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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 »
July 2, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 - whose anniversary we are commemorating today - is one of the Civil Rights Movement’s signature achievements.  Its promise cannot be overstated: a society free of the toxic and pernicious discrimination that taints all our stated ideals.  But just as the South Africans learned in the years after the end of Apartheid, once the plague of racism has become embedded in a... Keep reading »
July 1, 2014 | Health
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major decision denying women their human right to health care. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Court decided that private corporations can, based on their owner’s religious views, deny female employees access to essential care. This is yet another example of how the private, market-based health insurance system, which continues to rely on... Keep reading »
June 18, 2014 | Housing
Eminent domain is picking up traction as a defensive move against the massive foreclosure crisis still affecting communities and families across the country.  In response to an effort led by New Jersey Communities United, the Newark City Council just approved a measure that would identify areas in need of redevelopment for possible... Keep reading »
June 5, 2014 | Work with Dignity
The following article from was written by Greg Asbed of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization and NESRI partner, and Sean Sellers of  the Fair Food Standards Council, the third-party organization that oversees implementation of CIW's Fair Food Program. The Fair Food Program: Worker-Driven Social Responsibility for the... Keep reading »