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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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  • 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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  • May 20, 2016 | The New Orleans Advocate

    Letters: Defeat Senate Bill 288 to help local governments hire

    This week, Republicans in the state Senate are seeking to strike down an innovative policy that could help city leaders connect local residents to career-track jobs on public works projects.

    The Senate Committee on Transportation and Public Works will vote Monday on Senate Bill 288 — a bill that...

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  • April 11, 2016 | Greater Cincinnati Foundation

    A City Where Everyone Can Thrive

    Part of a prosperous Greater Cincinnati region includes equity as defined by PolicyLink, “An equitable society is one in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.” Symptoms of inequity include poverty, lack of education, and healthcare disparities.

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  • March 07, 2016 | The Atlantic

    Where Children Rarely Escape Poverty

    Charlotte, North Carolina, wants to change its status as one of the worst places in the United States for poor children to have a shot at getting ahead as adults. If the city succeeds, its efforts may offer a roadmap for other major metro areas gripped by barriers such as concentrated poverty...

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  • March 07, 2016 | The New York Times

    On Race and Place

    In “Poorest Areas Have Missed Out on Boons of Recovery, Study Finds” (Business Day, Feb. 25), the Distressed Communities Index brings welcome attention to the complex and unjust geography of opportunity in this country, where ZIP code can determine life chances.

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  • March 01, 2016 | The Atlantic

    Separate and Still Unequal

    In a modern-day tale of two cities, in virtually every major U.S. metropolitan area students of color are much more likely than whites to attend public schools shaped by high concentrations of poverty, an analysis of federal data has found.

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  • February 29, 2016 | The Atlantic

    The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools

    In almost all major American cities, most African American and Hispanic students attend public schools where a majority of their classmates qualify as poor or low-income, a new analysis of federal data shows.

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  • January 27, 2016 | CBS Minnesota

    Beyond Conversation: Equity Forum Calls For Change

    The issue of race and equity took center stage Wednesday at a forum in Minneapolis. The United Way sponsored an event called “Cultivating Conditions for Change.” About 1,100 people were on hand to join in on the conversation, which I moderated.
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  • January 20, 2016 | Talk Poverty

    How the Department of Labor Could Help Fix the Retirement Crisis

    Half of working-age Americans aren’t confident that they will have enough money to retire—and they have reason to worry, given that the typical American has only $3,000 in savings. Unsurprisingly, low-income workers are even less likely to have money set aside for retirement.

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  • January 06, 2016 | Chicago Tribune

    Chicago's future hinges on retooling schools for digital age

    By 2020, 47 percent of all jobs in the Chicago region will require an associate degree or higher, according to the National Equity Atlas, produced by research group PolicyLink and the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. 

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  • December 21, 2015 | NTEN

    Merging Data and Story to Win More Equitable Policies

    Compelling facts have always been a key ingredient in winning policy campaigns, and the rise of web technology has opened the floodgates for data that would have been out of reach to all but the most dogged advocates just 20 years ago.

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  • December 01, 2015 | National Journal

    Top Cities for Asians, Blacks and Latinos for High-Paying Work

    Asi­ans in the Trenton, New Jer­sey, met­ro­pol­it­an area on av­er­age make the most money among people of col­or in the coun­try. That’s ac­cord­ing to data from the Na­tion­al Equity At­las, which crunches Census and oth­er gov­ern­ment data to high­light in­come and edu­ca­tion gaps...
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  • November 23, 2015 | Cafe Con Leche

    #EQUITY2015 PART II

    A big theme throughout the sessions was "now is the time". As a country we at a point in time where the momentum is bringing together people from all walks of life around common interests, to build the movement of movements. 

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  • November 17, 2015 | Mary Black Foundation

    Equity Summit

    I had the extreme privilege to join the Mary Black Foundation in Los Angeles for the Equity Summit 2015 “All in for inclusion, justice and prosperity,” organized by Policy Link from October 27-29.  I was joined by Kathy Dunleavy, Tony Fisher, and Natalia Swanson from the MBF staff and Board of...

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  • November 13, 2015 | The Hill

    Dear presidential candidates: Jobs are not enough to fight poverty

    Job creation was a frequent refrain in this week’s Republican debate on the future of the American economy, with each candidate touching on the ever-popular trope of getting Americans “back to work”. Though this “jobs solve all” mentality makes for a convenient narrative, it completely sidesteps...

