Human Rights

Public Goods

NESRI works to advance universal public systems that are equitably resourced and fulfill economic and social rights, including housing, healthcare education and social protection.

Equity & Justice

NESRI works to 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.


NESRI supports communities and workers in creating collective action and organizing for participatory and accountable systems that ensure human rights and deepen democracy.


Our Mission

In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Learn more »

Latest Updates
July 2, 2015 | Health
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for buying private health insurance in states with federally run marketplaces or exchanges. The court’s decision has been an enormous relief for the millions of people who stood to lose access to coverage had the subsidies been revoked, and is seen as a vindication of Obamacare. However, many people with health care issues are... Keep reading »
May 11, 2015 | Health
In this update: Calendar Campaign news: Vermont Maine Maryland Pennsylvania News from allies Calendar: May 15, Lewiston, ME: Lewiston-Auburn Area Healthcare... Keep reading »
May 1, 2015 | Economic and Social Rights
May 1st is International Workers Day, a celebration of the working class. In the United States, there has always been deep political resistance to talking about class. Yet not only do economic classes exist, the chasm between the wealthy and the poor and the lack of mobility between classes are extreme... Keep reading »
April 28, 2015 | Economic and Social Rights
Baltimore, MD – Grassroots leaders of Baltimore’s Human Rights organization and NESRI partner, the United Workers, are calling for dialogue and reconciliation with neighbors and city policy makers to address the systemic racism and poverty that has plagued the City for 40 years and get below the surface of this evolving and troubling crisis. Why do 40,000 properties sit vacant... Keep reading »
April 16, 2015 | Economic and Social Rights, Health
Vermont seems like a different place these days. We have a growing crisis of inequity in our state, yet politicians turn the other way. The commitment to solving problems together and ensuring dignified lives for all people has been replaced by divisive measures that will leave many of us behind. In this new harsh climate, this year’s May Day march and rally at the State House in... Keep reading »
April 2, 2015 | Health
The prospects for universal health care in the United States appear unusually bleak these days. Just as the first U.S. state -- Vermont -- was getting ready to implement a universal, publicly financed health care system, its governor... Keep reading »