Thursday, October 8, 2020

Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities in the United States

Earlier this week, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government published its new nonpartisan, evidence-based report, Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities in the United States.  The report includes 80 recommendations for federal, state and local policymakers laid out with the goal of building a more equal liberty for Americans today and in the future.  A video of the launch, which included remarks by Martha Minow, Albert Mora, Mathias Risse, and others, is available here.

The Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities Project is directed by John ShattuckCarr Center Senior Fellow and former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  Professor Michael Meltsner, who participated in developing the report, said that "the process was particularly demanding and thoughtful with a great deal of outreach. John Shattuck put together a broad network of researchers and commentators; he solicited feedback from diversity of sources and made adjustments on the basis of what he learned."

This blueprint for protecting and expanding citizens’ rights proposes policy changes to strengthen democratic processes; safeguard equal protection, equal opportunity, and due process of law; and better protect freedoms of speech, media, religion and privacy.  The Carr Center will continue to publish fifteen research reports in the coming months that expand upon specific rights domains in greater detail, including voting rights, money in politics, civic education, racial equality, women’s rights, and other areas of research.

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