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Advancing Human Rights and Justice for All

By Wade Henderson

Human rights and civil rights are intrinsically linked. The emphasis on civil rights--the twentieth-century movement to promote racial justice, rooted in the Cold War--proved shortsighted. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights recognized this in adding “human rights” to its name. In the face of growing poverty and inequality in the United States, the human rights perspective can help us expand our understanding of how to respond to poverty.

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