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On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the Poverty Initiative and Kairos Center will bring over 70 leaders to the Moral March in Raleigh, North Carolina organized by the sisters and brothers of Historic Thousands on Jones Street who have been leading the Moral Mondays struggle. 

On January 28th, the  to the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to address recent legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act which has been promoted in the US in by the current administration in an effort to ensure access to health care.

Wal-Mart, the largest grocery retailer in the United States, joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program, forever changing the landscape of social responsibility in the food industry. Wal-Mart representatives and leaders from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers sent an unmistakable message: human rights will be the new norm in U.S. agriculture.

Yesterday, a letter demanding that Congress respect human rights on budget decisions was distributed to Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Nancy Pelosi, and copied to many other Congressional and Administration officials including President Obama.  This letter was signed by 50 organizations spread across the United States, from established national policy groups to grassroots community organizations.

In an article appeared on the Summer 2011 issue of Center Focus, Aldo Caliari describes the discrediting of the two beliefs that kept control of financial regulation in the hands of a small cadre of so-called technical elites for the last two decades. "If we want the next decade to see the emergence of a financial system that serves the common good, it is imperative to ensure that the debate on financial regulation sees the active scrutiny and participation of broad swathes of society," he says.

Can the U.S. afford to recognize economic and social rights in the midst of high unemployment rates at home and an ongoing global economic crisis?

ESCR-Net member NESRI and the Vermont's Worker's Center discuss the the People's Budget Campaign, which seeks to minimize and change the effect of budget cuts on working families in Vermont. Here, two videos highlight this recent work and the universality of the healthcare reform in Vermont along with the need to put people at the center of such campaigns in order to change laws.  Making Human Rights and the needs of the communities a top priority will help shape upcoming laws to benefit workers and their families and to ensure that Vermont's revenue policies focuses on people's basic rights.

Last week, Vermont passed the first-ever universal health care bill in the U.S., creating a path toward a publicly financed system that will provide health care as a public good for all.

 A group of U.S. and international human rights organizations today called on the U.S. government to put a greater focus on achieving freedom from want by implementing its obligation to protect, respect, and fulfill economic and social rights.