- Jack Healey
Jack Healey (born
March 24, 1938) is a world-renowned human rights activistand pioneer. An effective and innovative leader in the human rights movement for over 25 years, Jack has helped move the topic of human rights from closed-door diplomatic negotiations to widespread awareness, public debate, and direct citizen action. Colleagues credit him with making human rights a major focus of governments, advocacy organizations, and individuals around the world.
Called "Mr. Human Rights" by
U.S. News and World Report, Healey’s focus has been on inspiring the youth to support non-violentactivism that would push back oppressive governments and societies. He has brought human rights to the global stage by his creative use of media and enlistment of world-class talent as advocates.
Today, Jack heads the
Washington, D.C.based [http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org Human Rights Action Center] (HRAC), a qualified Non-profit501(c)(3) organization.
His most current project is [http://www.burmaitcantwait.org Burma: It Can’t Wait] , an online media campaign highlighting the story of
Aung San Suu Kyiand the people of Burma.
Born into a tough, hard-working Irish Catholic family, Healey grew up in a community of coal mine and steel mill workers in
Jack started his human rights work at the age of 25, when he volunteered for the march that took place in Washington DC during
Martin Luther King's speech " I Have A Dream"
He was a
Franciscanmonk for 10 years and a Catholicpriest for four years. He left the priesthood and began work as Deputy Director of the Young World Development Program at Freedom from HungerFoundation USA for five years.
From 1977 until 1981 Healey worked in
Lesothoas the Peace CorpsDirector. Following this, he worked as the Director of Amnesty InternationalUSA for 14 years. At Amnesty, Healey pioneered new ways to deliver the message of human rights to the youth.
Healey has additionally worked as an advisor to the U.S. government at the Center of Victims of Torture in
Haiti, as well as to comedian Dick Gregoryfor three years on the topic of world hunger.
Human Rights Action Center, a qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based out of Washington, D.C., and its main 5 goals are:
"1. Promoting The Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
Human Rights Action Center celebrates the
Universal Declaration of Human Rightsanniversary each year. In the past, Healey has organized musical events with artist participation including Francis Dunnery, Wynton Marsalis, and the Untouchables. He produced a syndicated radio show with Natalie Merchant, Mike Wattand Special Beat/ Ranking Roger.
HRAC produced the 50th anniversary concert for the
United Nationscelebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
HRAC continues a campaign asking governments of the world to print the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the
passports of all governments. Currently Jack Healey is campaigning to encourage all governments to list the Declaration in their country's passports. Less than one percent of the world's population is aware of this document.
"2. Rightfully restore
Aung San Suu Kyito power in Burma."
In 1991 Jack met with
Michael Aris(husband of Aung San Suu Kyi) and promised his help. In 1999 Healey met with Aung San Suu Kyi and re-pledged his support. He is now working in conjunction with Jeremy Woodrum and the US Campaign for Burma. Together they are raising global awareness about Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracyand the people of Burma who are non-violently fighting against the power of the military Junta.
HRAC's Jack Healey also speaks regularly at forums for this cause and he serves as senior advisor to Jeremy Woodrum, Director of the
US Campaign for Burma. Together, they have spoken twice to the United Nations Security Councilregarding Burma.
HRAC also sponsored a concert for the Burmese cause in
Bangkokin 1999 featuring Glen Phillips, Raven Simoneand Breeze.
"3. Create innovative, forceful, effective solutions to assist victims in protecting themselves."
"4. Support growing human rights groups all over the world"
HRAC arranged for the financing of rebuilding a factory in
Bosnia, which now employs over 900 women.
HRAC has worked with the Human Rights Center in Haiti as a consultant, preparing a human rights campaign strategy for the organization, evaluating the effectiveness of the Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims in Haiti.
HRAC created Families for Families, an organization based in Ireland that protects families from the terrors of police brutality.
"5. Create a fund to get people out of harm's way in exceptional human rights abuse cases."
Dick Gregory’s World Hunger Run"
To highlight world hunger, Jack worked as Advisor to Dick Gregory on his World Hunger Run from Los Angeles to New York, beginning on July 4th.
