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December 23, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights, Health, Housing
Last week, Vermont’s governor announced he would not move forward with implementing a universal, publicly financed health care system in his state. While it remains possible for the state legislature to propose and enact a public financing plan, the governor’s unilateral decision has complicated... Keep reading »
December 17, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
The Jackson City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, December 16th to create a Human Rights Charter and Commission that will support Jackson becoming the first Human Rights City in the historic South. The passage of this resolution will help the City of Jackson better confront many... Keep reading »
December 11, 2014 | Health
On Human Rights Day, December 10th, Healthcare Is a Human Right – Maryland and NESRI released report on Maryland’s health care crisis and growing human rights movement. The report, Voices of Maryland’s Healthcare Crisis and the Rising Human Rights Movement , drew on surveys from almost 900 Maryland... Keep reading »
December 10, 2014 | Human Rights
This Human Rights Day we cannot separate any reflection on our collective values from the events in Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island and beyond. Courageous and consistent protests have brought the devastating and too often lethal effects of mass criminalization, social control and unjust exercise... Keep reading »
December 3, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
Once again a grand jury has failed to indict a police officer in the case of the death of an African American. In this case, Eric Garner was strangled to death in front of witnesses, some who provided video of the accused strangling Mr. Garner in an illegal chokehold. There is no other explanation... Keep reading »
November 24, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
Tonight we heard from the criminal justice system in Ferguson that Black lives don’t matter. We have heard it before in the many killings with impunity. We have heard it in the high rates of incarceration. We hear it in the echoes of stop and frisk, the school to prison pipeline and the ruthless... Keep reading »
November 21, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
We echo our ally organization Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) in its statement that Obama’s executive action on immigration is limited but welcome. We remind ourselves today that human rights must know no borders. We unequivocally express our support for the protection of the full range of... Keep reading »
November 10, 2014 | Health, Social Security, Work with Dignity
Exclusions, barriers, bans and hurdles describe many injured workers’ experiences with workers’ compensation,” says Celeste Monforton, DrPH, in an October 23rd blog posted to The Pump Handle , featuring a new NESRI policy brief on workers’ compensation . Earlier in the month, NESRI released the... Keep reading »
October 10, 2014 | Work with Dignity
On August 13, a Florida court declared that the state’s workers’ compensation system was unconstitutional and an inadequate alternative to allowing workers to take their employers to court for injuries and illnesses caused by employers’ negligence or, as is too often the case, reckless indifference... Keep reading »
October 9, 2014 | Human Rights
On October 1st, the Ford Foundation posed the question “ Where Markets Lead, Will Justice Follow? ” to leaders in their fields. Their responses varied in how they framed the market, the role of government, and the need for public goods. But examining the question seems as important as reflecting on... Keep reading »

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