Model Legislation
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An increase to the minimum wage has been the rallying cry of many labor groups within recent years.  Especially among fast-food workers, who contend raising the minimum wage
Police officers embody a commitment to public safety and trust, however, nationwide attention has turned to several local law enforcement agencies and the number of unarmed individuals killed by a police officer.
America is considered a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, created by immigration policies that have enabled many to call the U.S. home. These policies are also a matter of contention, especially within the halls of federal and state governments. Issues such as border security, access to foreign workers, and creating a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants across the country remain a concern.
Having a chance at a good job is key to making it in the United States.  Many people, however, aren’t given that chance because they have to disclose personal information, such as criminal and credit history on their job applications that may have no connection to the job for which they are applying. This can give employers the ability to judge applicants on more than merit alone.
The recent passage of the federal Farm Bill reauthorization has re-focused the nation’s attention on nutrition issues, especially those that plague disadvantaged communities.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 23.5 million Americans lack access to affordable, fresh, and healthy food and live in areas known as “food deserts.” Food deserts can be found in both urban and rural communities, but they can disproportionately affect African Americans and other communities of color.  Limited access to fresh and nutritious food can lead to a host of health problems, including obesity, malnutrition, poor child development, weakened immune systems, chronic disease, or even premature death.
Homeownership is not only the cornerstone of the “American Dream,” it is also the foundation of wealth and economic empowerment for many American families. Historically, African Americans have purchased property as a means of building income and wealth creation.
In the days, weeks, and months following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1963, states such as North Carolina and Texas have passed restrictive legislation making it difficult for the indigent and people of color to vote.
The death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, George Zimmerman, have shed light on select self-defense policies throughout the nation.
The vitality of a community begins with wellness, yet many communities of color still lack the necessary resources, tools, and information to improve their health. This is especially problematic when it comes to disease prevention efforts. Several public health issues disproportionately impact communities of color, and without special attention, these problems can lead to long-lasting ramifications for affected individuals and communities. Public health investments cannot only lead to a better quality of life, but also result in increased productivity, improved academic achievement, and reduced health care and public assistance costs.
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