June 10, 2009 | Health
The Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing on “Examining the Single Payer Health Care Option.” Witnesses included Rep. John Conyers, Geri Jenkins RN, Dr. Walter Tsau, and Dr. Marcia Angell, and their written statements are available on the committee’s website.  In his comments to the hearing... Keep reading »
June 8, 2009 | Education
On June 5 and 6, 150 advocates, organizers, youth, parents and educators from 20 states around the country came together in Chicago for the first ever Dignity In Schools Campaign (DSC) National Conference. There they discussed positive alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline and school pushout. Amongst the core conference organizers and participants were NESRI and its partners... Keep reading »
June 6, 2009 | Health
Michael Moore writes in The Missoulian: "Advocates of single-payer health care sent Sen. Max Baucus a blunt message Friday: Put single-payer on the discussion table." Read the full article here. Keep reading »
June 4, 2009 | Health
An article entitled “Progressive groups at odds on health care,” appearing on examiner.com, quotes NESRI Executive Director Cathy Albisa as stating “We have a fundamental choice to make as a country. We can either be guided by human rights that reflect our founding values or we can continue down the path of special corporate interests.” “The kind of health care system our government puts in... Keep reading »
June 4, 2009 | Work with Dignity
Whole Foods Market, the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, has announced that two of Florida’s largest organic tomato growers, Lady Moon Farms and Alderman Farms, have agreed to implement NESRI partner Coalition of... 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... 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 that at this point the process of drafting healthcare reform legislation is too far along now to... Keep reading »
June 1, 2009 | Health
Press coverage of Baucus' late May 2009 “listening session” tour across Montana reveals the Senator is extremely out of touch with his constituents .  Brian Grim chronicles Montanan's reactions as Senator Baucus refuses to consider a single-payer plan as a viable option for national health care reform. Read the article here... Keep reading »
June 1, 2009 | Work with Dignity
The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter, has been released by University of California Press.  The book quotes NESRI’s Executive Director Cathy Albisa. Read more about the book here. Keep reading »
June 1, 2009 | Housing
Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is scheduled to evict thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane survivors currently living in temporary trailers.  According to press reports, the decision-making process around the evictions lacked community participation and engagement. Moreover, a clear plan to provide adequate housing for the displaced has not been presented. These actions directly... Keep reading »


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