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Jack Healey
GET UPDATES FROM Jack Healey Healey has confronted the human rights abuses of governments for over 50 years, and is still actively campaigning through Human Rights Action Center, (HRAC) a nonprofit he founded in 1994.

His new memoir, Create Your Future is now available. In addition to raising millions of dollars to stop world hunger, Healey helped move the topic of human rights from closed-door diplomatic negotiations to widespread awareness, public debate, and direct citizen action. As Executive Director of Amnesty International USA for 12 years, he produced with Bill Graham some of the largest musical events in our time, all over the world; from Turkey to Chile to Zimbabwe, using over 130 musicians to spread the message of human rights. John G. (Jack) Healey has received many accolades across industries:

Named "Mr. Human Rights" by U.S. News and World Report
--ABC World News Person of the Week
--6 entertainment industry awards
--7 honorary degrees from Universities in the US

For a full list of Healey's distinctions, please visit Human Rights Action Center

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Entries by Jack Healey

Ali: Champion for Hunger Relief and Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 1:43 AM

We remember Muhammed Ali today, on the 30th Anniversary of A Conspiracy of Hope. He championed the case for Human Rights

Early on April 30,1976, I was awakened by a phone call from Dick Gregory. Dick was running in New Mexico, well into the "Dick Gregory Bicentennial...

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Welcome to Washington Sting and Peter Gabriel

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 11:31 PM

As my two old friends, Sting and Peter Gabriel, make their way to the Verizon Center on June 23 in Washington DC, I want to remember their work in bringing the message of human rights to the world. Sting and Peter were the backbone of the...

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Burma: Human Rights Now Is Not a Slogan

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 8:42 AM

In Burma, the urgency for just leadership is intensifying. Leadership defines a nation. Some leaders take their country higher and some take their country lower. Those on the lower side are forgotten and those on the high side are remembered; legacy counts. I strongly believe that Aung San...

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U.S. Foreign Policy Complicit in Mandela Imprisonment

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

CIA operative Donald Rickard has revealed that it was with U.S. help that Nelson Mandela was caught and thus tried and sent to jail. Siding with very oppressive regimes is part and parcel of U.S. foreign policy history, though it damages millions of lives. The damage...

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Drones, Deaths, and Decisions

(3) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 7:35 AM

Larry Wilmore pulled no punches during his monologue at last week's White House Correspondents Dinner. Standing less than 10 ft. away from President Obama, Wilmore compared the shooting ability of Stephen Curry's 'long range bombs' to the lethal drones of President Obama, which have killed thousands...

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Youth Unemployment in the Middle East Causes Radicalization

(8) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 8:11 PM

Following the recent ISIL attacks, which ripped through Brussels with devastating impact, we are left mourning the loss of innocent lives, a situation growing all too familiar. Within in this process of mourning is the media circus that surrounds such tragic acts of senseless aggression.

In the...

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Why I Am for Bernie Sanders

(128) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 5:46 PM

The USA should listen to its young
Two opposing movements are being played out in American politics this election year. One movement, Trump's, is led by older folks. The Bernie Sanders movement is being led by young people. I go with the young people every time. I...

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March 21: International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 10:40 AM

Having spent four and a half years living in Lesotho as a Peace Corps Director, I speak of Africa with a deep respect and a love of the land and the people. My years were filled with friendships, community help in schools and farms done by the Peace Corps volunteers...

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The United States Needs Transitional Justice

(27) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 11:20 AM

Following Donald Trump's crushing victory in the New Hampshire primary, a viral video of him calling fellow candidate Ted Cruz a "pussy" grows even more important.

2016-02-21-1456075450-8630146-SenateComm.Torture.cover.jpg Once again, the media picked up the sensationalism...

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Lesotho Development Aid Needs New Direction

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 10:49 PM

A recent blog post, Can Lesotho survive more development? by John Aerni-Flessner and Charles Fogelman points out that "Despite post-Millennium development programs..., most Basotho still live in poverty, and average life expectancy is 49 years."

This astounding fact reminded me of my time in Lesotho in...

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A Victory for Taiwan in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 10:54 AM

Taiwan: New Hope for Chen Shui-Bian and Taiwan's new President

The Kuomintang (KMT) government in Taiwan lost a huge election to the Green Party, called the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by Tsai Ing-wen. The outgoing Ma government, the Blue Party, fell way short in the 2016 presidential...

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Burma Today: What the Aung San Suu Kyi Victory Means

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2016 | 9:51 PM

Much like the citizens of Chile in 1990, the Burmese got tired of the military running and ruining their nation and they did something about it this year. The people voted, and Aung San Suu Kyi won (again) by a massive majority. The Burmese military who held power since the...

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Doing Some Good for the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 9:36 AM

"Doing some good for the world" comes as a challenge to those young people trying to find their way in the world and a career path that produces something for which they can be proud. This is a normal and...

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Human Rights Day - A Day to Honor Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 12:17 PM

A visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt monument along the Potomac is one of the best experiences any American citizen can have. The four staged monument is absolutely powerful with water and great stones and verses from FDR. I take my visitors...

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Sandy Berger: Tribute to a Strong Servant to the Nation

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 1:30 PM

My longtime friend Sandy Berger came out of the politics of upper New York State. His writing talent took him to the campaign headquarters of Senator George McGovern. That campaign, though I was not involved in any significant way, brought me a number of friends. Most of them moved from...

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Clean Hands With Stone Hearts as Children Die

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Bringing Human Rights to Saudi Arabia

Let me ask you a question. If on 9/11, 13 of the 16 hijackers were Iranian, what would have happened? My guess is that a bombing campaign would have been initiated by at least two nations, the U.S.A. and Israel. But since the 13...

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Nativism: Everywhere the Enemy of Human Rights

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 9:19 AM

Though we are a nation of immigrants, a segment of the American people has always wanted to walk through the door and then close it behind them, keeping everyone else out. This segment dates back most clearly to the nativist movement that took place in the years leading up to...

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Reformers Who Entrench Power

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 8:48 PM

When most U.S. citizens hear about reformers taking on military dictators, the story seems clear. Things must be getting better. We felt this way as we watched recent developments in Burma and Egypt, among others. Unfortunately, history is filled with those who are genuine reformers and those who are not....

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Beauty and Injustice in Lakota Land

(6) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:20 AM


The Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota (Sioux) reservation lies hard against the South Dakota badlands to the north and just east of the Black Hills to the west. It is a land of harsh and stunning extremes. Brutal winter blizzards with hauntingly howling winds...

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One Short Film* for Chen, One Giant Leap in Justice for Taiwan

(7) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:59 AM

Because of some strong rescuing effort inside and outside of Taiwan, Mr. Chen Shui-Bian, former President of Taiwan, is finally home to recover from a spectacular failure in the justice system of Taiwan after surviving six years of harsh and demeaning imprisonment....
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