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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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  • August 07, 2011 | California Health Report

    Searching for the Right Recipe

    When Michelle Obama and Mike Huckabee sat down for a gracious talk last February on Huckabee’s Fox News show, the unlikely couple chatted about the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a proposed federal program to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income neighborhoods.

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  • July 29, 2011 | Huffington Post

    California Junk Food: Teenagers Live in 'Wastelands,' Study Shows

    California teenagers are living and attending schools in junk food wastelands, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA.
    Researchers analyzed the number of healthy and unhealthy restaurants and food outlets near teens' schools and homes. The result: For nearly 75 percent of teens, junk...
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  • July 29, 2011 | California Watch

    With Few Healthy Options, Teens Eating More Junk Food

    California teenagers are living and attending schools in junk food wastelands, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA. Researchers analyzed the number of healthy and unhealthy restaurants and food outlets near teens' schools and homes.
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  • July 28, 2011 | PNI Blog

    Why Promise Neighborhoods are Keeping Score

    All across the country, we are seeing examples of communities working hard to improve conditions for their children. From Detroit to Brooklyn to Hayward, California, they’re building Promise Neighborhoods, communities of opportunity centered around strong schools, and they know they’re on the...

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  • July 25, 2011 | Reporting on Health

    The Links Between Place and Health

    When Angela Glover Blackwell was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, she lived in a segregated but vibrant African American neighborhood in St. Louis. As that neighborhood changed over the decades, she saw first-hand how where you live can affect your health and well-being. 

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  • July 20, 2011 | Roll Call

    Growing American Jobs While Slimming Down Obesity

    Two of America’s biggest problems seem to be heading in opposite directions: Our job opportunities are shrinking while our waistlines are bulging. But the solutions to these challenges might not be as unrelated as you’d think at first glance.
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  • July 07, 2011 | KQED Radio

    Oakland's Black Flight

    The Black population of Oakland has declined nearly 25 percent in the past decade, and for children, the rate is even higher. The decline of African-Americans in cities is a national trend. Why are African-Americans leaving, and what does it mean for Oakland?

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  • July 07, 2011 | Harvest Public Media

    A Cultural Disconnect

    No frozen or pre-prepared ingredients. And you can smell how fresh the garlic and basil is from several feet away. Who’s eating here? Mostly so-called “foodies,” people willing and able to pay $19 to dine on thin-crust pizza topped with local mushrooms.
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  • July 07, 2011 | Huffington Post

    Is Our Racial Gap Becoming a Generation Gap?

    Since our founding, older Americans have sacrificed significantly to ensure that future generations grow up in a nation rich with promise and opportunity. But now, with talk of cutbacks to education, Medicaid, public transportation and critical infrastructure, many are reneging on this...

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  • July 07, 2011 | The Florida Times-Union

    Food Deserts Can Bloom - and One State Shows the Way

    Last month, when the Times-Union published a story about how the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that food deserts were abundant in Jacksonville and I followed up with a column, a few readers opined that trying to open supermarkets in depressed areas of town was a losing business proposition.

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  • July 07, 2011 | Huffington Post

    Obama Administration Keeps Eyes on the Prize

    What a wonderful investment in America! President Obama and his administration have seen the challenges facing young people in our country today who are hitting hard against the "Opportunity Ceiling" and have once again made a smart investment in the next generation by offering $30 million in...
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  • July 06, 2011 | Grist

    Is Los Angeles Metro throwing Bus Riders Under the Bus?

    No mode of transport in this country gets more disrespect than buses. Also low in the pecking order in this country? Women, immigrants, and domestic workers. So maybe it’s no surprise that a Los Angeles bus line primarily used by women immigrant domestic workers is being cut by the city’s...

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  • June 29, 2011 | Environmental Working Group

    Food Deserts Boast Big Supporters, Funding Fizzles

    When was the last time a big city mayor rode into office making “food deserts” one of his campaign issues? That's just what new Chicago Mayor (and former White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel did. And he has wasted no time following through – hosting a Food Desert Summit within a month of...
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  • June 28, 2011 | The Florida Times-Union

    Food Deserts: Fruit of Inequality

    No surprises here. Jacksonville has an abundance of food deserts, and one of the most desolate areas is its urban core. It's a place with dismal health outcomes; a place where a disproportionately high number of babies don't make it to their first birthday and where obesity-related maladies such...
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  • June 28, 2011 | SF Gate

    PolicyLink Talks Race and Class in a Changing World

    In the first video of the “America’s Tomorrow” series, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Manuel Pastor, director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California.

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  • June 27, 2011 | Oakland Local

    PolicyLink Talks Race and Class in a Changing World

    In the first video of the “America’s Tomorrow” series, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Manuel Pastor, director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California.

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  • June 24, 2011 | Color Lines

    More than Half of U.S. Children Under Age 2 are Of Color

    New census data reports that more than half of the children under age 2 in the U.S. are of color. The data is just one more sign that the country is growing more diverse, which is a cite of both excitement and anxiety for some lawmakers.

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  • June 23, 2011 | BET

    Minority Babies are the New Majority

    The Associated Press reports that for the first time in modern United States history minorities make up a majority of the nation’s babies. This reality is a combination of a burgeoning Hispanic population, continued growth among Blacks and Asian-Americans, intermarriage and immigration by people...

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  • June 14, 2011 | Grist

    Supporting Mom-and-Pop Stores in Food Deserts

    Gary Nabhan and Kelly Watters are right that it will take a diversity of new and expanded fresh food stores to truly solve the crisis of inadequate access to healthy food in many low-income areas. Small grocery stores, farmers markets, and expanded convenience stores are all part of a...

