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Mike Farrell

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Mike Farrell is co-chair emeritus of Human Rights Watch in California, and serves as president of Death Penalty Focus and as a member of the advisory...

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California’s Proposition 62 Can End the Suffering Caused by—and the Expense of—the Death Penalty


The state’s 38-year failed attempt to make capital punishment constitutional has resulted in more than 1,000 death verdicts and 13 executions—at a total cost of $5 billion.

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Obama Stands Nuremberg on Its Head


President Obama’s decision to spare CIA torturers from prosecution is wrong. “Good Germans who were only following orders” are not exempt from the bar of justice. Individuals must be held responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

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Extremely Unctuous


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To listen to the bloviators, “religious extremist” means Muslim, and too many Americans buy in without understanding that this “God is (only) on our side” nonsense infects elements in pretty much every belief system.

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SAG Strikes Out


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The Hollywood-centric “Membership First” faction that has controlled the Screen Actors Guild’s national board for most of the last five years chooses tactics—misinformation, tough talk and over-promising—that undermine the union’s credibility.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE

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The Ugly America

“You really do hate America!” This was the parting shot from a man I had just debated on a television show shortly before the invasion of Iraq. Because he’s a notorious right-wing blowhard, I laughed it off as the raving of a crackpot in extremis

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE

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A ‘Dignified End’

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s stance on the death penalty issue raises some serious questions, according to actor, author and activist Mike Farrell, who poses several of his own in this fiery piece.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE
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Mike Farrell
Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell is co-chair emeritus of Human Rights Watch in California, and serves as president of Death Penalty Focus and as a member of the advisory board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He is the national spokesperson for Concern America, an international refugee aid and development organization.

He was a founding board member of Peace Studies, ATV, an inmate-developed alternatives to violence program at Augusta Correctional Center in Virginia. After a trip to Bosnia and Somalia, Farrell was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Farrell was one of the lead actors on the hit show MASH and starred in the television drama Providence.

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