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The Unfair Price: Poverty in the LGBT Community

October 10, 2014
There is a clear connection between economic insecurity and anti-LGBT laws. Nineteen states lack almost any form of legal protections for LGBT people, and that has a real, tangible economic impact. When a gay or lesbian worker can be fired legally in 29 states; when a transgender person can be denied comprehensive health insurance in 42 states; or when a lesbian couple can be evicted in 29 states—the economic toll adds up.
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Boosting Economic Mobility through the EITC

October 10, 2014
Weathering emergencies isn’t the only reason to allow workers to access a portion of the EITC they have earned prior to tax season. A shortfall of cash may prevent families from making beneficial investments in their own future. A required training course for a new job, a summer math camp for a talented child—these are small expenditures today that pay significant dividends tomorrow. But these opportunities for advancement are often no longer available come spring when a family finally receives its EITC.
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Pepper sprayed in his own home?!?

October 9, 2014
Imagine your child comes home from high school, letting himself in the door you left unlocked for him. Moments later he finds himself surrounded inside his home by three police officers demanding that he put his hands on the door, when he’s done nothing wrong. And then, when he insists it’s his home and he belongs there, the officers pepper spray him. Inside his own home. That’s the nightmare DeShawn Currie and his foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler of Fuquay-Varina, NC experienced on Monday after a neighbor saw DeShawn enter the house after walking home from school and called 911 to report...
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Healthy Communities: Continuing the “Unfinished Business” of the EPA

October 9, 2014
Overburdened communities are fighting strenuously but sometimes lack the resources, capacity and access to power that other communities can take for granted. Their communities—like many neighborhoods in the Bronx, N.Y., where I lived as a child, were overburdened with landfills, waste transfer stations, refineries, power plants and myriad sources of pollution for reasons that have a whole lot to do with race and class.
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Un triunfo para un mercado de vivienda más justo

October 8, 2014
Cuando escuchamos que una mamá se encuentra bajo licencia de maternidad de su trabajo, la mayoría sonreímos reconociendo que se trata de un momento especial en la vida de esa familia: un bebe nuevo. Pero lo que HUD ha encontrado es que con frecuencia los bancos escuchan un mensaje diferente: escuchan algo que, en un continuo número de casos que han llegado a HUD, ha llevado a los prestamistas a negar, demorar o cuestionar los préstamos hipotecarios para las familias que esperan la llegada de un hijo. En muchos casos no fueron el crédito de la familia, o su ingreso, los que demoraron los...
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Voter's Guides 2014: Federal Spending and You

October 8, 2014
When you look at how our federal government spends money, do you see the priorities of your family and your community reflected? Your own day to day priorities might include getting something on the table for dinner, volunteering at your child’s cash-strapped school, scheduling doctors’ visits, or worrying about whether your family earns enough to pay your bills, let alone save for college or retirement – or all of the above, at the same time. Our Voter’s Guides will help you get informed about federal spending on things like healthcare, education and social security, so you can make sure...
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Watch on Wednesday: #POWHERList: Healthy Lives!

October 7, 2014
Health and safety are absolute essentials to achieving economic success for women and their families. That is why this week NYS PowHER will focus on Healthy Lives: Securing Economic Equality by Ensuring Reproductive Options, Ending Domestic Violence and Providing Childcare. Watch the Google Hangout featuring MomsRising's own Monifa Bandele to hear all about it: http://bit.ly/HealthyLivesLIVE PANELISTS: Monifa Bandele, Moms Rising @MomsRising Gregory Brender, United Neighborhood Houses , Winning Beginnings @WinBeginNY Tracey Brooks, Family Planning Associates @WomensHealthNY Lorien Castelle,...
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HUD and Philadelphia-area Borough Settle Allegations of Housing Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic Violence

October 2, 2014
"It's discriminatory to deny housing to a woman for violence committed against her. To face discrimination, on top of domestic violence, only compounds the injustice," said Gustavo Velasquez, HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
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FirstBank Mortgage Partners to Pay $35,000 to Resolve Allegations it Denied Home Loan to Applicant on Maternity Leave

October 2, 2014
In case you missed it: Check out this important press release from HUD's Office of Fair Housing; they're helping to turn the tide against maternal housing discrimination!
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Secret Life of FMLA: Shifting the Family Leave Conversation from She to We

October 2, 2014
I was out the other night with some of my colleagues and we were discussing ideas about what could help create a more supportive work culture at our university. The only two women at the table spoke about the need for more family friendly workplaces, specifically the need for paid family leave. We spoke about patched together leave that we or other women we knew had managed for the births of children. I told them that I was only able to take three weeks for the birth of my second son because I couldn’t afford to take unpaid leave and I didn’t have enough sick days to cover longer. My female...
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