"Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Advocacy and Mobilization: Towards a Strategic Agenda in the United States."
The institute combines public events with closed-door strategy sessions and takes place on Thursday, November 3, 2011, noon to 5:30 PM.
Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy School
Catherine Albisa, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
Larry Cox,Amnesty International
James Haslam, Vermont Workers' Center
Richard Healey, Grassroots Policy Project
Steve Hitov, General Counsel, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Bill Kennedy, Legal Services of Northern California
Tara Melish, University at Buffalo Law School
Robert Raben, Raben Group
Over the past several decades, the United States government has been ambivalent, and sometimes openly hostile, to economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). This past year, however, the Obama administration acknowledged that it has obligations for ESCR, both in its reports to the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review, as well as in a speech by Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, before the American Society of International Law in March 2011. (See IntLawGrrls posts here and here.)
As a result of this new development, it is timely for human rights scholars and practitioners tore-examine strategies for advancing ESCR in the United States.
The Institute on “Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Mobilization and Advocacy: Towards a Strategic Agenda in the United States” is a collaborative effort by the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law, the ESCR Working Group of the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers Network based at the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and Human Rights USA.
The Institute will bring together the legal activists in the ESCR Working Group and academics engaged in sophisticated social movement analysis to think through strategies for moving an ESCR agenda forward in the United States.
The Institute will focus in particular on the role that lawyers can play instrategic and effective framing of ESCR as a key step to support and empower this movement. Considering such diverse topics as housing, health and decent work, participants will begin to develop effective frames for the multiple forums in which ESCR are shaped and contested, such as media, grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy and litigation.