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Iranian Prisoners Continue Defiant Hunger Strikes

Hamid Yazdan Panah | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Hamid Yazdan Panah

A coordinated hunger strike by Iranian political prisoners is gaining international support and reminding the world that the Iranian dissident movement is far from defeated.

May 2nd Marks Five Months Since SFPD Killed Mario Woods, and, Unacceptably, Things Are Getting Worse

Karen Fleshman | Posted 05.02.2016 | San Francisco
Karen Fleshman

San Francisco is currently run by a rogue police department with no oversight nor respect for the community. Video of SFPD Officers Raphael Masangc...

Immigration Detainees Begin Hunger Strike At Georgia Center

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

Two undocumented immigrants locked in Stewart Detention Center in rural Georgia are refusing food, authorities said Thursday. The protest, described a...

Asylum Seekers To Clinton: Don't Let Us Be Deported To Our Deaths

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Seven asylum seekers and their supporters gathered outside the Brooklyn campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on...

Two Little Piggies: How a Cuban Artist's Protest Went Viral

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Barbara E. Joe

He had carefully painted, using bright red capital letters, the names "FIDEL" and "RAUL" onto two squirming piglets. It's traditional in Cuba between Christmas and New Year's to release pigs to be kept by anyone who can catch them. But Danilo never got to release his pigs.

Asylum Seekers Detained in Aurora

Sen. Jessie Ulibarri | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics
Sen. Jessie Ulibarri

I was shaken out of my holiday bliss when I received a call from a concerned constituent about a group of seventeen aspiring Americans being detained at a for-profit prison, GEO, located in Aurora, CO, just outside of my district.

India's Modern Day Freedom Fighter: Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa on Hunger Strike to Free Sikh Political Prisoners

Damanvir Kaur | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Damanvir Kaur

A day will come when others like Waryam Singh will feel the warm embrace of freedom. This freedom will be possible due to heroes like Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa and his lionhearted fight for human right

Sewing It Shut

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

Let's pray God will open our minds to solutions and our hearts to those in need. Let's pray for peace and healing. Let's pray God will give us the courage to act, and the wisdom to know when to speak and when to sew our mouths shut.

The Power Of Protest At Mizzou

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

What this series of events does show is the chasm that sadly still exists in the experiences and therefore perspectives of most white people compared to most people of color.

Hungry for Human Rights

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 11.09.2015 | College
Dr. Cindi Love

On November 9, 2015, Jonathan L. Butler, 25, a University of Missouri student in Columbia, MO was seven days into a hunger strike. His goal was to bring attention to deeply entrenched racism on campus and the lack of accountability for the problem by the president of the university.

Rapper's Hunger Strike Shows Power of Ancient Form of Protest

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

By starving themselves slowly the hunger striker makes public the very private act of dying and their suffering becomes a source of strength eliciting strong emotions among supporters and observers.

These Chicago Protesters Have Been Starving Themselves For 34 Days

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2015 | Black Voices

For the past month, the same eight Chicago protesters have spent their days in front of Walter H. Dyett High School, a once-bustling but now vacant in...

Explaining a Hunger Strike to My 3 Year Old: Dyett High School- Hunger Strikes

Dave Stieber | Posted 08.26.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Yesterday my son and I took juice to the 12 parents and community members who are performing a hunger strike. They are protesting Chicago Public Schools' decision to close one of the last public schools in their neighborhood.

42 Maximum-Security Inmates In Utah Prison Begin Hunger Strike

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.01.2015 | Crime

A group of 42 inmates at the Utah State Prison refused breakfast on Friday morning and have gone on a hunger strike, prison officials say. Utah Depart...

Hunger Strike At Arizona Detention Center After Immigrant's Mysterious Death

Posted 06.13.2015 | Latino Voices

A group of 200 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike at Eloy Detention Center outside Phoenix Saturday morning to protest a detainee's death la...

Do Black Lives Matter? Simon Deng on Day 22 of Hunger Strike

Heather Robinson | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Heather Robinson

He is a free man now, and he's determined to use that freedom to stir President Obama to "save the lives of untold millions of Africans" who are in danger of dying in Southern Sudan.

Roque Planas

'They Were Using The Most Powerful Threats To Silence Them' | Roque Planas | Posted 04.24.2015 | Latino Voices

Three immigrant women who say they were punished for joining a hunger strike in a Texas family detention center on Thursday sued U.S. Immigration and ...

Nikos Romanos: From Aggressor to Victim

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

The Greek state has an uncanny ability to haphazardly follow the letter of the law, often neglecting the wider picture, thereby creating issues that tend to cause an uproar without there being any sound substantial reason.

Matt Sheehan

Diabetic On Hunger Strike For Democracy In Hong Kong: We're Here 'To Occupy People's Hearts' | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

HONG KONG –- Protests in Hong Kong’s Admiralty neighborhood have been a boisterously youthful affair, often giving the feeling of an extended slee...

Al Jazeera Journalist Speaks Out About 'Psychological Torture' In Egypt

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.26.2014 | Media

After spending nearly 10 months detained in an Egyptian prison without charge, Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy was released in June. He spoke w...

Torture in US Prisons: What 'OITNB' Hasn't Told You

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Rev. Ron Stief

We Americans like to think of our nation as the "shining city on a hill," as a protector of human rights, a beacon for the rest of the world. The reality, however, is that widespread torture is happening today in our own country, especially in state and federal prisons and detention facilities.

Palestinian prisoners detained without charge or trial hunger for freedom

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Since April 24, 120 out of the 189 Palestinians held without charge or trial have refused taking any food. Hundreds, and on some days thousands, of fe...

Not Another Broken Promise on Guantánamo

Nancy Talanian | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

In the year since this latest promise, only 12 men have been released. Some 154 prisoners remain, half of whom were unanimously cleared years ago by high-level government officials.

Israel Continues Imprisoning Palestinians Without Charge or Trial

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

At present, 186 Palestinian doctors, parliamentarians and teenagers are held without charge or trial by Israel, a country that calls itself the Middle East's only democracy.

Deportations, Hunger Strikes and an Uncertain White House

Ryan Campbell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

With immigration, everything begins and ends with family. Until we see a solution to the record-setting family separations, the Administration can expect to see demonstrators on their front step with heartbreaking stories.