Expanding Food Benefits for Immigrants

The United States has many social benefit programs that help people avoid hunger.  Not everyone, however, has access to these food safety net programs and many are unaware of their eligibility or face obstacles in enrolling.

Expanding Food Benefits for Immigrants by Anabel Perez-Jimenez and Nicholas Freudenberg, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute explored the eligibility of various categories of New York City’s immigrant populations, from those who have become citizens to permanent residents to those who lack legal immigration status, for the nation’s main food benefit programs.

The goal is to widen a public conversation among immigrants and their organizations, food security groups, food justice advocates and policy makers about identifying policies and practices that will make New York City a national model for immigrant access to food benefits.

Milk Cows Not Workers!

New York’s dairy production and processing industry generates $14 billion a year and is the star sector of the state’s agricultural economy.

Unfortunately, the immigrant workers who provide milking labor on which the industry heavily depends are themselves being “milked.”

The study, Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State, is based upon a face-to-face survey with 88 workers across 53 different farms located in the Central, Northern, and Western regions of New York State.

Nine out of ten workers surveyed believe that their employers care more about the cows than about workers’ well-being.

Construction Jobs Lack Basic Provisions in $175 Billion Industry

As cities in the south continue to boom, workers earn poverty level wages and face dangerous working conditions.

Build a Better South report highlights issues plaguing the construction industry in the South, including wage theft, low wages and safety concerns.

The study was a collaboration of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Workers Defense Project and Partnership for Working Families

Utility Rights and Energy Security

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a grassroots organization empowering the low-income population of Poughkeepsie, NY to keep their lights on.

Approximately, 295,797 New York residential customers had their utility service disconnected for non-payment in 2014-2015. In the first 14 months of its utility justice work, Nobody Leaves prevented or reversed shut-offs for 48 households through legal rights education and intervention.

Working in accordance with the New York Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA) and existing legal frameworks, Nobody Leaves has successfully brought voices of underserved community members to public forums.JUST UTILITIES: ORGANIZING FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE HOUSEHOLD ENERGY CRISIS

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson recently published their full report Just Utilities: Organizing for Solutions to the Household Energy Crisis. This report analyzes the factors contributing to energy insecurity and proposes corresponding policy changes.

You can read their full report here and follow their story on Facebook and Twitter.


Integrating the Undocumented Community

Driver's LicenseA Qualitative Exploration of the Process for Obtaining DC’s Limited Purpose Driver’s License

In January of 2015, Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and community partners, Central American Resource Center and Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, DC, were awarded a grant by the Sociological Initiatives Foundation to research the experiences of undocumented immigrants as they apply for Washington DC’s new Limited Purpose driver’s license, a license for undocumented immigrants.

Read the full report here.


Stolen Chances: Low-Wage Work and Wage Theft in Iowa

Despite three years of heightened attention — from our work, from media reports, and from some policymakers — wage theft remains persistent in Iowa,” said Colin Gordon, author of a new report for the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project.

The report collected new data on wage complaints, based in part on a survey of low-wage workers conducted by the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, and it places Iowa’s wage theft crisis against a broad backdrop of low-wage and precarious employment.

This report shows we still need better laws, better enforcement, and greater awareness on the part of employees, employers and all policy makers.

Punishing the Poorest

Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty in San Francisco by the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco documents the effects of criminalization on the homeless residents.

Since 1981, San Francisco has passed more local measures to criminalize sleeping, sitting, or panhandling in public spaces than any other city in the state of California.

A Report on Policing in New Orleans By and For Queer and Trans Youth of Color

photo banner_0In collaboration with the National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD), BreakOUT!, recently released a report, “We Deserve Better: A Report on Policing in New Orleans By and For Queer and Trans Youth of Color.”

This report is part of BreakOUT!’s We Deserve Better Campaign, launched in 2011, and aims to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans.

It analyzes three years of survey and interview data from young LGBTQ individuals about their experiences and interactions with the New Orleans Police Department. The findings show that people experience policing dramatically differently across gender identity, gender expression, and race.