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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 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development
This guide provides contextual and tactical information for local leaders preparing to address racial tension in their municipality. In particular, it defines five common values (empathy, transparency, authenticity, collaboration, and consistency) that must always be embedded in responses...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town, School District, School Board
State(s) California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of California
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Education
Oftentimes, schools are ill-equipped to address bias and harassment by students against one another. This failure creates an environment that alienates and ostracizes students, ultimately leading them to leave school. This report discusses various approaches that could be used to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Center on Privacy & Technology
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety, Data & Technology
Face recognition is the automated process of comparing two images of faces to determine whether they represent the same individual. Across the country, law enforcement performs face identification to identify individuals who refuse to identify themselves, compare mugshots against...

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 2019
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Public Safety
An examination of federal and state court records shows that the vast majority of large corporations throughout the U.S. economy have made payments to plaintiffs in at least one employment discrimination or harassment lawsuit since the beginning of 2000. These include individual and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) California
Source California Housing Partnership
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing
Racial segregation has blocked access to housing and pathway to homeownership. This report argues that to address this injustice, California must make substantial efforts to distribute funding to mitigate the racial wealth gap, through policy focused on increasing housing choice and...

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 Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison Department of Civil Rights
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Housing, Public Spaces, Economic Justice
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 Ordinance
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Missouri
Source St. Louis City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Education
The ordinance prohibits discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry in housing, employment, education, services, public accommodations, and real property transactions...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, School District, State
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Education, Public Safety
Zero-tolerance policies and the proliferation of law enforcement officers in schools have funneled many students into the criminal legal system. This brief outlines steps school districts, cities, and states can take to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Recommendations include...

Type Ordinance
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) All States, Arkansas
Source Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families
Policy Areas Health
This report provides an overview of the issues affecting Black women's health, including systemic racism, discrimination, and implicit bias within the health care system. It offers the following recommendations: create policies with an intentional racial equity lens, expand Medicaid...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Transgender Equality
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Education
This report investigates the discrimination transgender individuals face in education, employment, housing, public accommodations, health care, prisons, in the family, and when updating ID documents. By surveying 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming study participants, the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Pretrial Justice Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance, Public Safety
This report compares, critiques, and provides an overview of pretrial practices across the United States. In particular, it discusses how 89 counties differ (or relate) in using citation releases, bond schedules, pretrial assessment tools, and more. It also outlines shared concerns...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, California
Source U.C. Berkeley Food Labor Research Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report evaluates race and gender discrimination in the the restaurant industry. It examines wage differentials and hiring promotion discrimination....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Housing
Eviction prevention involves laying the foundation for systems that will foster housing stability for communities in the long-term. This report shares recommendations to local governments looking to build a successful eviction prevention strategy that is responsive to community needs....

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...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) has the potential to transform the way individuals work, learn, and interact, by allowing employees to collaborate from anywhere in the world, making critical services such as healthcare and education more accessible, and creating new channels...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice
More than one million businesses and non-profit organizations have been identified as recipients of grants and loans awarded through the Paycheck Protection Program and other provisions of the CARES Act. Good Jobs First has determined that more than 43,000 of those recipients have...

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 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Government Alliance on Race and Equity
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
This report sets equitable development goals that are focused on reducing racial inequity. It also identifies strategies, policies, and tools that local governments can adopt to meet these goals. These include increasing housing choices for communities of color; revitalizing underserved...

Type Roadmap
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Economic Justice
Centuries of political, legal, and economic discrimination against women and people of color have entrenched inequality in the United States. ProGov21's Race, Sex, and Social Equality Roadmap outlines steps local governments can take to address the root causes of racial and gender...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Pretrial Justice Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Safety
Pretrial risk assessment instruments (RAIs) are tools intended to estimate two key outcomes for those who are released pending trial: the likelihood that someone will fail to appear for court, and the likelihood that someone will be arrested for a new crime before the disposition...

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...

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