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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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  • November 03, 2015 | ArtPlace America

    PolicyLink's Equity Summit 2015

    Equity Summit 2015 strived to “ground inclusion, justice, and prosperity in the urgent issues of today and connect them to the creativity and bold vision of the equity movement. Advocates from Ferguson to New Orleans, Minneapolis to New York, and all points in between, will be part of...
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  • November 03, 2015 | Youth Policy Insitute

    Equity Summit 2015

    Last week, YPI's team were in full action at Equity Summit 2015, a gathering of over 3,000 dynamic leaders, advocates and stakeholders from across the U.S. who are putting equity at the center of their work for real and lasting change. Attendees explored L.A. through mobile workshops, built new...

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  • November 03, 2015 | EARN Blog

    Reflections on the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit

    Sheryl Lane, EARN’s Director of Public Policy & Alumni Engagement had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit for a whirlwind two days that included 61 workshops, caucuses, institutes and mobile workshops.

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  • November 03, 2015 | airCurrent News

    Equity Summit 2015

    Last week Brian and Adrian attended the Policy Link Equity Summit 2015 in Los Angeles on behalf of the Moving Forward Network. Air Alliance Houston is a proud member of the Moving Forward Network, which sent more than fifty delegates to the Equity Summit to promote our Zero Emissions Campaign.

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  • November 03, 2015 | National Journal

    Even Among College Grads, Whites Earn More Than Nearly Everyone

    At the mo­ment, no mat­ter how much edu­ca­tion people of col­or at­tain, they likely will earn less than whites with the same level of edu­ca­tion. That’s ac­cord­ing to the latest Na­tion­al Equity At­las, cre­ated by Poli­cyLink and the Uni­versity of South­ern Cali­for­nia’s Pro­gram for...

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  • October 20, 2015 | Roof Lines - Shelterforce Blog

    Oakland, CA Adopts Roadmap to Promote Housing Equity

    PolicyLink and the City sought input from families facing displacement, public administrators, housing advocates, tenants groups, home owners, developers, elected officials, business associations, and other community stakeholders. Urban Strategies Council did data analysis on the changing tenure...

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  • October 13, 2015 | Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Bringing Soul to the Work of Collective Impact

    Something special is happening in America. Community leaders are not only talking about equity, but also redefining the frontiers of work that we must do to achieve it. These leaders play an important role in social change, because they can authentically reflect the wisdom, voice, and experience...

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  • October 07, 2015 | LOEBlog

    Standing Ovation for Angela Glover Blackwell, 2015 Dunlop Lecturer

    Highly respected by those working to expand opportunity equality in a financially segregated nation, Glover Blackwell’s work has consistently influenced governmental agendas since PolicyLink’s founding in 1999. Among the organization’s most recent directives, PolicyLink specialists worked...

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  • October 06, 2015 | Huffington Post

    A National Call to Stop Excessive Force

    Around the country, a movement led by determined young people of color is reimagining community safety and demanding that the country value Black and Brown lives. As incidents of police violence against people of color continue at an alarming pace, more and more people are refusing to tolerate...

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  • September 28, 2015 | NYU Furman Center

    A Call to Action to Embrace and Enforce the AFFH Rule

    As a Black girl growing up in St. Louis in the 1950s and 1960s, I experienced segregation first-hand. Though segregation controlled where I could live, learn, play, and pray, I was fortunate enough to live in a mixed-income Black neighborhood, with a good school, safe streets, prospering...

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  • September 24, 2015 | Florida Courier

    New pressure for cities to end segregation in housing

    In July, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced strict new requirements that local governments assess fair housing in their communities, publicly report details of segregation and pockets of poverty, and provide detailed plans on what they are going to do about it....

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  • September 21, 2015 | Nonprofit Technology Network

    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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  • September 09, 2015 | The Hill

    Calling all mayors: This is what police reform should look like

    The coverage of police brutality over the last year, both in the mass media and through civilian video footage, has been a wake-up call for many Americans, shining a spotlight on what many communities of color already knew—our policing and criminal justice systems are infused with systemic...

