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December 22, 2014 | Health
On Human Rights Day, December 10th, Healthcare Is a Human Right – Maryland and NESRI released report on Maryland’s health care crisis and growing human rights movement. The report, Voices of Maryland’s Healthcare Crisis and the Rising Human Rights Movement, drew on surveys from almost 900 Maryland residents and personal stories of people’s experience with the health care system. Almost... Keep reading »
December 20, 2014 | Health
This week, we witnessed Gov. Peter Shumlin giving up his role in Vermont’s move to universal health care, as he caved to pressure from big businesses. His misguided decision marks the end of a politician’s ambitious career, but not that of universal, publicly financed health care. The governor’s failure to deliver a common-sense plan for shifting from private to public health care financing... Keep reading »
December 17, 2014 | Health
Today the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign released the following statement in response to Governor Shumlin’s failure to move forward with universal, publicly financed healthcare in Vermont. Tomorrow, Healthcare Is a Human Right supporters will be at the Vermont statehouse at 12pm for a rally and creative photo opportunity denouncing... Keep reading »
December 17, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
The Jackson City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, December 16th to create a Human Rights Charter and Commission that will support Jackson becoming the first Human Rights City in the historic South. The passage of this resolution will help the City of Jackson better confront many of the social ills that confront our society, such as the abuse of state power, police brutality,... Keep reading »
December 10, 2014 | Human Rights
This Human Rights Day we cannot separate any reflection on our collective values from the events in Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island and beyond. Courageous and consistent protests have brought the devastating and too often lethal effects of mass criminalization, social control and unjust exercise of power into the spotlight. And today we must speak out about the brutal impacts of... Keep reading »
December 3, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
Once again a grand jury has failed to indict a police officer in the case of the death of an African American.  In this case, Eric Garner was strangled to death in front of witnesses, some who provided video of the accused strangling Mr. Garner in an illegal chokehold.  There is no other explanation for the failure to even take this and other cases of killings of Black men by police officers to... Keep reading »