Resources from around the Coalition: Immigration, Criminal Justice, Super Bowl Ads, and More
Immigration. Criminal justice. Paid sick days. CHN’s coalition members are producing great work on very important issues. This week, we continue our Resources from around the Coalition blog series, highlighting important resources you should be aware of.
- The National Immigration Law Center released a report in late December demonstrating that the groundwork built by immigrants’ rights groups has helped preserve, implement, and gain new ground for inclusive state and local immigration policies. “Immigrant-inclusive State and Local Policies Move Ahead in 2014-15” details inclusive state and local policies that moved forward, as well as significant anti-immigrant proposals that were defeated, in state legislatures during the past two years.
- A recent report from the Center for American Progress estimates that nearly half of American children have at least one parent with a criminal record, and examines five pillars of family well-being to show how the barriers associated with criminal records have devastating consequences for families. By presenting barriers to employment, housing, education and more, a parent’s criminal record can result in lifelong punishment for parents and greatly diminish a child’s life chances.
- Just in time for the Super Bowl, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has rounded up some of the most empowering and women-friendly commercials from Super Bowls past.
- The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has a new brief that provides employers with an overview of the Healthy Families Act, as well as a business case for providing sick time. The Healthy Families Act would ensure that America’s workers have time to address their own or their family’s health needs without losing their income for the time they are absent, or even their jobs. On a related topic, American Women released a star-studded video highlighting the need for action on paid family leave. 43 million workers in the U.S. (about 38 percent) still lack access paid sick days, and the US is the only industrialized country that does not guarantee paid family leave.
- Our friends at National Priorities Project created a clever infographic and related blog post comparing the F-35, a fighter jet that is billions over budget, years behind schedule, and plagued with problems, to Star Wars’ Death Star. According to NPP, the Pentagon announced a new $61 million contract to the maker of the ill-conceived aircraft, adding to the billions already down the drain, and the Obama Administration’s FY17 budget being released next week is expected to fully commit to the F-35. A previous Head Smacker from CHN noted that the House FY15 appropriations bill even included funding for four more F-35s above what the Pentagon requested.
- Bonus: The Coalition-supporting Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new policy brief, “Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Families Build Savings and Assets,” examines the persistently wide gap in savings and assets between white families and families of color. The brief also outlines practical federal policy changes that could help reverse this trend and enable low-income families to build savings and assets so that they can weather financial crises, move toward self-sufficiency and ultimately change the course of their children’s lives. The Casey Foundation also created a new resource catalog for individuals interested in learning more about the importance of savings and assets for families, the racial wealth gap, and state and federal policies focused on asset building. The collection also provides more information on the Foundation’s recommended policy solutions for increasing the financial stability of low-income families.