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October 10, 2014 | Work with Dignity
On August 13, a Florida court declared that the state’s workers’ compensation system was unconstitutional and an inadequate alternative to allowing workers to take their employers to court for injuries and illnesses caused by employers’ negligence or, as is too often the case, reckless indifference to health and safety. Many injured workers I have interviewed over the last decade would never have... Keep reading »
October 9, 2014 | Human Rights
On October 1st, the Ford Foundation posed the question “Where Markets Lead, Will Justice Follow?” to leaders in their fields.  Their responses varied in how they framed the... Keep reading »
October 8, 2014 | Health
In 2011, Vermont passed Act 48, setting us on the course to have the first universal, publicly financed health care system in the United States. This came about because hundreds of Vermont residents took action: contacting legislators, packing public hearings, testifying about the debilitating effects of the current health care system on their lives. By bringing their voices forward,... Keep reading »
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 »