Starting Monday May 20, 2013, over 100 protesters gathered outside of the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington D.C. This protest, organized by Occupy Our Homes along with a collection of community organizations, like the Home Defenders League as well as evicted homeowners, was centered on demands that the Obama Administration, especially Attorney General Eric Holder, Keep reading »
A coalition in Maine - the Maine People's Alliance, the Maine AFL-CIO and the Maine State Nurses Association - held press conferences in Portland and Bangor to kick off their new Health Care Is a Human Right Campaign. Keep reading »
Today the New York Times reported that suicide has increased dramatically among middle-aged people in the United States, with disproportionately more men killing themselves. The article raised the question whether it was economic distress that was driving our people to kill themselves in larger numbers. The likely answer depends very much on how you define economic distress and the... Keep reading »
In the last 15 years, the modern UN Human Rights system has been forging an evolving consensus around the human rights obligations of private actors. Last year, the UN adopted Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and launched a working group . That group culminated its first U.S. trip on May 1st by holding a press conference and issuing a statement. While the... Keep reading »
Watch the highlights of Vermont's large May Day march and hear how a member of the Put People First campaign describes the growing unity among the many struggles for our human rights.
Check out this article in the Bosten Globe: Keep reading »
For the fifth year in a row over well over a thousand people from all over Vermont will participate in at a huge May 1st Statehouse Rally. In 2009, we came to change what was politically possible in healthcare reform. In 2013, its become clear that what we really need to make possible is real democracy itself. Keep reading »
[...] At Birdie’s Cafe in Westminster Friday, three members of Carroll County’s chapter of Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland and statewide organizer Sergio España told of the formation of the grassroots campaign locally. They told of their excitement for the state’s first speakout — a rally to share health-care stories — which will be held in Carroll County on... Keep reading »
MONTPELIER — In 2009, the Vermont Workers’ Center convened the first-ever May Day rally as a way of demonstrating political support for single-payer health care.
Four years later, this annual “day of action” will include a call for increased government spending on programs to improve the lot of poor and working-class Vermonters. James Haslam, director of the Vermont Workers... Keep reading »
“There is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquillizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” –Martin Luther King Jr. Keep reading »
In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Based on the principle that fundamental human needs create human rights obligations on the part of government and the private sector, NESRI advocates for public policies that guarantee the universal and equitable fulfillment of these rights in the United States.