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2000 March - April

Fields of Opportunity

Protecting Farmworkers Through a Broader Statutory Interpretation

By Zachary Wolfe & Roger Rosenthal

While deplorable conditions for farmworkers occasionally catch the attention of Congress, serious problems continue today. Two provisions in the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act—the requirement that the employer not deviate from agreed-upon working arrangements and the protection against retaliation for asserting certain protections—may help ease such poor conditions.

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Creating, Preserving, and Improving Housing through Community Economic Development

By Elena Popp & Francisca Gonzalez Baxa

For 13 years the Legal Assistance Foundation of Los Angeles has helped residents in low-income communities rebuild, maintain, create, and own affordable housing. Seven case studies tell how development, fiscal and otherwise, is best led by residents, and collaboration with nonprofit organizations and experts is essential.

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Adult and Dislocated Worker Job Training Provisions of Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998

Part 2—Delivery of Services

By Greg Bass

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which delivers a range of employment services through the "one-stop" system, offers advocates an opportunity to help shape the future course of job training systems for low-income clients. Advocacy regarding the use of individual training accounts, performance measures, certification of providers, and other service delivery features of the Act may be needed.

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After Olmstead v. L.C.

Enforcing the Integration Mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act

By Ira Burnim & Jennifer Mathis

The Olmstead v. L.C. decision is significant because, for the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court found unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities to be a form of discrimination prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The decision affords advocates a tremendous opportunity to push states—through policy advocacy and litigation—to expand community-based services for individuals with disabilities.

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