Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.
by Sarah van Gelder Yes! Magazine December 29, 2014
In 2014, we saw a lot of brutality. Unarmed black men and women were killed by police, women were raped on college campuses and in military barracks, foreign nationals were tortured, and young and mentally ill Americans were confined for extended periods in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
The privilege of whiteness is under review.
It was a violent year, but no worse than other years. What was different was the emergence of new movements of resistance—and with them new possibilities for change.
1. Black Lives Matter
It was no secret to black Americans that they were disproportionately targeted for police violence, arrests, and incarceration. Black men are 21 times as likely to be shot…
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