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 »
January 8, 2015 | Economic and Social Rights, Health
An Open Letter to Governor Shumlin and the Vermont Legislature from National Advocates for Universal, Publicly Financed Healthcare In 2011, the Vermont Legislature passed and Governor Shumlin signed into law Act 48, which provided the roadmap for the creation and implementation of a universal,... Keep reading »
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 »