President Biden must commit to ending what former President Obama failed to do: put an end to these human rights atrocities by immediately transferring detainees who are not accused of committing crimes to countries where their human rights are respected, and providing fair trials for anyone accused, without recourse. The death penalty, and the permanent closure of this discriminatory and unlawful detention facility. ” […]
On January 11, 2021, Amnesty International released A. Transfer It highlights the ongoing and historic human rights violations at Guantanamo Bay, as the arrests there enter its 20th year and a new president prepares to enter the White House. The report called for renewed urgency on the issue, accompanied by a genuine commitment to truth, accountability and fairness, as well as recognition that indefinite detention in Guantánamo should not be allowed to continue any longer.
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You can be with the rule of law or you can vote to acquit Mr. Trump. But you cannot be with both. “
~~ Michael McFall (February 11, 2021)
On this date in the Daily Kos in 2004Pure and simple: equal rights:
Thirty years ago this month, right to life activists in Boulder, Colorado – with flagrant encouragement by the chain-owned local daily newspaper – challenged one of the nation’s first concerns with what they called the “gay agenda.”
Back then, as now, the gay agenda was a core American agenda – to have equal legal protection by another group of our second-class citizens. The dispute in Boulder wasn’t gay marriage or civil union, but another fundamental right: non-discrimination in employment. Shortly before Christmas in 1973, the nine-member city council – with its two-year-old liberal majority at its head – issued one of the first four or five similar ordinances in the United States. Some gay and progressive activists to the left of the council wanted something more: a clause banning nondiscrimination in accommodations.
Legislation began by Mayor Benfield Tate II, who was elected by the unpaid council as the first black mayor in Colorado history, chosen in a city with less than 2% of African Americans. A gay acquaintance told Tate that she was fired specifically because of her sexual orientation. Tate knew about injustice firsthand. And he saw it quite simply: abolishing the constitutional right of every American not to be legally derogated from background, belief, or biology.