Tag Archives: Human Rights

A Summer of Cuts

I chose an interesting summer to intern at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. Each morning on my way to work, I’d pick up a newspaper and read about the debt ceiling and deficit reduction and the need … Continue reading

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Holy Allies in the Fight for the Human Right to Housing

Earlier this week, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (the Conference) sent a letter to the House of Representatives expressing their opposition to H.R. 2441, a bill which would eliminate the National Housing Trust Fund, which funds affordable housing programs. … Continue reading

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From the Lunch Counters to the Dining Room Table

This week the New York Times caught on to a trend that’s sweeping the nation: as J.R. Fleming, co-founder of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign who spoke earlier this month at our National Forum on the Human Right to Housing put … Continue reading

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5 Years of Progress and Pain

My first day at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty was 5 years ago last Sunday. At that point, in the middle of 2006, our housing market was being celebrated as a boom, making huge profits for some, … Continue reading

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National Forum on the Human Right to Housing

The National Forum on the Human Right to Housing, to be held June 7-8 at the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, D.C., couldn’t come at a better time. There’s an obvious disconnect between Washington rhetoric and the American story.  As … Continue reading

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When There’s No Alternative (Part II)

My father immigrated to this country as a refugee following World War II, believing, as many did, and continue to do, that the awful conditions he experienced in refugee camps would be left behind in the Old World. The poem … Continue reading

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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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Our Work at Home is Just Beginning

“While our work in Geneva is done, our work here at home is just beginning.” Eric Tars, human rights program director at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty has just returned to the U.S. from the United Nations … Continue reading

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