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  • Human rights are for everyone

    Published June 30, 2015

    by Amelie Clemot

    Human rights are for everyone, no matter who you are or whom you love.

    - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, this year's recipient of the Harvey Milk Medal

    On Friday, June 26, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the United States Supreme Court ruling that the US Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. He called this decision a “great step forward for human rights.”

    In the past, the UN has conducted several studies that show that denying couples legal recognition of their relationship leads to widespread discrimination. LGBTI young people are often exposed to stigma, discrimination and violence ...

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    From Swords into plowshares

  • Protecting children in armed conflict

    Published June 30, 2015

    by Madeline Bacchus, Sarah Hoyle, and Willa Van Camp

    The 7466th Security Council Meeting focused on children and armed conflict. The primary goal of the meeting was to vote on Resolution 2225 which would recognize child abduction, one of the six grave violations of children's rights, as a criteria for inclusion in  the annex of the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. The report discusses grave violations that are being committed against children in various parts of the world and includes a list of all the parties cited for committing violations against children in the ...

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    From Swords into plowshares

  • One Earth! One Family! Celebrations on Papal Encyclical

    Published June 30, 2015

    Last Sunday, in appreciation of the papal encyclical on the environment, local churches rang bells while other people of faith gathered in Rome for a global march. These efforts came under an umbrella called "One Earth! One Family!" and came from diverse people.


    Members of Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church (IL), a PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregation, gathered to ring their church bell Sunday.


    The folks at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian (IL) ringing the bell to celebrate One Earth! One Family! (photo: Rick Johnson)


    Meanwhile, Presbyterian minister Neddy Astudillo and others gathered in Rome for a solidarity march. See photos of the ...

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    From Eco-Journey

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