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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views appear regularly in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites. Note that the ideas expressed here are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Amnesty International or any other organization with which she may be associated.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Remembering My Encounter With Fred Phelps
(10 comments) "I took advantage of an opportunity to confront Phelps in person - in public..."

Sunday, May 11, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What You Can Do For the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls
(2 comments) You can help them with just a few clicks.

Sunday, March 9, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
I Blame You for the Snowstorms
(5 comments) "And yes, I blame myself as well..."

Friday, January 17, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Amnesty Says NSA Revisions Fall Short
"President Obama's surveillance adjustments will be remembered as music on the Titanic unless his administration adopts deeper reforms."

Sunday, November 3, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
American Hunger and the Christian Right
(64 comments) "I have seen hunger, up close and personal, right here in the richest nation on the planet. And, despite what the so-called "Christian" right keeps telling us, I know that laziness does not explain why poor people are poor."

Wednesday, October 9, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
October 10 is World Day Against the Death Penalty
(4 comments) And what you can do.

Saturday, October 5, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Troy Davis And Family Live On In New Book
"I don't think any human being could read this book and not be strongly moved - and maddened."

Sunday, September 1, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Divorcing Wells Fargo
(1 comments) "I guess it was a sentimental kind of attachment, like when you're in an unhappy marriage but not yet emotionally ready to break away."

Wednesday, July 31, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Rights Groups React to Bradley Manning Verdict
(3 comments) "U.S. policy is to shoot the proverbial messenger."

Sunday, July 14, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Racial Profiling in the Post-Trayvon Era
(189 comments) "Zimmerman's acquittal appears to make a case for racial profiling. And that is very, very dangerous."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Amnesty International Says US Must Not Persecute Snowden
(7 comments) "Snowden is a whistleblower. He has disclosed issues of enormous public interest in the US and around the world. And yet instead of addressing or even owning up to these actions, the US government is more intent on going after Edward Snowden."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Marriage and Death on Wednesday's Agenda
"Wednesday, June 26, promises to be a big news day, for good or for bad..."

Sunday, May 19, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Vermont's new choice for death with dignity
(13 comments) "Why do we treat our dying pets with more mercy than we treat our dying people?"

Sunday, April 21, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What the Gosnell Abortion Trial Really Shows Us
(1 comments) "Outlawing abortion doesn't stop it from happening. It just forces women to resort to Gosnell-type back-alley providers."

Sunday, March 3, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Ex-Pope and the Holiness Myth
(26 comments) Sentimental Catholics and others have been praising the now-former pontiff. They call him a holy man. However, in looking back through his record, I see much that is downright unholy.

Sunday, February 17, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
They Still Cling to Guns and Religion
(26 comments) "When Obama made his controversial "guns and religion" comment almost five years ago, I'm sure he never envisioned the kind of backlash to his election that has caused those right-wing obsessions to grow exponentially."

Sunday, January 13, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Jeanne Manford, PFLAG Founder, RIP
"I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Jeanne Manford, founder of an organization that eventually grew to become Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)..."

Sunday, January 6, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
11 Years Later, Gitmo Injustice Continues
"It's an atrocity that Obama inherited, but now he owns it."

Sunday, December 30, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Two New Year's Resolutions for the State of Arkansas
"I propose two New Year's resolutions for the state of Arkansas: 1. Fully exonerate the West Memphis Three. 2. Reopen the case and find the real killer(s). The world will be watching..."

Sunday, November 25, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
American excess in perspective
(14 comments) "It's the American way..."

Sunday, October 28, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Myth of the Christian Right
(115 comments) "Let's compare the teachings of Jesus with the actions of his so-called followers in the GOP..."

Sunday, September 23, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
One Year After Troy Davis, More Injustice On Death Row
(2 comments) We as a society should be above that sort of thing.

Sunday, August 19, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Vladimir Putin and the Crime of Dissent
(8 comments) "Russia may have made some steps forward towards social progress since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but it seems that President Vladimir Putin is doing everything he can to crack down on political dissent. And the new poster girls for this oppression are members of the feminist punk rock group p*ssy Riot."

Wednesday, July 4, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Jefferson is Spinning
(1 comments) "As I write this on the July 4th holiday, 2012, it occurs to me that Thomas Jefferson is surely spinning in his grave..."

Sunday, June 3, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Can Edwards Recover Like Clinton?
(7 comments) "Somehow I cannot envision a similar rebound on Edwards's part..."

Sunday, May 20, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Did Texas Execute Yet Another Innocent Man?
(2 comments) A recent study by the Columbia Human Rights Law Review suggests that Carlos DeLuna, who was executed by the state of Texas in 1989 for the murder of Wanda Lopez, was actually innocent.

Sunday, April 29, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
In Abolishing the Death Penalty, Connecticut Joins the Civilized World
This reflects a growing momentum to end capital punishment...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Another Problem With the Voter ID Law
(1 comments) This primary test run showed me another problem with the new law...

Sunday, April 1, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Freedom Of Religion Cannot Be Exclusive
(5 comments) "What government is really interfering with is the right's ability to impose its own religious beliefs on those of us who believe differently. What the government is doing is what freedom is really all about..."

Monday, March 12, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Is Kony 2012 The Right Thing To Do?
(2 comments) "Through the Kony 2012 campaign, IC hopes to raise [Joseph] Kony's profile worldwide in hopes of finding him and bringing him to justice. And opinions on this tactic are diverse..."

