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In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Learn more »

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June 14, 2016 | Human Rights in the U.S.
We send our solidarity and love to the victims and families of those injured and the families of those killed at the massacre at "Latin Night" at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and all queer communities of color. Homophobia, transphobia, racism, distorted notions of masculinity, militarism, and the relentless corporate pursuit of profits by the gun lobby conspired in that horrific moment to... Keep reading »
June 7, 2016 | Work with Dignity
Of the many millions of workers across the country facing wage theft, retaliation, workplace injuries and other denials of dignity in the workplace, farmworkers face some of the most brutal conditions. We at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) agree with and support the lawsuit filed on behalf of Upstate New York farmworker Crispin Hernandez. The lawsuit, filed by... Keep reading »
May 23, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights, Housing, Human Rights in the U.S., Work with Dignity
As the second trial of six Baltimore City police officers charged for the April 2015 killing of Freddie Gray ends without a conviction, some city officials are making efforts to address the structural racism and inequality that has left neighborhoods of color void of private capital and public investment.   Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke has introduced ... Keep reading »
May 11, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights
Today we received news that Michael Ratner passed away surrounded by family and friends. Michael was an inspiration to all of us, and we were honored at NESRI to have him as a long time supporter. Michael took the side of the oppressed in all circumstances and believed that this is what fighting for human rights through building social movements involved. With his loss the lights just dimmed in... Keep reading »
April 28, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights, Education
From April 22-24 Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from across the country convened in Los Angeles for our sixth Annual Membership Meeting to strategize on upcoming campaign initiatives, attend skill-building workshops and vote on major campaign decisions.  The weekend kicked off with members attending pre-meeting sessions on youth organizing, implementation of the Every Student... Keep reading »
March 8, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights, Food, Human Rights, Human Rights in the U.S., Work with Dignity
Last week, the Campaign for Fair Food announced a national boycott of Wendy's. For the last several years the Campaign for Fair Food has been pressuring the fast food giant to recognize the dignity of farmworkers and join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' groundbreaking Fair Food Program (FFP). The Fair Food Program includes participating retailers who purchase exclusively from... Keep reading »