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  • August 02, 2012 | Huffington Post

    Olympic Inequalities

    In a recent blog post on The Huffington Post, Kelli Goff dared to ask the unthinkable: "Why Are Some Olympic Sports Whiter Than Others?" Noting the obvious and seeking to understand the absence of people of color from many Olympic sports, Goff attempts to answer why Gabby Douglas, Lia Neal,...

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  • July 18, 2012 | Color Lines

    Why Our Vision of America's Future must count People of Color's Needs

    A few weeks ago, I was in a meeting of demographers and policy advocates where I experienced a revelation. The Center for American Progress (gigantic DC-based think tank) and Policy Link (major research and action institute based in Oakland, California) are working on a massive report about the...

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  • June 01, 2012 | Sojourners

    Resurrecting Detroit

    Angela Glover-Blackwell believes in Detroits future, and she has a vision for how to get there. Failure is not an option.

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  • May 29, 2012 | Politico

    Closing the Racial and Generational Divides

    The U.S. Census Bureau’s announcement that slightly more than half the nation’s newborns are Latino, black, Asian, Native American or of mixed race is a milestone. The United States can glimpse its future, and it is in the eyes of a 5-year-old Latina, the smile of a 12-year-old black boy, the...
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  • May 17, 2012 | Sky Valley Chronicle

    America Reaches Historic Shift Point

    In the last U.S. Presidential election things got ugly for a young black candidate named Barack Obama. The amount of racial hatred and vitriol that spewed forth across the American media landscape in all manner of speech and visuals – particularly on the Internet where writers can remain...

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  • April 17, 2012 | Bike Portland

    Day Two at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit

    The day started out with an opening keynote from Anita Hairston, a transportation policy expert with PolicyLink, a research organization that advocates for economic and social equity. Hairston shared what PolicyLink has learned about how to go beyond the usual suspects and reach into a broader...

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  • April 13, 2012 | Moyers & Company

    Angela Glover Blackwell on the American Dream

    Angela Glover Blackwell has spent her adult life advocating practical ways to fulfill America’s promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for all. Now, with our middle class struggling, poverty rising, and inequality growing, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink,...

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  • February 29, 2012 | Oakland Tribune

    My Word: A's Aren't the Only Ones Who Need to Play Moneyball

    I'll admit -- I was hoping "Moneyball" would win an Oscar.
     
    If you haven't seen the hit movie "Moneyball," it's the story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, portrayed by Brad Pitt. He figured out how to make the 2002 A's, with about $41 million in salaries (the lowest in the league),...
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  • February 21, 2012 | News One

    CEO Focuses Agenda on American Inequality

    If America is going to compete in the new global economy, then racial and economic equity are the keys to accomplishing those goals, according to Blackwell. Looking at the statistics, there is a certain inevitability regarding America’s growth. By the end of this decade, the majority of youth...
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  • February 02, 2012 | PBS Newshour

    Poverty and Politics: How Strong is Safety Net for Poor Americans?

    Presidential candidates have loaded recent stump speeches with references to wealth, taxes and "the very poor." Jeffrey Brown explores the role of poverty this election year with Lawrence Mead of New York University, Angela Glover Blackwell of the advocacy group PolicyLink and Barbara Perry of...

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  • January 26, 2012 | The Nation

    The Occupy Effect

    I don’t know how Occupy Wall Street will impact the 2012 election, but one thing seems pretty clear: it’s changed the national conversation. A few short months ago, the corporate media and inside-the-Beltway chatter was all debt and deficits, all the time.
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  • January 21, 2012 | SF Gate

    Oakland Hearing Focuses on Boys and Men of Color

    A standing-room-only crowd of elected officials, religious leaders, community activists, educators and children filled a downtown Oakland auditorium Friday afternoon to address the needs of young men and boys of color and the obstacles they face in their schools and on the streets.

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  • January 20, 2012 | The Nation

    This Week in Poverty: An American Commitment to Children?

    This week, at a forum on poverty and the 2012 election, Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin said 88 percent of voters view a candidate’s position on equal opportunity for children of all races as important in deciding their vote for president. Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson commented...

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  • January 20, 2012 | California Watch

    State Hearings Explore Health of Minority Males

    When it’s 17-year-old Eric Gant’s turn to testify today at an Oakland legislative hearing on the health and welfare of California’s minority men and boys, he will ask for a safe way to get to school. “Students deserve a safe path to school, like an adult wants a safe path to work,” Gant, who is...

