Video by the German non-profit organization provides an overview of the basics of human rights.

Video by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights provides short overview of UN human rights system


Equal Justice Initiative History of Racial Injustice: Persistent Segregation

This Highlight on Persistent Segregation is the sixth in a year-long series of excerpts from EJI's A History of Racial Injustice - 2016 Calendar. It's part of EJI’s initiative addressing race and poverty in America. The calendar is designed to be a helpful tool for learning more about racial history. Expanded content from A History of Racial Injustice is available in EJI’s online timeline.

The Southern Roots of Anti-Refugee Backlash

As communities across the country organize in response to cascading anti-refugee rhetoric and policies, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) report, Countering the Backlash: Strategies for Responding to Anti-Refugee and Xenophobic Activity from the New South shows Tennessee has been a testing ground for anti-refugee organizing since 2011 and offers strategies to counter backlash.

American Dream Fading Fast, Study Finds

The American Prospect’s Mariam Baksh writes…”there’s one byproduct of the [2008] recession that has Depression-era overtones: income inequality. Today income inequality is pervasive. Since 2009, income gains have accrued almost exclusively to the country’s highest income earners, according to a new study by the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute.”

Hunger in America: 2016 U.S. Poverty and Hunger Facts

The World Hunger Education Service finds 1 out of 8 families in the U.S. are food insecure and vulnerable to hunger. Children in households headed by single women and Black and Hispanic-headed households suffer significantly higher instances of food insecurity.

Transforming Women’s Work: Policies for an Inclusive Economic Agenda

New report from the CWGL contends, “To secure women’s rights and economic empowerment, women’s participation in labor markets must be transformed. Economic policy is a critical tool that can create or remove structural barriers to the realization of women’s rights, including addressing inequities in caring duties in the home, and promote or hinder broadly shared growth.”

Poverty and Minimum Wage Rates by State

World Atlas provides information on the poverty rate of states in the U.S. and information on the minimum wages paid in each state. Many states in the south have the highest poverty rates and very low to no minimum wage rates (AL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN).

Pathways: State of the Union - The Poverty and Inequality Report 2017

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality report provides analysis on poverty, employment, income inequality, health inequality, economic mobility, and educational access to allow for a comprehensive assessment of where the U.S. stands. In the 2017 issue, the country’s leading experts examine racial and ethnic inequalities in the United States.

Economic Security is More Than a Paycheck: Understanding the Racial Wealth Divide and Homeownership in the Deep South

Hope Policy Institute reports “In 1983, median black households had a net worth of $6,800, excluding durable goods like cars and consumer electronics. In the following three decades that figure decreased by 75 percent to $1,700. During the same period, the net worth of median white households grew by 14 percent from $102,200 to $116,800.”

Equal Pay Would Cut Poverty for Working Women in the South by More than Half

Women’s Institute for Policy Research report finds few southern states receive a grade higher than a D+ on women’s economic, political, health, and social status. Closing the wage gap would reduce high poverty rate for working women in the southern U.S. by more than half. 

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