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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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  • 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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