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Trump’s Budget Should Enrage Everyone

Trump’s Budget Should Enrage Everyone

24 May 2017 | PolicyLink


Back in March, when the Trump Administration released its preliminary budget document for FY2018 (the so-called “Skinny Budget”), PolicyLink called it “a NIGHTMARE for the entire nation — poor and low-income people, middle-income people, people of color, children, seniors, people | Read more >

The Half Trillion Dollar Tax Program That’s Driving Income Inequality

The Half Trillion Dollar Tax Program That’s Driving Income Inequality

17 Apr 2017 | Christopher M. Brown and Jeremie Greer

This tax season, as partisan debate continues to dominate Capitol Hill, the U.S. federal government will quietly spend over half a trillion dollars on tax programs to help American households build wealth. Indeed, these annual investments will promote wealth — for those who already | Read more >

All-In Cities Update -- April 2017

All-In Cities Update -- April 2017

07 Apr 2017 | PolicyLink


Four months into 2017, leaders across the country are demonstrating the power of collaboration — aligning priorities, coordinating action, and sharing information and new ideas — to push back against attacks on equity and inclusion. We are honored to have partnered with so many | Read more >

The Time for Action is NOW... #STOPGorsuch

The Time for Action is NOW... #STOPGorsuch

04 Apr 2017 | PolicyLink

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted (11-9) to send the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for a vote. The vote could happen as early as this Thursday.

This nomination is important to the lives of EVERY American as the rulings of the Supreme Court have | Read more >

Stop the Abuse of Court-Imposed Fines and Fees

Stop the Abuse of Court-Imposed Fines and Fees

29 Mar 2017 | PolicyLink

More than $50 billion in debt is currently being held by approximately 10 million people because of their involvement in the criminal justice system. Much of this debt is because low-income people simply do not have the money to pay fines and fees.

While “debtors’ prisons” are | Read more >

RESIST Trump’s Disastrous Budget!

RESIST Trump’s Disastrous Budget!

17 Mar 2017 | PolicyLink

The preliminary budget released from the White House yesterday is a NIGHTMARE for the entire nation --- poor and low-income people, middle-income people, people of color, children, seniors, people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, working people, those living in rural areas, | Read more >

Arts and Culture, Achieving Equity

Arts and Culture, Achieving Equity

14 Mar 2017 | PolicyLink

Across the nation, artistic and cultural practices are helping to define the sustainability of urban, rural, and suburban neighborhoods. In the design of parks and open spaces; the building of public transit, housing, and supermarkets; in plans for addressing needs for community | Read more >

Together We Can Build a More Equitable Tax Code

Together We Can Build a More Equitable Tax Code

01 Mar 2017 | PolicyLink

Annually, the federal government returns upwards of $640 billion directly back to households to help increase financial security through the tax code. Of that, nearly 80 percent goes back to households who are already wealthy. Current tax reform proposals aim to increase the amount | Read more >

"A Movement Is Not a Flash of Light"

"A Movement Is Not a Flash of Light"

13 Feb 2017 | PolicyLink

Current events leave many feeling disillusioned and in despair. Yet hope emerges from the visionaries, disrupters, activists, and all those who are taking to the streets to resist attacks on our constitutional and human rights; to defend hard-fought policy gains; and to safeguard | Read more >

Introducing the Corporate Racial Equity Advantage

Introducing the Corporate Racial Equity Advantage

09 Feb 2017 |

Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director, FSG

Now, more than ever, the future of America depends on equity-- just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. The | Read more >

Trump’s Actions are Just Wrong

Trump’s Actions are Just Wrong

26 Jan 2017 | PolicyLink

For a nation that has relied on the labor of immigrants, many of whom voluntarily left behind their countries of origin to seek a better life in the United States, it is ironic and detestable to be confronted by presidential actions aimed at preventing those fleeing war and poverty | Read more >

1/30 -  Upcoming Webinar on Sanctuary Spaces

1/30 - Upcoming Webinar on Sanctuary Spaces

17 Jan 2017 |

In today’s political climate, immigrant families, Muslim residents, and other communities of color face increased surveillance and growing threats to their safety and well-being.

 
Join PolicyLink and our partners on January 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PT (2:30 p.m. ET) for a | Read more >

All-In Cities Update: December 12, 2016

All-In Cities Update: December 12, 2016

12 Dec 2016 | PolicyLink

In the aftermath of November 8, it is clearer than ever that cities and the counties and metropolitan regions in which they are situated are the crucibles where an inclusive American economy and democracy can and must be forged. From Atlanta to Indianapolis, cities across the | Read more >

Our Response: Resistance!

Our Response: Resistance!

14 Nov 2016 | PolicyLink

After a moment of reflection, we are comforted by the strength, resilience, and unconquerable nature of the equity movement. We are also clear on our next steps. Our purpose —  just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full | Read more >

Six Ways to Vote for Equitable Growth and Shared Prosperity

Six Ways to Vote for Equitable Growth and Shared Prosperity

27 Oct 2016 | Abbie Langston
California Ballot Guide 2016

California Ballot Guide 2016

10 Oct 2016 | PolicyLink

In the upcoming general election on November 8, 2016, California faces an unprecedented number of propositions. Many of these propositions will have direct equity impacts on the state's low-income communities and communities of color. To help inform your decision making, PolicyLink | Read more >

Staff News from PolicyLink

Staff News from PolicyLink

04 Oct 2016 | Angela Glover Blackwell

"A movement is not a flash of light — it is a flame, a torch passed from one generation to the next and every so often we are blessed with moments where the smolder transforms to blaze again and we’re forced to race down the path of progress."

