Public Transit and Macro Social Work: A Case Study – #MacroSW Chat Feb. 21, 2019

Here’s this week’s preview of our next #MacrosW chat.

Public transit is a civil right, and intersects with the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/, especially Articles 22–27. These articles sanction an individual’s economic, social and cultural rights, including healthcare (Article 25) and the right to a job (Article 23). This latter Article, on Workers’ Rights, states that every grown-up has the right to choice in employment, with a fair wage for their work. Yet too often that choice in employment, or access to transportation for healthcare, is limited by poor or nonexistent public transport.

In today’s society, with its ever-growing urban sprawl, or for those with rural residences, or for those who can not afford a car, and for people with disabilities, it is impossible to thrive without reliable transportation. And for many, that means public transportation. We need a healthy, robust public transit system to ensure that everyone can get around, regardless of race, class, disability…

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#MacroSW 2020 Census and the Citizenship Question 2/7/19

Our # MacroSW chat this week will cover the question of Census Questions.

Source: https://www.census.gov/popclock/

Join us to find out what’s at stake in the 2020 Census that will affect you and the people you serve. $800 billion dollars of federal funds annually, the majority of which are for programs that serve under-resourced communities, are distributed based on census results. The 2020 Census will impact health, housing, education, children, and critical infrastructure for the next ten years.

For the first time since 1950 the 2020 Census might include a question about citizenship. In December 2017 the Commerce Department announced the 2020 Census will include the question “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” A federal judge in New York has ordered the Trump administration to stop plans to include the question, but the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments regarding a dispute in the use of evidence from the suit. Research by the Census Bureau indicates the citizenship question may…

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