NESRI's Blog

June 19, 2009 | Health
In an E-Alert released today, AI USA stated that the current draft of health care reform legislation falls far short of fulfilling a human rights vision. AI USA suggests that one reason for this is that single-payer advocates, a crucial human rights constituency, have been largely excluded from the... Keep reading »
June 4, 2009 | Health
At a critical moment for health care reform in the United States, the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative ( NESRI ) has published an in-depth assessment of single payer proposals, finding that single payer plans go further towards meeting key human rights standards than market-based... Keep reading »
June 3, 2009 | Health
When Senator Max Baucus finally met with single-payer advocates today, he told them he would not include any single-payer supporters in future hearings. Although Baucus has reportedly acknowledged his mistake in not including single-payer health coverage advocates in previous hearings, he maintains... Keep reading »
May 1, 2009 | Health
The Vermont Workers' Center and an estimated thousand Vermonter rallied at the statehouse in Montpelier for a Health Care is a Human Right Rally. The rally aimed to shift the way people think about health care and build enough power to change what is “politically possible” in Vermont. The rally... Keep reading »
March 17, 2009 | Health
In response to President Obama’s eight principles for health care reform, the Human Right to Health Program, run by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the National Health Law Program, has released ten human rights principles for financing health care. The ten principles set down... Keep reading »
December 23, 2008 | Health
A memo to President Obama by the former head of Amnesty International USA Read the article written by William F. Schulz, a senior fellow in human rights policy at the Center for American Progress, who served for twelve years as executive director of Amnesty International USA. Keep reading »
December 8, 2008 | Education
NESRI recently released the report “Teachers Talk: School Culture, Safety and Human Rights.” Teachers surveyed in New York City schools reported that under-resourced and overcrowded classrooms contribute to destructive school climates that threaten the human right to education and the ability of... Keep reading »
December 2, 2008 | Health
The City-County Board of Health in Lewis & Clark County, Montana, has adopted a resolution that recognizes the human right to health and health care and commits the country to develop a universal health care system: From the Board of Health's Resolution, adopted December 4, 2008: Keep reading »
August 7, 2008 | Human Rights
In a few short days, millions of spectators will fill the stands of the Olympic stadium in Beijing to witness the best display of athleticism that our international community has to offer. The inspiration to be garnered in the athletic setting is guaranteed, but can the games inspire us politically... Keep reading »
July 18, 2008 | Housing
By Cathy Albisa Every time I talk to my seven year old about possibly moving some day, he says “Mom, you know I am not any good at that!” He probably speaks for most people. But most people do move at some point – new jobs, better or cheaper housing, better schools, etc. We embrace the anxiety and... Keep reading »