human rights


V.26 No.2 | 01/12/2017

Event Horizon

Rebel Grrls

Saturday, Jan 21: Women's March on Washington

Join the many unique cultural groups across New Mexico in an inclusive dialogue to become more educated about how to take positive and peaceful action to exercise your constitutional rights.
V.25 No.39 | 09/29/2016

The Daily Word in Syria, Stereotypes and Living Fully

The Daily Word

Just because it's not happening to your kids doesn't mean it's not happening.

Which Vice Presidential candidate has been described as a “human sweater vest?” Test your knowledge.

Hurricane Matthew swept through Cuba and has been ranked as the strongest hurricane in 52 years, hitting Haiti with powerful 145 mph winds. Floridians are on high alert, as Matthew is expected to make its way up the Southeastern coast toward the Mid-Atlantic.

Spunky 91-year-old Norma Bauerschmidt of Michigan died a full and happy woman, after deciding against cancer treatment and living a very full life instead, complete with her first hot air balloon ride, visits to National Parks and her first pedicure.

Women in Poland crowded the city's streets for “Black Monday” in protest of a proposed absolute ban on abortion that would put women and their doctors in jail for up to five years no matter the circumstance of the abortion. Miscarriages would also result in three years jail time if the woman could not prove it was not induced.

Even at eight-years-old, kids are already socially conditioned to sexism and racism. One teacher tackles stereotypes in her classroom and takes a step towards shaping socially aware adults in her third-grade classroom.

Read an interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about his perspective on science and how pop-culture references are sometimes the most helpful analogies when talking about cosmic phenomena.

V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016

The Daily Word in Looting, SCOTUS and Affirmative Action

The Daily Word

The maximum prom level has been achieved.

How do human rights and global warming intersect?

It's not just congress that can't agree on anything.

Texas is surprisingly holding true to their affirmative action program, albeit barely.

For many homeowners whose homes were spared from the Dog Head Fire, they weren't spared from looting.

V.24 No.25 | 6/18/2015

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The Daily Word in dehydration, pubic hair and a powerfully ugly sweater

The Daily Word

A popular Chinese actress is being sued over her intense stare.

Local car-dealing celebrity Bob Turner has died at the age of 83. No bull.

Check out these sexy photos of female scientists.

Spain's vague, new gag law is upsetting artists and musicians.

Wrestling superstar Dusty Rhodes has died at 69.

Most children and teens are mildly dehydrated.

The President of the Spokane NAACP is being accused of pretending to be black by her parents.

One ugly sweater has really harshed J Crew's mellow.

Men share their thoughts on women's pubic hair.

The world's oldest billionaire, David Rockefeller, turns 100 today!

V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015

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The Daily Word in infectious semen, rogue fecal matter, a chihuahua treehouse and the King of Surf Guitar

The Daily Word

The Ebola virus can be found in semen 6 months after treatment. The CDC has given us yet another reason to avoid having unprotected sex.

Sean Penn's Malibu estate is on the market.

A chihuahua was found living inside a tree.

Grace Lee Whitney, an actress from the original Star Trek series, has died at the age of 85.

China broke the Guinness World Record for the most facials given at one time.

This 10-year-old in Paraguay is being denied an abortion after allegedly being raped by her stepfather.

Freedom of assembly is being revoked in many democratic countries around the globe.

Do you have a beard? It may have poop on it.

Learn what it's like to have two vaginas.

A very important baby was born over the weekend.

Former Poison singer Bret Michaels has embarked on his country music career.

Happy birthday to Dick Dale, who turns 78 today!

V.22 No.27 | 7/4/2013
“Pick up the cry.”

Aural Fixation

American Music

Songs in the key of U.S.A.

As Laurie Anderson once noted, “Yankee Doodle” is a surrealist masterpiece. That sentiment inspired me to create this mixtape for ‘Merica.
V.21 No.7 |

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The Daily Word in birth control, Romney's dog and Deep Throat

The Daily Word

25 percent of marriages in the state are interracial.

New Mexico ditches No Child Left Behind.

Honduras prison fire kills inmates, many of whom hadn't been charged or convicted.

Congressional hearing on birth control includes no women.

Santorum says birth control is harmful.

One time, Romney put the family dog on the roof of his car during a road trip. Now, it's haunting his campaign.

Linsanity is no accident.

People who walk slowly may be prone to dementia.

Mamma Mia! actor to play Linda Lovelace, star of Deep Throat.

Is this bikini model fat?

V.20 No.34 | 8/25/2011
OneMillionBones.org

Art News

Fifty Thousand Bones

Body of work points a finger at genocide

Spectral figures clad in white float into the intersection of Fourth and Central. They carry armfuls of bones, which they deposit on the ground. As they retreat, more couriers appear and they too place dozens of skeletal pieces in the street. The cycle continues until 50,000 white offerings fill the crossroads. This is the first round of the activist art installation One Million Bones, and it happens on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011

Neverending Stories

“Please Save Us”

Detainees beg to be deported through safe territory

Almost 50 people held on immigration charges in New Mexico signed letters saying that if they are deported over the state's border, they will be immediately kidnapped or killed.
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011

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U.N. explodes in rainbows

While I watched the Gay Pride parade roll by in Albuquerque last week, cities everywhere celebrated in style. There were feathers and Lady Gaga and assless chaps.

June is LGBT Month, and even the U.N. Human Rights Council knows it. Unless, of course, you consider the 19 countries that voted against today's resolution to investigate and condemn human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure expresses “grave concerns at acts of violence and discrimination.”

Under the umbrella of religious and cultural beliefs, the opposing diplomats argued that the resolution is illegal and unnatural, as well as unpopular within their countries. The historic first exclusively LGBT-oriented resolution does not sit well with many African and Middle Eastern nations, Russia and Moldova.

Nigerian diplomats said the proposal contradicts the wishes of most Africans, and others said the U.N. was replacing the natural rights of human beings with unnatural rights. I can only assume “natural” refers to the right to perpetuate violence and harassment against those different from you.

Countries in opposition to LGBT rights will not suffer consequences because apart from shaming violators, the U.N. Human Rights Council does not have any enforcement tools. The high commissioner will document discriminatory laws and practices around the world, but the resolution does not put forth a plan to enforce equal rights.

It makes me wonder what will be condemned. Prohibitions of same-sex marriage? Leniency on hate crimes? Politicians running on the platform that God told them to stop the gays? Barriers to same-sex adoption? Therapy sessions to "cure" homosexuality?

And how does our country measure up?