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Type Ordinance
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Nebraska
Source Lincoln City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Housing, Public Spaces
This ordinance establishes the Manager of Lincoln Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on Human Rights to protect resident's equal access to places of public accommodation or equal opportunity for housing or employment. Any person subjected to unlawful discriminatory practices...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Spaces, Public Safety, Health
People in prisons, jails, and immigration jails are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks. Given the inherent high risk of all incarceration settings, this statement argues that the best protection for these individuals is release for everyone in the custody of federal prisons,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Immigrant Defense Project
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Data & Technology
Smart borders involve the expanded use of surveillance and monitoring technologies including cameras, drones, biometrics, and motion sensors to stop unwanted migration and track migrants. This report details some of the more prominent deployments of smart-border technologies. Beyond...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina, Tennessee
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Housing
Citywide development that uses traditional business practices, which have historically benefitted from and perpetuated racialized inequality, can threaten to displace the most disadvantaged communities. This report provides tools and resources for groups that are advocating for more...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Health
Incarcerated people in the United States’ jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers are at an unacceptable risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. This document provides some guidance and tools for families, organizers, and advocates who are demanding their decarceration...

Type Roadmap
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice
Although US immigration policy is regulated at the federal level, local governments still play a role in protecting the rights of immigrants, regardless of their citizenship status, and promoting their economic and social incorporation. ProGov21's Immigration Roadmap calls on local...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This toolkit is designed to help strengthen the sanctuary and refugee rights movements by providing a platform to look at and strengthen sanctuary campaigns and policies through an anti-war lens. The goal is to highlight the role of the U.S.’ actions in producing migration; the multiple...

Type Ordinance
Year 1989
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City and County of San Francisco
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families
An ordinance declaring San Francisco to be a sanctuary city and outlining prohibitions on obligating funds toward deportation-related purposes. In particular, no department, agency, commission, officer, or employee of the City and County of San Francisco shall use any City funds or...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source SiX Action
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Transportation & Mobility
Providing undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses has become a focus of many immigrants' rights organizations and of communities that recognize the important role immigrant residents play as part of these communities. Progressive proponents of providing access to driver's...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
The higher education system is a major force in economic, racial, and gender inequality that serves the pockets of corporations and the ultra-wealthy. This report delves into the principles, membership, and strategies of Student Action, a group devoted to utilizing direct action,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New Mexico
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
The criminalization of immigration through policies such as the “Zero Tolerance” policy has swelled the numbers of people in U.S. detention centers. Recent reports have exposed the inhumane conditions in these centers, including those that have caused dozens of deaths. Many people...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance
This report draws on the 2017 Menino Survey of Mayors to explore how mayors of medium-sized and large cities understand race, discrimination, and equity in their communities. It highlights three key findings: mayors believe that immigrants, transgender individuals, Black people, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health
The health and well-being of undocumented boys and men of color are vital to the future of California. State and local lawmakers must make the lived experiences of undocumented boys and men of color a focal point of health care, immigration, criminal justice, and education policiy....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Policy Areas Education
In spite of overwhelming odds, some immigrants with minimal academic credentials are finding their way to college, entering post-secondary programs and earning credentials that provide them with the skills required to get and keep good jobs. They are doing so with the assistance of...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
This initiative prohibits bias-based profiling by officers, which includes using certain personal factors such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration or citizenship status, socioeconomic status, or other defined characteristics as a basis of suspicion for unlawful...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights
For decades, advocates, activists, and organizations have deployed courtwatching as a tactic to achieve a wide variety of outcomes, such as ensuring a more transparent criminal legal system, reporting on judges or prosecutors, gathering information for a campaign, providing individual...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, National
State(s) All States
Source Faith in Action
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Spaces, Public Safety
Sanctuary is a tool that provides a place of refuge and safety to those facing deportation. This report provides a brief history of the Sanctuary movement and outlines the resurgence of the Sanctuary movement under the Trump Administration. Additionally, this report calls for the...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) Washington
Source King County Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
The ordinance, in order to achieve the 'fair and just principle' embedded within the countywide strategic plan, requires that equity and justice be applied to every county action. The ordinance establishes an inter-branch team to facilitate accountability of and coordination by all...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) Connecticut
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing, Health
Connecticut’s Latinx and immigrant communities are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Make the Road Connecticut (MRCT) launched an impact survey to more fully understand key issues facing people of color and immigrants related to employment, housing, health,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Mijente
Policy Areas Data & Technology
With the willing collaboration of Silicon Valley, the Trump administration has accelerated and expanded its crackdown on migrant communities. Companies like Palantir, Amazon, Salesforce, and dozens of others have pursued federal government contracts to arm agencies like Immigration...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level State, National
State(s) Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health
Organizers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina conducted interviews with over 900 Latinx immigrants (including nearly 400 undocumented community members) about the important issues facing immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Faith in Action
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Public Safety
One of the many ways to help a person facing deportation is to lift up their case publicly. The major organizing objectives of publicly lifting up an individual case are to connect the individual person’s imminent deportation and story to the larger local, regional and national immigration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Fiscal Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines the economic role of immigrants in the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The report finds that the immigration and economic growth of metro areas go hand in hand; immigrants contribute to the economy in proportion to their share of the population....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development
This document is intended for organizers, legal advocates, and organizations contemplating starting a bail fund as an intervention in the criminal legal and/or immigration detention systems. The first part of the document poses core exploratory questions to consider before starting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology
Law and immigration enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology presents many harmful consequences: it permits invasive tracking and targeting that threatens individual privacy, prevents First Amendment activities (i.e. political protests and religious activities), relies on...

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