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September 12, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
As the September 21 People's Climate March, the largest climate justice march in history, nears, James Haslam of the Vermont Workers' Center writes, "In today’s world, it’s no longer possible to separate struggles for economic and social rights from the fight for a livable planet. ... More and more of us are coming to the conclusion that the only real "solution" to climate change involves... Keep reading »
September 1, 2014 | Work with Dignity
Labor Day celebrates work with dignity and the human rights that workers have fought for and won over centuries. This year we cannot separate any reflection on the rights of workers from the events in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teen, was killed by a White police officer. This summer, the courageous and consistent protests in Ferguson brought the devastating and too... Keep reading »
August 25, 2014 | Human Rights
From Birmingham to Ferguson, a brief history of how racial tensions at home have undermined America abroad Americans are not the only ones who have been riveted by the news out of Ferguson, Missouri, over the past two weeks. The images of tear gas-filled streets and camouflaged police pointing semiautomatic guns at unarmed demonstrators in the U.S. heartland have... Keep reading »
August 25, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights, Education
Youth, parents, educators and advocates from the Dignity in Schools Campaign have come together in response to the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. What happened in Ferguson 13 days ago has left all of us stunned, speechless and grieving. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the family, friends, colleagues... Keep reading »
August 5, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
The US cannot credibly advocate for human rights abroad while failing to protect them at home. A decade ago, I joined a group of human rights advocates to found the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative to promote freedom from poverty and access to basic resources in the United States. The idea for the project seemed far-fetched to many. After all, the U.S. is a rich... Keep reading »
July 18, 2014 | Health
Health care is one of those things that always caused Sandra Schlosser a lot of anxiety. “It was something I had always struggled with — I always owed some health care provider, or was on some payment plan, or had some struggle about a claim, or had high deductibles,” the 52-year-old Vermont resident recounted. “It had never even occurred to me that it could be something that could be changed or... Keep reading »