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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:


Be alert for any government plan that shifts attention from criminal acts to "radical" ideas and "extreme" views on politics and religion. This chills dissent across the political spectrum.

From "Social Movements and 'Terrorism'"
by Robert Whit

'Scholars and government officials have spent countless pages trying to define “terrorism.”  They should instead follow Charles Tilly’s definition of political violence:

any observable interaction in the course of which persons or objects are seized or physically damaged in spite of resistance (Tilly 1978, p. 176).

What is often termed “terrorism” is more properly the use or threat of political violence.

A virtue of Tilly’s definition is it acknowledges that state and non-state actors engage in (and threaten) political violence.  Unfortunately, many scholars who study “terrorism” explicitly exclude state actions from their definition or they include the potential for state violence and then selectively focus on non-state activists.  This is misguided, at best.

From my perspective, “terrorism” is a label used by elites to smear dissenters.  For example, The Guardian reports that the Chinese government has referred to the Dalai Lama’s prayers for self-immolating monks as “terrorism in disguise”....'

Read more from "Social Movements and 'Terrorism'"
by Robert White

Visit the Political Spying Document Depository

Please Note:

The files in this online archival depository are provided because democracy is based on informed consent and the free flow of ideas and information.

Documents from government and non-government surveillance files, without corroborating information from another source, should not be considered an accurate historic record.

As scholars and journalists have shown repeatedly, surveillance documents contain information that is sometimes inaccurate and sometimes invented. Read more here.

Browse Documents from Government Programs that Involve Surveillance

Files Relating to Counter-Terrorism Training:

Click here: California, Florida, Washington

Stop Intrusive Spying in the U.S.

The website is part of a broad coalition that spans ideological boundaries. All the participant groups know that defending civil liberties and opposing government surveillance abuse is a job for all of us.

For more information on conservative voices in support of civil liberties, visit this page at the
Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

Network Resources

Civil Liberties Hall of Fame



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New Section on COINTELPRO

Visit This Special Collection on COINTELPRO: The FBI's Secret War on Dissent

Read The War at Home by Brian Glick online.

A short illustrated "Know Your Rights" guide for potential targets of police brutality.

Security for Activists




First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1791

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


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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