Tag Archives: human rights

Are Hurting People Entitled to Assistance?

We are a country that embraces its “rights.” We have the right to speak our minds, to worship any god, to defend our homes, to wield a gun. We have the right to not be discriminated against because of the color of our skin. But what about the right to be helped when we are […]

A Sick Homeless “Solution”: Kidnap and Dump

Kidnapping is a serious accusation. It’s associated with missing children on milk cartons or snatched tourists in some far corner of the world, but it probably doesn’t make most of us think of people who are homeless. Recently, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the Detroit Police Department of kidnapping members of the city’s […]

Homing in on Housing as a Human Right

In November of 2009 a United Nations rapporteur visited the United States to evaluate the state of housing and homelessness in our country.  The rapporteur concluded that “real affordable housing and poverty is something that hasn’t been dealt with as an issue.” She was right. But just this last week the United States took a […]