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A Passion for Justice: One Man's Dedication to Civil Rights چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A Passion for Justice: One Man's Dedication to Civil Rights!

 07/28/2018

 
"Ralph D. Fertig documents origins and episodes in the Civil Rights Movement. He has been a steady and consistent advocate for civil rights through non-violent direct action in most of his 88 years. We met in the 1961 Freedom Rides and in his book, A Passion for Justice, Fertig chronicles struggles for desegregation before, through and since then. In the current political climate, this is a book for today."

-John Lewis, US Congressman

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"Hailed by the Washington Post as the "Conscience of Washington," and by the Los Angeles Times as "a cog in the wheel of justice," Ralph D. Fertig began his social activism in his home, filled with German Jewish refugees."

  Ralph Fertig was born to German immigrant parents in 1930 and was raised in Chicago.

In high school and college, he campaigned for desegregation and justice in housing and employment. At the University of Chicago, he fought for academic freedom.

He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1950, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1952, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1955.

While earning his bachelor's degree, Fertig formed a student branch of the NAACP. He subsequently became a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and viewed Paul Robeson as one of his heroes.

He began social work organizing peace between warring street gangs on Chicago's South side. Fertig organized programs for equal rights with the Congress Of Racial Equality and the Americans for Democratic Action.

He became a Freedom Rider on a bus bound for Jackson, Mississippi, to help integrate interstate buses. The Sheriff in Selma, Alabama threw him in jail, where White prisoners kicked in his ribs.


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A Joint Letter to Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A Joint Letter to Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Imminent Execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran

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H.E. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights

Palais Wilson

52, rue de Paquis 10

1211 Geneva Switzerland

Re: The Imminent Execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran

Your Excellency,

Yet another Kurdish human rights activist, Ramin Hossein Panahi is in imminent danger of execution in Iran. According to Hossein Ahmadiniaz, Mr. Panahi’s lawyer the supreme court of Iran has upheld the death sentence rather than advising the proper legal functions and procedures to be followed. Although no documented charges have been brought against Mr. Panahi, he has been kept in solitary confinement and incommunicado, leading to his ongoing hunger strike against the unbearable prison conditions.  Mr. Panahi’s father, who had recently been able to speak to his son briefly on the phone, is apprehensive and wants the whole world to know about the imminent danger that his son faces. The terrified parents of Mr. Panahi have announced a sit-in front of the prison and have threatened that if their son is executed, they will also put an end to their own lives. The plight of this family is typical of many Kurdish and other Iranian families whose members are in prison, many of whom are on death row.

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KURDISH IRANIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE CRITICALLY ILL: MOHAMMAD NAZARI چاپ ارسال به دوست
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KURDISH IRANIAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE CRITICALLY ILL: 

MOHAMMAD NAZARI

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23 October 2017, Index number: MDE 13/7327/2017 

 Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Nazari, who has been unjustly languishing in prison for over two decades, is critically ill and needs urgent medical care outside prison. He has been on hunger strike since 30 July, demanding his release from prison. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.

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Adnan Hassanpour a well-known Kurdish journalist released after 10 years in jail in Iran چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Adnan Hassanpour a well-known Kurdish journalist released after 10 years in jail in Iran
 
September 10, 2016
 
 
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Adnan Hassanpour, a well-known Kurdish journalist and editor of now-defunct Kurdish-Persian weekly Aso has been released after spending almost 10 years behind bars.
Adnan Hassanpour was arrested in 2006 on charges of moharebeh, fighting with God. He was initially charged with "espionage," "acting against national security," and "active armed resistance against the state" (Moharebeh). In July 2007, he was convicted and sentenced to death by Marivan Revolutionary Court. 
 
Later, his sentence reduced to 15 years prison in exile. That conviction was overturned on appeal and he was retried on charges of working for outlawed parties and espionage, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
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UAlbany online science courses for refugee Syria medical students چاپ ارسال به دوست
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UAlbany online science courses for refugee Syria medical students

 
Updated 7:06 am, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
 
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The imprisoned medical doctors, pioneers in the treatment of HIV and AIDS in repressive regimes, scrounged up old textbooks, organized classes and spread a feeling of optimism inside the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

Despite shackles and bars, their minds remained unfettered.
Now, the Alaeis, who are the recipients of international humanitarian awards, are paying it forward. With the help of colleagues at UAlbany - where the brothers created the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights - they've developed an online program of science classes in Arabic for former medical students in war-torn Syria.

The courses are delivered over cellphones with a mobile app platform under development by UAlbany computer programmers. 

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URGENT CALL FOR ACTION and SOLIDARITY! End military curfew in Kurdish towns of Turkey چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 URGENT CALL FOR ACTION and SOLIDARITY!

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The Women Freedom Assembly in Turkey (Kadın Özgürlük Meclisi – KÖM)

 

 

 

 

 Dec. 22, 2015

End military curfew in Kurdish towns of Turkey 

The war in Turkey is intensifying; people, all living beings and history is being destroyed!
As the State becomes more and more ISIS-like, the peoples’ resistance resembles Kobanê!

In the Kurdish towns/provinces of Hakkari, Dargeçit, Sur, Nusaybin, Silopi and Cizre, the State:

  • Has removed all doctors’ leaves and permissions, calling all medical equipment personnel to be prepared,
  • Has emptied out student dormitories, placing security forces within them instead of students,
  • Has swiftly removed teachers from places where it has declared or is planning to declare curfews and perpetrate massacres,
  • Is currently preventing entry into and exit from these districts by way of police and military forces,
  • Is continuing an endless dispatch of military equipment, ammunition, soldiers and police forces at the highest level possible to these areas. What this means is more killings, greater massacres, destruction and pain.

Since the 7th of June, indefinite and all day long curfews have been declared 52 times in the 17 districts of 6 different provinces, where 1.3 million people live.

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