Publications

Rainbow Resilience: Addressing State Legislation and Healthcare Disparities Among Black LGBTQ+ Communities

This policy brief highlights how recent changes in LGBTQ+ healthcare legislation across states particularly impact Black LGBTQ+ communities, necessitating urgent advocacy for policies that safeguard their rights and ensure equitable access to healthcare.

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Walking the Talk: Empowering Black Communities Through Inclusive Active Transportation

This research brief reveals sidewalk quality differences and broader problems in implementing equitable sidewalk infrastructure across various areas. It stresses the importance of accessible active transportation networks for social inclusion and equity and gives policy solutions for underprivileged communities. The brief urges urban and community planners, elected officials, local and regional governments, and advocates to prioritize pedestrians to improve transportation networks, particularly in Black neighborhoods.

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Economic Resurgence: Black Employment in Transition

This policy brief delves into the economic trends affecting Black Americans, examining past and present factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on employment, the rise of remote job opportunities, and the growth of self-employment.

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Rooted Inequality: Analyzing the Economic Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity

Food insecurity and economic mobility in the Black community are intricately connected. This policy brief explores the socioeconomic determinants of food security and their impact on the economic mobility of the Black community.

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Leveraging Upskill and Reskill Programs in Technology for Black Economic Growth

This policy brief identifies how investing in workforce development for Black individuals provides a pathway to not only addressing the talent deficit but also serves to dismantle systemic barriers and create opportunities for economic advancement.

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Unshackling the Vote: Restoring Civic Participation for Persons Recently Released from Incarceration

H.R. 4987 aims to safeguard the federal voting rights of individuals upon their release from incarceration. This policy brief explores the implications and importance of H.R. 4987, delving into the benefits for both individuals seeking a fresh start after reintegration and the broader Black community, as well as what is at stake for the 2024 election cycle if legislation of its kind remains unimplemented.

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Black Boys and the Class Ceiling

It has long been understood that educational outcomes heavily correlate with economic consequences. This publication highlights the disparities intersecting across racial, gender, and socioeconomic lines, resulting in inferior outcomes for Black boys and a “class ceiling” for Black men.

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MaaS Revolution: Mobility Beyond the First/Last Mile in Black Communities

Public transportation agencies in the United States are exploring new Mobility as a Services (MaaS) models to supplement traditional services, yet transportation disparities persist in Black communities and disproportionately impact access. This publication highlights the effects of historical red lining practices and offers policy recommendations to keep Black communities in mind.

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Breathing Injustice: Environmental Inequality and its Impact on Black Health

The United States’ long-standing practices of racism have resulted in health inequities that disproportionately affect the Black community. This policy brief sheds light on the critical intersection between environmental justice and Black health, examining environmental hazards, health disparities, and potential solutions.

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Education Equity Under Threat: The Defunding of Title I and Title II Programs

In response to the proposed $60.3 billion cut in the Fiscal Year 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, this policy brief delves into the potential consequences for education equity, focusing on Title I and Title II programs.

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