These words by poet Mayda del Valle | Read more >

September National Equity Atlas Update

September National Equity Atlas Update

27 Sep 2016 | PolicyLink

The Atlas is announcing the beta version of a new feature that highlights the equity movement on-the-ground:
 
Preview neighborhood-level mapping added to the Atlas
Today, we released the beta version of new interactive neighborhood-level mapping on the Atlas. These new maps allow | Read more >

 New Report Sets Equitable Development Agenda for Pittsburgh

New Report Sets Equitable Development Agenda for Pittsburgh

16 Sep 2016 | PolicyLink

Pittsburgh is a city on the rise, yet too many residents remain cut off from opportunity by poverty, structural racism, and discrimination. Local leaders must implement a targeted, intentional strategy for equitable development to ensure all can thrive in the new Pittsburgh. | Read more >

Oakland’s Displacement Crisis: As Told by the Numbers

Oakland’s Displacement Crisis: As Told by the Numbers

02 Sep 2016 | PolicyLink
Oakland stands at the center of a perfect storm. The city and surrounding Bay Area region are experiencing extraordinary economic growth, but housing production is not keeping pace with the escalated demands, nor is sufficient housing affordable to many existing residents and the | Read more >
Free Our Dreams: California's Youth Gather for Advocacy Day

Free Our Dreams: California's Youth Gather for Advocacy Day

08 Aug 2016 |

 

Across California, young people of color are courageously leading the charge to protect basic dignity, justice, and fundamental rights for themselves, their families, and their communities. From the Black Lives Matter to the Dreamer movement, from school board meetings to | Read more >

Justice in Policing

Justice in Policing

15 Jul 2016 |

Communities across the country that have lived for too long under the weight of discriminatory policing and mass incarceration are calling for a transformation of our policing and criminal justice systems. They are making it clear that it is time for policies to first and foremost | Read more >

Two More Black Deaths

07 Jul 2016 |
Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
 
Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
 
Two more names in two more cities—two more Black men shot to death by local policemen.  Their senseless killings leave two more groups of loved ones, families, and friends | Read more >
Mildred Thompson Retiring from PolicyLink

Mildred Thompson Retiring from PolicyLink

28 Jun 2016 | PolicyLink

After 17 years at PolicyLink Mildred Thompson, Senior Director and Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, will retire on July 29.
 
Over the course of her exemplary career, Mildred has been a nurse, social worker, educator, consultant, and executive leader | Read more >

PolicyLink and FSG Launch New Fellowship for Health Equity Leaders

PolicyLink and FSG Launch New Fellowship for Health Equity Leaders

27 Jun 2016 | Mildred Thompson, Dalila Butler, and Jennifer Splansky

For too long, our nation has attempted to improve health by focusing primarily on the health-care system. To truly achieve health equity, where everyone — regardless of race, neighborhood, or financial status — has the opportunity for health, we must also consider the broader | Read more >

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

24 Jun 2016 | Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued a “tied” ruling in the United States v. Texas, No. 15-674, affirming the lower court’s decision to block President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration.  We are deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s inability to issue a | Read more >
Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and the GSA Network Stand With Orlando

Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and the GSA Network Stand With Orlando

14 Jun 2016 | Geoffrey Winder, Co-Executive Director, GSA Network and Rosa Aqeel, Associate Director, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

An Open Letter to the LGBTQIA Community:

Over the weekend, an act of hate took the lives of nearly 50 people, and injured just as many at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Today, our prayers and thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones, those who were | Read more >

School Climate Matters!  Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Members Redefine School Success and Accountability

School Climate Matters! Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Members Redefine School Success and Accountability

31 May 2016 | By Luis Sanchez, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Education Policy Workgroup, Chairman

 

When California’s new accountability system takes effect in the fall of 2017, parents and students will be able to see how their school or district is preparing students academically but also whether it is creating a fair and conducive learning environment for all its students. | Read more >

Protect Hire NOLA

Protect Hire NOLA

16 May 2016 |

This past October, the City of New Orleans passed a local hiring ordinance, Hire NOLA, that would help connect local workers to career-track jobs, by requiring contractors on city projects to make a “good faith effort” to ensure that 30 percent of work-hours go to Orleans Parish | Read more >

National Equity Atlas: April Update

National Equity Atlas: April Update

03 May 2016 | PolicyLink

Dear Equity Atlas users,

Since we launched the Atlas in October 2014, we have wanted to include data that better describes the incredible diversity within broad racial/ethnic groups and challenges the “model minority” myth that impedes action and progress toward racial equity and | Read more >

A Majority Minority Middle Class

30 Mar 2016 |

In this podcast, Angela Glover Blackwell discusses why racial equity is an important component for America's middle class.

Blackwell joins Toni Johnson in a conversation about the steps needed in order to advance social and economic equality in the United States. Highlighting the | Read more >

Reclaiming America’s History of Public Investment

Reclaiming America’s History of Public Investment

24 Mar 2016 |

Government spending — a perennial topic for political debate in the United States — has become an even more polarizing issue in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential campaign as both parties grapple with how to boost the economy and address widening income inequality. While | Read more >

Grand Rapids Company Unlocks the Potential of Former Inmates

Grand Rapids Company Unlocks the Potential of Former Inmates

21 Mar 2016 |
Seven years ago, Jahaun McKinley could not have imagined his life today — a thriving career, a place in his community as a mentor and role model to at-risk youth. That’s because as of 2009, McKinley had spent more than half his lifetime — 19 years — in prison. Now he’s part of a | Read more >
A Hearing for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland

A Hearing for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland

16 Mar 2016 | Lewis Brown

Today, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick B. Garland to be the 113th justice of the United States Supreme Court.  By all accounts, Mr. Garland is an outstanding candidate.  He had a stellar career as a lawyer, both in the public and private sectors, and serves as the Chief | Read more >

Youth Take the Lead in Foodie Business Programs

Youth Take the Lead in Foodie Business Programs

10 Mar 2016 | Alexis Stephens

At Whole Foods Markets and farmers’ markets in the Detroit metropolitan area, you can purchase a box of Mitten Bites, the yummy no-bake granola treats dreamed up by Hassan Amaleki and a group of his former high school classmates. These all-natural snacks come in two delectable | Read more >

