Martha F. Davis

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This paper introduces a Symposium issue of the Northeastern University Law Journal devoted to Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Mobilization and Advocacy: Towards a Strategic Agenda in the United States. Papers in this Symposium issue include Redemptive and Rejectionist Frames: Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Advocacy and Mobilization in the United States, by Katherine G. Young; The 99% Solution: Human Rights and Economic Justice in the United States, by Dorothy Q. Thomas; Economic and Social Rights in the United States: Implementation Without Ratification, by Gillian MacNaughton and Mariah McGill; Framing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the U.N., by Risa Kaufman; The Champagne of Housing Rights: France's Enforceable Right to Housing and Lessons for U.S. Advocates, by Eric Tars, Julia Lum and E. Kieran Paul; and Human Rights Frames in Grassroots Organizing: CADRE and the Effort to Stop School Pushout, by Alexandra Bonazoli. The introduction begins by examining the meaning of framing for social justice lawyers and the ways in which frames can be used proactively in movement work. Reviewing the included papers, the introduction adopts and applies the dichotomy developed in Young's contribution on redemptive versus rejectionist frames. The introduction concludes that, while framing decisions are necessarily fluid, the contributors to this Symposium issue argue for expanding -- rather than subverting -- the domestic legal frame to address economic, social and cultural rights.

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human rights, advocacy, Human Rights Law

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Originally published in Northeastern University Law Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 315-321, October 2012.