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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 »
September 12, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
As the September 21 People's Climate March, the largest climate justice march in history, nears, James Haslam of the Vermont Workers' Center writes, "In today’s world, it’s no longer possible to separate struggles for economic and social rights from the fight for a livable planet. ... More and more... Keep reading »
September 1, 2014 | Work with Dignity
Labor Day celebrates work with dignity and the human rights that workers have fought for and won over centuries. This year we cannot separate any reflection on the rights of workers from the events in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teen, was killed by a White police... Keep reading »
August 25, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights, Education
Youth, parents, educators and advocates from the Dignity in Schools Campaign have come together in response to the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. What happened in Ferguson 13 days ago has left all of us stunned, speechless and grieving. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with... Keep reading »
August 5, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
The US cannot credibly advocate for human rights abroad while failing to protect them at home. A decade ago, I joined a group of human rights advocates to found the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative to promote freedom from poverty and access to basic resources in the United States. The... Keep reading »
July 2, 2014 | Economic and Social Rights
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 - whose anniversary we are commemorating today - is one of the Civil Rights Movement’s signature achievements. Its promise cannot be overstated: a society free of the toxic and pernicious discrimination that taints all our stated ideals. But just as the South Africans... Keep reading »
July 1, 2014 | Health
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major decision denying women their human right to health care. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby , the Court decided that private corporations can, based on their owner’s religious views, deny female employees access to essential care. This is yet another... Keep reading »
June 18, 2014 | Housing
Eminent domain is picking up traction as a defensive move against the massive foreclosure crisis still affecting communities and families across the country. In response to an effort led by New Jersey Communities United, the Newark City Council just approved a measure that would identify areas in... Keep reading »
June 5, 2014 | Work with Dignity
The following article from was written by Greg Asbed of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization and NESRI partner, and Sean Sellers of the Fair Food Standards Council, the third-party organization that oversees implementation of CIW's Fair... Keep reading »


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