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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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?

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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
     
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  • 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...

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  • 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...
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  • 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.
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  • 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...

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  • 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.
     
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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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)...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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,...

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  • 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...
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  • February 07, 2013 | KPFA Radio

    Up Front

    Interview with Sandre Swanson on Boys and Men of Color.

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  • 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,...

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  • 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.
     
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  • 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...

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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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