Advancing Equity & Justice

We must dismantle systemic oppression, exploitation and discrimination to create inclusive systems, policies and practices that ensure the full realization of economic and social rights for all.

We face considerable barriers in our country to achieving equity and justice for all. Despite powerful efforts to move our country towards true equality, deeply entrenched systems of discrimination and oppression denigrate and devalue human lives based on race, class, gender and other social factors. Criminalization and other punitive practices, state-sanctioned violence, exclusions, along with access to most basic needs depending on wealth and the ability to purchase goods and services, serve to concentrate power at the top and distribute resources and well-being unjustly across different communities. By prioritizing people most impacted by injustice, a human rights agenda can counter these deeply entrenched challenges, advance dignity and inclusion and take steps toward redistributing resources. 

NESRI's envisions:

  • Ending the criminalization of people of color and those living in poverty, and advance a long-term racial and economic justice agenda that ranges from ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs to providing a basic universal income and guaranteed livable wage jobs.

  • Creating inclusive institutions, ranging from the police to schools, government and workplaces, that are accountable to meeting people's needs and enabling the participation of those most impacted by injustice.

  • Transforming the immigration system by legalizing the status of undocumented people, enabling citizenship for all, demilitarizing the border and ensuring immigrants’ full access to employment and all public programs.

  • Shifting resources to follow people’s needs - specifically the deepest needs - through institutional and public budgets and revenue, and policies that ensure everyone is able to meet their full potential, contribute all they can and get what they need.

  • Adopting local human rights development plans that tackle segregation, displacement and disparities by prioritizing community infrastructure, such as public transportation, community facilities and schools, and by adopting regulations and tax incentives that encourage the local ownership and use of resources, in particular community land trusts and workers’ co-ops.

  • Supporting strategies for a just transition to an ecologically sustainable economy and end the disproportionate burden borne by communities of color in the form of environmental pollution, exposure to toxins in low-wage industries and climate change disasters.


For more information on Equity and Justice, please contact our ESR Committee.


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