Human Rights Committee Reports

Public Sector Jobs Under Attack

Public sector jobs have been on the decline since the Great Recession of 2009 when state and local governments began cutting jobs to compensate for shrinking budgets. These cuts have disproportionately affected women and African Americans because they comprise a large proportion of those employed in public sector versus private sector jobs.

 

Modern Day Slavery

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring that all persons held as slaves are and henceforth shall be free. More than 150 years have passed since President Lincoln delivered these immortal words, yet slavery is still a reality for millions of women around the world. 

 

Equality Act of 2015

In July 2015, legislation was introduced simultaneously into both the United States House and Senate that sought to protect the civil rights of LGBTQ Americans and women. Entitled The Equality Act of 2015, the Act would cover eight major areas of discrimination law under which LGBTQ people are not currently federally protected.

 

Immigration Reform

America is a country founded on immigration. With the exception of Native Americans and Inuits, every person in this country either came from, or has ancestors who came from another country. We must honor this legacy by reforming immigration into a program that provides a path to citizenship for those wishing to become Americans. 

 

Islamophobia — Judged Based on Actions of a Few!

Our nation is one divided by a misguided fear of Islamic groups. Since the devastating attacks on September 11th, as well as other acts of terrorism around the world, fear born out of ignorance of the Muslim community has increased exponentially. 

 

Ongoing Voter Suppression

Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising their right to vote. This form of oppression is one of the most deplorable acts perpetrated against minorities over the past 200 years.

 

Paid Sick and Family Leave

When you or a family member gets sick, you shouldn’t have to worry about losing pay, much less your job. But in America, workers are forced to make this choice every day.  

 

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is one of the largest providers of health care and family planning services in the United States. In 2016 Planned Parenthood celebrates 100 years of service to the community.

 

Police Accountability for Brutality: Where is it?

We have all seen the headlines pronouncing yet another unarmed person shot down by the police or succumbing to wounds caused by the use of excessive force. Even children and the mentally ill are not safe from the extreme level of brutality perpetrated by police officers on American citizens every day

 

Postal Banking and the High Cost of Abandoning the U.S. Postal Service

Since its inception in 1775, The United States Postal Service (USPS) has been responsible for the delivery of mail within the United States and is an independent branch of the federal government. In recent years, the important work of the USPS has been portrayed as a drain on the federal government, placing the institution under attack.

 

Prison Privatization: Turning People into Profits

On the surface, prison privatization seems like a great idea. Private prisons are purportedly safer, cheaper, and more efficient than public prisons. But like many things, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. In reality, private prisons are understaffed, unsafe, and unsanitary. By transforming the prison system into a business, the pressure to keep more people in jail increases.

 

Criminal Justice Reform

America’s overcrowded jails and prisons, disproportionately populated by African Americans, Latino’s and other minorities, is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time. More citizens are incarcerated daily in the United States than in any other country in the world.

 

Sexual Harassment: Better Training and Protection in the Workplace

Despite the many advances women have made toward equality in the workplace, approximately 1 in 4 women experience sexual harassment at their place of work and a staggering 40% of these women don’t report it because of fear of retaliation. Women need more protection in their workplaces so they can safely and effectively perform their duties.

 

Social Security and Women 

Today, Social Security is the only source of income for nearly three in 10 women over the age of 65. While the average Social Security benefit is $17,500 a year for men, the same benefit amounts to $13,500 annually for women.

 

The Gender Pay Gap

Despite major gains in gender equity over the past century, “equal pay for equal work” remains elusive for women in the modern workplace. In fact, women overall make just 79 cents for every one dollar a man makes in a position of similar skill in the same industry; that is equivalent to a loss of half a million dollars over the course of a woman’s career.

 

Voting Restoration for Felons

In America, voting is a right not a privilege. In accordance with the Constitution, it is to be extended to all citizens. Unfortunately, many former felons are stripped of their right to vote while in prison and some are stripped of this essential right for life. This wide spread disenfranchisement of formerly incarcerated felons must not continue. It is a threat to our democracy and our communities.

 

Voting Rights Are Under Attack

August 6, 2015 marked 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. To commemorate this historic event, President Barak Obama and tens of thousands of supporters took to the streets of Selma, Alabama in honor of “Bloody Sunday”, the historic march that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act that forever changed history. Unfortunately, during a time that should have been focused solely on celebration and reflection, President Obama and many other leaders were once again marching in Selma in an attempt to draw attention to the new threats to voting rights.

 

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