The Farm Bill is Dead, but the Fight for the Right to Food Continues

The Farm Bill is Dead, but the Fight for the Right to Food Continues

Yesterday, the Farm Bill was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives, as almost all the Democrats and around a quarter of the Republicans voted against it. The bill would have given $196 billion in subsidies to the farming industry, whilst cutting $21 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) – often referred to as the “Food Stamps” program.

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Growing Food Insecurity in the United States is Symptomatic of a Devastating Disregard for Basic Human Rights

Growing Food Insecurity in the United States is Symptomatic of a Devastating Disregard for Basic Human Rights

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Check Out My Brooklyn! - A Great New Film About Gentrification

Check Out My Brooklyn! - A Great New Film About Gentrification

The NESRI housing team is excited about an excellent new documentary on gentrification. And, it’s not just us. The audience members at screenings, and the students in classrooms we have spoken with about the film, have been really engaged and think the film is a big hit!

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Defend Our Human Rights Defenders

Defend Our Human Rights Defenders

In the course of a single week in late February, three human rights activists in three cities across the country were in court facing criminal offences arising from their human rights work. The NESRI housing team attended all three court hearings.

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Housing is a Human Right’'s Michael Premo, a tireless artist-activist, in danger of being criminalized: solidarity action needed

Housing is a Human Right’'s Michael Premo, a tireless artist-activist, in danger of being criminalized: solidarity action needed

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
February 26, 2013
Author: 
Brittany Scott
Organization Title: 
NESRI Human Right to Housing Program

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Peaceful protestors demanding hospital services for local community criminalized by University of Chicago

Peaceful protestors demanding hospital services for local community criminalized by University of Chicago

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Rappin’ with the Rapporteur: A Public Event on the Financialization of Housing

Rappin’ with the Rapporteur: A Public Event on the Financialization of Housing

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The Lessons of South Africa’s Largest Poor People’s Movement Resonate at Home

The Lessons of South Africa’s Largest Poor People’s Movement Resonate at Home

Two youth leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African Shackwellers Movement, the largest poor people’s movement in post-apartheid South Africa, paid a visit to Chicago to share their struggle for land and housing, as part of a month-long tour throughout the United States.  In Chicago, their messages on the central importance of organizing as a community and developing the collective, in particular, resonated deeply with local organizers.

 

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First U.S. Presidential Debate Stuck in the Logic of Finance, Fails to Address Housing Need

First U.S. Presidential Debate Stuck in the Logic of Finance, Fails to Address Housing Need

The first debate of the 2012 presidential election season was truly disheartening.  Both parties’ candidates failed to address the severe human rights crisis that has been greatly fueled by the federal government’s policies in housing.

 

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Chicago homeowners and tenants demand moratorium, recognition of human need and right to housing

Chicago homeowners and tenants demand moratorium, recognition of human need and right to housing

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
August 10, 2012

Roughly 150 homeowners, tenants, neighbors and occupiers came together for a lively town hall meeting in Chicago last night to call for a one-year moratorium on economically-motivated (i.e., profit-driven) evictions.  Invited guests included Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

 

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