Oakland Army Base Is a Model for Equitable Development

Oakland Army Base Is a Model for Equitable Development

25 Feb 2016 | America's Tomorrow

Nearly three years ago developers, unions, community leaders, and government officials in Oakland, California, came together to make sure the city’s biggest construction project in decades would create jobs and apprenticeships for residents who need them most. By every measure, the | Read more >

Angela Glover Blackwell Keynote for GBPI's 2016 Policy Conference

Angela Glover Blackwell Keynote for GBPI's 2016 Policy Conference

15 Jan 2016 |

 

GBPI’s 2016 policy conference, “Charting a Path: Ensuring Economic Opportunity for Georgia’s Families,” spotlighted ways to bring everyone along as the state emerges from its economic doldrums. PolicyLink CEO Angela Glover Blackwell was the headline speaker for the annual January | Read more >

Stewart Kwoh on Expanding Equity in Public Universities

Stewart Kwoh on Expanding Equity in Public Universities

07 Jan 2016 | Fran Smith

America’s Tomorrow presents Equity Speaks, an interview series with leaders from activism, academia, and policy aiming to inspire advocates for all-in cities and an equitable, thriving U.S. economy.

Public colleges and universities across the country have been struggling for years | Read more >

Tracking the Ripple Effects of LA’s Good Food Purchasing Program

Tracking the Ripple Effects of LA’s Good Food Purchasing Program

07 Jan 2016 | Alexis Stephens

In 2012, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) — the largest school district in the nation — shifted its food purchasing processes to promote equitable food systems, healthy eating, and the local economy. This shift was made possible by The Good Food Purchasing Program | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: The Moment

Summit Snapshot: The Moment

04 Jan 2016 | Fred Blackwell, CEO, The San Francisco Foundation

A reflection on the PolicyLink Equity Summit, which took place in Los Angeles, Oct. 2015.

As I sit here among 3,000 people, I cannot help but think this is the moment. I look out and see the faces, young and old, new and familiar. I cannot help but think this is the moment.

The | Read more >

Equity Speaks: A Podcast Series

31 Dec 2015 |

Equity Speaks explores the role of racial and social equity in policy, politics, and pop culture through in-depth conversations with movement trailblazers.

A Conversation with Rick Lowe - Artist, Social Sculptor, and 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow

Their conversation delves into | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Transforming School Discipline and Boosting Achievement

Summit Snapshot: Transforming School Discipline and Boosting Achievement

01 Dec 2015 | Dara Baldwin, Senior Public Policy Analyst, National Disability Rights Network, Washington, DC

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

Dara Baldwin, Senior | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: A Student’s Perspective on the Black Lives Matter Forum

Summit Snapshot: A Student’s Perspective on the Black Lives Matter Forum

30 Nov 2015 | Malcolm Davis, student, Berea Community High School, Berea, Kentucky

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

Malcolm Davis, student, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: “Connecting Boys and Men of Color to 21st Century Jobs”

Summit Snapshot: “Connecting Boys and Men of Color to 21st Century Jobs”

23 Nov 2015 | Fatemeh Adlparvar, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, New York

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

Fatemeh Adlparvar, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Equity Data Tools for Change

Summit Snapshot: Equity Data Tools for Change

20 Nov 2015 | Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Education Policy Fellow, Connecticut Voices for Children

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Cultivating an Economic Revival in America’s Legacy Cities

Summit Snapshot: Cultivating an Economic Revival in America’s Legacy Cities

19 Nov 2015 | Beth McConnell, Policy Director, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

By Beth McConnell, Policy | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Transportation Equity as a 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

Summit Snapshot: Transportation Equity as a 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

17 Nov 2015 | Jennifer West, GreenTRIP Policy Analyst, TransForm – Oakland, California

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

By Jennifer West, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Data-Driven Policy Advocacy around Race and Place

Summit Snapshot: Data-Driven Policy Advocacy around Race and Place

16 Nov 2015 | Tara Marlowe, Fellow, Equity and Opportunity Studies, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

By Tara Marlowe, Fellow, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Advancing Equity through Infrastructure

Summit Snapshot: Advancing Equity through Infrastructure

13 Nov 2015 | Keisha Trent, Transportation Program Specialist, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, D.C.

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

By Keisha Trent, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Implicit Bias and the Work Ahead

Summit Snapshot: Implicit Bias and the Work Ahead

12 Nov 2015 | Steven Fischbach, Rhode Island Legal Services

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

By Steven Fischbach, | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: A Housing Framework for Health, Investment, and Renewal

Summit Snapshot: A Housing Framework for Health, Investment, and Renewal

11 Nov 2015 | Katrice Cheaton, Community Advocate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

By Katrice Cheaton, | Read more >

Talk Poverty

Talk Poverty

10 Nov 2015 |


In this Talk Poverty podcast, Center for American Progress’s Tracey Ross interviews PolicyLink President and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell and two Equity Summit 2015 speakers — Dixon Slingerland of Youth Policy Institute and Alderman Antonio French of St. Louis — on the goals of the | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Sustaining Community Change Beyond the Pilot

Summit Snapshot: Sustaining Community Change Beyond the Pilot

09 Nov 2015 | Kendra Bridges, Durham, North Carolina

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

This is our moment.

Poet | Read more >

Support Healthy Food Financing Initiative

Support Healthy Food Financing Initiative

05 Nov 2015 |

With almost 29 million Americans without access to healthy foods, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) is desperately needed to bring jobs and investment and improve health in low-income urban and rural communities.

Since 2011, over $169 million has been awarded through the | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: Race, Place, and Datasets: Harnessing Disaggregated Data for Policy Wins

Summit Snapshot: Race, Place, and Datasets: Harnessing Disaggregated Data for Policy Wins

05 Nov 2015 | Suelyn Knight, Project Manager – Black Experience Project, Environics Institute for Survey Research in Toronto, Canada

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

As a project manager | Read more >

Summit Snapshot: The Future of Equity in Place, Race, and Economy

Summit Snapshot: The Future of Equity in Place, Race, and Economy

05 Nov 2015 | By Jeff T., Oakland, California

Over the next few weeks, Equity Blog will feature a dozen first-person accounts of Equity Summit 2015. Each guest blog post will focus in on a particular session, plenary, or workshop — offering readers insight into and reflection on the Summit experience.

