News

  • February 04, 2014 | PolicyLink

    Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty

    PolicyLink hosted “Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty.” PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell spoke with the Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and...

    | Read more >
  • February 03, 2014 | The Westside Gazette

    Obama Places New Emphasis on Education

    The New Year has ushered in a renewed focus on education reform in the Obama administration. This month’s flurry of activity began with the announcement of the first five “Promise Zones,” an initiative designed to help local communities expand educational opportunities, among other things.

    | Read more >
  • January 29, 2014 | Salon

    When Whites Say, "What about me?'

    Did you know whites believe they face more racism than African-Americans do? That’s what I’ve been reading in the news lately. Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a short piece about an intriguing study by researchers at Tufts and Harvard University, under the headline, “White Americans...

    | Read more >
  • January 20, 2014 | NPR

    The War on Poverty Starts with the Economy

    Fifty years ago this month President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed a nearly $950-million anti-poverty bill into law, creating Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Economic Opportunity Act.President Johnson envisioned a wealthy country where no child would go unfed or unschooled.  Five decades...

    | Read more >
  • January 12, 2014 | American Progress

    The Shriver Report Executive Summary

    The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink reveals this national crisis through the eyes of women. In an era when women have solidified their position as half of the U.S. workforce and a whopping two-thirds of the primary or co-breadwinners in American families, the reality...

    | Read more >
  • January 08, 2014 | Reinventors Network's

    Reinvent Broad Propserity

    Talk about inequality for many people brings out thoughts of handouts and charity. Maybe we should help those poor people. But what if those people struggling in the economy of today were the key to a thriving economy for everyone tomorrow? That switch in perspective changes everything and gives...

    | Read more >
  • January 08, 2014 | PBS Newshour

    50 years on, what strides have we made in the war on poverty?

    In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched a broad platform to abolish American poverty. Fifty years later, Kwame Holman looks back on the historic legislation, while Jeffrey Brown talks to presidential historian Robert Dallek, Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink and Glenn Hubbard of Columbia...

    | Read more >
  • January 07, 2014 | Al Jazeera America

    Angela Glover Blackwell on Al Jazeera America

    In 2012, there were 46.5 million people living in poverty. Joining us today to talk about the war on poverty, Angela Glover Blackwell, of Policylink, that helps people of color and low income communities as well. Is the war on poverty won, lost, or somewhere in between, still a work in progress?

    | Read more >
  • January 05, 2014 | The New York Times

    Not a War, an Equitable Economy

    While the war on poverty brought benefits to many, we need a fresh, far-reaching approach to reverse skyrocketing inequality. This requires building an equitable economy — one that produces good jobs and full employment, upgrades the education and skills of our increasingly diverse workforce,...

    | Read more >
  • December 05, 2013 | The Vancouver Sun

    A Coordinate Attack on Poverty

    It's a radical idea: Breaking the poverty cycle is simple.
     
    That's what Michael McAfee is helping to prove as director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute , where he works with more than 60 of the most distressed communities in the United States.

    The goal of the Promise Neighborhoods program...

    | Read more >
  • November 12, 2013 | Strategic-narrative.net

    "Storify" Strategy to Locate New Stakeholders and Strengthen Advocacy

    Angela Glover Blackwell  understands the power of stories to shape—and even change— outcomes. The founder and CEO of research and action institute, Policy Link, Blackwell’s goal is economic and social equity in the United States.
     
    In order to explain why that’s important, she tells a dual story....

    | Read more >
  • November 06, 2013 | Huffington Post

    A Promising Approach to Asset Building

    In the third of this week's series of four blog-eds by the Asset Building Policy Network, Pam Flaherty and Angela Glover Blackwell highlight how asset building can help unlock opportunity in America.

    | Read more >
  • October 28, 2013 | The Kansas City Star

    Racial Inequality Threatens Kansas City Economy

    Kansas City’s overall economic resilience — historically and since the last recession — has tended to mask the severe education and unemployment problems for the area’s blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.
     
    | Read more >
  • October 21, 2013 | Citi Blog

    Creating Communities of Opportunity

    By 2050, the population of the United States is projected to grow from 314 million to approximately 400 million people -- and most of this growth is projected to be in our cities. Put another way, less than 40 years from today, 89 percent of our population will claim a city as home. In the...

    | Read more >
  • September 26, 2013 | San Francisco Chronicle

    California Can Lead the Way on Diversity

    In the lean years after World War II, when 1 out of 4 people in the state lived in poverty, California made a shrewd decision. Building world-class public schools and strong infrastructure was the way to invest in people across the state. And it worked: By 1960, Californians had a 25 percent...
    | Read more >
  • September 20, 2013 | Huffington Post

    In Our Changing Nation, Who is Miss America?

    No sooner was it announced, than the social media backlash began.
     
