“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 >
This month, as we commemorate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I noted with pride that Dr. King lifted up transportation as an economic and social equity issue. He wrote, in an essay titled “A Testament of Hope”:
“Urban transit systems in most American cities, | 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 >
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 >
More and more, communities and policymakers are beginning to recognize that health happens beyond the doctor’s office. It happens where we live, learn, work, and play.
A new tool from the Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention Institute is designed to help community | Read more >
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 >
Here’s a simple way to grow an equitable economy and lift 700,000 people out of poverty: pay a decent wage to restaurant servers and other tipped workers. If Congress raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for all workers, tipped workers—all 6 million of them— would see | Read more >
Six years of organizing and advocacy have resulted in victory for a coalition of residents, business owners, and grassroots leaders demanding a light rail stop in Leimert Park Village, the heart of Los Angeles’s African American community. The victory marks a crucial step toward | Read more >
We’re thrilled to share a new paper, The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives: Collaborating for Student Success.
Across the United States, communities are thinking differently about how to transform their schools and neighborhoods. There is tremendous excitement | Read more >
Making Connections, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s signature place-based community change initiative, ran from 1999 through 2010 and focused firmly on developing a family-strengthening framework. The effort led to a range of innovations in the field and both started and | Read more >
This year, Congress must play a pivotal role in reviving America’s sluggish economy. Prosperity and economic security depend on a growth model that harnesses the talents and skills of all our people – in short, a growth model based on equity. Federal policy can lead the way in | Read more >