Economic Human Rights Campaign: FoodFirst Report of 19 Feb FWD

Tom Boland (
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 13:23:48 -0800 (PST)

FWD  CC Replies To: "Tracy Lingo" <>

Dear Friends,

I am writing to update you on the Economic Human Rights: The Time Has Come
Campaign!  Currently we are concentrating on strengthening the movement
for economic human rights through continued education, outreach and
coalition building.  Our goal is to see this campaign become a truly
nationwide movement with strong networks capable of asserting effective
pressure for policy changes which ensure economic human rights.

Economic Human Rights City Resolutions are one tool we are using to spread
awareness of economic human rights.  The cities of San Francisco, Chicago,
Oakland, and Berkeley have already passed Economic Human Rights City
Resolutions and groups in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Eugene, Oregon
are working to follow suit.  The resolutions are an excellent opportunity
to educate your community and its leaders about economic human rights.
Passing these resolutions is relatively easy and, once in place, they are
an effective tool with which to pressure local governments for concrete
policy changes that will protect the right to food, housing, medical care
and an adequate standard of living.  As the visible grassroots support for
economic human rights grows through the passage of these resolutions, we
will be able to put increasing pressure on the Senate to ratify the
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  An
organizing packet with information on how to pass a resolution in your
community is available .  Please contact us if you would like more
information about this organizing tool.

Maintaining networks of communication between the many groups nationwide
doing work around economic human rights is an important element of
strengthening this movement.  Through our monthly updates and our Internet
newsletter, Food Rights Watch, we will keep you informed about the work of
the campaign.  Please help show others how the economic human rights
framework can be a valuable tool for concrete action by sharing with us
the ways you are using economic human rights in your work for social and
economic justice.

Another education tool currently available from Food First is the video
America Needs Human Rights.  Told in the voices of the mothers, homeless
men and women, low-wage workers, seniors, veterans, and health care
workers who testified at the Oakland Congressional Hearing, America Needs
Human Rights uses a human rights framework to portray the social ills of
contemporary America and lay the basis for a powerful movement for
fundamental change.  Viewed in a group setting, the video can provide a
useful history of economic human rights law and be a catalyst for action.
A guidebook with suggestions for discussion questions and follow-up
activities is also available from Food First.

In addition to the video a companion book, also titled America Needs Human
Rights, will be available in Fall 1999.  This book, a collection of essays
by many prominent activists for economic and social rights, helps connect
the framework of economic human rights to current campaigns for fair
wages, housing, just welfare reform, and the right to food.

Please remember to use this network to let groups across the nation know
about your innovations in the struggle for economic and social human
rights.  We will be glad to pass on the information you send us to other
interested groups.


Tracy Lingo, Outreach Coordinator

398 60th Street
Oakland, California 94618

Phone:  + 1-510-654-4400

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