IT: How to honor and celebrate Juneteenth today, and... How do you feel about the current state of civil rights in America?

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    While the civil rights landscape in America has undoubtedly improved for Black immigrants and minorities, the progress is uneven and the fight for true equality remains far from over. While we've seen advancements in areas like voting rights and access to education, systemic racism and discrimination persist in various forms. To truly achieve equity, we need to address these issues head-on. Firstly, we must dismantle the legacy of redlining and other discriminatory housing policies that continue to segregate communities and limit opportunities. Secondly, criminal justice reform is essential, demanding a dismantling of mass incarceration, police brutality, and the racial bias embedded in our legal system. Finally, investing in robust social safety nets and economic opportunities, particularly in marginalized communities, is critical to bridging the racial wealth gap and ensuring a level playing field for all.

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    The U.S. ranks 59th out of 195 countries on human rights based on Global Rights Project and CIRIGHTS, and 14th out of 31 countries in the Americas.

    Things needing improvement to move up in the rankings

    1) US policing and interrogation that kills ~1000 people/year who are disproportionately African-American.

    2) failures to provide safe working environments due to "obstacles to unionization and collective bargaining, as well as failures to guarantee safe working conditions, decent wages, and benefits.”

    3) Women's rights with rising maternal and infant mortality rates despite the most expensive medical care in the world that continues to rise due to state abortion bans

    4) lowest life expectancy at birth for avoidable or treatable conditions, the highest maternal and infant mortality, and among the highest suicide rates due to lack of universal health coverage 

    " The U.S. ranked 59th worldwide. The 2023 GRIP Annual Report, compiled by the Global Rights Project and CIRIGHTS, evaluates 195 countries on their commitment to various human rights. The report ranks the U.S. 59th in human rights, critiquing its issues with torture, police violence, and labor rights."

    " Compared to the country’s neighbors in the Americas, it ended up 14th out of 31."

    " the United States scores well in human rights compared to other populous countries, which tend to perform far worse compared to less populated nations."