Thursday, February 23, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Interfaith Coalition Urges Politicians to Stop Playing the Religion Card
If you've been following the 2012 presidential campaign season at all, you're probably aware that religion is playing a big part in it...

Sunday, February 19, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
500 U.S. Deaths From Police Tasers; Amnesty Calls For Strict Guidelines
(3 comments) The latest decedent was unarmed. And that is not uncommon...

Monday, January 16, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
21st Century Racism
The racist roots of our national chaos

Monday, January 2, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Into Law
(19 comments) On December 31, when most U.S. citizens were distracted with New Year's holiday plans, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. This law authorizes the President of the United States to order the U.S. military to arrest and imprison terrorism suspects indefinitely, including U.S. citizens, without charging them or putting them on trial.

Sunday, December 4, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Troy Davis's Sister Succumbs to Cancer
(1 comments) On December 1, Martina Davis Correia lost her long battle with breast cancer. Correia was the sister of Troy Davis, who was executed by the state of Georgia on September 21 amidst worldwide protest.

Sunday, November 27, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Oregon Governor Rightly Suspends Death Penalty
(1 comments) On November 22, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced that he would allow no more executions through the end of his time in office.

Sunday, October 23, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Will Rick Perry Kill Another Innocent Man?
Texas governor and Republican presidential contender Rick Perry has faced criticism from the left (and applause from the right) for his heavy-handed use of the death penalty. And Perry has said that he loses no sleep over the possibility that he may have executed an innocent man. This is despite the fact that it appears that Perry has done just that - and could very likely do it again very soon.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
New SCOTUS Decision In Abu-Jamal Case Is Good, But Not Enough
The drama continues in the case of America's most famous living death row prisoner...

Sunday, September 4, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Two Faces of Barack Obama
(8 comments) With President Obama running for a second term, I cannot help but wonder which Obama we will see as the reelection campaign heats up over the coming year.

Sunday, August 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
No True Justice for the West Memphis Three
(3 comments) Now the DNA evidence exists that casts reasonable doubt as to their guilt. Why then were they forced to acknowledge otherwise...?

Thursday, July 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Lesbian Couple Sues VT Inn For Discrimination; Inn Cries Misunderstanding
"It seems that lawsuits are never simple, and there are always at least two sides..."

Thursday, July 7, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Sick of Casey Anthony
"Get a life, people..."

Sunday, June 5, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Jack Kevorkian Meant Well
(3 comments) "Some people call Kevorkian a murderer and a monster. I call him compassionate..."

Monday, May 16, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
US Gets Bad Marks in Amnesty International Annual Report
(1 comments) "The United States of America got some bad marks again this year, primarily related to human rights violations in the 'war on terror' and our continued use of the death penalty..."

Monday, April 18, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Oil, Water, and America's Price Priorities
(3 comments) "Why the double standard?"

Monday, April 11, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The War On Planned Parenthood Is A War On Poor Women
(8 comments) The war on Planned Parenthood is a threat to the health and wellbeing of low-income women everywhere...

Monday, April 4, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Extreme Right-Wing Symbolism Sparks More Violence
Violence begets violence. And so does violent symbolism...

Monday, March 14, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
In War On Terror, Obama Is Bush Light
(7 comments) We expected Obama to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay as promised and end the unfair military commission system there. But talk is cheap. And now it looks like we've been fooled.

Monday, March 7, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
For International Women's Day, The True Recipe For Equality
While women's rights have advanced considerably in a world of still mostly patriarchal cultures, we nevertheless have a long way to go to achieve true equality.

Monday, February 28, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
(1 comments) Around the world, the frustration of ordinary people with the economy, unemployment, corruption, and repression has reached critical mass...

Monday, February 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Another Murder Victim's Parent Speaks Out Against Death Penalty
Not all families are thirsty for revenge...

Monday, February 14, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Rights Groups Weigh In On Mubarak Resignation
(1 comments) This is an impressive victory for the grassroots, but the hard work of building a new government now begins...

Monday, February 7, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
More Torture Unpunished
(2 comments) Torture with impunity seems to be a recurring theme in this once-great nation these days...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Rights Groups Speak Out On Egyptian Protests
Human rights groups have been weighing in on the protests, defending the people's right to demonstrate, and condemning what appears to be unnecessary violence against the protesters...

Monday, January 24, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Why Illinois Governor Should Sign Death Penalty Abolition Bill
Clearly, the death penalty does not represent justice. It represents revenge -- sometimes misdirected revenge.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ed Rendell Leaves Office With Mixed Signals On Death Penalty
(1 comments) One of his last acts in office was to issue orders to kill six people under a broken system that he concurrently criticized...

Monday, January 17, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What MLK Would See Today
I wonder how the Reverend Dr. King would feel about today's American politics if he were still alive...

Monday, January 10, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Gitmo is Staying Open, No Matter What the Cost
Congress has seen to that. And so has Obama...

Saturday, January 1, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
10 Great Progressive Moments of 2010
(1 comments) 2010 was a wild ride. The year had its share of low points for progressives, like the reelection defeats of Senator Russ Feingold and Representative Alan Grayson, the scrapping of a single-payer health care option, Arizona's xenophobic new laws, and the extension of tax breaks for zillionaires. But the year also had some high points...

Monday, December 27, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Bradley Manning's Pre-Trial Punishment
(32 comments) Manning's detention conditions, as described by his attorney, seem like harsh and cruel punishment even for the most violent, most dangerous convicted criminals. But Manning has not been convicted of any crime at this point.

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