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Competing Visions of America: An Evolving Identity or a Culture Under Attack?

November 1, 2021

This report highlights findings from the 2021 American Values Survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institue (PRRI). The suvey asked participants of varying political leanings to describe their opionions on subjects ranging from Democracy to race and ethnicity to religion and many other aspects of American society in the 21st century.

Coming Out for Racial Justice: An Anti-Facist Organizational Development Toolkit for LGBTQ Groups and Activits, Second Edition

October 1, 2015

This toolkit was originally created based on the experience of our work as a primarily white LGBTQ organization working in a primarily white state and region. After several years of intentional, internal organizational development and reflection, we came to recognize that racial justice is an important, broad and complex issue that cannot be ignored, and that racism impacts the LGBTQ community in deep and far reaching ways.There are many approaches to making our organizations more racially just, so our aim in the original toolkit and now with the revised second edition is to share best practices, identify potential challenges and provide tools and resources to support others on this journey.

Rise of the Renter Nation: Solutions to the Housing Affordability Crisis

June 1, 2014

Private homeownership cannot serve as our only model for decent, stable housing. While the most recent speculative bubble raised the proportion of homeowners nationwide to 70 percent of all households, this gain was an illusion that vanished as the market collapsed. A longer view reveals that for three decades before the bubble began in the mid-1990s, homeownership rates hovered around 64 percent, despite massive federal and market support. Further, the historic average obscures important and severe racial disparities in homeownership rates, which have never exceeded 50 percent for black and Latino populations. Yet, policy and even much of the progressive analysis of the housing crisis seem incapable of acknowledging -- much less acting on -- these realities. The result is a national dialogue about the housing crisis that all but ignores the growing renter class, where the crisis is concentrated, and retains a myopic focus on private ownership. The following report is a reality check. It attempts to redirect the conversation and provide an agenda for genuine housing security for all.

Democracy (In)Action: How HUD, NYCHA and Official Structures Undermine Resident Participation in New York City Public Housing

January 12, 2010

New York City public housing is the oldest and largest program of its kind in North America with close to 180,000 apartments in 336 developments officially housing over 400,000 residents. Unofficially, the public housing system makes it possible for over a half million low-income New Yorkers to remain in an increasingly unaffordable city. With so much at stake, those who consider themselves stewards of public housing welcome the existence of federal regulations (known as the 964 regs) that enable residents to participate in the betterment of their developments as well as in the policymaking process that affects public housing throughout the city.Broadly speaking, resident participation has been shown to lead to a number of key benefits, including: better building conditions and quality of life, more satisfaction with living conditions overall, the feelingof empowerment gained through enhanced control over one's living situation, and the building of community. This, in turn, has a positive impact beyondthese immediate benefits to residents. It makes it easier for landlords to maintain their properties and contributes to the overall well being of American cities by building vibrant, sustainable communities.This research set out to explore whether or not the current regulations and structures around which public housing resident participation in NYC is currently organized, result in the meaningful and democratic processes that bring about these benefits.

Voter Engagement Evaluation Project

January 1, 2006

Describes ways to structure nonpartisan voter engagement efforts that start earlier in the election season, remain ongoing throughout election cycles, and are integrated into permanent policy or issue-based work. Includes recommendations for funders.

Bridging Bays, Bridging Borders: Global Justice and Community Organizing in the San Francisco Bay Area

January 31, 2005

We offer this document as our own effort to build the inclusion and understandings that will help both communities and leaders recognize the grassroots wisdom and issues that could help us realize the positive impacts from globalization and minimize the negative aspects that have concerned us all. Another world is possible, but it is up to us to build it.

Losing Ground: The Loss of Freedom, Equality, and Opportunity for America's Immigrants Since the September 11 Attacks

September 1, 2003

This report details the various policies implemented by the federal government in the two years following the September 11 attacks that have targeted or otherwise harmed immigrants and refugees in the US.

The Changing Face of Illinois

October 1, 2002

This study reviews the growth of immigrant populations reflected in the 2000 Census, particularly in nontraditional receiving areas, and discusses the political implications of these new populations.