Celebrating the Growing Healthcare Is a Human Right Movement:
An evening in honor of Vermont Human Rights Leader Peg Franzen
With Laura Flanders, Founder and Host GRITtv.org
Special Video Tributes from Senator Bernie Sanders and Ben & Jerry
December 10th, 7 pm, Church Center for the United Nations
777 United Nations Plaza, New York
On Human Rights Day we celebrate the growing movement for health care as a public good and human right. We invite you to join us and Laura Flanders for a dialogue about innovative campaigns to go beyond Obamacare, pioneered in Vermont, Maryland, Maine, and Pennsylvania.
We will honor one of the movement’s most inspiring human rights leaders, the late Peg Franzen, former president of the Vermont Workers’ Center, who exemplifies the power of people to effect change. The Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign made Vermont the first state in the country to pass a law for a universal, publicly financed health care system.
We will be joined by representatives from the Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vermont, which collectively form the vanguard of a new human rights movement for universal health care.
We hope you will join us for this celebration!
Reception at 7 pm
Wine, tapas and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be served.
To RSVP visit www.nesri.org/2013HumanRightsDayEvent
For further information, contact Laura Gosa at email@example.com
Hosted by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) and the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary.
The event is sponsored by:
- Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
- Center for Constitutional Rights
- Center for Popular Democracy
- Center for Reproductive Rights
- Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
- Discount Foundation
- Family Values at Work
- Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
- Healthcare for the 99%
- Healthcare NOW!-NYC
- Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School
- IWHRC at CUNY Law School
- Jobs With Justice
- Johnson Family Foundation
- Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
- Ms. Foundation
- National Domestic Workers Alliance
- NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
- United Workers Congress
- US Human Rights Network
Celebrating the launch of Kairos: The Center on Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary
As the Poverty Initiative celebrates 10 years of raising up religious and community leaders in the movement to end poverty, we are excited to announce the launch of Kairos*: The Center on Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary.
We invite you to join us! Register today
November 15, 2013
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Union Theological Seminary
New York City, NY
We will gather with scholars and activists from struggles around the globe to look at the positive and negative roles religion plays in the fight for dignity, freedom and justice.
Participants will include Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock (Ebenezer Baptist Church), Abdullahi An-Na’im (Emory University School of Law), Rev. Jennifer Butler (Faith in Public Life), Rachel Feldman (Bend the Arc), Martin Johnstone (Church of Scotland), Albert Ngubane (Abahlali baseMjondolo or the South African Shackdwellers Movement), leaders from Nuns on the Bus, Rev. William Barber II (Moral Mondays Movement), Poverty Initiative Poverty Scholars organizations, and many more.
The day long symposium will conclude with a reflection and celebration of the sources of hope for the realization of the new reality that is struggling to be born.
Background on Kairos:
We live in a time of tremendous possibility but also great peril for the dignity and rights of people around the globe, a time that demands decisive action based on serious reflection and analysis. Waves of mass movements--the 2008 global food riots, the Arab Spring and the 2011 Occupy protests--have given dramatic voice to widespread popular demands for dignity and rights.
Kairos: the Center on Religion, Rights and Social Justice aims to strengthen a mutually beneficial and reinforcing relationship between the world’s religions and the global struggle for human rights by challenging the efforts which seek to create conflict between them. Through rigorous scholarship, applied research, and reciprocal education and practice with scholars and movement leaders, it works to contribute to urgently needed transformative movements for social change that can draw on the strengths of both religions and human rights.
* Kairos is an ancient Greek word for a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action; the opportune and decisive moment; also a moment when the eternal breaks into history.
Join the Poverty Initiative and other members of New York City's social justice community on Monday for a solidarity rally called by Picture the Homeless in front of the South African Embassy to show support for our brothers and sisters facing state violence & repression in Durban. We hope you can join us. Please spread the word!
When: Monday October 14th, 2013 11:30am - 2:00pm
Where: South African Consulate, 333 E 38th St NYC
Our purpose is to show solidarity with the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement in South Africa.
Visit the Facebook Event page for this action.
