social activism

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U.S. and partners rally support for Burmese democracy

Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed for a return to democracy in Burma during recent meetings with international partners.
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What can you do about human rights abuses? [video]

Everyone can help fight forced labor and other human rights abuses. Watch this video to learn how you can make a difference.
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How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Russia uses its "foreign agents" law to silence critics and the media. U.S. rules disclose who is behind the messaging people receive. Know the difference.
Antony Blinken speaking at lectern with flags behind him (© Ken Cedeno/AP Images)

Fight for a world without human trafficking

A new State Department report will inform global efforts to fight human trafficking. Learn more about the heroes who are supporting victims.
Two people carrying reeds across field (© Quirina Luna Geary)

Preserving one Native American tribe’s language and culture

Meet Quirina Geary, a Northern California activist who is working to keep the Mutsun language alive by studying and teaching.
Crowd waving flags in front of large building. (© Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

Love is love: How same-sex marriage became a right in the...

The U.S. Supreme Court decision ensuring a nationwide right to same-sex marriage was a major milestone on the path to equal rights for LGBTQI+ Americans.
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Burmese protesters draw inspiration from ‘The Hunger Games’

Protesters in Burma are using a salute from an American author's series, "The Hunger Games," to oppose military rule and push for democracy.
Kamala Harris taking the oath of office (© Saul Loeb/AP Images)

Asian Americans in politics

From local governments to Congress and the Office of the Vice President, Americans of Asian descent are making their mark in U.S. politics.
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U.S. supports the human rights of transgender people around the world

Learn more about transgender rights from three activists: Tashnuva Anan Shishir from Bangladesh, Zoe Joffre from Mexico and Chaber from Poland.