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Categories: Civil Rights

Insecure and Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families, 2000-2011

This report provides a gender analysis of national Census data for 2011, released by the Census Bureau in September 2012. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) supplies this analysis, as it has for several years, because little information broken out by gender is available directly from the Census Bureau's series of reports titled Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race

The research findings described in this report build on other recent research commissioned or supported by the Arcus Foundation: in-depth interviews, a national survey, a series of focus groups of African Americans conducted in 2007-2008, and a study of the relationship between racial justice organizations and LGBT communities completed in 2010. This report takes a close look at the roles...

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Categories: Civil Rights
2012

Transit Oriented Development that’s Healthy, Green and Just

Transit Oriented Development that’s Healthy, Green and Just asks a basic question about Puget Sound’s new light rail system – how do we ensure this massive public investment benefits all families? In Southeast Seattle neighborhoods the light rail has already accelerated gentrification and may lead to displacement of many communities of color into the suburbs. It’s not just a lack of affordable...

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Categories: Health

Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a long-term blueprint of a region’s transportation system, provides a particularly important opportunity for health promotion. With the passage of SB 375 these plans have become intensively focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  How can we also make sure they focus on producing positive health outcomes and creating access to opportunities for...

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Categories: Housing

Preserving Affordable Transit-Oriented Housing

As the U.S. economy slows, the likelihood of significant federal or local investment in new mass transit diminishes. But low- and moderate-income families depend upon housing close to transit to reduce their commuting expenses and improve access to jobs, schools, and other opportunities. Not surprisingly, the rental market has already begun to grow tighter in communities near existing transit...

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Women in Construction: 6.9 Percent is Not Enough.

The typical construction worker earns nearly $19.00 an hour - double the typical wage in female-dominated occupations such as home health aides, maids and child care workers.  This fact sheet discusses the participation of women in the construction industry and explains how increasing women's participation in construction and other fields traditionally dominated by men is critical to ensuring...

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities

“Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities,” is the fourth in a series of reports by The Leadership Conference Education Fund examining the key roles transportation and mobility play in the struggle for civil rights and equal opportunity. The reports highlight critical issues and make recommendations for policymakers as they draft a re-authorization of the nation’s...

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Categories: Labor & Employment
2011

The Road To Good Jobs: Making Training Work

With major transportation investments all but guaranteed as a near-term job creation strategy, the question whether those hit hardest by the recession-minorities and women-will be lifted up or left behind. This report features the first ever compilation of all 50 states and the District of Columbia on use of On the Job Training to boost job access for minorities and women.

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Categories: Biking and Walking

Low-Income Latino Cyclists in Los Angeles County: A Socioeconomic Spatial Analysis

Much bicycle planning and advocacy focuses on encouraging travelers to switch to cycling from other transport modes, namely automobiles. At the same time, research suggests that an alternate, even overlooked cyclist cohort exists in Los Angeles County: those without access to autos or quality transit service who ride bicycles out of necessity. Principal among these “necessity” cyclists are...

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Repair Priorities: Transportation Spending Strategies to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Improve Roads

Decades of under investment in regular repair have left many states’ roads in poor condition, and the cost of repairing these roads is rising faster than many states can address them. These liabilities are outlined in a new report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, released today, which examines road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states and the District of...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration

The powerful, reciprocal connection between school and housing segregation has long been recognized. The housing¬school link was a key element in both the 1968 Kerner Commission Report1 and in the legislative history of the Fair Housing Act.2 The relation of school and housing segregation was also explored in a series of school desegregation cases beginning in the 1970s.3 Yet in spite of HUD’s...

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Transportation 101: An Introduction to Federal Transportation Policy

Do you want to learn a little more about federal transportation policy, like the history of the program, how the Interstate System was started, how earmarks came to be so prevalent or how the federal role in funding transportation has changed throughout the years? With Congress considering the next six-year reauthorization, T4 America has put together this guidebook to provide some clarity on...

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Transit Access and Zero-Vehicle Households

Millions of zero-vehicle households live in areas well served by transit. Yet hundreds of thousands of zero-vehicle households live out of transit's reach, particularly in the South and in the suburbs. And those with transit access still cannot reach a majority of jobs in metro areas within 90 minutes. Based on these trends, leaders must recognize these households' unique mobility needs and...

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