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  • August 07, 2011 | California Health Report

    Searching for the Right Recipe

    When Michelle Obama and Mike Huckabee sat down for a gracious talk last February on Huckabee’s Fox News show, the unlikely couple chatted about the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a proposed federal program to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income neighborhoods.

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  • July 29, 2011 | Huffington Post

    California Junk Food: Teenagers Live in 'Wastelands,' Study Shows

    California teenagers are living and attending schools in junk food wastelands, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA.
    Researchers analyzed the number of healthy and unhealthy restaurants and food outlets near teens' schools and homes. The result: For nearly 75 percent of teens, junk...
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  • July 29, 2011 | California Watch

    With Few Healthy Options, Teens Eating More Junk Food

    California teenagers are living and attending schools in junk food wastelands, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA. Researchers analyzed the number of healthy and unhealthy restaurants and food outlets near teens' schools and homes.
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  • July 28, 2011 | PNI Blog

    Why Promise Neighborhoods are Keeping Score

    All across the country, we are seeing examples of communities working hard to improve conditions for their children. From Detroit to Brooklyn to Hayward, California, they’re building Promise Neighborhoods, communities of opportunity centered around strong schools, and they know they’re on the...

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  • July 25, 2011 | Reporting on Health

    The Links Between Place and Health

    When Angela Glover Blackwell was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, she lived in a segregated but vibrant African American neighborhood in St. Louis. As that neighborhood changed over the decades, she saw first-hand how where you live can affect your health and well-being. 

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  • July 20, 2011 | Roll Call

    Growing American Jobs While Slimming Down Obesity

    Two of America’s biggest problems seem to be heading in opposite directions: Our job opportunities are shrinking while our waistlines are bulging. But the solutions to these challenges might not be as unrelated as you’d think at first glance.
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  • July 07, 2011 | KQED Radio

    Oakland's Black Flight

    The Black population of Oakland has declined nearly 25 percent in the past decade, and for children, the rate is even higher. The decline of African-Americans in cities is a national trend. Why are African-Americans leaving, and what does it mean for Oakland?

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  • July 07, 2011 | Harvest Public Media

    A Cultural Disconnect

    No frozen or pre-prepared ingredients. And you can smell how fresh the garlic and basil is from several feet away. Who’s eating here? Mostly so-called “foodies,” people willing and able to pay $19 to dine on thin-crust pizza topped with local mushrooms.
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  • July 07, 2011 | Huffington Post

    Is Our Racial Gap Becoming a Generation Gap?

    Since our founding, older Americans have sacrificed significantly to ensure that future generations grow up in a nation rich with promise and opportunity. But now, with talk of cutbacks to education, Medicaid, public transportation and critical infrastructure, many are reneging on this...

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  • July 07, 2011 | The Florida Times-Union

    Food Deserts Can Bloom - and One State Shows the Way

    Last month, when the Times-Union published a story about how the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that food deserts were abundant in Jacksonville and I followed up with a column, a few readers opined that trying to open supermarkets in depressed areas of town was a losing business proposition.

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  • July 07, 2011 | Huffington Post

    Obama Administration Keeps Eyes on the Prize

    What a wonderful investment in America! President Obama and his administration have seen the challenges facing young people in our country today who are hitting hard against the "Opportunity Ceiling" and have once again made a smart investment in the next generation by offering $30 million in...
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  • July 06, 2011 | Grist

    Is Los Angeles Metro throwing Bus Riders Under the Bus?

    No mode of transport in this country gets more disrespect than buses. Also low in the pecking order in this country? Women, immigrants, and domestic workers. So maybe it’s no surprise that a Los Angeles bus line primarily used by women immigrant domestic workers is being cut by the city’s...

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  • June 29, 2011 | Environmental Working Group

    Food Deserts Boast Big Supporters, Funding Fizzles

    When was the last time a big city mayor rode into office making “food deserts” one of his campaign issues? That's just what new Chicago Mayor (and former White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel did. And he has wasted no time following through – hosting a Food Desert Summit within a month of...
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  • June 28, 2011 | The Florida Times-Union

    Food Deserts: Fruit of Inequality

    No surprises here. Jacksonville has an abundance of food deserts, and one of the most desolate areas is its urban core. It's a place with dismal health outcomes; a place where a disproportionately high number of babies don't make it to their first birthday and where obesity-related maladies such...
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  • June 28, 2011 | SF Gate

    PolicyLink Talks Race and Class in a Changing World

    In the first video of the “America’s Tomorrow” series, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Manuel Pastor, director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California.

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  • June 27, 2011 | Oakland Local

    PolicyLink Talks Race and Class in a Changing World

    In the first video of the “America’s Tomorrow” series, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Manuel Pastor, director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California.

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  • June 24, 2011 | Color Lines

    More than Half of U.S. Children Under Age 2 are Of Color

    New census data reports that more than half of the children under age 2 in the U.S. are of color. The data is just one more sign that the country is growing more diverse, which is a cite of both excitement and anxiety for some lawmakers.

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  • June 23, 2011 | BET

    Minority Babies are the New Majority

    The Associated Press reports that for the first time in modern United States history minorities make up a majority of the nation’s babies. This reality is a combination of a burgeoning Hispanic population, continued growth among Blacks and Asian-Americans, intermarriage and immigration by people...

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  • June 14, 2011 | Grist

    Supporting Mom-and-Pop Stores in Food Deserts

    Gary Nabhan and Kelly Watters are right that it will take a diversity of new and expanded fresh food stores to truly solve the crisis of inadequate access to healthy food in many low-income areas. Small grocery stores, farmers markets, and expanded convenience stores are all part of a...

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  • June 10, 2011 | The Bay Citizen

    Oakland Forum Debates Cap-and-Trade

    California’s landmark climate change law, AB 32, would reduce polluting greenhouse gases from a range of sources—car and truck emissions, industrial sources, electricity producers and other sources—with each source slashed by a certain percentage. 

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  • June 02, 2011 | Huffington Post

    GOP School Lunch Plan: Less Knowledge, More French Fries

    Meet the next target of the "all-regulation-is-bad" crowd: school lunches. Our children face a devastating obesity crisis -- and yet some Washington lawmakers are calling even the most commonsense moves to ensure them a healthier diet a "classic nanny-state overreach."
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  • May 27, 2011 | Color Lines

    Can You Picture America's Demographic Future?

    We’ve reported on the country’s changing demographics before. PolicyLink recently released a time-lapse map showing where people of color will become a majority in the U.S. over the next 30 years.

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