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Maximizing Walkability, Diversity, and Educational Equity in U.S. Schools

This new report, drawn from a national dialogue among leaders in health and public education, with accompanying research, answers the question in the affirmative. It also outlines the factors that determine how and where schools get built for different populations, and proposes action steps for promoting diverse, walkable, high quality schools for all children.

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Accelerating Results for Black Males: A Resource Guide

Part I is designed to help Promise Neighborhoods systematically identify and address barriers to improve the outcomes of black male children in their communities. It offers step-by-step instructions for assessing their needs and recommends a results-based framework for using this information to make a positive impact in their lives, from cradle to college to career. In doing so, this document...

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Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement

This report presents findings from a survey of Latinos regarding their perceptions of law enforcement authorities in light of the greater involvement of police in immigration enforcement. Lake Research Partners designed and administered a randomized telephone survey of 2,004 Latinos living in the counties of Cook (Chicago), Harris (Houston), Los Angeles, and Maricopa (Phoenix). 

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Promoting Equity through the Practice of Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is an important tool for understanding the health implications of proposed policies, plans, or projects on communities. Equity is a core value of HIA1 and many practitioners have used HIA to advance equity in decision-making processes. Yet, as the field becomes more commonly known, there is a risk that the focus on equity will diminish without explicit attention,...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Policy Agenda to Build an Equitable Economy

As America continues to become more diverse, the nation's ability to achieve sustained growth and prosperity hinges on how quickly we can erase lingering racial and class divides and fully apply everyone's talents and creativity to building the next economy. Equity, inclusion, and fairness are no longer only moral imperatives, they are economic ones. This document describes our urgent need for...

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Categories: California

California Unincorportated: Mapping Disadvantaged Communities in the San Joaquin Valley

This document describes the new methods for identifying, measuring, and mapping disadvantaged unincorporated communities and a first account of the findings from applying these new methods to the San Joaquin Valley. For readers seeking the complete technical details of the data sources and methods, please see the Technical Guide on the Community Equity Initiative website.  

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Categories: Equitable Economy

All-In Nation: An America That Works for All

Published by PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress, All-In Nation: An America That Works for All describes how strong communities of color are critical to America’s economic future and lays out a comprehensive policy agenda to build an equitable economy where everyone, including fast-growing communities of color, can participate and thrive.

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Toward 2050 in Texas

It is in this spirit that Progress 2050—a project of the Center for American Progress—and PolicyLink—a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity—partnered to hold a series of roundtables in communities that have already experienced aspects of this demographic shift. This is the fifth report in a series documenting these roundtable discussions and describes a...

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Categories: Infrastructure

Strategies for Small Businesses Impacted by New Transit Investments

Across the country, new light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects are creating faster and more affordable transportation options for low-income residents and people of color. In several cities, these projects are also expanding opportunities for small, local, minority-, women-, and immigrant-owned businesses to reach new customers and benefit from the streetscape and other new...

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Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities (Full Report)

A vibrant movement is changing the landscape, economic outlook, and vitality of cities across the country. The recent recession affected many low income communities -- taking with it manufacturing centers, jobs, and people while leaving behind abandoned homes and vacant lots. Now a new crop of urban farmers, along with activists, and community organizations are turning that land into...

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Categories: Infrastructure

Fostering Equitable Foreclosure Recovery

Informs policy discussions about foreclosure recovery, describes the federal program created to help communities recover, shares case studies of efforts in three regions in the Northwest, and suggests policy recommendations for ensuring equitable recovery and building a more just system of housing finance for future generations.

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PolicyLink 2012 Budget Analysis

Analyzes the February 14 release by President Obama of his proposed FY2012 budget, which supports innovation, transportation, clean energy infrastructure, education, and much more; the budget sets out a policy framework for a stronger America.

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Categories: Equitable Economy

PolicyLink 2013 Budget Analysis

Analyzes President Obama's vision for the future, as outlined in his 2012 State of the Union Address and his proposed budget for FY 2013, as it promotes economic and social equity through programs and policies that will level the playing field, invest in America's neighborhoods, and give all people a fair chance to succeed.

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America's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

Puts forward a new vision of America’s future: lifts up the challenges that the nation must address to succeed and highlights continued racial gaps and disparities, reviews current and future demographic shifts, and suggests initial steps toward building an equity-driven growth model based on the innovative work being done in communities across the country.

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Categories: Infrastructure

Community Campaigns for Infrastructure Equity: A Review of Four Case Studies

This report, prepared for the Commission on San Diego Regional Infrastructure & Equity, presents case studies of community campaigns for infrastructure equity from Phoenix, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Washington, DC; San Joaquin Valley, CA; and San Antonio, TX. Though each case study describes dramatically different approach to infrastructure equity, four main ingredients for campaign success...

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The 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second...

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