August 5, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights in the U.S.
Earlier this week, the Movement for Black Lives released A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice . After a year-long process involving more than 50 organizations, the movement has offered a broad mandate that can support deep and lasting change. It is... Keep reading »
July 15, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights in the U.S.
Our hearts are heavy for the loved ones of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and the wider community that continues to reel and mourn the ongoing state sanctioned killings of Black people. We renew our condemnation of the killings of Black people at the hands of police. Our calendars are too full... Keep reading »
July 14, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights, Education
This week, U.S. Secretary of Education John King called on charter schools across the country to rethink their use of exclusionary discipline practices like suspensions and ex-pulsions, so that more students remain in school to learn. At a speech given at the National Charter School Conference in... Keep reading »
June 14, 2016 | Human Rights in the U.S.
We send our solidarity and love to the victims and families of those injured and the families of those killed at the massacre at "Latin Night" at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and all queer communities of color. Homophobia, transphobia, racism, distorted notions of masculinity, militarism,... Keep reading »
June 7, 2016 | Work with Dignity
Of the many millions of workers across the country facing wage theft, retaliation, workplace injuries and other denials of dignity in the workplace, farmworkers face some of the most brutal conditions. We at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) agree with and support the... Keep reading »
May 23, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights, Housing, Human Rights in the U.S., Work with Dignity
As the second trial of six Baltimore City police officers charged for the April 2015 killing of Freddie Gray ends without a conviction, some city officials are making efforts to address the structural racism and inequality that has left neighborhoods of color void of private capital and public... Keep reading »
May 12, 2016 | Work with Dignity
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new rule allowing the agency to hold employers accountable for retaliating against workers for reporting injuries even when a complaint is anonymous. Previously OSHA could only respond when a worker made a complaint of retaliation... Keep reading »
May 11, 2016 | Economic and Social Rights
Today we received news that Michael Ratner passed away surrounded by family and friends. Michael was an inspiration to all of us, and we were honored at NESRI to have him as a long time supporter. Michael took the side of the oppressed in all circumstances and believed that this is what fighting... Keep reading »
February 26, 2016 | Health
Last week we wrote about the renewed national debate on universal, publicly financed healthcare, and a highly disingenuous set of narratives that The New York Times , among others, has been pushing to stifle demands for universal health care and other fundamental changes in the nation’s priorities... Keep reading »
February 16, 2016 | Health
Bernie Sanders’ improbable success has put universal, publicly financed health care back on the national agenda. But as popular demand for truly universal health care grows, political and media elites are closing ranks in an attempt to scare the public out of demanding change. Yesterday The New... Keep reading »