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

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

Author(s)
NESRI and the Vermont Workers' Center
Publication Date
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.

The People's Budget Campaign in Vermont, spearheaded by the Vermont Workers' Center in collaboration with NESRI, has achieved initial successes to that end: the state is now required by law to develop a budget that addresses needs, advances equity and dignity, and involves people's participation. While we still have a long way to go to make this a reality in Vermont, we believe that this campaign can inspire human rights budgeting elsewhere. 

This video explains how budgets work now, and how they can and should work based on people's voices, needs and rights. 

This video was produced by NESRI in collaboration with the Vermont Workers' Center. The video was directed by Tatiana McCabe and animated by Jenni Yang, both with Second Heart (http://secondheart.tv/). For more information, contact info@nesri.org.

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A Fair Development Vision for Baltimore

A Fair Development Vision for Baltimore

Publication Date
April 25th, 2019
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From Free Your Voice, a human rights committee of United Workers:

Baltimore communities are organizing for a new vision for Fair Development in our City!

This video brings together our environmental justice work to stop the nations' largest trash burning incinerator with residents across the city calling for Fair Development. Together, we are working to develop a real alternative to the kind of failed development that directs resources and decision making to the top, pushes out residents, and dumps on entire communities.

We are rising up and saying loud and clear that Fair Development needs to be a priority for our city and needs major public investment. We are calling for a 20/20 vision for Baltimore that invests, every year, 20 million dollars in creating good jobs to deconstruct vacant homes that are falling down and another 20 million for community driven development of green space, permanently affordable housing, and urban farming.

We believe we are on to something big and groundbreaking here in Baltimore - with our major victory in the face of the environmental injustice of the incinerator - and the sustained efforts by residents across the city to build a positive alternative vision based on a belief in our fundamental human rights - we are ready to push forward!

Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out. If you feel inspired please take action now:

1. Help us share this video with as many people as possible. Share on social media and among your networks!
2. Endorse the 20/20 vision and talk to your organization or community group about endorsing as well.

NESRI Statement on Recent Arsons in the U.S. South

NESRI Statement on Recent Arsons in the U.S. South

A rising wave of racist terror attacks, inspired by right wing media and politicians and fueled by social media networks, continues to target communities of color, Muslims, Jews, and the LGBT community.

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The Nation on "The Human-Rights Agenda Underlying the 2019 Medicare for All Bill"

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March 21, 2019
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The Nation summarizes our recent human rights assessment of the Medicare for All Act, explaining how treating health care as a human right requires guaranteeing equal access to all and building accountability, transparency, and participatory democracy into the health care system. Medicare for All is the only proposal out there that meets those standards.

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NESRI statement on attacks on Muslims in New Zealand

NESRI statement on attacks on Muslims in New Zealand

NESRI joins with our Muslim family and broader community in mourning in the aftermath of this horrific white supremacist mass shooting. You are not alone. We stand with you. We weep with you. We will not forget your loved ones. In their name, we pledge to rise up against white supremacy -- in our institutions, on our streets, online, in our homes, and in our own hearts. We also encourage people worldwide to provide donations and support to the families of victims as soon as that information becomes available.

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NESRI Statement on International Women’s Day

NESRI Statement on International Women’s Day

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In 1909, women in New York City first commemorated “National Women’s Day,” a decade before women secured the right to vote. The movement was often confrontation and fractious organizing marches and protests, and driven by grassroots energy. In 1975, The United Nations formally recognized International Women’s Day, as women took the international stage demanding the world recognize that women's rights are human rights. The women’s movement in the United States was in ascendence then, and once again, often confrontational and fractious and driven by grassroots energy. 

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Common Dreams: Jayapal's Medicare for All Bill 'Sets a New Standard' for Guaranteeing Healthcare as a Human Right

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Publication Date: 
February 27, 2019

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 "sets a new standard for universally and equitably guaranteeing healthcare as a human right in the United States." That's according to a new comprehensive assessment (pdf) of the legislation released Wednesday by the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative.

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NESRI Releases Human Rights Assessment of Medicare for All Act of 2019

NESRI Releases Human Rights Assessment of Medicare for All Act of 2019

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Publication Date: 
February 12, 2019

The Act Would Set a New Standard for Guaranteeing Health Care as a Human Right in the United States, the Assessment Finds

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