    Sunday evening, as Nina Davuluri was crowned the first Miss America of South Asian descent, some people took to Twitter with heartbreaking speed, saying she was not representative of the United States or of American values.
    | Read more >
  • July 25, 2013 | National Journal

    Americans Are Once Again Divided by Race

    Like a lightning flash in a stormy sky, the Trayvon Martin case has illuminated the depth of the impasse between white and nonwhite America. But a similar dynamic looms less visibly behind Washington's standoff between a Democratic coalition that relies on overwhelming support from minorities...

    | Read more >
  • July 25, 2013 | Politico

    Diversity is Our Greatest Asset

    The face of America is changing. More than half of all babies in the United States are now of color. By the end of this decade, most youth will be too. Within three decades, more than half of all Americans will be people of color.
     
    | Read more >
  • July 24, 2013 | ThinkProgress

    Why America Can't Put Off Tackling Racial Inequality

    Today, CAP released a detailed, beautifully-produced report on creating an “All-In Nation,” meaning a country whose future economy will be unriven by structural racial inequality. Why is this perennial challenge particularly critical now? Because America’s demographics are rapidly, inevitably...

    | Read more >
  • July 24, 2013 | ImmigrationProgBlog

    From the Bookshelves: Blueprint for an 'All-In Nation'

    Today the Center for American Progress and PolicyLink released the new book All-In Nation, which lays the groundwork for federal policies that would create a more equitable economy and a more equitable nation. The book examines the impact of the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of America,...

    | Read more >
  • July 24, 2013 | Latinovations

    CAP Pushes the Success of Latinos and Minorities with New Book

    The Center for American Progress and PolicyLink released today “All-In Nation: An America that Works for All,” a new book that highlights the national conversation about demographic change, racial inequity and the economic benefits of ensuring the success of communities of color today. 

    | Read more >
  • July 24, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal

    Summers Speech Emphasizes Equal Opportunity

    Creating equal opportunity for all Americans is critical to ensuring that the U.S. market economy is truly legitimate, Lawrence Summers, a veteran economist who is seen as a leading candidate to be the next chairman off the Federal Reserve board, said Wednesday.

    | Read more >
  • July 19, 2013 | KQED Radio

    Assessing Racial Equality and Justice in 2013 America

    In the week since the verdict was announced in the Trayvon Martin murder case, many African-Americans have expressed fear, sorrow and anger about the state of racial justice in the U.S. The verdict has focused national attention on issues of race, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the March...

    | Read more >
  • June 06, 2013 | Huffington Post

    Let's Not Settle for Less

    A new national survey of African-Americans by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health, and NPR paints a fascinating picture: over half of those polled report that their lives have generally improved in recent years.

    | Read more >
  • May 21, 2013 | Huffington Post

    Food for Thought

    Congress got it right this time! Last week, both houses voted across party lines for a program that stands to make a huge difference in the health of people across the country. The House and Senate Agriculture Committees voted to include the creation of a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI)...
    | Read more >
  • May 17, 2013 | The Denver Post

    Restoring Latinos' Trust in Police

    A report released this week by the University of Illinois at Chicago and PolicyLink should make all of us who are concerned about crime take notice. The team behind the report, Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement, surveyed Latino communities...
    | Read more >
  • May 09, 2013 | Politic365

    Immigration Enforcement Consequence: Latinos Fear the Police

    A new study by Lake Research Partners, PolicyLink and the University of Illinois, Chicago shows that police involvement in immigration enforcement is making Latinos reluctant to contact the police. The survey of 2,004 Latinos residing in Cook (Chicago), Harris (Houston), Los Angeles, and...
    | Read more >
  • February 27, 2013 | BrandeisNOW

    Heller Study Finds Public Policy Widens Wealth Gap

    New research shows the dramatic gap in household wealth that now exists along racial lines in the United States cannot be attributed to personal ambition and behavioral choices, but rather reflects policies and institutional practices that create different opportunities for whites and...
    | Read more >
  • February 20, 2013 | Huffington Post

    Don't Pull Up the Ladder

    Toward the end of his inspiring State of the Union address to the nation, President Obama said we must "build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class." Most pundits did not pick up on this reference to the nation's poor, but these words were more than an eloquent turn of phrase. Indeed,...

    | Read more >
  • February 08, 2013 | Moyers & Company

    Equity is the Antidote to Inequality

    Equity is the antidote to inequality. I want to hear these six words in the president’s State of the Union address. Am I an idealist? Yes, but I’m also a realist, and President Obama is, too. As his inaugural address last month made clear, he understands that growing inequality is the most...
    | Read more >
  • February 07, 2013 | KPFA Radio

    Up Front

    Interview with Sandre Swanson on Boys and Men of Color.

    | Read more >
  • November 20, 2012 | NewPublicHealth

    NewPublicHealth Q&A with Angela Glover Blackwell

    Health disparities and social equity were key issues addressed at last month’s American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute whose goal is to advance economic and social equity,...

    | Read more >
  • November 12, 2012 | Huffington Post

    Can You See it Now?

    Election night chatter was all about race. Pundits and commentators on all the major networks, from ABC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox were marveling that President Obama had once again lost the majority of the white vote and still won the election.
     
    | Read more >
  • September 01, 2012 | What Works for America

    America's Tomorrow: Race, Place, and the Equity Agenda

    The quintessential promise of America is that through hard work, anyone born poor can succeed. The antipoverty movement grew out of recognition that this is a pipe dream for millions of people of color who are disproportionately saddled with failing schools, unemployment, poor health, and...

    | Read more >