“Place matters and | Read more >

Equity Summit 2015—Exploring Race, Place, and Economy in Los Angeles

Equity Summit 2015—Exploring Race, Place, and Economy in Los Angeles

08 Oct 2015 | Jesus Flores, PolicyLink Intern

The countdown for the Equity Summit 2015 is coming to a close. With more than 200 speakers and presenters from across the country, this year’s Summit will not only offer unprecedented insight into local, regional, and national issues — it will give attendees a unique viewpoint on | Read more >

Health Equity As a Critical Civil Rights Issue

Health Equity As a Critical Civil Rights Issue

29 Sep 2015 |

Background

Decades of racially discriminatory policies have marginalized people of color in every way, including in areas of housing, transportation, education, employment, and health. In spite of civil rights laws passed 50 years ago—people of color still face barriers on nearly | Read more >

Incorporating Arts and Culture into Community Development Work

Incorporating Arts and Culture into Community Development Work

31 Aug 2015 | PolicyLink

Arts and culture are essential for building community, supporting development, nurturing health and well-being, and contributing to economic opportunity. As such, they are critical to achieving communities of opportunity driven by equity:  just and fair inclusion where all can | Read more >

Transportation Advocates from Across U.S. Gather for Equity Convening

Transportation Advocates from Across U.S. Gather for Equity Convening

28 Jul 2015 | Julie Faust, The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Early this July, six local transportation organizations from across the country  gathered in D.C. for the Transportation Equity Caucus (TEC) first national equity convening — a two-day event of trainings, story-sharing, strategizing, and Hill visits with key transportation | Read more >

No Place for Kids

No Place for Kids

22 Jul 2015 | Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundation

(Cross-posted from TEDx Talks)

"Tonight, more than 60,000 of America’s young people will be locked in a cell within a couple of feet of a toilet. Some will be forced to remain in isolation, often for many days, at the discretion of a correctional officer with little to no training | Read more >

Tell Your State Senator: Tax Fairness Is an Equity Priority

Tell Your State Senator: Tax Fairness Is an Equity Priority

20 Jul 2015 | California Equity Quarterly

Making our tax system fair should be a top priority for people who care about shaping an equitable California — where revenue comes from can impact equity just as much as where we choose to invest it. And at a time when California is searching for new revenue to make up for cuts in | Read more >

On the Ground: PODER

On the Ground: PODER

16 Jul 2015 | California Equity Quarterly

Since 1991, PODER — People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights — has worked to improve the lives of low-income communities and communities of color within San Francisco’s Mission and Excelsior districts, with a particular focus on Latino immigrants. PODER brings | Read more >

Promise Neighborhoods Act Introduced in Congress

Promise Neighborhoods Act Introduced in Congress

07 Jul 2015 | PolicyLink

This June, Congressman Donald M. Payne  Jr. (NJ-10) re-introduced legislation that would provide essential funding and support for Promise Neighborhoods — a highly successful program that seeks to improve outcomes for children in distressed communities by combining high-quality | Read more >

DRIVE Act Falls Short in Meeting Transportation Equity Needs

DRIVE Act Falls Short in Meeting Transportation Equity Needs

24 Jun 2015 | PolicyLink

Statement from Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, and Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
 
We appreciate the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ leadership on the urgent issue of transportation | Read more >

Equity in Policing

Equity in Policing

10 Jun 2015 | PolicyLink

From Los Angeles to Staten Island, 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, young leaders | Read more >

We Need Courage to Transform Policing

We Need Courage to Transform Policing

01 Jun 2015 | Guest Blogger: Rosa Aqeel, Legislative Director, PICO California

Guest Author Rosa Aqeel is the Legislative Director for PICO California, the state’s largest faith-based community organizing network, representing half a million families. The post below is excerpted from her testimony at a May 26, 2015 hearing on community safety and police | Read more >

The Movement for Local Food Procurement

The Movement for Local Food Procurement

30 May 2015 |

Food procurement—how and from whom food is purchased—matters when it comes to ensuring the health and well-being for millions of families, workers, and consumers. Local Food Procurement improves access to healthy food for low-income families and communities of color and also | Read more >

Investing in Youth in Baltimore: A Q&A with Councilman Bill Henry

Investing in Youth in Baltimore: A Q&A with Councilman Bill Henry

11 May 2015 | America's Tomorrow

When national media swarmed Baltimore this April to cover the protests and unrest that followed the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody, 4th District City Councilman Bill Henry found himself addressing a packed room of media personnel.  Yet just 19 hours | Read more >

A Loan Fund Committed to Not Just Jobs, But Good Jobs

A Loan Fund Committed to Not Just Jobs, But Good Jobs

01 May 2015 | America's Tomorrow

Good jobs are the bedrock of a thriving community. While millions of new jobs have been added to the economy in the years since the recession, these jobs have not necessarily delivered on the promise of economic recovery for the communities that need it most.

