May 1, 2015 | Economic and Social Rights
May 1st is International Workers Day, a celebration of the working class. In the United States, there has always been deep political resistance to talking about class. Yet not only do economic classes exist, the chasm between the wealthy and the poor and the lack of mobility between classes are... Keep reading »
April 2, 2015 | Health
The prospects for universal health care in the United States appear unusually bleak these days. Just as the first U.S. state -- Vermont -- was getting ready to implement a universal, publicly financed health care system, its governor pulled the plug on his support. Years of studies, preparations... Keep reading »
March 26, 2015 | Health
Here are the top news stories on the health care system and the right to health in March. This is an excerpt from the most recent edition of the Healthcare Is a Human Right News Bulletin , a monthly enewsletter that features updates from Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns for universal, publicly... Keep reading »
March 26, 2015 | Health
Healthcare Is a Human Right is a people’s movement organizing state by state to win universal, publicly financed health care and build a society that puts people’s needs ahead of profits. This is a monthly newsletter from the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign Collaborative (formed by the... Keep reading »
February 3, 2015 | Health
In the six dramatic weeks since Vermont’s governor attempted to pull the plug on universal, publicly financed health care, the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign has come a long way and managed to put the financing debate back at center stage. After his surprise announcement on December 17, 2014... Keep reading »
January 29, 2015 | Health
Dr. Paul Farmer, NESRI Board Member and Co-Founder of Partners in Health, makes the case for equitable financing of health care across the world and here in the United States. Grounded in his ongoing struggle for the human right to health care, he argues that all people need the full spectrum of... Keep reading »
January 22, 2015 | Housing
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court spent an hour examining what grassroots leaders spent nine weeks studying in the United Workers recent Housing is a Human Right Leadership School in Baltimore: whether we can do anything about the institutional racism that still exists in a profit-driven housing... Keep reading »
January 21, 2015 | Economic and Social Rights
Yes, the economy is growing, but for whom? Given the resources in the U.S., everyone could easily be guaranteed a decent standard of living. Last night President Barack Obama called for a better politic and claimed that “tonight we turn the page,” all while insisting that “a brighter future is ours... Keep reading »
January 19, 2015 | Economic and Social Rights
This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Ferguson Action has called on its allies and supporters to #ReclaimMLK and lift up the "bold" vision of the "radical, principled and uncompromising" Civil Rights Movement. They remind us, "The freedom fighters attached to this vision did not bow to political... Keep reading »
January 16, 2015 | Human Rights in the U.S.
The recently released film “Selma” attempts a deep-dive inquiry into one of the most pivotal series of events in modern American history. The movie is both ambitious and focused. In a little over two hours, it recalls the aspirations, courage and irrational brutality of an era that was so recent... Keep reading »