Incorporating Arts and Culture into Community Development Work

Incorporating Arts and Culture into Community Development Work

31 Aug 2015 | PolicyLink

Arts and culture are essential for building community, supporting development, nurturing health and well-being, and contributing to economic opportunity. As such, they are critical to achieving communities of opportunity driven by equity:  just and fair inclusion where all can | Read more >

Equity in Policing

Equity in Policing

10 Jun 2015 | PolicyLink

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 >

We Need Courage to Transform Policing

We Need Courage to Transform Policing

01 Jun 2015 | Guest Blogger: Rosa Aqeel, Legislative Director, PICO California

Guest Author Rosa Aqeel is the Legislative Director for PICO California, the state’s largest faith-based community organizing network, representing half a million families. The post below is excerpted from her testimony at a May 26, 2015 hearing on community safety and police | Read more >

Mapping Police Violence

Mapping Police Violence

06 Mar 2015 |

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've developed in partnership with Ferguson activists: MappingPoliceViolence.org. Using a wealth of data from crowdsourced databases, we've been able to identify at least 302 black people who were killed by police in 2014. Sadly, the majority of | Read more >

Communities and Police Must Collaborate for Change

Communities and Police Must Collaborate for Change

18 Dec 2014 | Jordan Valentine Tucker

In the midst of outrage following the tragic killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and numerous other Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, I’ve been remembering my late grandfather. He served as a Black police officer in Philadelphia for 27 years. | Read more >

Channeling Anger into Action and Policy Change

Channeling Anger into Action and Policy Change

25 Nov 2014 |

The grand jury’s decision last night not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown burns with the pain of loss and the anger of injustice.  Once more, we are told that black and brown lives are disposable, vulnerable to being cut short at any moment without a | Read more >

Growing Equitable Food Systems

Growing Equitable Food Systems

17 Oct 2014 | Angela Glover Blackwell

Next week our country will gather together to celebrate Food Day 2014 and join in the fight for a healthy, equitable food system -- one that supports and protects all Americans, especially those living in low-income communities and communities of color. For many years, these | Read more >

AB 2060 Workforce Bill Signed Into Law

AB 2060 Workforce Bill Signed Into Law

19 Sep 2014 | Erika Rincón Whitcomb

California has one of the largest and most expensive prison systems in the nation and is currently under a federal court order to reduce its prison population. System and community leaders across the state have recognized the urgent need to lower the numbers of current prisoners | Read more >

Statement on the Status of Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

Statement on the Status of Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

19 Aug 2014 | PolicyLink

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 >

Take Action to Advance Equity in California

Take Action to Advance Equity in California

18 Jul 2014 | Anand Subramanian

Last year, California advanced a significant number of policies that advance equity-the idea that investing in low-income communities and communities of color is essential to achieving a healthy and prosperous state.

Those bills successfully passed due to the determined advocacy of | Read more >

Spring Will Not Be Silent in North Carolina

Spring Will Not Be Silent in North Carolina

08 Feb 2014 |

“While [Rachel] Carson knew that one book could not alter the dynamic of the capitalist system, an environmental movement grew from her challenge, led by a public that demanded that science and government be held accountable.  Carson remains an example of what one committed | Read more >

Out of Many, One

Out of Many, One

10 Dec 2013 | Anita Cozart

On a recent Sunday morning, I rode the bus to attend a service at my church. I sat next to a woman in her seventies—about 40 years my senior—also making her way to church. She and I have gotten to know each other over a few years of riding that route. During our Sunday bus rides, | Read more >

Bay Area Equity Collaborative Honors Kalima Rose

Bay Area Equity Collaborative Honors Kalima Rose

26 Nov 2013 | Jennifer Pinto

Kalima Rose, PolicyLink Senior Director, was honored for her foresight in advocating for equity to be included as part of the Sustainable Communities Initiative process. “That advocacy convinced the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make equity a part of the | Read more >