• 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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