This is the crucial | Read more >

How Promise Neighborhoods are Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

How Promise Neighborhoods are Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

29 Apr 2015 | Henrissa Bassey, Policy Research Assistant, PolicyLink

Youth with disabilities, young people of color, and youth who identify as LGBTQI are disproportionately arrested, detained, and incarcerated. Unfortunately, time spent in a juvenile detention center increases a young person’s risk of truancy, dropout, and risky behavior. When | Read more >

How the Proposed Fair Housing Rule Will Boost the Economy

How the Proposed Fair Housing Rule Will Boost the Economy

27 Mar 2015 | America's Tomorrow

Strong and effective fair housing laws are essential for building prosperity — for people struggling to get by, for local and regional economies that benefit from thriving communities, and for the nation as a whole. That’s why a proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban | Read more >

Sen. Murphy (D-CT) on Why We Need Promise Neighborhoods

Sen. Murphy (D-CT) on Why We Need Promise Neighborhoods

12 Mar 2015 | PolicyLink

In February,  Senator Christopher Murphy along with cosponsors — Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT), Sherrod Brown (OH), Al Franken (MN), and Patty Murray (WA) introduced legislation that, if passed, would ensure continued support and funding for the Promise Neighborhoods program — a | Read more >

Meet Our Four Newest Indicators

Meet Our Four Newest Indicators

10 Mar 2015 | Sarah Treuhaft

The National Equity Atlas is a living resource, and we are thrilled to announce the addition of four new indicators to the site:

  • Wages: $15/hr
  • Income inequality: 95/20 ratio
  • Diversity index
  • Contribution to growth: Immigrants
     

Here is a breakdown of each new indicator: 

Wages: | Read more >

Mapping Police Violence

Mapping Police Violence

06 Mar 2015 |

I'm pleased to share a new resource I've developed in partnership with Ferguson activists: MappingPoliceViolence.org. Using a wealth of data from crowdsourced databases, we've been able to identify at least 302 black people who were killed by police in 2014. Sadly, the majority of | Read more >

Remembering Dori Maynard

Remembering Dori Maynard

25 Feb 2015 | Angela Glover Blackwell

She was her father’s daughter. Or, as she told an assembled audience at Black Male Re-imagined II in March 2013, “a daddy’s girl.”  She spoke those words with such pride that she lit up the stage.
 
Indeed, Dori Maynard was a bright, shining star in the galaxy of leaders committed to | Read more >

Investments in Low-Income Youth Pay Dividends for Us All

Investments in Low-Income Youth Pay Dividends for Us All

12 Feb 2015 | America's Tomorrow
Want proof that policies to help low-income youth succeed are key to a thriving economy? Several recent studies show that increased funding in education and expanding access to health care for vulnerable young people can help them complete more schooling, raise their incomes, and | Read more >
Call to Action:  Tell the Federal Communications Commission We Need Affordable Internet for All Now!

Call to Action: Tell the Federal Communications Commission We Need Affordable Internet for All Now!

20 Jan 2015 | Guest Blogger: Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF)

In the heart of Silicon Valley, parents drive their children to the library nightly so they can get on a computer with Internet access to do their homework.

In New York City, many public housing residents have no high-speed broadband in their homes.

In Florida, migrant families | Read more >

Work Twice as Hard to be Equal

Work Twice as Hard to be Equal

12 Jan 2015 | Guest Blogger: Meizhu Lui

When I was a kid, my Chinese parents used to say to me (as they sat me in front of my homework while my white friends were out playing), “You not White!  You work twice as hard to be equal!”  That just made me roll my eyes at their naïveté.  After all, this was America, the land of | Read more >

New York City Invests in Worker Co-ops — and Equitable Growth

New York City Invests in Worker Co-ops — and Equitable Growth

12 Jan 2015 | America's Tomorrow
Before Yadira Fragoso became a worker-owner at Si Se Puede, a housecleaning cooperative of immigrant women in New York, she earned $6.25 to $10 an hour in various jobs. She had no control over her hours or schedule and sometimes had to bring her children to work.
 
Now she earns | Read more >
Worlds Apart: The Changing Reality of Rural Poverty

Worlds Apart: The Changing Reality of Rural Poverty

09 Jan 2015 | Chris Schildt

How can poor rural communities escape poverty? In her acclaimed 1999 book, Worlds Apart, author Cynthia Duncan examined rural inequity through detailed portraits of communities in Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, and northern New England. In a newly released second edition, she | Read more >

How Our Foundation is Using an Equity Framework—and Equity Data—to Guide Our Investments

How Our Foundation is Using an Equity Framework—and Equity Data—to Guide Our Investments

30 Dec 2014 | Guest Blogger: Cara Matteliano, Vice President, Community Impact at Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

(cross posted from the National Equity Atlas)

For 95 years, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has been committed to realizing its vision of a vibrant, inclusive region with opportunity for all. Our foundation makes the most of its clients’ generosity by bringing together | Read more >

Moving Toward Equity

Moving Toward Equity

18 Dec 2014 | Angela Glover Blackwell

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For most Americans, the Civil Rights movement has been the touchstone for dynamic, passionate, organized protests that inspire the nation to take a hard look at its moral decay | Read more >

Communities and Police Must Collaborate for Change

Communities and Police Must Collaborate for Change

18 Dec 2014 | Jordan Valentine Tucker

In the midst of outrage following the tragic killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and numerous other Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, I’ve been remembering my late grandfather. He served as a Black police officer in Philadelphia for 27 years. | Read more >

Turning Waste into Economic Opportunity

Turning Waste into Economic Opportunity

05 Dec 2014 | America's Tomorrow
Anthony Smith's life turned around when he was 46. After 32 years of being in and out of prison, he found RecycleForce, an Indianapolis-based social enterprise that combines recycling services and workforce development for people returning from prison. "Working here has changed my | Read more >
New Ways of Using Data in Federal Place-Based Initiatives

New Ways of Using Data in Federal Place-Based Initiatives

04 Dec 2014 |

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America's Communities, edited by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, addresses the question, "How can we improve conditions in some of the country's most distressed places?" Its contributors argue that the answers must be | Read more >

Channeling Anger into Action and Policy Change

Channeling Anger into Action and Policy Change

25 Nov 2014 |

The grand jury’s decision last night not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown burns with the pain of loss and the anger of injustice.  Once more, we are told that black and brown lives are disposable, vulnerable to being cut short at any moment without a | Read more >

Who Benefits from the Tax Code?

Who Benefits from the Tax Code?

18 Nov 2014 | PolicyLink

In theory, tax code–based public subsidies should help all families save and invest, but instead, wealthier households receive most of the benefits. In fact, a recent analysis of the largest wealth-building tax subsidies found that the top 1 percent of households received more | Read more >

Midterm Election Round-up

Midterm Election Round-up

06 Nov 2014 | Chris Schildt

Ballots are in, and voters showed overwhelming support for measures to build a more equitable economy this election season.

