National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
With inequities of power and wealth out of control, democracy and our planet under threat, and the most basic of human needs denied to millions, there is growing recognition that we need a new social contract that fundamentally reshapes our social and economic arrangements. But what would that look like, and how can we get there from where we are today? A human rights vision of targeted universalism—built on the pillars of universal public goods, equity, and participatory democracy—provides a powerful counterweight to the current politics of divisiveness and opens strategic opportunities to build power through grassroots, member-led campaigns that move transformative policies at the local, state and federal levels. This session will include a presentation and participatory group discussion on new models in housing, education, energy, heath care and other spheres that offer the potential to build a fundamentally different future.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name:
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Executive Director, NESRI
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography:
Cathy is a constitutional and human rights lawyer with a background on the right to health. Cathy also has significant experience working in partnership with community organizers in the use of human rights standards to strengthen advocacy in the United States. She co-founded NESRI along with Sharda Sekaran and Liz Sullivan in order to build legitimacy for human rights in general, and economic and social rights in particular, in the United States. She is committed to a community-centered and participatory human rights approach that is locally anchored, but universal and global in its vision. Cathy clerked for the Honorable Mitchell Cohen in the District of New Jersey. She received a BA from the University of Miami and is a graduate of Columbia Law School.
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Development & Communications Manager
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography:
Nadia cultivates a broad base of individual and institutional support and coordinates communications at NESRI. She has fought for racial and economic justice in various capacities, from working with communities resisting displacement in New York City, to developing national media projects with migrant justice activists. Nadia co-coordinated the 2012 Facing Race Conference, has co-trained hundreds in racial justice frameworks and practices, and produced activist media with Paper Tiger TV. She is an MFA candidate in Hunter College's Integrated Media Arts program and was a 2014 Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project.
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Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography:
Ben supports grassroots Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns for statewide universal, publicly financed healthcare. Before joining NESRI, Ben planned a conference on grassroots community organizing, conducted worker-led labor research, supported community development organizations, and ran an international volunteer program, a fellowship program for inner city youth, and a day camp. He has worked with the Urban Justice Center, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Hester Street Collaborative, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Restaurant Opportunities Center-United, DataCenter, Interpretive Media Laboratory, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Yayasan Dian Desa (an Indonesian appropriate technology organization), and an Ecuadorian shelter for street children. Ben holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name:
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Left Forum and LA Progressive