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.

Short Shifted:

Trends in retail may represent the frontier of new employer practices that have major implications for workers in a range of industries, unless we take steps now to intervene in these troubling practices.

The current lack of public protections around work hours, paired with persistent unemployment and high underemployment, has left workers vulnerable to abusive cost-reduction strategies.

Retail Action Project’s Short-Shifted looks at how scheduling relates to workers’ daily experiences on the job, the effects of open availability requirements, and the challenges of managing income with unstable hours.

A Social Profile of Brazilian Housecleaners in Massachusetts

The Brazilian Workers Center in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Boston investigated the working and living conditions of Brazilian housecleaners in the major Brazilian communities of Massachusetts.

The report,  A Social Profile of Brazilian Housecleaners in Massachusetts,  informed the successful campaign for a Massachusetts Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, and efforts to improve safety and health training for domestic workers in Massachusetts and Connecticut.