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Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that we all have “a right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being” of ourselves and our families. In other words, the UDHR recognizes that we have a right to survival. The principle of economic justice affirms this right: we must have access to food security, safe housing, quality medical care, education, social services, child care, livable wages, and a robust social safety net. The list goes on. Decisions from how we create our families to how we seek pleasure are all compounded by the constant stress and harm caused by not having our access to such basic needs guaranteed.

To fully reach and enjoy our human right to sexual freedom, we must have economic justice. We must protect and advocate for the safety and welfare of workers, including sex workers. We must leverage the might of interconnectedness and empathy to practice radical community care through mutual aid. And perhaps most importantly, we must build towards a world in which our access to basic necessities and human rights doesn’t depend on our labor or organizing.

Economic justice is fundamental to countless human rights, including the right to life, the right to health, the right to education, and the right to safety.


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