Assisting the Global Human Rights Movement in Building Social, Economic, Cultural, Civil, and Political Rights for All
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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!

Featured Groups:

Race Forward and their online magazine Colorlines.

Center for Media & Democracy, and their magazine The Progressive, and their research sites ALEC Exposed and PR Watch.

The Data Center and their Research Toolkits for progressive researchers.

How Maps Change The World by framing global geography from different perspectives.

More Resources for Human Rights and Social Justice:

Why a Human Rights Framework
for the United States?

Building Human Rights is a compelling master frame for movements supporting social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights

Democracy thrives where human rights are defended
and justice is honored as a collective goal of society

Any definition of "Human Rights" must be grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes the inherent dignity of all members of the human family. Human Rights are those rights that are universal and inalienable; and which provide the foundations for freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

Human rights include specific social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights for people of all ages; races; ethnicities; religious, spiritual, or ethical beliefs; gender; sexual orientation; or ability. A progressive human rights perspective sees liberty, freedom, laws, and rights as an essential framework, but envisions justice as the goal.

Featured Organization

Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern School of Law

The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) is at the center of the School of Law’s human rights efforts and works closely with scholars, institutions and advocates nationally and internationally to address issues of human rights and economic development. Reflecting our faculty’s interests, PHRGE is particularly engaged with the international movement to promote economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights.

Recent Publications

Featured Multimedia
View an interview with Civil Rights Movement veteran:

Dr. Vincent G. Harding


Latest Civil Liberties
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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

Essays of Interest

Don't Abide Hate by Hussein Ibish and Brian Levin
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.
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 can 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.

Without dissent there is no progress in a society: Dissent is Essential!
The Building Human Rights web network incubation is made possible by the Defending Dissent Foundation

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