Here’s the quick round-up of the victories:

  • Minimum wage increases passed in every city and state – including Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Alaska, and | Read more >
Five Ways to Vote for an All-In Economy

Five Ways to Vote for an All-In Economy

03 Nov 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Equity and opportunity are on Election Day ballots around the country, giving millions of Americans the chance to vote for policies to build a just and inclusive economy.

Here are five ways that you can vote to put our cities, states, and the nation on a path to equitable growth | Read more >

Announcing:  The National Equity Atlas

Announcing: The National Equity Atlas

23 Oct 2014 | PolicyLink

We're thrilled to announce the launch of the National Equity Atlas — a unique data tool for those working to transform America's economy into one that is equitable, resilient, and prosperous.

Developed by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California's Program for | Read more >

Community Centered Policing Tools in Practice

Community Centered Policing Tools in Practice

20 Oct 2014 |

A persistent fear of police is nothing new to me or any other black man in America. But there are no words to describe the pain, the fear, and the anger that has gripped me over the past several months.

Much of my work is focused on ensuring young people of color have access to the | Read more >

Growing Equitable Food Systems

Growing Equitable Food Systems

17 Oct 2014 | Angela Glover Blackwell

Next week our country will gather together to celebrate Food Day 2014 and join in the fight for a healthy, equitable food system -- one that supports and protects all Americans, especially those living in low-income communities and communities of color. For many years, these | Read more >

An Equity Profile of Houston-Galveston

An Equity Profile of Houston-Galveston

14 Oct 2014 | PolicyLink

Houston-Galveston is characterized by overall economic strength and resilience, but wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity coupled with declining wages, a shrinking middle class, and rising inequality place the region’s economic success and future at risk.

Our analysis | Read more >

Why "Ban the Box" Matters: Durham's Success Story

Why "Ban the Box" Matters: Durham's Success Story

10 Oct 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Want proof that "ban the box" policies help people with criminal records secure good jobs while helping employers hire good workers? You'll find it in Durham, North Carolina, where government hiring of people with records has increased dramatically since the city and county removed | Read more >

AB 2060 Workforce Bill Signed Into Law

AB 2060 Workforce Bill Signed Into Law

19 Sep 2014 | Erika Rincón Whitcomb

California has one of the largest and most expensive prison systems in the nation and is currently under a federal court order to reduce its prison population. System and community leaders across the state have recognized the urgent need to lower the numbers of current prisoners | Read more >

La Cultura Cura: Cultivating a Movement of Community Health

La Cultura Cura: Cultivating a Movement of Community Health

12 Sep 2014 | Guest Blogger: Juan Gomez, Senior Policy and Strategy Analyst, MILPA

Earlier this year, Salinas grappled with the death of four community members killed by the police. In East Salinas, residents are healing from these tragic events by demanding respect and equity and lifting themselves up by their “Rootstraps,” part of La Cultura Cura.

La Cultura | Read more >

Why Equity Advocates Should Care About the Fed

Why Equity Advocates Should Care About the Fed

11 Sep 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Kendra Brooks from Philadelphia joined a determined band of grassroots advocates who traveled to a secluded mountain resort in Wyoming in late August to deliver two messages to the nation's chief banking officials.

First, include the voices of workers and low-income communities in | Read more >

Battle for the Net

Battle for the Net

10 Sep 2014 | Glenda Johnson

What if when you woke up today and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we | Read more >

Investing Cap-and-Trade Revenue in California Communities

Investing Cap-and-Trade Revenue in California Communities

05 Sep 2014 | Jonathan Malagon

Equity leaders across the state are preparing for an opportunity to allot greater benefits from cap-and-trade revenues for investment in California’s disadvantaged communities. These revenues, generated by quarterly auctions held by the Air Resources Board, are deposited into the | Read more >

CALIFORNIA: Youth Leaders Thrive at the Capitol

CALIFORNIA: Youth Leaders Thrive at the Capitol

02 Sep 2014 | Anand Subramanian

In early August, close to 300 young leaders of color and allies from communities across California traveled to Sacramento and met privately with nearly 100 legislators, representatives from Governor Jerry Brown’s office, and high-level administrators, such as State Superintendent | Read more >

Advice to Mayors: Use Clusters to Shape Inclusive Economic Growth Plans

Advice to Mayors: Use Clusters to Shape Inclusive Economic Growth Plans

25 Aug 2014 | Guest Blogger — Kim Zeuli, senior vice president and director of the research and advisory practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

 

Developing an inclusive economic growth strategy should be an important goal for all city leaders given the rise in urban income inequality. At a recent roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., hosted by JPMorgan Chase & Co., ICIC joined a prominent group of discussants that | Read more >

Can Light Rail Be an Engine of Opportunity? The Twin Cities Story

Can Light Rail Be an Engine of Opportunity? The Twin Cities Story

20 Aug 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Transportation projects should connect communities to opportunity, but too often new roads and rail lines have isolated low-income people and devastated the economic prospects of neighborhoods of color. That's why diverse communities in the Twin Cities fought tenaciously to make | Read more >

Statement on the Status of Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

Statement on the Status of Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

19 Aug 2014 | PolicyLink

Since October 2013, over 60,000 unaccompanied children—many not even 12 years old—have crossed the border to reach the United States in a desperate attempt to escape drug-related violence, poverty, and abuse in Central America. These young boys and girls are fleeing their countries | Read more >

S&P Report Argues that Inequality Hurts the Economy, but the Media Is only Picking Up Part of the Story

S&P Report Argues that Inequality Hurts the Economy, but the Media Is only Picking Up Part of the Story

13 Aug 2014 | Heather McCulloch, PolicyLink Consultant & Manager of the Asset Funders Network/Tax Policy Project

In case you, missed it…

The recent report by Standard and Poor’s (S&P), How Income Inequality is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth, is finally bringing the business community into a conversation about the adverse effects of rising inequality on our economy. The report argued that the | Read more >

In New York City, Reinventing Trade School for the Digital Age

In New York City, Reinventing Trade School for the Digital Age

08 Aug 2014 | America's Tomorrow
Picture a room full of 28 New Yorkers, women and men, diverse in race and ethnicity, with two things in common. They're all scraping by financially. And nobody is a geek or a math wiz.
 
