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RELEASE: Financing Human Dignity: Taxing Corporate Speculation to Bring Equitable Housing to Scale

RELEASE: Financing Human Dignity: Taxing Corporate Speculation to Bring Equitable Housing to Scale

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Publication Date: 
September 5, 2017
Author: 
NESRI

Large hedge and equity funds, such as Blackstone and Oak Tree purchase scores of distressed mortgages and foreclose on struggling families. At times, these funds hold homes vacant, waiting for property values to increase, while thousands of people sleep on the street or in homeless shelters. Despite deep government subsidies for speculative housing, funds for the development of community land trusts (CLTs) and other shared-equity models are in short supply.

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Transformative Solutions to Guarantee Workers' Rights

Transformative Solutions to Guarantee Workers' Rights

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Publication Date: 
September 4, 2017
Author: 
NESRI

On this Labor Day, we reaffirm that decent work under dignified conditions is a fundamental human right. Yet, workers face stagnant wages, with almost half the population makes less than $15 an hour, leisure time is disappearing for some while others are permanently underemployed, schedules are increasingly irregular, temp work and day labor have increased, and sub-contracting has become so ubiquitous that employees are denied benefits and legal protection and are often uncertain of who is their employer.  

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Reflecting on Charlottesville

Reflecting on Charlottesville

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August 14, 2017

We mourn the loss of human life in Charlottesville. We mourn the death of Heather Heyer, who joined other courageous individuals to stand up for human dignity and counter-protest the terrifying display of far right white supremacist power. But we must do more than mourn to honor them. We must stand up to white supremacist power at every turn.

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Leveraging "Resiliency"

Leveraging "Resiliency"

Cities have emerged as frontline sites in efforts to mitigate climate change. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is perhaps the highest-profile embodiment of the trend. On June 5th, for example, Bloomberg, who currently serves as the UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, submitted a statement to the UN on behalf of more than 1,000 US mayors, governors, businesses and universities that remain committed to meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

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Wake Forest Law Review: Preventing Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains: The Fair Food Program and Worker Driven Social Responsibility

Wake Forest Law Review: Preventing Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains: The Fair Food Program and Worker Driven Social Responsibility

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Publication Date: 
July 14, 2017
Author: 
Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Greg Asbed & Steve Hitov
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Read in Truthout: Poverty Wages, Deportations, Wage Theft, Cockroaches: Farmworkers Demand Dignity from Ben & Jerry's

Read in Truthout: Poverty Wages, Deportations, Wage Theft, Cockroaches: Farmworkers Demand Dignity from Ben & Jerry's

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Publication Date: 
July 12, 2017
Author: 
Jonathan Leavitt, Truthout

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Whose Dissent is Putting Them in Danger?

Whose Dissent is Putting Them in Danger?

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Publication Date: 
July 4, 2017
Author: 
The Laura Flanders Show

This episode of The Laura Flanders Show features NESRI Executive Director Cathy Albisa and Sabino Milian of Brandworkers discussing the targeting of organizers in immigration sweeps. This episode also features Sophie Zaman, Executive Director of Raise the Floor Alliance, on how low-wage workers are organizing to guarantee their rights. Watch the show here

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Wealthy Speculators Drive Up Home Prices in L.A. A New Tax on Them Could Make Housing Affordable

Wealthy Speculators Drive Up Home Prices in L.A. A New Tax on Them Could Make Housing Affordable

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To the editor: You’re right that the free market can’t solve L.A.’s affordable housing problem, and public funds, via taxing developers, are an important part of a larger plan.

Read the full letter in The Los Angeles Times here.

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Prominent Human Rights Organizations Send Ben & Jerry's Letter in Support of Milk with Dignity

Prominent Human Rights Organizations Send Ben & Jerry's Letter in Support of Milk with Dignity

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Publication Date: 
June 17, 2017
Author: 
Multiple

Leading human rights organizations send a letter of support for the Milk with Dignity program to Ben & Jerry's. Organizations demand Ben and Jerry's stand by their June 2015 commitment to enter into a legally binding agreement to join the Milk with Dignity program.

Read the full letter here.

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Enrique Balcazar: "Why I am Marching to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Plant"

Enrique Balcazar: "Why I am Marching to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Plant"

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Publication Date: 
June 16, 2017
Author: 
Enrique "Kike" Balcazar
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Migrant Justice Op-Ed in Civil Eats

"The first time I saw my dad after eight years apart, I couldn’t believe how much he had aged. When he had left our home in Mexico to come to the United States, he was still a young man. After eight years of toiling on a Vermont dairy farm—sending money home so my siblings and I could go to school—his face looked weathered, worn, and tired."

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