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  • November 13, 2015 | Bloomberg Business

    Assembly hearing in Ontario discusses state's 'opportunity gap'

    The Assembly committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy were in Ontario for a field hearing to discuss strategies for supporting entrepreneurs, stabilizing communities, and fostering wage growth and long-term household security. The hearing was held in response to reports showing...

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  • November 13, 2015 | Rooflines

    Uber-noxious

    At the PolicyLink Equity Summit the last week of October, Orson Aguilar of the Greenlining Institute was taking a poll of the room at the workshop on the "Gig Economy." How many people used Uber? Quite a lot of sheepish hands went up. How many AirBnB? More. Later we found out that not nearly so...

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  • November 09, 2015 | Cafe Con Leche

    #EQUITY2015 PART I

    Recently, a delegation from Pittsburgh attended PolicyLink's Equity 2015 Summit.  This summit brought together a cross section of community leaders, policy wonks, government officials and researchers from across the country who have been working on building equity in their own communities. It...

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  • November 09, 2015 | Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog

    #Equity is a Value, Not a Tactic: Affirmation at PolicyLink's @EquitySummit

    Once in a while you attend an event that grounds you and restores your faith that maybe we can get ahead of this fight for equality and a just society. PolicyLink's 2015 Equity Summit, a conference dedicated to principles of fair and just inclusion with equitable access to opportunity, served as...

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  • November 09, 2015 | The Greenlining Institute Blog

    California Energy Policy and the American Dream

    Two weeks ago, I attended the 2015 Equity Summit put on by PolicyLink, a nonprofit organization in Oakland dedicated to creating sustainable communities through equitable local, state, and federal policies. On the second day, Raj Chetty, a professor of economics at Stanford University, spoke on...

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  • November 06, 2015 | Shelterforce

    Place Matters, But Place Changes

    "Place matters, but place changes," Univ. of Southern Calif. professor Manuel Pastor observed at the opening plenary at PolicyLink’s 5th Equity Summit, held this week in Los Angeles. This can be seen as both a warning and a hope—and it led to some great discussions about changing places and what...

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  • November 05, 2015 | Talk Poverty

    A Fair Shot for All

    This week, we talk to Todd Cox, Senior Fellow and Legal Correspondent for TalkPoverty Radio, about President Obama’s announcement that the federal government would “ban the box,” giving people with criminal records a fair shot in hiring processes. Next, Rebecca is joined by Eduardo Porter of...
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  • November 05, 2015 | California Pan-Ethnic Health Network Blog

    Advocates from Across the Country Gather for Equity Summit

    Last week, CPEHN was one of the many organizations that attended the PolicyLink “Equity Summit 2015: All in for inclusion, justice, and prosperity” in Los Angeles. This three day national gathering convened thousands of advocates, organizers, and elected officials from all over the country to...

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  • November 05, 2015 | Thunder Valley Community Development Corp.

    Equity Summit: "Inclusion, Justice and Prosperity"

    In the world of philanthropy,  "diversity," “equity” and “inclusion” have been lumped into a safe three-letter acronym that only people in our sector can decipher. Try to throw “DEI” around in a conversation with people at your local bus stop, and you will certainly get blank stares. So...

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  • November 05, 2015 | Philanthropy Northwest

    Equity In Our Work and World: What Are We Doing About It?

    In the world of philanthropy,  "diversity," “equity” and “inclusion” have been lumped into a safe three-letter acronym that only people in our sector can decipher. Try to throw “DEI” around in a conversation with people at your local bus stop, and you will certainly get blank stares. So...

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  • November 05, 2015 | Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog

    Equity is in the Air and It's Energizing Climate Advocacy

    It's a strange yet energizing experience when you find yourself connected to the work and aspirations of over 3,000 strangers. Such was my state of mind and soul at Policy Link's national Equity Summit right here in LA. Specifically, during one of the opening plenaries, Harvard Economics...

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  • November 04, 2015 | Resource Media

    Narrative for a New Majority

    Participating in last week’s Equity Summit 2015 organized by PolicyLink was plenty inspiring. Three thousand people from so many backgrounds, with so many skills, with such a wide range of callings. It was moving, but not in a “Kumbaya” kind of a way. Because at its heart, this summit was about...

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