economic human rights

Boondock Ain'ts

walmartAs I stare off into the distance of the Walmart parking lot for the 5th time this week I easily think to myself, “I spend a lot of time alone.” No, I'm not reproducing some sort of Cagney and Lacey utopia. I'm spying on the boondockers.

I had always seen people who park their recreational vehicles in the Columbus Blvd, Pier 70 parking lot, but I had no idea why. I saw them as gypsies and they always looked like they were having a very good time at life.

Over Our Dead Bodies: Dying Homeless People with AIDS on the Streets of Philadelphia

by Sam Sitrin and members of ACT UP

ACT UP Philadelphia (AIDS COALTION TO UNLEASH POWER), the AIDS activist group, is inciting action in response to the City of Philadelphia having the worst record for housing sick people with AIDS in the continental United States. The only cities that are part of the United States with more people homeless with AIDS are in Puerto Rico and Guam.

Poor Families Demand Change from Obama

Protesters shut down street to call for a national freeze on foreclosures

On January 28th, the morning after President Obama’s first State of the Union address, over 50 people organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), most of them poor, shut down a busy stretch of Market Street to call for change.

March for Our Lives

By Jeff Rousset

“The dispossessed of this nation -- the poor, both white and Negro live in a cruelly unjust society. They must organize a revolution against that injustice, not against the lives of persons who are their fellow citizens, but against the structures through which the society is refusing to take means which have been called for, and which are at hand, to lift the load of poverty.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

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