• March 06, 2017 |

    Philanthropy, Equity, and The Wizard

     USC Professor Manuel Pastor and PolicyLink chief Angela Glover Blackwell provided insights about how California sets the table for a national conversation that invokes a new narrative: equity and inclusion as a superior growth model for our nation’s economy.

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  • March 03, 2017 | Philanthropy News Digest

    Inequities Holding Back Los Angeles-Area Economy, Study Finds

    While Los Angeles County is the ninth most diverse among the hundred and fifty largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., it is the seventh most unequal, a report from PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) finds.

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  • March 02, 2017 | Los Angeles Business Journal

    Report: L.A. Income Inequality Seventh-Highest in Nation

    Los Angeles County ranks seventh in income inequality out of the nation’s 150 largest metro regions, according to a new report. The study from PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environment and Regional Equity, with support from the Weingart Foundation, concludes that this high rate of...

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  • February 15, 2017 | Spotlight on Poverty and Opporunity

    Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America’s Metros

    How to connect unemployed and under-employed workers of color to jobs in growing industries and industries with retiring baby boomers is a key question for Pittsburgh, but the region is far from alone. The Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce estimates that that by 2020 there will...

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  • February 14, 2017 | WPXI 11 News

    Pittsburgh mayor issues executive orders on affordable housing

     Following recommendations from a task force, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued executive orders Tuesday to build affordable housing. Since the task force made its recommendations last year, there has been a community driven process around defining equitable development in Pittsburgh, led by...

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  • February 07, 2017 | FSG

    Introducing the Corporate Racial Equity Advantage

    Now, more than ever, the future of America depends on equity—just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. The private sector is the next frontier for the equity movement, and racial equity is the next frontier for corporate...

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  • January 10, 2017 | Shelterforce

    Poetry on the Panel

    Attendees at the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit experienced something unexpected when they walked into many of the panels and workshops—a poetry performance. By bringing artists into every conversation, PolicyLink lifted up the way equity is being achieved in and by communities across the...

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  • January 10, 2017 | Shelterforce

    Bringing Together Arts and Community Development

    Victor Rubin, vice president for research at PolicyLink, describes the NEA, ArtPlace, and the Kresge Foundation as three legs of a stool in a national movement to support arts in community development.

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  • December 30, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Where you live can have a lot to say about your health

    Health disparities based on race, income and gender tend to draw more notice, but variations related to where people live are prompting public health officials to use the information to craft more-targeted policies. As the data becomes more precise, experts believe interventions to combat...

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  • December 20, 2016 | Talk Poverty

    The Obama Legacy: How to Protect What We’ve Built So Far

    In the soaring State of the Union address that began his second term, President Obama challenged America to build “ladders of opportunity into the middle class.” It was more than a lovely turn of phrase. It conveyed the President’s vision of a nation in which everyone has a real chance to...

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  • December 05, 2016 | Next City

    Where’s Pittsburgh Equitable Development Plan Months After Debut?

    In  early 2016, 18 housing developers in the Pittsburgh area met with community organizations in an off-the-record meeting at Mayor Bill Peduto’s office to discuss the future of development in their city. They shared their concerns about the ebb and flow of working in both the market rate and...

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  • October 24, 2016 | CityLab

    This Atlas of Racial Equity Just Keeps Getting Better

    The National Equity Atlas, developed by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), might be the best and most comprehensive graphic call for economic equality available today.

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  • October 17, 2016 | Beyond Chron

    Affordable Transportation and Affordable Housing Need to Go Hand-in-Hand

    Affordable transportation and affordable development together form the foundation of an affordable Pittsburgh. One is not possible without the other. PolicyLink, in partnership with Public Allies, Urban Innovation 21 released the study, Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh,...

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  • October 13, 2016 | Bike PGH

    Transportation and The Vision For An Affordable Pittsburgh

    In desirable cities throughout the nation, rents and home prices are rising. Creating and preserving affordable housing has become a major policy focus as residents are displaced from their communities in cities across America.  While the cost of housing is important, the overall cost of...
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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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