But together, they embarked on an intensive 22-week training program in computer programming. | Read more >
Low-Wage Workers Need Predictable Schedules and Minimum Hours

Low-Wage Workers Need Predictable Schedules and Minimum Hours

29 Jul 2014 |

Unpredictable and unstable work schedules are painfully disruptive to many part-time and full-time hourly worker’s lives and budgets. Without knowing when and for how long they will be working, hourly workers struggle to meet family and economic responsibilities. In some cases, | Read more >

Take Action to Advance Equity in California

Take Action to Advance Equity in California

18 Jul 2014 | Anand Subramanian

Last year, California advanced a significant number of policies that advance equity-the idea that investing in low-income communities and communities of color is essential to achieving a healthy and prosperous state.

Those bills successfully passed due to the determined advocacy of | Read more >

Building a Worker-Owned Innovation Economy

Building a Worker-Owned Innovation Economy

11 Jul 2014 | Chris Schildt

Tucked between the steep mountains and rugged coast of northern Spain, a vast network of worker-owned businesses is producing everything from electric cars to advanced robotics. It's also inspiring equitable growth strategies in low-income neighborhoods in the United States, from | Read more >

Promoting College Readiness: Smart Investments in Our Future

Promoting College Readiness: Smart Investments in Our Future

27 Jun 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Education has long been the most common route to economic success, and it's more important than ever. Sixty percent of jobs require post-secondary education and training, up from 28 percent 40 years ago. Youth of color, the fastest-growing segment of our young population, must be | Read more >

Reflection on A Gathering of Leaders 2014

Reflection on A Gathering of Leaders 2014

25 Jun 2014 | Ricky Hurtado, Institute for Black Male Achievement Intern, PolicyLink

As I picked up my registration packet at this year’s "A Gathering of Leaders" conference in Oakland, CA, I couldn’t help but laugh when I glanced down at my name tag.  “Ricky Hurtado, Institute for Black Male Achievement Intern, PolicyLink” it read.  It felt a little strange to be | Read more >

Incubating Good-Food Businesses in Detroit

Incubating Good-Food Businesses in Detroit

13 Jun 2014 | America's Tomorrow
April Anderson starts baking at three o'clock in the morning, 5 days a week — and at one o'clock on Saturdays. At seven o'clock, she loads breakfast loaves, organic cookies, and vegan cupcakes into her van and delivers them to her new shop, Good Cakes and Bakes, in the historic | Read more >
On the Ground in Los Angeles: CDTech

On the Ground in Los Angeles: CDTech

06 Jun 2014 | Anand Subramanian

The name “South-Central” once evoked images of Los Angeles neighborhoods riddled with crime and gang violence — images largely found in biased, one-dimensional media coverage. It was a stigmatizing label that ignored the region’s diverse, vibrant neighborhoods.

Today, South Los | Read more >

Are Latinos Really Turning White?

Are Latinos Really Turning White?

29 May 2014 | Manuel Pastor (Professor of Society and American Studies, University of Southern California)

The following post originally appeared in Huffington Post

Writing for The New York Times, Nate Cohn recently reported that more Hispanics are identifying as white. The piece -- which even includes a cute graphic in which a (presumably Latino) man steps from one square to another, | Read more >

Tomato Workers in Florida Remake an Industry

Tomato Workers in Florida Remake an Industry

26 May 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Jon Esformes, one of the largest tomato producers in the nation, is a vocal champion for a worker-led campaign to remake his industry and create good jobs for some of the most vulnerable people in America. Why? Because raising the floor for farmworkers will help grow his business | Read more >

As California Heals, So Should the Nation

As California Heals, So Should the Nation

20 May 2014 |

Our future prosperity depends on all of our young people having a fair chance to succeed. But too many of our boys and young men of color (primarily African American, Latino, Native American, and Southeast Asian) disproportionately experience failing schools, disconnected | Read more >

Senate Bill Falls Short of Equitable Transportation Agenda

Senate Bill Falls Short of Equitable Transportation Agenda

19 May 2014 | Melissa Wells

Last week the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, a $257 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. The legislation sets policy that shapes federal investment in our nation’s highways, bridges, streets, roads, | Read more >

Let's Connect to Opportunity

Let's Connect to Opportunity

16 May 2014 | Angela Glover Blackwell

Cross-posted on Huffington Post

Transportation is an essential ingredient for building healthier communities. That's why an equitable and well-functioning transportation system that works for everyone is so important.

Transportation is one of a few basic elements we all need in our | Read more >

Summary and Analysis of the GROW AMERICA Act

Summary and Analysis of the GROW AMERICA Act

12 May 2014 | Anita Cozart

Summary of the legislation
The Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act (or GROW AMERICA Act) is a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. | Read more >

Coding for Equity: Connecting Young People of Color to Tech Careers

Coding for Equity: Connecting Young People of Color to Tech Careers

09 May 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Playing video games and surfing the web — that's about all Rebecca Taylor could do with technology a year ago. Today, the ninth grader from Oakland, California, is writing code, building websites, and planning a career as a software developer.

She learned these skills and | Read more >

Re-entering and Revitalizing New York's Economy

Re-entering and Revitalizing New York's Economy

02 May 2014 | Chris Schildt

Jason Hargrove has hired more than 25 formerly incarcerated people to work in IHOP restaurants he oversees in New York State. Now he is on the front lines of the nation’s first governor-led campaign to persuade more employers to put people with records to work.

