Category Archives: Reports

New Report/Article: “Reaching the Rich World’s Poorest Consumers”

New Report: Muhammad Yunus, Frédéric Dalsace, David Menascé & Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, Reaching the Rich World’s Poorest Consumers, Harvard Business Review, Mar. 2015.  [Note, the first author is the famous founder of the Grameen Bank and a winner of the Nobel Prize.]

New Report: “Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job”

New Report: OSHA, Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job (2015).

Four New Reports from Seattle University School of Law’s Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

Olson, Justin and MacDonald, Scott, Washington’s War on the Visibly Poor: A Survey of Criminalizing Ordinances & Their Enforcement (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602318

Howard, Joshua and Tran, David, At What Cost: The Minimum Cost of Criminalizing Homelessness in Seattle and Spokane (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN:  http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602530

Lurie, Kaya and Schuster, Breanne, Discrimination at the Margins: The Intersectionality of Homelessness And Other Marginalized Groups (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602532

Ortiz, Javier and Dick, Matthew, The Wrong Side of History: A Comparison of Modern and Historical Criminalization Laws (May 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602533

-Congrats to Sara Rankin and her students for this work!  =)

New Report: “A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st Century: Unlocking Labor-Market Opportunities for All Who Seek Work”

New Report: Rachel West, Rebecca Vallas & Melissa Boteach, A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st Century: Unlocking Labor-Market Opportunities for All Who Seek Work (Center for American Progress 2015).

New Report: “Assessing the Merits of Photo EBT Cards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program”

New Report: Gregory B. Mills & Christopher Lowenstein, Assessing the Merits of Photo EBT Cards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Urban Inst. 2015).  Related NY Times story here.

New Report: “Unaccompanied Child Migration to the United States: The Tension between Protection and Prevention”

New Report: TransAtlantic Council on Migration, Unaccompanied Child Migration to the United States: The Tension between Protection and Prevention (2015).

New Interactive Report: Poverty Scorecard 2014

New Report: Poverty Scorecard 2014 (Shriver Center).

Ferguson DOJ Reports

Here, at the bottom of the page and links below as well.

New Report: “Here We Go Again: Communities of Color, the Foreclosure Crisis, and Loan Servicing Failures”

New Report: MFY Legal Services & the ACLU, Here We Go Again: Communities of Color, the Foreclosure Crisis, and Loan Servicing Failures (2015).

New Report: “California’s New Vagrancy Laws: The Growing Enactment and Enforcement of Anti-Homeless Laws in the Golden State”

Berkley ReportNew Report: Marina Fisher, Nathaniel Miller, Lindsay Walter &Jeffrey Selbin, California’s New Vagrancy Laws: The Growing Enactment and Enforcement of Anti-Homeless Laws in the Golden State (2015).  Abstract below:

Vagrancy laws conjure up a distant past when authorities punished people without a home or permanent residence. Whether the objects of pity or scorn, vagrants could be cited or jailed under laws selectively enforced against anyone deemed undesirable. Although such laws have generally been struck down by courts as unconstitutionally vague, today’s “vagrants” are homeless people, who face growing harassment and punishment for their presence in public.

More than one in five homeless people in the country lives in California, and two-thirds are unsheltered. The state legislature has done little to respond to this widespread problem, forcing municipal governments to address homelessness with local laws and resources. Cities have responded by enacting and enforcing new vagrancy laws — a wide range of municipal codes that target or disproportionately impact homeless people.

Through extensive archival research and case studies of several cities, the report presents detailed evidence of the growing enactment and enforcement of municipal anti-homeless laws in recent decades as cities engage in a race to the bottom to push out homeless people. It concludes with a call for a state-level solution to end the expensive and inhumane treatment of some of California’s most vulnerable residents.