PolicyLink and FSG Launch New Fellowship for Health Equity Leaders

PolicyLink and FSG Launch New Fellowship for Health Equity Leaders

27 Jun 2016 | Mildred Thompson, Dalila Butler, and Jennifer Splansky

For too long, our nation has attempted to improve health by focusing primarily on the health-care system. To truly achieve health equity, where everyone — regardless of race, neighborhood, or financial status — has the opportunity for health, we must also consider the broader | Read more >

Protect Hire NOLA

Protect Hire NOLA

16 May 2016 |

This past October, the City of New Orleans passed a local hiring ordinance, Hire NOLA, that would help connect local workers to career-track jobs, by requiring contractors on city projects to make a “good faith effort” to ensure that 30 percent of work-hours go to Orleans Parish | Read more >

Grand Rapids Company Unlocks the Potential of Former Inmates

Grand Rapids Company Unlocks the Potential of Former Inmates

21 Mar 2016 |
Seven years ago, Jahaun McKinley could not have imagined his life today — a thriving career, a place in his community as a mentor and role model to at-risk youth. That’s because as of 2009, McKinley had spent more than half his lifetime — 19 years — in prison. Now he’s part of a | Read more >
Youth Take the Lead in Foodie Business Programs

Youth Take the Lead in Foodie Business Programs

10 Mar 2016 | Alexis Stephens

At Whole Foods Markets and farmers’ markets in the Detroit metropolitan area, you can purchase a box of Mitten Bites, the yummy no-bake granola treats dreamed up by Hassan Amaleki and a group of his former high school classmates. These all-natural snacks come in two delectable | Read more >

Oakland Army Base Is a Model for Equitable Development

Oakland Army Base Is a Model for Equitable Development

25 Feb 2016 | America's Tomorrow

Nearly three years ago developers, unions, community leaders, and government officials in Oakland, California, came together to make sure the city’s biggest construction project in decades would create jobs and apprenticeships for residents who need them most. By every measure, the | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: “Connecting Boys and Men of Color to 21st Century Jobs”

Summit Snapshot: “Connecting Boys and Men of Color to 21st Century Jobs”

23 Nov 2015 | Fatemeh Adlparvar, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, New York

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.

Fatemeh Adlparvar, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Cultivating an Economic Revival in America’s Legacy Cities

Summit Snapshot: Cultivating an Economic Revival in America’s Legacy Cities

19 Nov 2015 | Beth McConnell, Policy Director, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 Beth McConnell, Policy | Read more >

Equity Summit 2015—Exploring Race, Place, and Economy in Los Angeles

Equity Summit 2015—Exploring Race, Place, and Economy in Los Angeles

08 Oct 2015 | Jesus Flores, PolicyLink Intern

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 >

The Movement for Local Food Procurement

The Movement for Local Food Procurement

30 May 2015 |

Food procurement—how and from whom food is purchased—matters when it comes to ensuring the health and well-being for millions of families, workers, and consumers. Local Food Procurement improves access to healthy food for low-income families and communities of color and also | Read more >

A Loan Fund Committed to Not Just Jobs, But Good Jobs

A Loan Fund Committed to Not Just Jobs, But Good Jobs

01 May 2015 | America's Tomorrow

Good jobs are the bedrock of a thriving community. While millions of new jobs have been added to the economy in the years since the recession, these jobs have not necessarily delivered on the promise of economic recovery for the communities that need it most.

This is the crucial | Read more >

Meet Our Four Newest Indicators

Meet Our Four Newest Indicators

10 Mar 2015 | Sarah Treuhaft

The National Equity Atlas is a living resource, and we are thrilled to announce the addition of four new indicators to the site:

  • Wages: $15/hr
  • Income inequality: 95/20 ratio
  • Diversity index
  • Contribution to growth: Immigrants
     

Here is a breakdown of each new indicator: 

Wages: | Read more >

Call to Action:  Tell the Federal Communications Commission We Need Affordable Internet for All Now!

Call to Action: Tell the Federal Communications Commission We Need Affordable Internet for All Now!

20 Jan 2015 | Guest Blogger: Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF)

In the heart of Silicon Valley, parents drive their children to the library nightly so they can get on a computer with Internet access to do their homework.

In New York City, many public housing residents have no high-speed broadband in their homes.

In Florida, migrant families | Read more >

Turning Waste into Economic Opportunity

Turning Waste into Economic Opportunity

05 Dec 2014 | America's Tomorrow
Anthony Smith's life turned around when he was 46. After 32 years of being in and out of prison, he found RecycleForce, an Indianapolis-based social enterprise that combines recycling services and workforce development for people returning from prison. "Working here has changed my | Read more >
Why "Ban the Box" Matters: Durham's Success Story

Why "Ban the Box" Matters: Durham's Success Story

10 Oct 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Want proof that "ban the box" policies help people with criminal records secure good jobs while helping employers hire good workers? You'll find it in Durham, North Carolina, where government hiring of people with records has increased dramatically since the city and county removed | Read more >