Read the account of Bandile Mdlalose, General Secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement S.A, Seven Days of Thoughts in Westville Prison
Read the NESRI statement of solidary
View our latest calendar of events and come join the Poverty Initiative this Fall.
Follow the Pedagogy of the Poor book tour on Tumblr.
Next stop, Kansas City! Hosted by UTS/PI alum Rev. Jessica Chadwick Williams, events of this Pedagogy of the Poor stop include:
-- Tues Aug 27, 7:30pm - Chapel service at Central Baptist Theological Seminary; a Q&A session following chapel
-- Wed Aug 28, 2pm - participate in 1 mile march thru KC for 50th anniversary of March on Washington
-- Wed Aug 28, 7pm - Bible study at First Baptist Church of Overland Park (other churches have been invited as well)
-- Thurs Aug 29, 3:30-4:30pm - Discussion with 50 or so middle school youth at Bethel Neighborhood Center
Also...a visit to the John Brown Museum!
For more information on these upcoming tours or if you are interested in having the Pedagogy of the Poor Book Tour in your area, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Pedagogy of the Poor tour events:
PI Immersion Course: Uniting the Dispossessed: The Struggle to Build a Social Movement to End Poverty in the US – A Case Study of Pennsylvania
- Poverty Initiative Tour
News Channel 34
January 24, 2013
- Food Bank of the Southern Tier Announces Binghamton-area Tour for Students from the Union Theological Seminary’s Poverty Initiative
News Channel 34
January 23, 2013
- Students See Local Food Assistance Programs
Channel 12 WBNG
January 22, 2013
- Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Wilkes-Barre
Channel 16 WNEP
January 21, 2013
Liz Theoharis was ordained by the New York City Presbytery as Coordinator of the Poverty Initiative on Sunday, December 14th, 2012 at Broadway Presbyterian Church. Liz sees her ministry as building what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the Freedom Church of the Poor. Poverty Initiative leaders were featured throughout the service including Derrick McQueen preaching, Willie Baptist givingthe charge, Thia Reggio serving communion, Charon Hribar and Derrick McQueen singing, Shailly Barnes and Colleen Wessel-McCoy presenting symbols of ministry, and Adam Barnes, Kathy Maskell, Crystal Hall, and John Wessel-McCoy ushering. We celebrate this important recognition of Liz's ministry and the work of the Poverty Initiative and give thanks for everyone who was involved.
- Sermon by Derrick McQueen [PDF]
- Charge by Willie Baptist [PDF]
- Benediction by Rev. Liz Theoharis [PDF]
- Program [PDF]
You are cordially invited to attend the Reels for Rights: US Human Rights Media Arts Screening on Friday, November 30th at 6pm in New York City. Reels for Rights aspires to raise consciousness about human rights in the United States. It seeks to shed light on the domestic human rights crisis, amplify and advance the work of social movement builders, foster partnerships across sectors and communities and catalyze vibrant media arts dedicated to these goals. This Screening is the first step along the way to an inaugural Reels for Rights U.S. Human Rights Media Arts Festival and we hope you'll join us!
Overview of the Screening:
The Reels for Rights Screening is on Friday, November 30th at 6pm and will be followed by an after-party of dinner, music and dancing! This public event, hosted in conjunction with the U.S. Human Rights Fund, will showcase galvanizing and thought-provoking films and discussion as a taste of the media and collaborations that will be nurtured by the Reels for Rights Festival.
This program includes excerpts from: The Sky is Pink by Josh Fox, The Strength of the Storm by Rob Koier and the Vermont Workers Center, Dear Mandela by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza and Organizing to Protect our Fire Stations produced by Media Mobilizing Project.
This event is free but space is limited, so please register by Tuesday, November 13th! RSVP by following this link, clicking the 'Register Now' button, and we'll send you updates in the coming weeks. If you can think of other people or organizations whom you think would be interested in this event, please forward them this email.
Where: James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York City.
- Amnesty International USA
- Evening Star Productions, Coal Country
- Human Rights Project, Urban Justice Center
- International WOW Company
- National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
- Media Mobilizing Project
- Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary
- U.S. Human Rights Fund
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or contact Ben Whelan at The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative on (212) 253.1710, ext. 313.