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September 13, 2017 | Health
Think Progress writes that the growing support in the Senate for universal healthcare is a result of the work of NESRI, our grassroots partners, and others who are organizing across the country to change what's politically possible. Keep reading »
September 5, 2017 | Economic and Social Rights, Housing
Large hedge and equity funds, such as Blackstone and Oak Tree purchase scores of distressed mortgages and foreclose on struggling families. At times, these funds hold homes vacant, waiting for property values to increase, while thousands of people sleep on the street or in homeless shelters. Despite deep government subsidies for speculative housing, funds for the development of community land... Keep reading »
September 4, 2017 | Economic and Social Rights
On this Labor Day, we reaffirm that decent work under dignified conditions is a fundamental human right. Yet, workers face stagnant wages, with almost half the population makes less than $15 an hour, leisure time is disappearing for some while others are permanently underemployed, schedules are increasingly irregular, temp work and day labor have increased, and sub-contracting has become so... Keep reading »
August 14, 2017 | Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights in the U.S.
We mourn the loss of human life in Charlottesville. We mourn the death of Heather Heyer, who joined other courageous individuals to stand up for human dignity and counter-protest the terrifying display of far right white supremacist power. But we must do more than mourn to honor them. We must stand up to white supremacist power at every turn. White supremacy has always been with us, it... Keep reading »
August 11, 2017 | Social Security, Work with Dignity
A broken regulatory system has enabled a culture of systematic retaliation and fear to take hold in low-wage workplaces, Trump's aggressive anti-immigrant policies threaten workers' rights, OSHA is delaying several important health and safety rules, and states are moving significant legislation on workers' comp and universal healthcare. Keep reading »
August 8, 2017 | Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights in the U.S.
Cities have emerged as frontline sites in efforts to mitigate climate change. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is perhaps the highest-profile embodiment of the trend. On June 5th, for example, Bloomberg, who currently serves as the UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, submitted a... Keep reading »
July 14, 2017 | Food, Human Rights in the U.S., Work with Dignity
When the Wake Forest Law Review decided earlier this year to dedicate an entire issue to the problem of human trafficking, they solicited an article from the CIW on the Fair Food Program and its unique success in preventing forced labor in agriculture.  That article, entitled “... Keep reading »
July 12, 2017 | Human Rights in the U.S., Work with Dignity
On Saturday, June 17th, more than 200 farmworkers and their allies marched on Ben & Jerry's ice cream plant in Vermont. The march marked another turning point in the Milk with Dignity campaign, led by Migrant Justice, which seeks to secure humane treatment for the workers in the famed brand's dairy supply chain. Though Migrant Justice and Ben & Jerry's reached an agreement in principle in... Keep reading »
July 5, 2017 | Economic and Social Rights
This episode of The Laura Flanders Show features NESRI Executive Director Cathy Albisa and Sabino Milian of Brandworkers discussing the targeting of organizers in immigration sweeps. This episode also features Sophie Zaman, Executive Director of Raise the Floor Alliance, on how low-wage workers are organizing to guarantee their rights. Watch the show... Keep reading »
July 5, 2017 | Health
Human rights are the foundation of the social contract. Yet here, in the richest country on earth, this social contract is broken. Keep reading »

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