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  • January 18, 2012 | The Journal

    The Peoples Stadium, but Whats in it for the People?

    For years we’ve all been hearing about a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. In the current go-round, the first specific stadium proposal was released way back in 2007. Since then, we’re read about studies, heard proposals for financing it, and seen fancy drawings of several sites.

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  • January 17, 2012 | Texas Observer

    Turning the Food Desert into an Oasis

    For many Texans, it’s easier to get Cheetos, Twinkies and Ho Hos from a convenience store than fresh fruits and vegetables from a supermarket. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that approximately 15 percent of Texans reside in food deserts, defined as more than a mile from a grocery...
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  • January 14, 2012 | The New York Times

    Sunday Dialogue: Mobility and Inequality in Today's America

    “Movin’ on up” is especially hard for children born poor and black, or poor and female. Black children of poor parents are half as likely as their white counterparts to become rich. They also face a much greater risk of slipping down the economic ladder: 45 percent of black children of solidly...

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  • January 10, 2012 | DC Streets Blog

    Report Maps Out How New Transit Can Benefit Disadvantaged Communities

    Last fall, Streetsblog reported on the complex relationship between economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and the transit-oriented development projects intended to revitalize them. Often, the same people who stand to gain the most quality-of-life benefits from new transit also face the...

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  • January 10, 2012 | The New York Times

    Invitation to a Dialogue: Moving Up in America

    America’s stalled mobility is not only disheartening — it also challenges our sense of national identity and is a threat to economic prosperity. The Horatio Alger ideal that someone born poor can, through hard work, become rich is the quintessential American promise. But for the most part it is...

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  • January 05, 2012 | Medical Daily

    As Twin Cities Transform, Rail Line's Impact Weighed

    The Twin Cities region is transforming, and on Thursday, three advocacy groups - PolicyLink, TakeAction Minnesota, and ISAIAH - released a health impact assessment of a proposed light rail project that will turn the commute between St. Paul and Minneapolis into a half hour trip by 2014.

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  • December 22, 2011 | USA Today

    Grass-roots Efforts Aim to Pull People Out of Poverty

    In one of this city's poorest neighborhoods, Jerry Sparby is among those trying to help people pull themselves out of poverty and help their children do better in school.Sparby and a group of volunteers have launched a local version of Promise Neighborhood, a growing national program aimed at...

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  • December 22, 2011 | Star Tribune

    Downtown 2025 Plan Must Include Job Equity

    Recently, the Minneapolis Downtown Council laid out a vision for 2025. It includes new buildings and infrastructure, new residents and new jobs.The plan even advocates for a new Vikings stadium. Unfortunately, it misses the most significant opportunity for economic growth in our city, and indeed...
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  • December 18, 2011 | Twin Cities Daily Planet

    Biking, Walking, and Blogging: Equity Summit 2011

    What role can bicycling/walking transportation play in the equity imperative? This is the question I took to the Equity Summit 2011 hosted in Detroit by Policy Link, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by "Lifting Up What Works". The premise of Policy...
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  • December 12, 2011 | Huffington Post

    America's Tomorrow: An Investment We Can't Postpone

    Last Tuesday, President Obama made a major speech to set the record straight on our nation's economy and what he called the most "defining issue of our time" : restoring growth and prosperity for all Americans. Taking aim at the alarming growth of income inequality in this country, his speech...
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  • December 07, 2011 | Huffington Post

    Too Fat to Fight

    Childhood obesity is a national security issue. What? Did I understand that correctly? Of course excess weight is a health risk, and it becomes a wider social issue when we consider the devastating effect poor diet has on children's learning abilities. But it took the commanding words of David...
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  • December 04, 2011 | Twin Cities Daily Planet

    Telling a New Story About Disparities

    Last year, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a report on racial disparities in employment, which showed that the Twin Cities region has one of the worst employment disparities in the nation. The report illustrated that blacks are 3.1 times as likely to be unemployed as whites, and...

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  • November 16, 2011 | The St. Louis American

    America 2050: Ready or Not!

