Equity Blog

Presenting commentary, new perspectives, the latest research, stories from the field, and multifaceted advocacy that advances economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.

In his eye-opening new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond documents the devastating consequences that evictions cause families, communities, and the nation.

Dorsey Nunn, long-time advocate for the human and civil rights of formerly incarcerated Americans, was awarded the White House Champion of Change award last week in recognition of his “ban the box” campaign.

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"Our Moment" Video

“A movement is not a flash of light — it is a flame, a torch passed from one generation to the next and every so often we are blessed with moments where the smolder transforms to blaze again and we’re forced to race down the path of progress.” 
 
It was with these inspiring words by poet Mayda del Valle — set to motion, photography, and song — that PolicyLink opened Equity Summit 2015. As we build on its energy and momentum, Policylink is committed to doing our part to ignite, expand, and advance the conversation on equity. 

Focus Areas

Delivering the promise of equity requires attention to people and places, which are integrally connected. PolicyLink focus areas underscore this commitment to people and place, recognizing that a full range of opportunities are essential for all to succeed, thrive, and prosper.

Equity Summit 2015

At Equity Summit 2015 -- our 5th summit -- 3,000 diverse stakeholders shared insights, forged new collaborations, and strategized around some of the nation’s most intractable challenges.

As cities come back, leaders must bake equity and inclusion into their growth strategies. This paper shares cross-cutting practices and an eight-point policy framework to build equitable, thriving cities. Read about it and the initiative at All-In Cities page.

Read the post "Obama Administration Announces New Pilot to Help Disconnected Youth at Equity Summit 2015"; the announcement was made as part of the All-In Cities plenary, at Equity Summit 2015.

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Equity Blog featured a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post focused on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering insights into and reflectiosn on the Summit experience. See Summit Snapshot: Race, Place, and Datasets: Harnessing Disaggregated Data for Policy Wins and Summit Snapshot: The Future of Equity in Place, Race, and Economy.

It begins by joining together, believing in the potency of inclusion, and building from a common bond. It embraces complexity as cause for collaboration, accepting that our fates are inextricable.

It recognizes local leaders as national leaders, nurturing the wisdom and creativity within every community as essential to solving the nation’s problems...

Read full manifesto.