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Benjamin Israel

Remembering Benjamin Israel

02.27.2015

A founder of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, Benjamin Israel, died at his home in St. Louis on February 23.  He was 64, and had been battling cancer for a long time.    Benjamin was dedicated to the fight against the white supremacist movement, against racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry and for the rights of working people to organize.  He had unbounded energy for work he believed in, and an intense intellectual curiosity marked his everyday life.  His second marriage in 1990, to Virginia Walker, made him obviously happy and satisfied, and allowed him to make a greater contribution to the community around him.  He was a man of principle in a world that bought and sold morality dirt cheap.

All Out for Moral March on February 14 in North Carolina

All Out for Moral March on February 14 in North Carolina

01.26.2015

The 125 North Carolina NAACP branches and the 160 other social justice organizations that compose the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition have called for a Moral March on Raleigh.  They will march on February 14 for voting rights, labor rights (including raising the minimum wage), education equality, health care for all, criminal justice reform, and equal protection under the law.  They will march forward against those political forces that are trying to push them back.  This is the ninth annual mass mobilization, and they have changed the consciousness of the people of North Carolina.

One and all who care about equality before the law and the arc of justice should attend this march.

Rabbi Heschel (2nd from right) marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama

Witness to Selma

01.16.2015

David Goldstein, the executive director of the Greater Kansas City Jewish Community Relations Bureau / American Jewish Committee from 1972 until 1998, marched in Selma during the voting rights fight in 1965—twice.  So IREHR sat down with him as he remembered those days, now commemorated in the movie Selma.

Tea Party Patriots Constitutional Coordinator, Bill Norton, pretending to be one of the founders.

Third Controversial Speaker Scheduled to Speak at South Carolina Tea Party Convention

01.16.2015

As the third part of our investigation into the troublesome line-up at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention, IREHR examines a Tea Party activist who has traveled the country teaching a curriculum that refers to African-American children as “pickaninnies,” claims that the treatment of slaves was “humane,” and that “the economic system of slavery chained the slave owners almost as much as the slaves.”