Human Rights

Have PRIDE in Voting

I’m lucky enough to have been able to surround myself with allies my whole life (thankfully, safe some spaces do exist). I learned early on (from friends of color) that “passing” (as straight) does not do the GLBTQ community any good. And thanks to the support of my friends, family and the music community I…

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights, Guest Blog, Blog

UPDATED: This Peaceful Deadhead Will Die in Prison w/out Obama Clemency

UPDATE: As of August 30th, 2016 Timothy Tyler has been granted Clemency   Twenty years without music. That ended up being part of the punishment handed down to Timothy Tyler, a now 47-year-old Deadhead who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for selling LSD at 25-years-old. He was arrested in…

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights

My Mother: The Voting Rights Crusader

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The VRA is federal legislation that prevents states from discriminating against minority voters. President Johnson announced the bill after the tragedies in Selma, AL and congress pushed it through in relatively short time to respond to the immediate needs of a changing…

Posted in Interviews, Human Rights, Voting Rights

ACLU Mobile Justice App aims to Save Lives and Secure Justice

A new ACLU Mobile Justice App allows users to document misconduct by law enforcement on smartphones and alert the community about incidents in progress.

Record turnout for Ferguson local elections

Despite rainy weather throughout Ferguson, yesterday a record 29% diverse voter turnout altered the makeup of the city council to having 3 black and 3 white representatives. This historical shift in council make up is a direct result of the breakdown of Ferguson’s community and great loss. Historically Ferguson sees a 10% to 12% turnout in…

Posted in Politics and Elections, Human Rights

System of a Down: Tour to Commemorate 1.5 Million Lives Lost in Armenian Genocide

System of a Down’s Wake Up The Souls tour kicked off this week with a sold out show at Los Angeles’ Forum Arena. The Grammy-winning alternative rock band, whose members are all of Armenian descent, have organized a tour coinciding with the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide in an effort to raise awareness of the oft forgotten events in their…

Posted in Human Rights

Three Amazing Oscar Moments and Two Equally Terrible Internet Reactions

This year’s Oscars proved notableas the winners utilized the unique opportunity to touch upon important human rights issues

Posted in Human Rights

Viewpoint: Improving Campus Sexual Assault Policies Must Become a Priority

Campus sexual assault has come to the forefront of the national conversation recently. Miranda Willson explores the ins and outs of what is being called an epidemic.

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights, Guest Blog

The Internet Fights Back Against the NSA

A massive international protest is underway — online. Will it sway the NSA?

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights

Madonna, Katy Perry Launch #GayPropaganda on Eve of Olympics

As a controversial Olympics begins in Sochi, Russia, Katy Perry and Madonna are promoting gay rights with the (We Are) GayPropaganda campaign — and shining a light on recent Russian human rights abuses.

Posted in Personal Liberty, Human Rights, Music and Activism