A New Social Contract: Transformative Solutions Built by and for Communities

A New Social Contract: Transformative Solutions Built by and for Communities

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NESRI
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May, 2018
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A New Social Contract centers people at the frontline of injustice as leaders with the political imagination to create a better shared future for our country and our world.

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What is Worker-driven Social Responsibility?

What is Worker-driven Social Responsibility?

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Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network
Publication Date: 
May, 2017
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A New Vision for Gender Justice in Housing

A New Vision for Gender Justice in Housing

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NESRI
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June, 2016
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2016 CIW Workers' Voice Tour

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NESRI partner, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) farmworkers and thousands of consumer allies will be mobilizing to demand real, Worker-driven Social Responsibility from Wendy’s — the lone holdout among the big five fast-food companies of Yum Brands, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, and Wendy’s who has yet to join the award-winning Fair Food Program!

Despite the growing and undeniable success of the Fair Food Program, Wendy’s has, time and time again, turned its back on workers and consumers calling for the fast-food giant to join the FFP, ignoring their letters, phone calls and protests.  Likewise, Wendy’s has turned its back on the Florida tomato industry itself.  Inexplicably, just as the industry was being called “the best working environment in American agriculture” on the front page of the New York Times for its commitment to the human rights standards of the Fair Food Program, Wendy’s moved its substantial purchases of fresh tomatoes away from Florida in early 2015.  That’s right, they affirmatively decided to buy their tomatoes from farms offering workers fewer protections.

Most recently, Wendy’s released its own new Supplier Code of Conduct, spelling out standards on issues ranging from animal welfare to environmental ethics and human rights.  On the surface, the code appears to reflect a serious commitment to ethical supply chain management. On the surface…  Because when you dig beneath the surface, what you don’t see is any worker voice in developing Wendy’s human rights standards, much less in their enforcement (Make sure to read CIW’s response to Wendy’s Code of Conduct).

Drawing on the long history of CIW Truth Tours that paved the way for the award-winning Fair Food Program, the Workers’ Voice Tour will build on the three-year-old Wendy’s campaign, partnering with students and consumers across the country to amplify the call for farm labor justice.  The first stop on the tour will take place in the heart of New York City, at the sleek Park Avenue offices of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz.

From the Big Apple, farmworkers and their allies will bus westward to Columbus, Ohio, to join students for a massive mobilization at Ohio State University, and from there continue on to Louisville, Kentucky and Gainesville, Florida — all major hubs in the growing student-led boycott against the fast food giant.  Finally, the caravan will arrive in Palm Beach, Florida, for the tour’s big closing march in Mr. Peltz’s glitzy vacation hometown.

March 2 Immokalee, Florida

March 3 New York, NY

March 6 Columbus, OH

March 9 Louisville, KY

March 11 Gainesville, FL

March 12 Palm Beach, FL

See the tour website for more details.

 

Community + Land + Trust: Tools for Development without Displacement

Community + Land + Trust: Tools for Development without Displacement

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The Baltimore Housing Roundtable, NESRI, The Public Justice Center
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January, 2016
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Community + Land + Trust: Tools for Development without Displacement details the path to failed development and segregated housing taken by Baltimore to date, and offers a new vision for neighborhood control through shared responsibility and shared wealth: publicly financed community land trusts to create permanently affordable housing. 

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Worker- driven Social Responsibility Coordinator

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Community + Land + Trust: Development without Displacement

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Join us for the release of Baltimore Housing Roundtable’s new report:

Community + Land + Trust: Tools for Development without Displacement

University of Maryland School of Social Work Auditorium

525 W Redwood St

Baltimore , MD 21201

United States

Community + Land + Trust describes how Baltimore’s development policies have failed to create affordable housing and good paying jobs for low-income residents and offers an alternative vision that prioritizes human rights and human needs. The creation of community land trusts and a renewed vacant housing initiative will create neighborhood-based institutions to drive development, employ city residents, and create permanently affordable housing that is equitable and inclusive.

NESRI is a founding member of the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, and NESRI staff co-wrote and produced this report.

Harry Smith, Director of Sustainable Economic Development & Dudley Neighbors, Inc. will speak on a successful land trust development in Boston.

Please join us to explore innovative approaches to Baltimore’s development challenges, learn from area experts, and enjoy a light lunch reception! Click here to RSVP.

Fair Food Standards Council 2015 Annual Report Launch

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The NoVo Foundation, 535 5th Ave # 33, New York, NY 10017
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As the first Fair Food Program label hits the aisle of your local supermarkets, the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is releasing its third annual report. The report documents how the groundbreaking model of Worker-driven Social Responsibility, created by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), has transformed the Florida tomato industry into the “best working environment in American agriculture.” In 2015 the Program expanded up the coast to tomato farms in six additional states from Georgia to New Jersey.

Expect lively conversation between FFSC, the CIW, journalists, donors, scholars, allies, and workers exploring the significance of the program, its rapid and ongoing expansion (strawberries and bell peppers are already in progress) and the incredible excitement that is generating in other sectors from construction workers to dairy workers and from the domestic to the international.  

More information to come in the new year!

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Healthcare is a Human Right Vigil

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Statehouse Cafeteria, State Street - Montpelier, VT
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Film: A People's Budget - Our Voice, Our Needs, Our Rights

Film: A People's Budget - Our Voice, Our Needs, Our Rights

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NESRI and the Vermont Workers' Center
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August, 2013
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In times of budget cuts and other austerity measures, advocates and activists are often put on the defensive. As we desperately seek to protect food stamps, housing programs, head start funding and other essential public services, we get pitted against each other and lose sight of what should be obvious: the purpose of our local, state and federal budgets is to meet people's needs. This means we must demand an entirely different approach to making budgets, one that is grounded in our needs and rights.

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