Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans-Women

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An updated analysis of US Census Bureau data finds that more than half of fully-retired, elder-only households are economically insecure. While the threat of economic insecurity affects elders of all backgrounds, it varies substantially by gender, race, age, household composition and other characteristics. In order to assess the economic security of today’s older adults, WOW compares actual 2011 incomes for retired elders who live alone or with a retired partner to the Elder Economic Security StandardTM Index for the United States for their household and housing types. 

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013

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After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Still Excluded

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This report examines why there are still virtually no women in the federally created and supervised apprenticeship system for the skilled construction trades. 

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

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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 States. Insecure and Unequal provides a snapshot of poverty and income data in 2011 – and changes in poverty and the wage gap from 2010 to 2011 and since 2000  - for women, men, children, and families by race, ethnicity and age.

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

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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 ethnic and new media are playing today in both perpetuating and challenging negative stereotypes.

Transit Oriented Development that’s Healthy, Green and Just

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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 housing, though. Low-wage jobs keep family incomes down as real estate prices rise, creating pressure to leave. As it turns out, transit oriented development that ignores racial equity and job quality will short-change light rail’s potential environmental benefits

Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans

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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 disadvantaged communities? These plans don’t just sit on a shelf; they are tied to billions of dollars in state and federal transportation funds.

Preserving Affordable Transit-Oriented Housing

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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 and will most likely lead to escalating property values, making it more difficult to ensure long-term housing affordability.

I Support American Jobs

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Transport Workers Union Spring 2012 review of American workforce and how HR7 impacts them. 

Women in Construction: 6.9 Percent is Not Enough.

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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 women's economic security.

Where the Jobs Are: Employer Access to Labor by Transit

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The suburbanization of jobs obstructs transit’s ability to connect workers to opportunity and jobs to local labor pools.

Beavercreek Complaint Filed Under Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. filed this complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint requested that the Federal Highway Administration and DOT undertake a full Title VI compliance investigation into the City of Beavercreek, Ohio, to determine if the City of Beavercreek’s denial of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority’s application to place bus stops on Pentagon Boulevard near the Fairfield Commons Mall constitutes a violation of Title VI.

The Bus to the Capitol: Promoting Equity In The Next Federal Transportation Bill

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This webinar features a discussion with transportation and civil rights experts about how to shape a federal surface transportation bill that creates strong, healthy, communities of opportunity.

A Sustainable Future: Preserving and Expanding Biking, Walking, and Public Transportation Funding

Transportation Policy to Build Strong Rural and Tribal Communities

A Sustainable Future: Preserving and Expanding Biking, Walking, and Public Transportation Funding

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"A Sustainable Future: Preserving and Expanding Biking, Walking, and Public Transportation Funding" Webinar - March 30th, 2011

Where We Need to Go: A Civil Rights Roadmap to Transportation Equity

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“Where We Need to Go: A Civil Rights Roadmap for Transportation Equity,” is the first 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.

Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities

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“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 surface transportation programs.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts

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A study by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts shows that bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects create more jobs per federal dollar than road-only highway construction projects.

The Road To Good Jobs: Making Training Work

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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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