When Europeans invaded the American continent in the 15th and 16th centuries, they either sought to plunder the wealth of the indigenous population or to establish colonies as an extension of the war capitalism practiced by their competing nation states. To satisfy the need for labor, European settlers imported African slaves in the 17th century, enacting, in the process, a harsh regime of exploitation throughout the colonies. Once these North American colonies achieved their independence through the formation of the United States in the late 18th century, those states continued to engage in war and expansion against the indigenous populations and to enslave people of African descent.
On Monday, May 14, as the Trump administration was dedicating the opening of its new embassy in Jerusalem, the Israeli military used deadly force against unarmed Palestinian civilians who were marching toward the Gaza border with Israel. On that deadly day, more than 60 Palestinians were killed and several thousand were injured, with many of the wounds being catastrophic in nature.
The tragedies that have befallen our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean, our mainland coastal regions and the Las Vegas concert lead us to reflect on the sanctity and fragility of all life on our precious Earth. We will redouble our efforts to find nonviolent, proactive solutions to disarm the violent side of our human […]
Dreamers have earned the right to have Congress enact due process legislation that will enable Dreamers to acquire citizenship as soon as possible. They have more than paid the price to be freed of the harsh penalties imposed by a broken immigration system that, in its impact, violates the spirits of our most fundamental national […]
MCHR denounces the violence perpetuated by neo-Nazis and members of the KKK at the recent white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. While we condemn their actions, let us not forget that those carrying torches and spewing hatred are not an aberration. Rather, this is our nation’s legacy from its inception. White supremacy […]