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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, large portions of the world’s workforce shifted to homeworking, joining hundreds of millions of other workers who had already been working from home for decades. Given the continued struggle to improve the rights and working conditions of those who work at home and the renewed interest in working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this report seeks to improve understanding of home work and to advance guidance on policies that can pave the way to decent work for homeworkers both old and new.
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 stable, safe, and affordable housing. Despite evidence of widespread discrimination and its harms, federal, state, and local law provide minimal protections against anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, lending, and social services—leaving the majority of LGBT people without clear legal recourse when they face bias because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In response, this report provides policy recommendations to address the variety of challenges that the LGBTQ community faces regarding housing.
LGBTQ people in the United States report high rates of food insecurity. Through questionnaire data and in-depth interviews with low-income LGBTQ people, this report documents their experiences with food insecurity, the challenges they face when accessing and using programs designed to alleviate food insecurity, and how their experiences with food insecurity differ across key demographic groups within the LGBTQ community.
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, electoral work, and narrative building to fight for fully funded and free higher education, accessible to all students, including undocumented and formerly incarcerated students. Student Action has three goals for how they want their campaign to transform society: they want to shift the balance of power from corporations and the 1% to ordinary communities, radicalize a generation of young people, and make education in the U.S. into a human right, and not a commodity.
Transgender people overall experience high levels of discrimination in every area of life, as well as high levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, negative interactions with police, incarceration, and violent victimization. As a result, many transgender people participate in the sex trade in order to earn income or as an alternative to relying on homeless shelters and food banks. The criminalizing and stigmatizing of sex work in the United States can worsen the discrimination and marginalization that transgender people already face in society. This report analyzes data to support these claims, and provides recommendations for what policy makers, legislators, and the community can do to help.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, inequities in access to food across the United States are especially apparent. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are among the many subgroups of Americans known to experience especially high rates of food insecurity. This infographic provides data on the distribution of food insecurity across different subgroups of the LGBT community; the economic vulnerabilities outlined in the data are at risk of exacerbation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Environmental racism and the subsequent chronic exposure to air pollution has been identified as one of the biggest contributing factors to higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19 within Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Fossil fuel plants are among the top emitters of pollutants that can cause or worsen respiratory problems and make people more susceptible to COVID-19. This report discusses how the fossil fuel industry contributes to adverse outcomes from COVID-19 within BIPOC communities and how COVID-19 relief packages have prioritized fossil fuel corporations at the expense of communities of color. In addition, it also discusses how the fossil fuel industry has been upheld by the U.S government and financial institutions, and proposes multiple solutions to these problems.
A 100% Just Energy Economy must go beyond simply replacing fossil fuels; in order to be 100% Just, it must include other key elements, such as renewable fuels, an end to sacrifice zones, and good green jobs targeted to the communities that have survived decades of divestment. This guide outlines options policymakers can take to transform the U.S.’ energy economy to not only meet the challenges of climate change, but also to put people and planet before profits.
This report explores the potential impact of implementing the Fair Representation Act (HR 3057). The Fair Representation Act would require states to elect their House representatives with ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts drawn by independent commissions, thus establishing a form of proportional representation and eliminating the challenges posed by winner-take-all elections. In a study simulating the criteria established in HR 3057, this report found that upon implementation, a major party’s vote share and its seat share in Congress would be more closely linked than it currently is, Congress would be more likely to function as intended by the architects of the Constitution, and diversity would be better represented.
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 enforcement, and to bring public light and scrutiny to government immigration enforcement. Lifting up the individual case is an opportunity to hold DHS and other agencies accountable when abusive tactics and discriminatory patterns of enforcement are identified. This report serves as a guide to help select which cases to uplift and describes the planning and strategizing necessary for execution.