Launched by New York | Read more >

For Your Toolbox: The Economic Case for Equity

For Your Toolbox: The Economic Case for Equity

28 Apr 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Give your campaigns a boost with two new tools from PolicyLink on how to make the economic case for equity: A new Alliance for Justice blog post from Angela Glover Blackwell on the four reasons why equity is essential for our economy, and a recent webinar on how to tell a | Read more >

One Nation, Underemployed

One Nation, Underemployed

21 Apr 2014 | America's Tomorrow

Nearly one out of five black and Latino workers are underemployed, according to the National Urban League’s recently released 2014 State of Black America. The report’s equality index shows very slight overall improvements from last year, with a slight decline in economic equality. Read more >

Six Tax Reforms to Increase Economic Security for All

Six Tax Reforms to Increase Economic Security for All

15 Apr 2014 | America's Tomorrow

This story is adapted from an article written by Heather McCulloch, Manager of the Tax Policy Project of the Asset Funders Network. Read more about the organization’s work.

Ivan and Sandra Silva of South San Francisco paid off debts and bought government bonds with a $6,000 federal | Read more >

TIGER Grants Represent Opportunity for Equity Leaders

TIGER Grants Represent Opportunity for Equity Leaders

14 Apr 2014 |

Transportation has the ability to enhance access to life’s critical resources— jobs, schools, grocery stores, and healthcare. Access to transportation infrastructure and services, and the quality of such services are not created equally, however. These differences are vividly | Read more >

Letter About Michael Dunn Trial

Letter About Michael Dunn Trial

25 Feb 2014 |

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell joined dozens of equity advocates in an open letter to Florida Prosecutor Angela Corey and the wider legal community about the trial of Michael Dunn on charges of killing unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis (pictured here). Dunn | Read more >

Spring Will Not Be Silent in North Carolina

Spring Will Not Be Silent in North Carolina

08 Feb 2014 |

“While [Rachel] Carson knew that one book could not alter the dynamic of the capitalist system, an environmental movement grew from her challenge, led by a public that demanded that science and government be held accountable.  Carson remains an example of what one committed | Read more >

Transportation Equity Back on Track

Transportation Equity Back on Track

31 Jan 2014 | Anita Cozart

This month, as we commemorate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I noted with pride that Dr. King lifted up transportation as an economic and social equity issue. He wrote, in an essay titled “A Testament of Hope”:

“Urban transit systems in most American cities, | Read more >

Year of Action for Building Family Financial Security

Year of Action for Building Family Financial Security

30 Jan 2014 | Solana Rice

The State of the Union address gave a glimpse into how the Obama administration is tackling income inequality in this country. While it’s a strong base to build from, we must acknowledge growing wealth inequalities, and pivot to action. Increasing the minimum wage and expanding the | Read more >

Bill conference report authorizes $125 million for HFFI

Bill conference report authorizes $125 million for HFFI

29 Jan 2014 |

Exciting news for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) – Congress released its joint Senate and House conference report on the Farm Bill late yesterday. It authorizes $125 million for HFFI and would, for the first time, officially establish the initiative at the U.S. | Read more >

Out of Many, One

Out of Many, One

10 Dec 2013 | Anita Cozart

On a recent Sunday morning, I rode the bus to attend a service at my church. I sat next to a woman in her seventies—about 40 years my senior—also making her way to church. She and I have gotten to know each other over a few years of riding that route. During our Sunday bus rides, | Read more >

Moving from Zero Tolerance to Restorative

Moving from Zero Tolerance to Restorative

09 Dec 2013 |

As described in the New York Times last week (“Seeing the Toll, Schools Revise Zero Tolerance”), Broward County should be commended for recognizing that zero tolerance actions can backfire. Los Angeles Unified School District acknowledged the failure of these punitive policies in | Read more >

Bay Area Equity Collaborative Honors Kalima Rose

Bay Area Equity Collaborative Honors Kalima Rose

26 Nov 2013 | Jennifer Pinto

Kalima Rose, PolicyLink Senior Director, was honored for her foresight in advocating for equity to be included as part of the Sustainable Communities Initiative process. “That advocacy convinced the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make equity a part of the | Read more >

Celebrating Two Powerful Anniversaries with Action

Celebrating Two Powerful Anniversaries with Action

18 Oct 2013 | Marc Philpart

Originally posted on The Institute for Black Male Achievement blog.

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Million Man March and the 45th anniversary of the Black Power Salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City—two landmark moments in our nation’s history where the | Read more >

How to Build on the Work of Dr. King

How to Build on the Work of Dr. King

28 Aug 2013 | Angela Glover Blackwell

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today, it’s clear that the nation has made great strides to advance equality, but our society remains inequitable. Continuing the work of Dr. King and all the others who have sought to build a truly inclusive nation has | Read more >

L.A. Community Wins New Rail Stop to Catalyze Local Economy

L.A. Community Wins New Rail Stop to Catalyze Local Economy

11 Jul 2013 | America's Tomorrow

Six years of organizing and advocacy have resulted in victory for a coalition of residents, business owners, and grassroots leaders demanding a light rail stop in Leimert Park Village, the heart of Los Angeles’s African American community. The victory marks a crucial step toward | Read more >

Innovate for Equity

Innovate for Equity

02 Apr 2013 |

This post is a response to a group blogging event organized by Meeting of the Minds and Tumml.

Written by: Josh Kirschenbaum, Chris Schildt, and Amber Washington

Writing from ground zero of the global technology economy in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are in awe of its endless | Read more >

Don't Pull Up The Ladder

Don't Pull Up The Ladder

14 Feb 2013 | Angela Glover Blackwell

by Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink and Mary Kay Henry, president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

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 | Read more >

Six Ways to Build an Equitable Economy in 2013

Six Ways to Build an Equitable Economy in 2013

30 Jan 2013 | Jennifer Pinto

This year, Congress must play a pivotal role in reviving America’s sluggish economy. Prosperity and economic security depend on a growth model that harnesses the talents and skills of all our people – in short, a growth model based on equity. Federal policy can lead the way in | Read more >