Video: PolicyLink Responds to the State of the Union

President Barack Obama’s 7th and final State of the Union address was one of optimism and a clarity regarding the challenges ahead. Here at PolicyLink, we were inspired by the President’s energy, enthusiasm, and firm resolve to build an America that thrives, where all within its borders can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. In the video below, PolicyLink staff share how the equity agenda connects to the President’s vision for 2016 – and beyond.

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.


Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection 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.

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.

Mandela MarketPlace builds a foundation for community re-investment — a foundation composed of engaged and honored community voices, and core values that honor community-owned solutions and economies for community benefit.


Throughout the tour, it became more and more apparent that the Skid Row we see today is the result of poor planning policies that displace existing residents in the name of “revitalization.

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