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Consumer Rights Resource Center of the Partnership for Civil Justice, Legal Defense & Education Fund cite: (civil-rights.net): Founded by experienced civil rights attorneys. The Fund provides and supports exclusively charitable and educational activities that secure and advance civil rights under the law, and that work towards the elimination of discrimination and prejudice.
MoveOn cite: (moveon.org): Working to bring ordinary people back into politics. With a system that today revolves around big money and big media, most citizens are left out. When it becomes clear that our "representatives" don't represent the public, the foundations of democracy are in peril. MoveOn is a catalyst for a new kind of grassroots involvement, supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice.
Liberties Lost Since 09/11/2001: from (Lisa Rogers for President)
There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither. ~ Ramsey Clark
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Civil Rights Organizations
American Bar Association Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section cite: (abanet.org): Section of the ABA that specializes in protecting and advancing individual human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. Human Rights, their periodical and the IRR News Report are published in text.
American Civil Liberties Union cite: (aclu.org): ACLU civil rights/civil liberties organization with affiliate organizations in each state, and national projects that specialize in particular areas of concern (privacy and reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS, free speech, prison conditions, immigrant rights, employment rights etc), the ACLU is engaged in more litigation to protect rights than any other single US organization. ACLU also has an active lobbying presence in Congress and each state legislature.
Center for Constitutional Rights cite: (ccr-ny.org):
CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR uses litigation proactively to advance the law in a positive direction, to empower poor communities and communities of color, to guarantee the rights of those with the fewest protections and the least access to legal resources, to train the next generation of constitutional and human rights attorneys, and to strengthen the broader movement for constitutional and human rights.
Civil Rights.Org cite: (civilrights.org): Civilrights.org's mission is to empower the civil rights community to lead the fight for equality and social justice in the emerging digital society through the establishment of an online social justice network, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. The conference is a coalition of 185 national organizations representing people of color, women, children, labor unions, individuals with disabilities, older Americans, major religious groups, gay and lesbian people, and civil liberties and human rights group.
The Center for Law and Social Policy cite: (clasp.org): Public interest law and policy organization, CLASP's focuses on welfare reform, workforce development, childcare, child support, and the intersection of reproductive health and welfare.
The Constitution Project cite: (constitutionproject.org): A bipartisan nonprofit organization that seeks consensus on controversial legal and constitutional issues through a combination of scholarship and activism.
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights cite: (lchr.org): LCHR works in the US and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law. LCHR supports human rights activists who fight for basic freedoms and peaceful change at the local level; protects refugees in flight from persecution and repression; promotes fair economic practices by creating safeguards for workers' rights; and helps build a strong international system of justice and accountability for the worst human rights crimes.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association cite: (nlada.org): Attorneys working with low-income clients, and their families and communities. NLADA represents attorneys in public defender and legal aid programs, providing legal assistance to indigent persons in criminal and civil matters.
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US History & Our Passion for Freedom
Slavery & Freedom: US History for Kids - Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, The Underground Railroad, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Lucretia Mott and more
The Emancipation Proclamation: Issued by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, "That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free" . . . Six months later . . .
Juneteenth: on June 19, 1865, Union general Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, thus belatedly bringing about the freeing of 250,000 slaves in Texas. The tidings of freedom reached slaves gradually as individual plantation owners read the proclamation to their bondsmen over the months following the end of the war.
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