Work in America is changing, and for many Americans it is not changing for the better. A postwar world of work that brought two generations of unprecedented American prosperity ended in the 1970s and has been replaced with stagnated and/or low wages, decreasing benefits and worker power, and limited opportunities for advancement. Working people of color are often packed into jobs based on things outside of their control, including race, age, and gender.

  • Conduct research to better understand the impacts of technological change impact job quality for women, young people, and people of color and propose policy solutions.
  • Support groups led by working people of color to develop a proactive agenda to address the changing nature of work and ensure dignity and respect in the workplace
  • Uncover the drivers of racial and gender inequity in the ways in which workforce institutions may be perpetuating racial/ gender bias and inequities
  • Increase understanding of how the rules of our economy are driving labor market changes and affecting working people of color to inform local campaigns and policy agendas
  • Examine the long-term economic consequences of occupational segregation among young adults of color

Mississippi Is America: How Racism and Sexism Sustain a Two-Tiered Labor Market in the US and Constrict the Economic Power of Workers in Mississippi and Beyond | October 2020

The “Mississippi Is America” report demonstrates the consequences of America’s two-tiered labor market in which Black and brown workers and women are denied access to economic security on the job. It utilizes labor market data and an occupational crowding analysis to illustrate who is largely excluded from the most-desirable, best-paying jobs and who is crowded into those with the lowest wages and least stability.

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Re-Imagining a Bay Area Workforce System Grounded in Racial and Gender Equity | May 2020

This report released with the support of ReWork the Bay, examines how women and people of color have made untold contributions across industries, despite being denied basic rights and fair wages due to racism, sexism, and xenophobia baked into our workforce policies and practices. These injustices are amplified by the COVID-19 crisis, and the report shows why we will need a workforce system designed specifically to meet the needs of marginalized groups in order to have a just and inclusive recovery.

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The Payback Problem | June 2019

This report reveals that taking parents’ child support payments to pay back the cost of public assistance harms California’s low-income parents and children. Every year, hundreds of thousands of California children living in poverty do not receive all of the child support payments made by their parents. For low-income parents, most of their child support payments do not go to their children. Instead, the majority of their payments go to the government to pay back the cost of public assistance. There should be no price tag on our safety net for low-income families.

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Opportunity for Every Worker: Toward a Fair Chance Workforce in the Bay Area | May 2019

The Fair Chance Workforce System project was initiated by Rise Together, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and Urban Strategies Council through a shared commitment to ensuring all people in the Bay Area have the opportunity to provide for themselves and their family, regardless of race, gender or status. Economic and employment research confirm that employees with records have better retention rates, more loyalty, and lower turnover (ACLU/ Trone, 2017). Despite this, systemic barriers to employment for the justice impacted persist.

Click here to read the Excutive Summary.

Driving Into Debt: The Need for Traffic Ticket Fee Reform | May 2017

Driving Into Debt: The Need for Traffic Ticket Fee Reform highlights the flaws and inequities of California’s current traffic fine and fee system and offering specific recommendations for reforms that would promote sustainable system funding and the fair administration of justice for all Californians. The report describes a current system that all too often leads to spiraling debt, license suspension, and unequal justice for the poor and communities of color.

Click here to view and download Driving Into Debt: The Need for Traffic Ticket Fee Reform.