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Assisting the Global Human Rights Movement in Building Social, Economic, Cultural, Civil, and Political Rights for All
Organizing for Human Rights is Harder when the Right to Dissent is Eroded!

The global human rights movement challenges the systems, structures, and institutions that create, defend, and extend oppression and repression in a society.

Core Elements

Building Human Rights

Building Our Planet
Building Democracy
Building Economic Justice
Building Equality
Building Gender Justice
Building Immigrant Rights
Building Liberty
Building Public Education
Building Racial Justice
Building World Peace

More Resources for Human Rights and Social Justice:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Amnesty International Human Rights Search

Human Rights Watch

US Human Rights Network

Open Democracy

Teaching for Change

Rethinking Schools

Zinn Education Project

How Maps Change the World

Civil Liberties Hall of Fame

What are the Tools of Fear?

How to do Power Structure Research

Why Conspiracism Undermines Democracy

How Apocalyptic Aggression Builds Bigotry

We are all part of the Human Rights Movement

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 stopspying.us 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


More Information

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.

Essays of Interest

Don't Abide Hate by Hussein Ibish and Brian Levin

The Building Human Rights Network

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

Visit the Social Movement
Study Network
Activism Page

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, and the ability to participate in a free and open public debate,
reach constructive decisions that benefit the whole of society, and
preserve liberty, protect our freedoms, extend equality, and defend democracy.

Without dissent there is no progress in a society: Dissent is Essential!

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