A Conspiracy of HopeTour "
This 2 week tour for human rights included musicians Sting,
Peter Gabriel, U2, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, Bryan Adams, Miles Davis, Bob Dylanand The Police.
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, East Rutherford and Giants Stadium in New Jersey, this tour furthered awareness of Amnesty International in the US, raised $3 million, and brought in 45,000 new US members within a month. MTVand FOX Networkboth ran the last show internationally. The tour was co-produced by Bill Graham.
Human Rights Now!Tour"
In 1988, for the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, Healey organized the 6-week Human Rights Now! World tour to celebrate achievements of the human rights movement and to introduce the idea of basic human rights protection through the power of the media to millions of people worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of people filled stadiums and crowded into fields for concerts from South America to Eastern Europe and from Africa to Asia. The tour covered 18 countries in six weeks. The tour was conceived by Healey and Secret Policeman's Ball co-creator and producer
Martin Lewis. It was promoted by Bill Graham.
Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N'Dour
"1990: From A Hug to a Hope Concert"
As a celebration of the human rights victory in
Chileafter the fall of dictator Pinochet, Healey organized a two day concert with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Sinéad O'Connor, Jackson Browne, Ruben Blades, Wynton Marsalis and New Kids on the Block.
"1991:'Free to Laugh' "
In 1991, Healey produced this three hour show on Lifetime in honor of women's rights. Comedy and music by
Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin, Vanessa L. Williams, Roseanne Barr, Anjelica Huston, Daryl Hannahand Tom Arnold. Produced by Bob Meyerwitz, this program was nominated for an CableACE Award
"1999: Bangkok Concert for ASSK"
"2001: Seattle UN F.A.O. Groundwork"
Healey produced an International Concert Series to Support the
FAO/UN Global Anti-Hunger Campaign. Artists included R.E.M., Joe Strummer, Michael Franti& Spearhead, Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews, Femi Kuti, Emmylou Harris, Maná, The Wallflowers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Joe Strummerand The Mescaleros, Artis the Spoonmanand many more.
"present: Burma: It Can’t Wait"Healey partnered with the US Campaign for Burma and Fanista.com to create a revolutionary human rights media advocacy campaign in support of Aung San Suu Kyi and her cause. Over the course of 30 days, the world of actors, artists, musicians, soccer, and others responded to the need to tell the public stories about Burma.
* [http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org/pages/media.html 2005:'DOUYE!' (Our Cause)]
* [http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org/pages/media.html 'KEEPER OF THE FLAME']
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NySuaJ2B20E Jim Carrey for Burma - The CALL TO ACTION]
* [http://www.burmaitcantwait.org Burma: It Can’t Wait]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7r2WOXiuI Aung San Suu Kyi Animation]
"1991: Punks for Human Rights with Joe Strummer"
Generations One: A Punk Look at Human Rights
This CD compilation is a tribute to
Eleanor Roosevelt, who led the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Generation one features tracks by Electric Dog House, band by The Clashsinger/song-writer/guitarist Joe Strummer, Green Day, Bad Brains, and Lagwagon.
For the Lady" 27 major musicians, including Paul McCartney, R.E.M., Avril Lavigne, Ani DiFranco, Damien Rice, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Sting, U2, and others united on a two-CD set to support freedom for 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the courageous people of Burma. All proceeds from the CD benefit the efforts of the US Campaign for Burma.
* Book: Jim Henke, Human Rights Now! (Bloomsbury 1988) ISBN 0-7475-0318-4
[http://burmaitcantwait.org/burmaitcantwait Burma: It Can't Wait]
[http://www.uscampaignforburma.org Us Campaign for Burma]
[http://www.humanrightsactioncenter.org Human Rights Action Center]
[http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr Universal Declaration of Human Rights]
[http://www.hri.ca Human Rights Internet]
[http://www.artistsforhumanrights.org Artists for Human Rights]
[http://www.hrw.org Human Rights Watch]
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Now! Human Rights Now! ]
[http://theelders.org The Elders]
[http://www.amnesty.org Amnesty International]
[http://www.u2gigs.com/Conspiracy_Of_Hope.html Conspiracy of Hope Tour]
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