The Upstream Journal is a magazine about human rights and social justice. Since its launch in January 1986, it has told the stories of people and communities facing poverty, oppression and marginalization with the goal of giving them, to the extent it could, a voice. Now online, it is also the host of the podcast “Human Rights Magazine”.

As it says in our web site banner, “The protection of human rights is built on the participation of people who are informed and empowered through education and honest journalism.” Readers include activists, researchers, journalists, educators, students and policy makers who work on human rights and social justice causes. The Upstream Journal provides articles and podcast episodes that inform, inspire, and challenge its readers to think critically and act compassionately.

A few years ago it was mailed to subscribers and sold in stores across the country and through Zinio, the world’s largest provider of digital magazine.  We then moved into a new incarnation, entirely online with free access to the articles, and in 2021 added a new dimension with our podcast channel.  The Upstream Journal is recognized by Feedspot as one of the top human rights magazines as well as one of the top magazines about social justice on the web.

Prior to July 2021 The Upstream Journal was published as part of the education program of Social Justice Connection, an NGO in Montreal, Canada, that no longer exists.  The Upstream Journal is now independent.

The editor, Derek MacCuish, can be contacted by email – dmaccuish [at] upstreamjournal.org.

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Mail address:

1857 Boul de Maisonneuve O.
Montréal QC H3H 1J9 Canada

The Upstream Journal is based in Tiohtia:ke/Montreal, which is on unceded lands of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) Nation.