Sunday, June 3, 2018
On Friday, June 1, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Professor Philip Alston, issued the formal report on his visit to the United States. He will present these findings to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 21, 2018.
Bringing together the Rapporteur's personal observations and conversations during his official visit to the U.S., along with the many submissions that he received from civil society, and information developed and collated by his own team, the report presents a damning picture of the U.S. failure to address extreme poverty and the human consequences of policies that continue to go in the wrong direction.
Alston elaborated on his report, and the Rapporteur process, in an in-depth interview in the LA Times. International outlets also picked up the story, with articles in the Japan Times and the Guardian, among others. Alston's twitter feed provides updates as more news media picks up on the story.
What can individual law profs do? One member of my faculty circulated the report to all members of the faculty. Send the link out in your own twitter feed, blog about it, write an op ed, send the link to your congressional and local representatives. The days leading up to the Special Rapporteur's Geneva appearance on June 21 provide an important window for human rights education and activism toward addressing extreme poverty and inequality in the U.S.
During the next few weeks, this blog will be running a number of commentaries on the Special Rapporteur's report. Stay tuned and stay engaged!