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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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Sunday, August 24, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Rights Groups React to the Murder of Journalist James Foley Amnesty International (AI) has called Foley's murder a war crime.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Remembering My Encounter With Fred Phelps "I took advantage of an opportunity to confront Phelps in person - in public..."

Sunday, May 11, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

What You Can Do For the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls You can help them with just a few clicks.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

I Blame You for the Snowstorms "And yes, I blame myself as well..."

Friday, January 17, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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 (64 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

American Hunger and the Christian Right "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 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

October 10 is World Day Against the Death Penalty And what you can do.

Saturday, October 5, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Divorcing Wells Fargo "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 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Rights Groups React to Bradley Manning Verdict "U.S. policy is to shoot the proverbial messenger."

Sunday, July 14, 2013 (189 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Racial Profiling in the Post-Trayvon Era "Zimmerman's acquittal appears to make a case for racial profiling. And that is very, very dangerous."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Amnesty International Says US Must Not Persecute Snowden "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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Vermont's new choice for death with dignity "Why do we treat our dying pets with more mercy than we treat our dying people?"

Sunday, April 21, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

What the Gosnell Abortion Trial Really Shows Us "Outlawing abortion doesn't stop it from happening. It just forces women to resort to Gosnell-type back-alley providers."

Sunday, March 3, 2013 (26 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Ex-Pope and the Holiness Myth 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 (26 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

They Still Cling to Guns and Religion "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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

11 Years Later, Gitmo Injustice Continues "It's an atrocity that Obama inherited, but now he owns it."

Sunday, December 30, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

American excess in perspective "It's the American way..."

Sunday, October 28, 2012 (115 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Myth of the Christian Right "Let's compare the teachings of Jesus with the actions of his so-called followers in the GOP..."

Sunday, September 23, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

One Year After Troy Davis, More Injustice On Death Row We as a society should be above that sort of thing.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Vladimir Putin and the Crime of Dissent "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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Jefferson is Spinning "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 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Can Edwards Recover Like Clinton? "Somehow I cannot envision a similar rebound on Edwards's part..."

Sunday, May 20, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Did Texas Execute Yet Another Innocent Man? 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

In Abolishing the Death Penalty, Connecticut Joins the Civilized World This reflects a growing momentum to end capital punishment...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Another Problem With the Voter ID Law This primary test run showed me another problem with the new law...

Sunday, April 1, 2012 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Freedom Of Religion Cannot Be Exclusive "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 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Is Kony 2012 The Right Thing To Do? "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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

500 U.S. Deaths From Police Tasers; Amnesty Calls For Strict Guidelines The latest decedent was unarmed. And that is not uncommon...

Monday, January 16, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

21st Century Racism The racist roots of our national chaos

Monday, January 2, 2012 (19 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Into Law 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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Troy Davis's Sister Succumbs to Cancer 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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Oregon Governor Rightly Suspends Death Penalty 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Two Faces of Barack Obama 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 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

No True Justice for the West Memphis Three 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Sick of Casey Anthony "Get a life, people..."

Sunday, June 5, 2011 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Jack Kevorkian Meant Well "Some people call Kevorkian a murderer and a monster. I call him compassionate..."

Monday, May 16, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

US Gets Bad Marks in Amnesty International Annual Report "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 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Oil, Water, and America's Price Priorities "Why the double standard?"

Monday, April 11, 2011 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The War On Planned Parenthood Is A War On Poor Women The war on Planned Parenthood is a threat to the health and wellbeing of low-income women everywhere...

Monday, April 4, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Extreme Right-Wing Symbolism Sparks More Violence Violence begets violence. And so does violent symbolism...

Monday, March 14, 2011 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

In War On Terror, Obama Is Bush Light 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

This Is What Democracy Looks Like Around the world, the frustration of ordinary people with the economy, unemployment, corruption, and repression has reached critical mass...

Monday, February 21, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Another Murder Victim's Parent Speaks Out Against Death Penalty Not all families are thirsty for revenge...

Monday, February 14, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Rights Groups Weigh In On Mubarak Resignation This is an impressive victory for the grassroots, but the hard work of building a new government now begins...

Monday, February 7, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

More Torture Unpunished Torture with impunity seems to be a recurring theme in this once-great nation these days...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Ed Rendell Leaves Office With Mixed Signals On Death Penalty 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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

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      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Gitmo is Staying Open, No Matter What the Cost Congress has seen to that. And so has Obama...

Saturday, January 1, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

10 Great Progressive Moments of 2010 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...

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