition | Social Identity | Social Categorization | Ethnocentrism
Confirmation/Disconfirmation Bias | Social Dominance | Normalization
Intergroup Hostility | Projection | Exemplary Dualism | Subversion Panic
Interpersonal Aggression | Authoritarianism | Justification


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
(a copy of the event poster is here)

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:

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

Allied Sites

How does
Social Science
Analyze the Success
and Failure of
Social Movements?

Visit the Social Movement
Study Network Activism Pages

And learn how to
fine-tune your organizing


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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