As we geared up for the US Social Forum Queer People’s Movement Assembly we co-hosted, we wanted to take a look at 4 major policy issues happening this year (The REAL ID Act, TANF Reauthorization, American Power Act and the Local Jobs for America Act) that impact queer lives, and ways we may be able to organize around them.
To hear each presenter press play on the audio. Read materials from each presenter just below the audio player.
Francis X. Tobin, Jobs with Justice (Local Jobs for America Act)
Donna Pavetti, Center for Budget & Policy Priorities (TANF)
Slides on TANF
Report: “Strengthening Unmarried Parents’ Relationships: The Early Impacts of Building Strong Families.” The Building Strong Families Project. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, May 2010. Synopsis: This report provides impacts of BSF on couples about 15 months after they applied for the program. Early impacts show that, when results are averaged across the eight individual programs included in the evaluation, BSF did not achieve its primary objective of improving the stability and quality of the couples’ relationships.
Ari Rosmarin, New York Civil Liberties Union. (REAL ID Act)
Nia Robinson, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (American Power Act)
Materials: American Power Act Policy Documents
The purpose of the Act Queer! teleconference series is to connect grassroots LGBTQ, racial,and economic justice organizations with national queer and/or allied coalitions and organizations to share information and strategies on racial and economic justice issues.