The inaugural event of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA last year was not your standard ivory-tower affair. “I could have simply invited an economist to come give a lecture, and we’d be done,” said Ananya Roy, the Institute’s founding director. Instead, she invited | Read more >
Forty-eight-year-old Treva Thompson won’t be voting on Election Day. It’s not that she’s turned off by the choice of candidates. It’s that she can’t.
She owes around $8,000 in fines and | Read more >
Supreme Court Rulings Uphold Affirmative Action, Deal Blow to Immigration Reform and Fourth Amendment Rights
An Open Letter to the LGBTQIA Community:
Over the weekend, an act of hate took the lives of nearly 50 people, and injured just as many at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Today, our prayers and thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones, those who were | Read more >
By Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, PolicyLink, excerpted from What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation
In “What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation,” the Federal | Read more >
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.
Dara Baldwin, Senior | Read more >
The countdown for the Equity Summit 2015 is coming to a close. With more than 200 speakers and presenters from across the country, this year’s Summit will not only offer unprecedented insight into local, regional, and national issues — it will give attendees a unique viewpoint on | Read more >
When I was a kid, my Chinese parents used to say to me (as they sat me in front of my homework while my white friends were out playing), “You not White! You work twice as hard to be equal!” That just made me roll my eyes at their naïveté. After all, this was America, the land of | Read more >
In a recent Rooflines post, Sarah Treuhaft holds up new, reputable data that finds that inequality is not a circumstance of economic success, after all, but that it actually has a dampening effect. Specifically, the widening | Read more >
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For most Americans, the Civil Rights movement has been the touchstone for dynamic, passionate, organized protests that inspire the nation to take a hard look at its moral decay | Read more >
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 >
In theory, tax code–based public subsidies should help all families save and invest, but instead, wealthier households receive most of the benefits. In fact, a recent analysis of the largest wealth-building tax subsidies found that the top 1 percent of households received more | Read more >
In the post-recession Bay Area, a new wave of urban development and investment is contributing to profoundly unequal economic growth. In Oakland, rents are skyrocketing (a 31 percent increase over the past three years according to the Oakland Department of Housing and Community | Read more >
Early this year, before the summer weather in Ferguson, Mo., turned to a fog of tear gas and a hail of rubber bullets, before the downscale suburb began to share national airtime with Sierra Leone and Iraq, a | Read more >
Over a decade ago—and as a response to past police brutality incidents, racial profiling, and stop-and-frisk practices directly effecting people and communities of color—PolicyLink published various reports focused on community-centered policing strategies for advocates and | Read more >
S&P Report Argues that Inequality Hurts the Economy, but the Media Is only Picking Up Part of the Story
In case you, missed it…
The recent report by Standard and Poor’s (S&P), How Income Inequality is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth, is finally bringing the business community into a conversation about the adverse effects of rising inequality on our economy. The report argued that the | Read more >
Remove Systemic Barriers So Boys and Young Men of Color Can Succeed: President Receives Report from My Brother's Keeper Task Force
Nearly one out of five black and Latino workers are underemployed, according to the National Urban League’s recently released 2014 State of Black America. The report’s equality index shows very slight overall improvements from last year, with a slight decline in economic equality. Read more >
PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell joined dozens of equity advocates in an open letter to Florida Prosecutor Angela Corey and the wider legal community about the trial of Michael Dunn on charges of killing unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis (pictured here). Dunn | Read more >
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink Founder and CEO, spoke to New Hampshire Public Radio about the need for a new equitable economy–not another war on poverty. Five decades after President Lyndon Johnson signed a nearly $950 million anti-poverty bill into law, childhood poverty is | Read more >
As described in the New York Times last week (“Seeing the Toll, Schools Revise Zero Tolerance”), Broward County should be commended for recognizing that zero tolerance actions can backfire. Los Angeles Unified School District acknowledged the failure of these punitive policies in | 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 >
Angela Glover Blackwell in PBS’s Many Rivers to Cross: “Personal Attitudes Don’t Translate Into Change”
“The journey from the slave ship tmany rivers_agbo the White House, from bondage to full equality, has been long and arduous, replete with despair, but full of joy as well,” says Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the end of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The | Read more >
We’ve been saying for a long time that equity is the superior growth model for our nation–that we don’t just have a moral obligation to lift communities out of poverty and allow everyone the opportunity to succeed, but that doing so will also strengthen our economy.
It seems that | Read more >
Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, talked economics and GDP on Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio this morning.
Crucial to strengthening our economy as our demographics shift? Equity: just and fair inclusion for all.
“If this country wants to have | Read more >
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 >
“As we mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today, it’s clear that the nation has made great strides to advance equality, but our society remains inequitable. Continuing the work of Dr. King and all the others who have sought to build a truly inclusive nation has | Read more >
Step 1: Sign the NAACP Petition to tell the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
Step 2: Join the March on Washington on August 28.