Source guides on human rights

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Methodists tackle human sexuality issues — again

The United Methodist Church will wrestle once more at its General Conference with the question of homosexuality. Will there be an accord? Will there be schism? Or will the issue return in another four years, as it has for the last four decades?

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Organizations on human rights

  • Southern Center for Human Rights

    The Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta “provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeks through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.” The center focuses on issues of discrimination in the application of the death penalty. Stephen B. Bright is a capital defense lawyer and president.

  • Campaign to End the Death Penalty

    The Campaign to End the Death Penalty is a Chicago-based group that describes itself as “the only national membership-driven, chapter-based grassroots organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment in the United States.”

    Contact: 773-955-4841.
  • Amnesty International USA

    Amnesty International USA describes itself as “a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.” It works in a wide variety of issues, including LGBTQ rights, education, poverty and prison rights.

  • Death Penalty Information Center

    The Death Penalty Information Center opposes capital punishment and tracks recent developments as well as legislation on the death penalty. Richard Dieter is executive director. Contact through Anne Holsinger.

  • National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

    The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is a network of more than 100 organizations dedicated to abolishing the death penalty state by state. Diann Rust-Tierney is executive director.

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