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On Friday, May 1, an estimated over 1000 people from across Vermont, including nurses and other healthcare workers, descended on the State Capital building in Montpelier for a "Healthcare is a Human Right" rally. The historic rally, organized by NESRI ally the Vermont Workers' Center, was aimed at changing not only what is "politically possible" with respect to healthcare reform, but at making the establishment of the human right to healthcare as a basic right "politically inescapable."

Anja Rudiger, of the Human Right to Health Program at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), was there to document the historic event. This piece was produced by NESRI's Phil Wider and aired on Philadelphia's Labor Justice Radio (an initiative of the Media Mobilizing Project) May 2009 show.


On Friday, May 1, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) addressed NESRI ally the Vermont Workers' Center's Human Right to Healthcare Rally at the State Capital in Montpelier, VT. Estimates are that over 1000 Vermonters turned out for the rally.


NESRI Executive Director Cathy Albisa presented on a panel entitled “Health Care is a Human Right: Realizing the Right to Health in the United States,” at Seizing the Moment, Building the Movement, the 2009 Amnesty International USA Annual General Meeting.


Lucas Benitez of NESRI partner the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) presented at the United Nations’ launch of World Social Justice Day.

Cathy Albisa and Maisie Chin address the Opening Plenary of the US Human Rights Fund Convening. The plenary was entitled "Strategy for Social Change: Success Stories, Challenges & Cautionary Tales."

Photo taken by Jim Belfon.

NESRI Human Right to Housing Director Tiffany M. Gardner and John Derek Norvell of Concerned Citizens of Greater Harlem presented on a panel entitled "Poverty Scholars and Religious Leaders Roundtable" at the January 2009 Immersion Course of the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary.


A special evening with Dr. Paul Farmer, founding NESRI Board Member, Co-Founder of Partners In Health, MacArthur Foundation Genius Award winner, human rights activist, and subject of Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains. You will hear from Dr. Farmer and our staff about how we are working with our partners and networks to shape their agendas and hopes in the face of a new administration.


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