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A Spirit of Revolution

For the past month, a spirit of revolution has gained force both abroad and at home.  Days after mounting popular protests culminated in the disintegration of authoritarian rule in the Middle East, a parallel uprising has emerged on our own … Continue reading

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When There’s No Alternative: Rights to Water & Sanitation

What’s something we do each day, but rarely think about, let alone discuss in public? Going to the bathroom. But when you’re homeless or poor, what most people take for granted can be a huge challenge, even a life-altering decision. … Continue reading

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Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Today, Senator Dick Durbin, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, held the first hearing in eight years on the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, … Continue reading

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Lessons from Around the Globe, Part IV

Before I left South Africa, there was one more visit I had to make: to the Apartheid Museum.  Today’s lesson: while it’s good that apartheid is where it belongs – in a museum – the job isn’t done yet. At … Continue reading

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Lessons from Around the Globe – Part II

Today was an incredible, inspiring, heartbreaking day of site visits to three key sites for the movement for housing rights in South Africa: an active squatters building, two buildings where squatters have been relocated, and an informal shack dweller settlement … Continue reading

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Lessons from Around the Globe – Part I

Today marks the first in a mini-series of blog posts from my trip to South Africa, where I am attending a convening of housing rights experts put on by the Ford Foundation. Today’s lesson is: we are not alone! Participating … Continue reading

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