Resources in honor of International Workers’ Day – May Day

In the spirit of May Day, the US Human Rights Network is disseminating a number of key resources on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights for the purpose of further educating the social movements in the United States that Workers Rights are Human Rights.

We believe these resources establish a critical foundation for human rights advocates that can aid in organizing and supporting workers to defend their rights against mounting attacks from transnational corporations and financial institutions.

As we prepare to engage in the many May Day activities being organized in the name of the 99%, we ask everyone to study these materials and pass them along to others in your organization and networks to prepare them for the many struggles ahead to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all who labor for a living.

Kali Akuno
Director of Education, Training, and Field Operations
US Human Rights Network
Monday, April 30, 2012

Resources

1. Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cerd.htm

2. Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cescr.htm

3. “Capitalism and Social Rights”, by Ellen Meiksins Wood
http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/2150

4. “A Human Rights Response to the Economic Crisis in the US”, by Radhika Balakrishnan, James Heintz, and Stephanie Seguino
http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/globalcenter/whatsnew/RBhumanrightsresponse2009.pdf

5. “Maximum Available Resources and Human Rights”, by Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson, James Heintz, and Nicholas Lusiani
http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/globalcenter/publications/marreport.pdf

6. Eleanor Roosevelt on Workers Rights http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/workers/articles/erhrun.cfm

7. The Attack on US Workers Rights http://blog.amnestyusa.org/us/the-attack-on-us-workers-rights/

8. ILO 1998 Declaration http://www.ilo.org/declaration/thedeclaration/textdeclaration/lang–en/index.htm

9. ILO Declaration http://www.ilo.org/declaration/thedeclaration/lang–en/index.htm

10. “Workers Rights as Human Rights: Wagner Act Values and Moral Choices”, by James A. Gross http://brownschool.wustl.edu/sites/DevPractice/Labor%20Rights%20Report/Workers%20rights%20as%20human%20rights.pdf

11. “The Compensation Penalty for ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws”, by Elise Gould and Heidi Shierholz
http://www.epi.org/publication/bp299/

12. Frequently asked questions on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/FactSheet33en.pdf

13. “Inequality as Policy: The United States since 1979″, by John Schmitt
http://bss.sfsu.edu/jmoss/PDF/Inequality-policy-2009-10.pdf

14. “Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as categories of analysis and connections”, by Patricia Hill Collins
http://www.memphis.edu/crow/pdfs/Toward_a_New_Vision_-_Race__Class_and_Gender_._._..pdf

15. “UN Panel Finds US in Violation, Calls on Repeal of NC Bargaining Ban”, UE News
http://www.ueunion.org/uenewsupdates.html?news=308

16. “UN Convention on the Protection of Rights for All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families”
http://www.nnirr.org/~nnirrorg/drupal/sites/default/files/un_migrant_workers_convention_summary.pdf

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