USHRN held its inaugural Summer Human Rights Institute titled “Realizing Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in the United States: Addressing the impact of the Financial and Economic Crisis and the structural ravages of neo-liberal globalization on oppressed, working class, and working poor communities” at Rutgers University in New Jersey July 2010. The event was co-hosted by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), led by former USHRN Chair Radhika Balakrishnan. Participants analyzed macro-economic policy within the context of ESCR obligations, examined the historic and current impact of “biased” policies and neo-liberal globalization on oppressed communities, and identified effective ways to realize ESC rights via participatory practices, such as participatory and gender equity budgeting.
The gathering served as an opportunity to raise awarness of the economic and social rights frame among social justice organizations. Participants included representatives from Jackson, Mississippi People’s Assembly, Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, Urban Justice Center, and Atlanta Public Sector Alliance.