human rights

  Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she got the call to return and cover the American invasion.

Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

She writes about her experiences in her memoir, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War.

Affirming Transgender Rights

Dec 17, 2015

The visibility of issues facing the transgender community is at an all time high. 

In October, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted an executive order to include gender identity under the definition of sex in the 1945 Human Rights Act which will start providing employment and housing protections to transgender individuals. New York will be the 19th state to provide such protections to the Trans Community.

  The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the longest, ongoing hot-and-cold war of the 20th and 21st centuries. It has produced more refugees than any current conflict, generating fully one quarter of all refugees worldwide. Everyone knows that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is important itself, and is also fueling tensions throughout the Middle East. Yet most people shy away from this conflict, claiming it is "just too complicated" to understand.

Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict is written for people who want a point of entry into the conversation. Eve Spangler is a sociologist at Boston College.

2/20/15 Panel

Feb 20, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Rudy Giuliani's recent comments about President Obama, Winter weather, Walmart Wages, Jeb Bush, the Oscars.

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Pittsfield’s Human Rights Commission has dismissed a discrimination complaint against Mayor Dan Bianchi made by a black woman last year.

  U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will speak about her new book on empowering women, Off the Sidelines on Saturday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom on the University at Albany’s uptown campus.

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A local investigation into a discrimination complaint against the city of Pittsfield and Mayor Dan Bianchi is on hold awaiting the findings from state and federal governments regarding the same issue.

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A black woman is charging Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi with racism and discrimination. The matter was brought to the city’s human rights commission, less than one month after it was formed.

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A black woman is charging Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi with racism and discrimination. The matter was brought to the city’s human rights commission, less than one month after it was formed. The woman has expressed interest in relocating a business to Pittsfield and being employed by the city.

City of Pittsfield

The Pittsfield City Council unanimously approved the reestablishment of a Human Rights Commission dormant since the late 1990s.

Cecilia Rock was one of seven approved for the commission Tuesday night along with appointees city councilor Churchill Cotton and school committee member Josh Cutler. It will address complaints, conduct reviews and file reports for the city. Here’s Rock.

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