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December 10, 2013 | Economic and Social Rights
American politicians often talk as if human rights were only relevant in other countries, but grassroots organizations are increasingly using the human rights framework to win social and economic rights for the poorest and most marginalized people in the US. Cathy Albisa, director of NESRI, spoke to Open Democracy's Meredith Tax on this subject. Keep reading »
December 10, 2013 | Work with Dignity
Some three million people in the United States are struck with an occupational injury or illness every year, and across the country injured workers are denied the healthcare, compensation, and transparent, accountable workers’ compensation system they need. Keep reading »
December 5, 2013 | Health
The intense media hype around the troubled Obamacare roll-out threatens to obscure the real issue at hand: how to go beyond the piecemeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and build a truly universal health care system that provides equal, high-quality care to everyone. While many on both the left and right predicted -- albeit for different reasons -- Obamacare's problems, it would be a mistake to get... Keep reading »
November 25, 2013 | Health
When did the people’s need for universal health care get hijacked by the money-making interests of big insurers, big business and big hospitals? Was it when federal health reformers bowed to the health industry by setting up a marketplace that is about to channel significant public subsidies to private insurance companies? Was it when the governor announced we can only get a health care system... Keep reading »
November 21, 2013 | Economic and Social Rights
As the 2014 legislative session draws near, the necessity of a people’s budget becomes increasingly clear. The levels of poverty, homelessness and hunger in Vermont have continued to increase, while access to dignified work and education has continued to diminish. These conditions demand a new approach to public policy, one that directly addresses these human rights deficits. Keep reading »