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The U.N. Declaration of Human Rights is the Law: A Guide to U.D.H.R. Articles in Treaties Ratified by the U.S. Just in time for the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights! This book, published December 10th, 2008, is a useful guide for any activist, law-maker, or citizen concerned with international law.


Undoing the Bush/Cheney Legacy: A Tool Kit for Congress and Activists Now that Obama/Biden and the new Congress have been elected, here's the book you need to make real change in the first 100 days! This book contains a succinct summary of over 100 laws that should be ammended or repealed.

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The Living Constitution with highlights from the Supreme Law of the Land In 2008 each one of us needs to read the words in the Constitution of the United States that are the Law today. This edition of the Constitution takes out every obsolete passage, like "'3/5 of all others,' 'male' voters 21 and over", and inserts them where they belong, in the Appendix. In Article VI, clause 2, the Constitution guarantees that a treaty is the supreme law of the land, and so relevant passages of the Constitution are juxtaposed with relevant passages of international law: "Congress shall have power...To declare war" (as in 1787), and "All member nations shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use force...against...any state" (as in United Nations Charter article 2.4) Publication date: November 2007.


Landmark Cases Left Out of Your Textbooks a short book for law students and legal workers on very important cases in basic fields of law. Publication date: October 2006. See "Landmark" for more information.


International Human Rights Law: Getting the US Government, Local Governments, and US Courts to Bring Human Rights Home
Cases won using U.N. treaties; grievances won through OIG reports. Reference Notebook approved for CLE credit in California and Virginia. For lawyers and activists. Ann Fagan Ginger, editor. MCLI and NLG. 120 pages + extensive appendix on CD. Publication date: Jan. 2010.


Challenging U.S. Human Rights Violations Since 9/11: A Report to the People, the U.N. and the Media: Arrests, beatings, censorship, deportations, detentions without charges, disappearances, enemy combatants, firings, student visas, surveillance, library checks -- all violate U.S. & U.N. laws. Publication date: April 2005. See also "Challenging" for more information.


[PREORDER]Human Rights Organizations & Periodicals Directory 2010, 13th Edition Activities, internships, publications of 1,300 organizations on civil liberties; civil rights; women's, prisoner's, children's rights; the environment; peace; etc. With new email addresses, fax numbers and websites. MCLI, biennial. More... Due out in second half 2010.

Libraries/Institutions $175.00

Socially Responsible Cities: Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, Immigrant Rights, Human Rights Ordinance, Precautionary Principle, Resolutions against PATRIOT Act and war in Iraq. MCLI, Pub-date 2003.


Nuclear Weapons are Illegal: The Historic Opinion of the World Court and How It Will Be Enforced. Complete decision of the Court, separate and dissenting opinions. Essays placing the decision in its broader political and legal context, describing how governments and NGOs brought the issue to the Court and how the opinion is being enforced. Questions for discussion, a glossary of terms, and a complete index. Edited by Ann Fagan Ginger. Apex Press, 1998. More...


Carol Weiss King: Human Rights Lawyer (1895-52) Pioneer lawyer woman who helped win Scottsboro, Harry Bridges, and many other Supreme Court cases on immigration, labor and civil rights. Distinguished book award for 1994, Gustavus Myers Center.


Alexander Meiklejohn: Teacher of Freedom. Anthology and biographical study of the great First Amendment man including his critiques of the Protestant-Capitalist system and his innovative ideas on education for a free world, liberty, freedom, and other topics. By Cynthia Stokes Brown. MCLI, 1981.


The Cold War against Labor. A rich anthology by numerous union organizers, rank-and-file workers, and labor lawyers in many industries. Describes their struggle against employers and McCarthyites. Ann Fagan Ginger and David Christiano, editors. MCLI, 1987. (2 vols.)


The Relevant Lawyers. Conversations out court on their clients, their practice, their politics, their lifestyle. Ann Fagan Ginger, editor. S&S, 1972

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Human Rights Now! Newsletter: One year subscription, 4 issues. A quarterly paper newsletter to supporters in U.S. discussing the latest ideas and actions to stop attacks on democracy. We publish short letters to the editor and articles on what is working. Back copies are available.

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U.S. Responses to Terrorist Attacks Violate Basic Human Rights Law: Presentation to U.N. Subcommission on Human Rights, July 2003 in Geneva. By Jeanna Steele. 23 pages.


MCLI Issue Sheets

On Racism: For the First Report by United States to the U.N. Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in the U.S. (2000)


On Torture: For the First Report by the United States to U.N. Committee Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in the U.S. (9/99)


On Human Rights: For the First Report by the United States to the U.N. Human Rights Committee on enforcement in the U.S. of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. U.N. Committee: Press Releases on First Hearing (3-4/95)


International Human Rights Treaties (excerpts) Ratified by the U.S.:

  • U.N. Charter articles 55 and 56 (ratified 1945)
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (effective in the U.S. 9/8/93)
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (effective in the U.S. 11/20/95)
  • Convention Against Torture and Degrading Treatment (effective in the U.S. 11/20/95)
  • Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (effective in the U.S. 1988)
  • Genocide Convention Implementation Act (1988)


Need to be Ratified by U.S. (President signed/pending in Senate):

  • International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child


Beijing Women's Conference: U.S. Government Official Commitments, Report to President (1995)

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