After a series of successful protests at Publix supermarkets across the South last month, NESRI partner the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is preparing for the largest Publix action of the year on Sunday, December 6, in Lakeland, Florida, where Publix's headquarters are located.
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NESRI is a founding member of the Student Safety Coalition, a coalition of nineteen organizations working to increase accountability over school safety and discipline policies to protect students’ human rights to education and to be treated with dignity in school. The Student Safety Act would create new data reporting requirements about discipline and safety incidents in schools to increase... Keep reading »
From the newswire: "On Tuesday, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign kicked off its first day with a successful blockade at the home of Lenise Forrest, a community member and mother of two. At 9AM on November 17, supporters began arriving to blockade the house from eviction, and with the increasing police presence circling the block, many people were wondering what would happen next. Keep reading »
Back in October the Dignity in Schools Campaign co-sponsored the Roundtable Socratic Dialogue - The School to Prison Pipeline: Is it a Human Rights Violation? The dialogue was part of a full day conference entitled - Raising Our Hands: Creating a National Strategy for Children's Right to Education and Counsel. To view a recently released video of the dialogue click here. Keep reading »
Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing concluded her first official Mission to the U.S. on Sunday, November 8. In her final statement to the press, she commented that “Millions lack access to affordable and adequate housing in the U.S.” To view the official UN press release. Keep reading »
"CPS officially repealed its zero tolerance policy years ago, but with the latest figures showing that nearly 13 of every 100 students was suspended in the 2007-2008 school year—perhaps the highest rate of any big city—advocates want to re-ignite a discussion about improving discipline. Keep reading »
In December 2008, the Lewis and Clark City-County Board of Health approved a resolution that “recognizes health and health care are basic human rights and that everyone has a right to access to a universal healthcare system.” Keep reading »
Here's a worthwhile intervention - from abroad! - in the U.S. health care debate, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Here's an excerpt of "Communal Responsibility for Health Care - The Example of Benefit Assessment in Germany" by Peter T. Sawicki": 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.