Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Human Rights'

On self-immolation

December 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on On self-immolation

Yesterday the 92nd Tibetan self-immolated in Tibet while calling for freedom since 2009, most in the last year. Think about that for a minute – 92 Tibetans have set themselves on fire while calling for an end to China’s occupation of Tibet. In Foreign Policy, Michael Biggs has a piece on the differences between suicide […]

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Tags: Human Rights · Tibet & China


June 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Wrath

Can anyone blame American citizens who have been deported along with their immigrant parents for harboring anger towards our government in general and President Obama in particular? Jeffrey’s situation is increasingly common. His father, Tomás Isidoro, 39, a carpenter, was one of the 46,486 immigrants deported in the first half of 2011 who said they […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Human Rights

Obama on Same Sex Marriage

May 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Obama on Same Sex Marriage

I’ve been traveling for work, so I haven’t had the opportunity to write about President Obama’s decision to evolve already and personally come out in support of marriage equality. This is a tremendous step forward for equal rights in America. What the President of the United States thinks on an issue such as marriage equality […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Human Rights

Kony 2012

March 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This is a pretty amazing video and campaign. It has 1.8 million views in two days, which must approach a record on YouTube. Moreover, it’s 30 minutes long, which makes the number of views absolutely astonishing and against all conventional wisdom relating to sharable web videos. Oh and as if there was a need for […]

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Tags: Human Rights

Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got

December 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got

Incredibly moving story of a young man whose parents are lesbians.

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Tags: Human Rights

Home Rule for DC

April 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Home Rule for DC

I’ve lived in Washington, DC for almost two and a half years, but only this past weekend, as Congress approved a budget which included a ban for the District to use its own funding to pay for abortion services for poor women, did the absurdity and cruelty of DC’s status become clear. The budget bill […]

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Tags: Congress · Human Rights

United We Rise

March 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on United We Rise

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Tags: Human Rights

Solnit on Revolutions & Tipping Points

March 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

At TomDispatch.com, Rebecca Solnit has an incredibly thoughtful essay on the nature of tipping points and revolutions, specifically through the change movements we’ve seen around the world in the last three months, as well as historical looks at revolutionary movements going back two hundred years in history. Along the way she connects movements in Egypt, […]

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Tags: Economy · Human Rights · Labor

Gene Sharp Profile in NYT

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on Gene Sharp Profile in NYT

The New York Times has a profile on Gene Sharp, arguably one of the most important advocates for freedom of the last hundred years. Sharp’s writing on non-violent strategic campaigning, specifically on the overthrow of dictatorships, has been instrumental to the thinking of activists in places like Serbia and Egypt, and remains instructive for countless […]

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Tags: Human Rights · Progressive Infrastructure

9/11 Responders on Filibustering of 9/11 Responder Bill

December 17th, 2010 · Comments Off on 9/11 Responders on Filibustering of 9/11 Responder Bill

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Tags: Human Rights · Labor · Republicans