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  • September 04, 2015 | Next City

    This Labor Day, Celebrate the Summer Jobs That Strengthen Cities

    The drop in summer employment began in the late 1990s, when the federal government eliminated funding for stand-alone summer jobs programs. It accelerated with the recession, as youth faced unprecedented competition for low-wage jobs in retail and food service. This trend of disinvestment...
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  • September 03, 2015 | The Guardian

    Your guilt trip won't stop gentrification

    Instead of feeling paralyzed, gentrifiers should support local tenants advocacy and homeless services groups. Gentrification too often dissolves into a guilt-ridden zero-sum game, whereby new residents are told that to avoid being “part of the problem”, they must simply avoid living in...

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  • September 03, 2015 | The Commercial Appeal Memphis

    Conversation on Prosperity continues push to lower poverty

    In a room filled on Thursday with governmental leaders, nonprofit organization heads and experts in economic and social equity, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton held his National Conversation about Prosperity, an initiative to move forward Wharton’s Blueprint for Prosperity, a plan to lower the city’s...

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  • August 27, 2015 | The American Prospect

    Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    With black communities nationwide far from recovered, a grassroots coalition wants the Fed to know that an interest rate hike could be disastrous. And demanding that interest rates stay low is just a first step. During the conference, Fed Up will also present a report from PolicyLink on what a...

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  • August 27, 2015 | Huffington Post

    Nonprofits: Equity Must Begin Within

    There has been increasing buzz about "equity" and "racial equity" in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and among cross-sector collective impact efforts. This is a good thing and our nation's persistent and rising racial and economic disparities demand it. Many groups are applying an...

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  • August 12, 2015 | Huffington Post

    The Federal Reserve Should Not Increase Interest Rates

    Later this month, the world's top financial and economic policymakers will pow-wow at the Federal Reserve Bank annual meeting in Jackson Hole to determine whether it is time for the Fed to roll back recession-era policies -- e.g. a near-zero benchmark interest rate -- put in place to support job...

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  • August 11, 2015 | The Washington Post

    This is how protesters plan to take on the Federal Reserve

    While Fed policy is not going to be the only solution to getting to full employment for all, we see it as a critical component of a broad policy agenda,” said Sarah Treuhaft, a director at PolicyLink. “We know that we need more growth and we need more jobs to stimulate hiring of people who have...
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  • August 07, 2015 | Next City

    How the Movement for Black Lives Will Transform American Cities

    In a little over a year, the movement for Black Lives has already begun to transform America. Pictures of Michael Brown’s lifeless body on Canfield Drive, footage of police officers responding with dogs, tanks, and teargas as his community mourned and protested, refusing to be silenced — these...

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  • July 21, 2015 | San Francisco Chronicle

    Governor can take a stand on police violence with his pen

    In his long and multifaceted career in public service, Gov. Jerry Brown has made a name for himself as someone who cares about criminal justice, whether during his days as attorney general of California, or as a tough-on-crime mayor of Oakland in the early 2000s.

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  • July 08, 2015 | The Hill

    Investing In More Than Just a Supermarket

    For those of us who have always had easy access to healthy food, a supermarket is probably just a place to buy groceries. But for the millions of Americans living in low-income neighborhoods marked by decades of disinvestment and unemployment, the opening of a local supermarket can revitalize...

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  • July 01, 2015 | Policy Mic

    15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality

    The Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link, two nonprofit advocacy organizations, have partnered with various protesters and street-level organizers to find some concrete solutions to this problem. The result is a 15-point report, titled Building From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting...

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  • June 25, 2015 | Next City

    Fairfax County Faces Stark Stats on Income Inequality

    The recently released “Equitable Growth Profile of Fairfax County,” (prepared by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity) shows that between 2000 and 2010, the number of people of color in Fairfax County went up 42 percent — versus a...

