Earlier this week the Trump Administration announced a major shift in policy related to one of the nation’s key safety net components, the Medicaid program. On Thursday, the Administration issued guidance to states which will allow them to compel people to work or train for work | Read more >
Back in March, when the Trump Administration released its preliminary budget document for FY2018 (the so-called “Skinny Budget”), PolicyLink called it “a NIGHTMARE for the entire nation — poor and low-income people, middle-income people, people of color, children, seniors, people | Read more >
Sanctuary cities have won protection – for the time being – from President Trump’s threats to pull federal funding from jurisdictions that do not cooperate with his anti-immigrant agenda. In a major victory for sanctuary cities and the advocates who support them, a federal district | Read more >
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted (11-9) to send the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for a vote. The vote could happen as early as this Thursday.
This nomination is important to the lives of EVERY American as the rulings of the Supreme Court have | Read more >
The preliminary budget released from the White House yesterday is a NIGHTMARE for the entire nation --- poor and low-income people, middle-income people, people of color, children, seniors, people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, working people, those living in rural areas, | Read more >
<p>The Trump Administration’s revised “travel ban” executive order (a.k.a., the “Muslim ban”) was scheduled to go into effect today. Yesterday and early this morning, federal district courts in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the order’s implementation, on a nationwide | Read more >
Annually, the federal government returns upwards of $640 billion directly back to households to help increase financial security through the tax code. Of that, nearly 80 percent goes back to households who are already wealthy. Current tax reform proposals aim to increase the amount | Read more >
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE
Civil and Human Rights Organizations Oppose Confirmation of Jeff Sessions
On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promote and protect the civil and | Read more >
Supreme Court Rulings Uphold Affirmative Action, Deal Blow to Immigration Reform and Fourth Amendment Rights
Today, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick B. Garland to be the 113th justice of the United States Supreme Court. By all accounts, Mr. Garland is an outstanding candidate. He had a stellar career as a lawyer, both in the public and private sectors, and serves as the Chief | Read more >
It is often said that every budget is a statement of values — a reflection of the hard choices necessary when directing limited resources. President Obama’s 2017 budget, released last week, reflects his commitment to building opportunity for all Americans and his understanding of | Read more >
With almost 29 million Americans without access to healthy foods, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) is desperately needed to bring jobs and investment and improve health in low-income urban and rural communities.
Since 2011, over $169 million has been awarded through the | Read more >
Early this July, six local transportation organizations from across the country gathered in D.C. for the Transportation Equity Caucus (TEC) first national equity convening — a two-day event of trainings, story-sharing, strategizing, and Hill visits with key transportation | Read more >
Today is an exciting day for equity advocates throughout the nation. In landmark decisions, the Supreme Court voted to uphold critical aspects of two of the most important civil rights laws on the books — the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
In a | Read more >
From Los Angeles to Staten Island, a movement led by determined young people of color is reimagining community safety and demanding that the country value Black and Brown lives. As incidents of police violence against people of color continue at an alarming pace, young leaders | Read more >
Bill to Incorporate Promise Neighborhoods Program into “No Child Left Behind” Introduced in Congress
A strong and vibrant America requires children who are educated, healthy, and ready to enter the workforce.
Last Thursday, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bill to establish the Promise Neighborhoods program within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), | Read more >
Last night President Obama stepped to the podium to make an historic statement. He outlined a plan to address issues created by unprecedented numbers of immigrants and by the absence of comprehensive immigration reform.
For this, he should be applauded. His is a common sense | Read more >
Since October 2013, over 60,000 unaccompanied children—many not even 12 years old—have crossed the border to reach the United States in a desperate attempt to escape drug-related violence, poverty, and abuse in Central America. These young boys and girls are fleeing their countries | Read more >
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell testified before the Joint Economic Committee in the U.S. Congress at a hearing focused on "Increasing Economic Opportunity for African Americans: Local Initiatives that Are Making a Difference."
In her | Read more >
Unpredictable and unstable work schedules are painfully disruptive to many part-time and full-time hourly worker’s lives and budgets. Without knowing when and for how long they will be working, hourly workers struggle to meet family and economic responsibilities. In some cases, | Read more >
Summary of the legislation
The Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act (or GROW AMERICA Act) is a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. | Read more >
Statement by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, on Obama Administration Proposal for Surface Transportation Reauthorization
This week the Obama Administration sent its proposal to Congress for a four-year, $302 billion surface transportation reauthorization, called the GROW AMERICA Act. Based on our initial review, we are pleased to see many of the elements of an equitable transportation agenda which we | Read more >
President Obama’s announcement of My Brother’s Keeper yesterday was an unprecedented national acknowledgement of the obstacles preventing too many boys and young men of color from reaching their full potential. The action agenda put forth, which is being supported by some of the | Read more >
The State of the Union address gave a glimpse into how the Obama administration is tackling income inequality in this country. While it’s a strong base to build from, we must acknowledge growing wealth inequalities, and pivot to action. Increasing the minimum wage and expanding the | Read more >
Exciting news for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) – Congress released its joint Senate and House conference report on the Farm Bill late yesterday. It authorizes $125 million for HFFI and would, for the first time, officially establish the initiative at the U.S. | Read more >
President Obama, today, named the first five sites to receive “Promise Zone” designations: Los Angeles, San Antonio, Philadelphia, south-eastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.
The announcement came in a speech in which the president made it clear that Promise Zones | Read more >
This week President Obama made us proud and gave us hope by signaling, with conviction, that his administration will prioritize fixing the nation’s fundamental flaw: growing inequality.
In a speech full of insight, he embraced the wisdom of knowledgeable economists, the demands of | Read more >
Transportation Equity Advocates Applaud Confirmation of Anthony Foxx as U.S. Transportation Secretary
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, issued the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of | Read more >
Last month, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell had the honor of participating in President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Council produced a report, Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern-Day Slavery, which provides | Read more >
Statement by PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell on President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget
President Obama’s budget proposal contains several important policies that can have an extraordinary impact on low-income communities and people of color and advance equity–just and | Read more >