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Posted Feb. 28, 2008
The talk, part of the University's celebration of its 150-year-old connection with
Healey, dubbed "Mr. Human Rights" by U.S. News & World Report, is currently executive director of The Freedom Campaign. He is the founder of Human Rights Action Center and is the former executive director of Amnesty International-USA.
As the U.S. News story described him: "Nondescript and slightly rumpled, there is no hint that he is anything special. No clue that he is friends with a pantheon of celebrities -- from Bruce Springsteen to Meryl Streep -- or that VIPs from Hollywood moguls to New York power brokers call to ask what they can do for him."
In the 1980s, Healey helped to make Amnesty International a household name by pioneering four successful music tours, including the Conspiracy of Hope and Human Rights Now! tours featuring U2, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Lou Reed.
The Freedom Campaign is currently working on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi of
Healey also is executive producer of For the Lady, a 27-artist compilation album featuring songs donated from Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Avril Lavigne, and others. Sales proceeds go to the U.S. Campaign for
March on Washington
Among his life-long credits, Healey, a former priest, helped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organize the March on
After four years with the Peace Corps, he became director of Amnesty International-USA and increased membership from 30,000 to 400,000. He left in 1994 to found the Human Rights Action Center (HRAC) with the goal of moving the world toward nonviolence through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
As HRAC director, Healey recently rebuilt a factory in
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Posted Feb. 28, 2008