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  • June 12, 2015 | National Journal

    The Five U.S. Cities With The Most Educated Latinos

    Overall, educational-attainment rates for Latinos are far behind where they need to be, especially considering their projected growth as a share of the workforce and the growing demand for postsecondary training.

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  • June 09, 2015 | The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Q&A: Black Unemployment Challenges States

    In April, the unemployment rate for African-Americans dropped below 10 percent for the first time since early in the recession to 9.6 percent. It edged up a bit in May to 10.2 percent. Still, that’s far below its peak of 16.8 percent in the aftermath of the housing bust in March 2010.

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  • May 22, 2015 | National Journal

    Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Import Their College Graduates

    These gaps "increase social segregation where recruiting for the higher-skill jobs is done in a world that is almost invisible to people who are outside of it, even if they are living there," says Victor Rubin, PolicyLink's vice president of research.

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  • May 20, 2015 | National Journal

    Education Gaps Pose Looming Crisis for U.S. Economy

    Fewer working-age African-Americans than whites hold four-year college degrees in all but one of the nation's 150 largest metropolitan areas, according to a new Next America analysis of data from the massive National Equity Atlas.

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  • May 17, 2015 | Providence Journal

    Race in Rhode Island

    Diana Garlington worries about the girls in South Providence. Young, black and spirited, they are a bit like her own 21-year-old daughter, Esscence T. Christal -- a college student who was shot and killed in 2011 while riding with a wayward boyfriend on Broad Street.

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  • April 24, 2015 | KGO 810 News

    Study Shows San Francisco Getting Less Diverse

    A new study shows that the Bay Area as a whole is becoming more and more diverse, but San Francisco is not following the trend. The demographic profile of the Bay Area by PolicyLink shows that minority racial groups are the majority in all five Bay Area counties except for Marin.

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  • April 24, 2015 | San Francisco Chronicle

    Study finds S.F.’s ethnic diversity dwindling

    But a recent study says that if trends continue, San Francisco is headed in the opposite direction. In fact, the report from PolicyLink, a research and advocacy organization in conjunction with a University of Southern California program, says the white population in San Francisco is on a steady...

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  • April 23, 2015 | NBC Bay Area

    San Francisco Poised to be "Whitest County" in Bay Area By 2040: Study

    A study of the Bay Area region finds that San Francisco is becoming less diverse as surrounding counties increase multicultural populations. CityLab noted the study's starkest findings in the PolicyLink study: San Francisco is predicted to be the "whitest county" in the Bay Area by the year 2040.
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  • April 16, 2015 | The Hill

    The tax code is hurting the economy, but not for the reason you think

    The tax reform debate that will invariably accompany the 2016 campaign will undoubtedly include many of the same arguments from the right as we heard in 2012: too-high taxes on the wealthy are stifling economic growth; the poor “don’t pay taxes.” These conceits are still prevalent among...

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  • April 14, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Why We Should Care About Tax Policy

    As we all make sure we have done what we need to do to comply with our complicated tax code, there is a serious debate concerning the future of our tax code, and thus the future of our country. President Obama's announcement of new tax benefits for middle class and working families, highlighted...

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  • April 08, 2015 | National Journal

    Rahm Emanuel and the Tale of Two Cities

    Growing urban inequality has made mayors' jobs harder across the country. But cities also face discontent from struggling communities that understandably feel left behind. 

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  • April 04, 2015 | The News & Observer

    Inequality threatens Triangle’s rise

    A new report on the 13-county Research Triangle region finds that the area’s fastest growing population is ill-equipped to meet the job needs of the future.
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  • April 02, 2015 | KALW Public Radio/San Francisco

    Your Call: How do non-profit health insurers like Blue Shield operate?

    How do non-profit health insurance companies like Blue Shield operate? On the April 2nd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Michael Johnson, a former Blue Shield policy director who says the company is no different than its for-profit competitors. He recently resigned over high...

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