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  • June 10, 2011 | The Bay Citizen

    Oakland Forum Debates Cap-and-Trade

    California’s landmark climate change law, AB 32, would reduce polluting greenhouse gases from a range of sources—car and truck emissions, industrial sources, electricity producers and other sources—with each source slashed by a certain percentage. 

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  • June 02, 2011 | Huffington Post

    GOP School Lunch Plan: Less Knowledge, More French Fries

    Meet the next target of the "all-regulation-is-bad" crowd: school lunches. Our children face a devastating obesity crisis -- and yet some Washington lawmakers are calling even the most commonsense moves to ensure them a healthier diet a "classic nanny-state overreach."
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  • May 27, 2011 | Color Lines

    Can You Picture America's Demographic Future?

    We’ve reported on the country’s changing demographics before. PolicyLink recently released a time-lapse map showing where people of color will become a majority in the U.S. over the next 30 years.

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  • May 27, 2011 | Huffington Post

    America's Tomorrow: Equity In a Changing Nation

    The face of America is changing. And the fate of America hinges on how we react to -- and invest in -- those changes. By 2042, a majority of Americans will be people of color. Already, California, Texas, Hawaii, New Mexico, and DC have more people of color than whites. And today, nearly half of...
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  • May 25, 2011 | The Root

    Time-Lapse Map Shows America's Brown Future

    It's no huge secret that by that by the year 2042, the majority of Americans will be people of color. Despite the fact that many African Americans have moved out of major cities to the suburbs, experts and data indicate that the overall number of ethnic minorities, including blacks, will in...

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  • May 24, 2011 | Color Lines

    Do You Live in a Food Desert? Search Your Area

    The USDA introduced a mapping tool this month that tracks food deserts across the country, and includes demographic information about those living in areas without access to healthy and affordable food.

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  • May 23, 2011 | BET

    People of Color Will be the New Majority

    By 2042, people of color will be the new majority, according to a new interactive map from PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy institute. The map shows the growth of people of color in America from 1990 to 2040. It is the first installment of a new multimedia series called America’s...
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  • May 20, 2011 | Huffington Post

    Hitting the "Opportunity Ceiling"

    While Congress squabbles over the debt ceiling crisis, I am far more worried about the millions of low-income, mostly black and brown Americans who are hitting hard against the "Opportunity Ceiling."

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  • May 19, 2011 | The Colorado Independent

    America's Tomorrow Map Underlines Folly of Colorado's Latino-alienating GOP

    During the Colorado legislative session just passed and during the midterm elections last year, state Republicans embraced Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration policy proposals and harsh rhetoric that alienated Coloradans, including non-white Republican politicians and supporters and, perhaps...

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  • May 13, 2011 | StreetsBlog USA

    Brookings: Transit Access to Jobs is the Missing Link

     

    If you’re a middle-income person living in the Philadelphia metro area, there’s an 85 percent chance you live within three-quarters of a mile of a transit stop, and you probably have to wait about 12 minutes for a bus or train. But if you’re looking for work, beware: only 20 percent of the...

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  • April 21, 2011 | TIME

    The 2011 TIME 100: Geoffrey Canada

    Geoffrey Canada is an extraordinary innovator and one of my heroes. He has shown time and again that education is the surest path out of poverty. The Harlem Children's Zone Project, which he founded, provides a cradle-to-career continuum of high-quality neighborhood schools and support services...

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  • March 29, 2011 | The New York Times

    Black Migration

    It is understandable that so many black families are migrating out of Northern cities for seemingly greener economic pastures in the South and the Sun Belt. Gentrification, high rents, poor schools and decades of government neglect pushed many poor families out and made those that could afford...

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  • March 17, 2011 | The St. Louis American

    Advocating for Equity

    Building stronger environments, especially in low-income areas, has been Glover Blackwell’s long-time passion. 

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  • March 10, 2011 | The St. Louis American

    Helping St. Louis See its Future

    Devastating 2010 Census data were released for the St. Louis region immediately upon the heels of the St. Louis American Foundation’s inaugural Salute to Young Leaders. We had just celebrated 20 talented young African-American professionals working in a wide range of fields, who have dedicated...

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  • March 08, 2011 | The Root

    America's Leading Women Advocating Change

    For Women's History Month, The Root decided to spotlight some of the black women who are influential in activism and the nonprofit world. Find out how these women are trying to change the world.

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  • March 07, 2011 | Salud Today Blog

    Minorities Still Face Daunting Transportation Issues in U.S.

    Today, transportation remains a 21st century civil rights issue for minorities and low-income people. For example, nearly 20% of African American households, 14% of Latino households, and 13% of Asian households lack access to automobiles, compared with nearly 5% of white households. Many of us...

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  • March 04, 2011 | ColorLines

    Is Michelle Obama's Wal-Mart Endorsement a Healthy Idea?

    Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign celebrated its one-year anniversary last month. The first lady can reflect on a year in which her initiative has been met with praise among community advocates and policy wonks alike, thanks in large part to its commitment to tackling the obesity epidemic and...

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  • February 17, 2011 | MarketPlace

    Transportation Projects Make Budget Sense

    There was a time when massive transportation projects swept the nation. We built the New York City Subway. The Erie Canal. The interstate highway system.

    But over time, that bold spirit seemed to leak away. Soon, politics took over the way we spend money on transportation. We entered an age that...

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