    As I walked among the over 2,000 people recently gathered at the Equity Summit 2011 Conference in Detroit, I kept thinking of Sam Cooke’s classic “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The conference was held Nov. 8-10 and organized by PolicyLink, the national research and advocacy organization that focuses...
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  • November 10, 2011 | New America Foundation Blog

    The Equity Summit 2011

    I just returned from Detroit where I was happy to attend part of The Equity Summit 2011 (#equity11 on twitter). There were more than 2000 people in attendance and an excellent group gathered to discuss economic security including colleagues of ours from CFED, CBPP, the Insight Center, Aspen...

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  • November 10, 2011 | CoLab Radio

    Inspiring Words Out of the 2011 Equity Summit in Detroit

    This week MIT Community Innovators Lab, which houses this blog, sent me and three other staff people to the PolicyLink Equity Summit in Detroit, Michigan. There were 2,500 summit attendees from all over the country. For me, this was a week of “firsts”: first time in Detroit, first time at a big...

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  • November 10, 2011 | Detroit Free Press

    Public Transportation Can be Life-changer for Region

    Momentum is building toward creating a network of connected, convenient public transportation options throughout Michigan. Success will mean a huge and sustained injection of vitality to businesses, downtowns and hundreds of thousands of residents for whom alternatives to personal vehicle...

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  • November 09, 2011 | Salon

    Lena Taylor: Ohio Win Helps with Walker Recall

    I’m in Detroit this week at Equity Summit ’11, sponsored by PolicyLink, and full disclosure, I’m on the board. More than 2,000 people registered for this year’s conference, and at this morning’s plenary session people were hugely excited about last night’s election results. The big news was Ohio...

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  • November 09, 2011 | Salon

    Who Believes in the American Dream?

    This year’s Equity Summit 11 is organized around the notion that racial and economic equity is the best growth model for the increasingly diverse, and increasingly unequal, U.S. I joined a panel on the topic today with HUD Secretary Shawn Donovan, the Harlem Children Zone’s Geoffrey Canada,...

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  • November 08, 2011 | PolicyShop

    Equitable Growth: PolicyLink's Economic Vision

    It's one thing to agree that today's economy is only working for a sliver of households at the top; it is quite another to lay out a blueprint for changing that and creating truly shared prosperity. The growing gap between the Haves and everyone else is fanned by large-scale trends like...

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  • November 08, 2011 | WDET Radio

    PolicyLink Equity Summit 2011

    Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research institute that is committed to the prosperity of economic and social equity for the community. Blackwell joins Craig to talk about the upcoming "Equity Summit 2011: Healthy Communities, Strong Regions, A Prosperous...

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  • November 06, 2011 | The Root

    Policy Summit to Address Urban Economic Equality

    Equality Summit 2011, the fourth in a series of national summits by PolicyLink, a national institute dedicated to advancing social and economic equality, kicks off tomorrow in Detroit. Activists, leaders and policymakers alike will descend on the Motor City to discuss the nation's current state...

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  • August 26, 2011 | Loop 21

    New Data Shows Diverging Demographics of Seniors and Youth

    About 80% of senior citizens in the U.S. are white, according to new Census data. However, the youth of our nation do not reflect these same numbers. The majority of babies born in the last two years were nonwhite and many young Americans are increasingly people of color, PolicyLink reports.
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  • August 24, 2011 | Bangor Daily News

    Transportation Policy Bias Hurts Rural Residents

    Civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ courageous refusal to move to the back of the bus triggered a movement that restored dignity and respect to Americans of African descent. Part of the power of her act of civil disobedience came because it took place on public transportation, not in the lobby of a...

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  • August 24, 2011 | Loop 21

    Fred Blackwell Speaks on Blacks Being Left Out of 'Urban Development'

    Peep this clip of PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell and Fred Blackwell, executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA), who is overseeing efforts to improve and expand fair housing and economic development opportunities in the city. In the interview, they...

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  • August 22, 2011 | News OK

    Pedestrian Death Numbers Put Oklahoma City at No. 22

    Sometimes, being No. 1 is not a good thing. There are times when you don't want to be out front. It's best to be farthest back. Such is the case in a new report, “Dangerous By Design 2011” from Transportation for America, which focuses on “Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths.”
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  • August 18, 2011 | SF Gate

    HUD Awards Grant to Oakland to Create Better Community

    Stories of drive-by shootings in Oakland have similar reader reaction as stories of pit-bull attacks: If a pit-bull’s in the news for killing a person, the general consensus seems to be that all pit-bulls are evil, all pit-pulls are killers. This happens the same way with Oakland shootings: a...

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