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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Education
The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County affirmed that Title VII protects employees nationwide from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Courts have often looked to Title VII case law when interpreting analogous provisions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Mijente
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
This brief examines the relationship between tech companies, city projects, and increases in policing and surveillance of Austin residents. It begins by analyzing local policing initiatives like the Austin Regional Intelligence Center and noting contracts held by local law enforcement...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, School District, National
State(s) All States
Source University of Michigan: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Policy Areas Education, Data & Technology
Facial recognition in schools risks amplifying and institutionalizing existing racial biases (resulting in disproportionate surveillance and humiliation of marginalized students), normalizing surveillance, and commodifying student data. This report strongly recommends that facial...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
The pace of recovery following the foreclosure and financial crises continues to differ across racial and ethnic groups. This is especially clear across mortgage lending in California. Banks, lenders, and policymakers must understand this phenomenon and create better products and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, California, Oregon
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Incidents of harassment, crime, and violence on or near mass transit compromise riders’ safety, degrade their experience, and reduce utilization. Historically, transit agencies have sought to use a police presence to create a sense of safety and security. While police help reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Safety
During interactions with law enforcement, transgender people are prone to experiencing harassment, abuse, or other mistreatment by the police. This report evaluates police departments across the country by assessing factors such as non-discrimination statements, recognition of non-binary...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development
U.S. Gallup polls indicate that individuals living in rural and small-town communities have a hostile view towards immigrants in the United States. In 2019 People’s Action launched a campaign in Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania with the goal of “building a bigger we”, or...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Community Resource Hub
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Safety, Data & Technology
Police use of emerging surveillance technology, including facial recognition software, Stingray devices (transmitters which scan and collect data from cell phones), and social media monitors, has become increasingly popular across the United States. This report presents an overview...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance is aimed at remedying past and ongoing discrimination against women-owned (WBE) or minority-owned (MBE) business enterprises. In particular, the department will set an overall, annual goal for WBE/MBE participation for all anticipated construction and development projects...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Research shows that transgender people in the United States face persistent and pervasive discrimination and violence. LGBT people in the United States are particularly susceptible to violence and discrimination by law enforcement. This fact sheet includes statistics and data to support...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Civil Rights
Through an examination of Amazon’s various platforms and services, this report reveals that for growing racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic movements, the breadth of Amazon’s business combined with its weak and inadequately enforced policies provides numerous channels through which...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level County
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Health
In times of crisis, such as during the COVID-19 outbreak, trans, nonbinary people, and other vulnerable communities are at a higher risk of violence and discrimination. This guide has been prepared to ensure that trans and nonbinary people are aware of their legal rights and can make...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison Department of Civil Rights
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Housing, Public Spaces
This ordinance declares it unlawful to discriminate against any person based on their protected classes when selling or renting housing, hiring, allowing access to any place of public accommodation or amusement. It also establishes the Equal Opportunities Commission, tasked with receiving...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
Predictive policing refers to a range of policing practices that claim to use pre-existing demographic, environmental, and historic crime data to predict future patterns of crime as well as projecting “where crime will occur,” and “who” will commit crime. This method of policing has...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Extensive research has shown that LGBTQ people in the United States experience poverty at higher rates compared to cisgender heterosexual people. Among LGBTQ adults, transgender people and cisgender bisexual women experience the highest rates of economic insecurity. Through interviews...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Spaces, Public Safety
Over the years, more and more cities and states have extended essential protections to LGBT people via non-discrimination laws. In response, anti-LGBT activists have attacked these laws by attempting to incite “bathroom panic”—an irrational fear that non-discrimination laws will compromise...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Madison
Policy Areas Civil Rights
The 2010 Madison Equal Opportunities Ordinance states that the practice of providing equal opportunities in housing, employment, public accommodations and City facilities to persons without regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Hate crimes are devastating events, both for the victim and for the community in which they occur. How we respond to them, as transgender advocates and allies, is very important. This manual provides you with some of the tools to create an effective response to a hate crime after...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level State
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Housing
Recent federal guidance and regulations have greatly strengthened the housing rights of transgender people. This document lists the housing rights of transgender people (including the laws that protect them), answers common questions, and outlines how they can file complaints of housing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, National
State(s) All States
Source Williams Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing
Compared to non-LGBT people, LGBT people appear to be more likely to face housing unaffordability, experience homelessness, and be renters (rather than homeowners). LGBT people face an array of stigma and discrimination across their life course that undermines their ability to have...

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