human rights

Human rights advocates blast U.S. record on race, Katrina

February 7, 2008 - Later this month, representatives of the Bush administration will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to defend the the United States' human rights record before a United Nations committee. Meanwhile, human rights advocates charge that the administration is not only failing to comply with a treaty to eliminate racial discrimination but is trying to whitewash the reality of racial inequality in America -- particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

South's political clout keeps rising, part I

January 25, 2008 - I just came back from a trip to New Orleans, this time to meet with leaders of the Interfaith Disaster Redevelopment Finance Fund -- a terrific initiative based at Mennonite Mutual Aid that is injecting badly-needed funds from faith groups in the the Katrina recovery to fill the gaps where Washington has fallen short.

Gulf Watch: Lawsuit seeks to reopen New Orleans' Charity Hospital

January 18, 2008 - Attorneys representing uninsured patients filed a lawsuit today to require Louisiana to reopen Charity Hospital or to take other measures to care for people with chronic health conditions that have been worsened by a lack of access to doctors since Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana has one of the highest rates of uninsured residents in the nation.

People of New Orleans: Know your rights

January 16, 2008 - It's a cold, rainy day here in New Orleans -- but that didn't stop all of the city's major TV networks from coming to our press conference to release our new report on Hurricane Katrina and global human rights (you can download the full PDF

Edwards Takes Lead on Right to Organize

April 20, 2005 - In case you're not on his email list, here's an excerpt of a message former Senator and VP candidate John Edwards sent me (and millions of others) yesterday via his new One America Committee, announcing his leadership in pushing the Employee Free Choice Act to protect a worker's right to organize: