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  • September 29, 2016 | Curbed

    How 4 cities are using manufacturing to build equitable economies

    A new report from the Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative argues industry can foster diverse, dynamic growth. Many cities are discovering that not only can manufacturing be a key part of building the urban economy, it can also be an engine for improving economic equity and supporting...
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  • September 29, 2016 | Downstream

    It’s a Housing Night in Pittsburgh

    Housing is transit-related.  And hunger-related.  Housing is a health care issue and an environmental issue.  It affects LGBTQ communities and realtor associations.  It’s a human right and an exclusive privilege.  It’s out of reach for refugees and American-born veterans.  Housing is the vast...

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  • September 22, 2016 | Pittsburgh Courier

    Equitable development agenda for city unveiled

    PolicyLink, Neighborhood Allies and Urban Innovation21 who convened Pittsburgh community leaders to create a shared definition of equitable development and craft an agenda to make it a reality orchestrated the report, which sets an equitable agenda for Pittsburgh.

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  • September 20, 2016 | Urban Innovation Exchange

    Urban Innovator of the Week: Angela Glover Blackwell

    "In January 1999 the word 'equity' was not being used to talk about social justice in the context of the United States," says Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO of PolicyLink. "We really pushed hard to lift up the term 'equity.' We pulled everything together under one umbrella and...

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  • September 20, 2016 | Next Pittsburgh

    Why Pittsburgh should go all-in on equitable development

    The development that is rapidly transforming some areas of the city could actually be part of the solution to ensuring everyone benefits from the region’s economic transformation. Development has the potential to bring new jobs and economic prosperity to the region, and with an equity agenda—the...

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  • September 16, 2016 | Next City

    San Jose Manufacturing Comeback Linked to Equitable Growth

    Chris Schildt, of national research and advocacy group PolicyLink, says the potential for economic opportunity she saw in the San Jose, California, area while being raised there as a kid in the ’80s and ’90s was remarkable. Now, thanks to the tech boom, it’s a totally different city.

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  • August 30, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle

    Public health problems in Oakland linked to housing crisis

    Hypertension and asthma rates are increasing as residents grapple with increased rents and lack of stability. The associated stress can cause depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia, according to a new study by the Health Department and the Oakland research firm PolicyLink.

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  • August 10, 2016 | The Sacramento Bee

    Bills would help end criminalization of youths

    All it took was a typical schoolyard brawl to change David Celedon’s young life. Local police wrongfully labeled the fight a gang-related incident, leading to his expulsion and placement in a remedial school he hated.
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  • August 06, 2016 | Global Nation Inquirer

    California youth leaders rally for police and education reforms

    Over 400 youth leaders rallied on the steps of the State Capitol steps Monday, August 8, demanding end to police abuse and calling for better schools.
    Participants of the #FreeOurDreams rally urged policymakers to pass legislation demanding police accountability, ending the criminalization...
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  • July 20, 2016 | NextCity

    $65 Million Reasons to Stop Roadblocking City-Driven Job Creation

    In the last year, city officials in New Orleans, Cleveland and Nashville have found themselves scrambling to protect “hire local” policies from their respective state governments. In all three cases, racially diverse cities struggling with high rates of poverty and unemployment sought to...
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  • July 19, 2016 | Roof Lines

    Embedding Equity Into Economic Development

    Despite our collective need for inclusion, inequitable growth remains the norm. In the post-recession economy, America’s metropolitan regions are again growing, but it has been a low-wage recovery and most regions are not making progress toward racial and economic inclusion.

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  • June 24, 2016 | Emerald Cities Collaborative

    PolicyLink Selects ECC CEO as ‘Ambassador for Health Equity’

    ECC is proud to announce that our President and CEO Denise Fairchild has been selected to participate in the Ambassadors for Health Equity fellowship, a joint venture led by PolicyLink and FSG with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to collaboratively engage innovative...

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  • June 15, 2016 | NextCity

    These Startups Are Turning “Gig” Jobs Into Good Jobs

    Just a few months ago, Safi Majidzadah was living out an all-too-familiar horror story among gig economy workers. Facing unstable wages and a fiercely competitive market as a Lyft driver in San Francisco, Majidzadah, 39, found that he had to drive 17 hours a day just to make ends meet, often...

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  • June 13, 2016 | Rooflines

    Poetry Is Not a Luxury to Achieving Racial, Social, and Economic Equity

    In defining poetry as vital to the human condition, Lorde reminds us that poetry is a step in the formation of ideas, rather than simply the expression of an already formed idea or feeling. Hopes and dreams are transformed into language, becoming coherent knowledge which can then catalyze action.

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  • May 23, 2016 | Next City

    More Muscle Added to Equity Tool

    The National Equity Atlas, launched almost two years ago, features racial breakdowns of numerous economic and related data, such as median hourly wages, unemployment and educational attainment, so policymakers, researchers and anyone can see clearly who is benefiting from the economy and who is...

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