We Are All Dreamers

We Are All Dreamers

06 Sep 2017 |

Turning our backs on young Americans who arrived in this country with family or other adults seeking a better life is morally reprehensible. The Trump Administration’s decision to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program places over 800,000 young people | Read more >

RESIST Trump’s Disastrous Budget!

RESIST Trump’s Disastrous Budget!

17 Mar 2017 | PolicyLink

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 >

Free Our Dreams: California's Youth Gather for Advocacy Day

Free Our Dreams: California's Youth Gather for Advocacy Day

08 Aug 2016 |

 

Across California, young people of color are courageously leading the charge to protect basic dignity, justice, and fundamental rights for themselves, their families, and their communities. From the Black Lives Matter to the Dreamer movement, from school board meetings to | Read more >

Justice in Policing

Justice in Policing

15 Jul 2016 |

Communities across the country that have lived for too long under the weight of discriminatory policing and mass incarceration are calling for a transformation of our policing and criminal justice systems. They are making it clear that it is time for policies to first and foremost | Read more >

Two More Black Deaths

07 Jul 2016 |
Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
 
Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
 
Two more names in two more cities—two more Black men shot to death by local policemen.  Their senseless killings leave two more groups of loved ones, families, and friends | Read more >
School Climate Matters!  Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Members Redefine School Success and Accountability

School Climate Matters! Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Members Redefine School Success and Accountability

31 May 2016 | By Luis Sanchez, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Education Policy Workgroup, Chairman

 

When California’s new accountability system takes effect in the fall of 2017, parents and students will be able to see how their school or district is preparing students academically but also whether it is creating a fair and conducive learning environment for all its students. | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: The Moment

Summit Snapshot: The Moment

04 Jan 2016 | Fred Blackwell, CEO, The San Francisco Foundation

A reflection on the PolicyLink Equity Summit, which took place in Los Angeles, Oct. 2015.

As I sit here among 3,000 people, I cannot help but think this is the moment. I look out and see the faces, young and old, new and familiar. I cannot help but think this is the moment.

The | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: A Student’s Perspective on the Black Lives Matter Forum

Summit Snapshot: A Student’s Perspective on the Black Lives Matter Forum

30 Nov 2015 | Malcolm Davis, student, Berea Community High School, Berea, Kentucky

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.

Malcolm Davis, student, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Transportation Equity as a 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

Summit Snapshot: Transportation Equity as a 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

17 Nov 2015 | Jennifer West, GreenTRIP Policy Analyst, TransForm – Oakland, California

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.

By Jennifer West, | Read more >

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 >

Celebrating Two Powerful Anniversaries with Action

Celebrating Two Powerful Anniversaries with Action

18 Oct 2013 | Marc Philpart

Originally posted on The Institute for Black Male Achievement blog.

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Million Man March and the 45th anniversary of the Black Power Salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City—two landmark moments in our nation’s history where the | Read more >