Reports

Lessons From Kerner For the Millennial Generation

Political empowerment requires full engagement.

In the Wake of Katrina: The Continuing Saga of Housing and Rebuilding in New Orleans

In this paper, James Carr and his co-authors provide a
thorough examination of the many factors that have delayed
or continue to serve as persistent barriers to rebuilding
housing stock in New Orleans.

Environmental Justice Through the Eye of Hurricane Katrina

Inequitable outcomes are the legacy of decades of segregation.

Young African American Males at the Crossroads

The urgent search for solutions to a national crisis.

No more Katrinas: How reducing disparities can promote disaster preparedness

This paper presents a synthesis of findings and themes from a set of background papers commissioned by the Joint Center and from a convening of California-based stakeholders. It concludes with a set of core principles that should form a framework for disaster preparedness planning in the future.

Understanding the Role of African American Churches and Clergy in Community Crisis Response

This study, commissioned by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and carried out by leading researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, provides important insight into how much of a financial burden racial disparities are putting on our health care system and society at large. The researchers examined the direct costs associated with the provision of care to a sicker and more disadvantaged population, as well as the indirect costs of health inequities such as lost productivity, lost wages, absenteeism, family leave, and premature deaths.

African Americans and Homeownership: The Subprime Lending Experience, 1995 to 2007 - November 2007 - Brief #2

This brief provides a primer on subprime lending and how it has affected homeownership among African Americans. Its story begins in the mid-1990s with the increase in subprime lending for home purchases, home improvement, and refinancing. How the primary and secondary markets for subprime loans operate and how African Americans and households belonging to other racial/ethnic subpopulations have been served by them are detailed.

Significance of African American Vote in Primaries

With the presidential primary season now in full swing, the significance of the African American vote, particularly in choosing the Democratic nominee, has become increasingly clear. While not particularly significant in the two states that traditionally go first in the process, Iowa and New Hampshire, the black vote will be critical in the primaries in Michigan (Jan. 15), South Carolina (Jan. 26), and Florida (Jan. 29). And on Feb. 5, when voters in states from New York to California cast their ballots, African American voters could determine the victors in several of the races.

The African American Climate Change Crisis

We live in a moment in the United States where civil rights are enshrined in the law and racial epithets are considered especially offensive. Ironically, when the attacks on people of color and low-income citizens are of an environmental nature, they are seldom met with condemnation, or modest redress, like remediation or clean-up, let alone prosecution. This reality comes after a decade of data revealing that race, not income, is the best predictor of exposure to hazardous waste, toxic chemicals and environmental harms in general.

Race, Stress, and Social Support: Addressing the Crisis in Black Infant Mortality

To better understand the issues and to inform its deliberation in formulating recommendations for policy, research, and practice, the Infant Mortality Commission asked experts in various fields related to maternal and child health and infant mortality to prepare background papers on specific issues. This background paper examines the impact of stress and stress mediators on pregnancy outcomes for African American women.

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