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 >
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 >
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink Founder and CEO, spoke to New Hampshire Public Radio about the need for a new equitable economy–not another war on poverty. Five decades after President Lyndon Johnson signed a nearly $950 million anti-poverty bill into law, childhood poverty is | Read more >
President Obama, today, named the first five sites to receive “Promise Zone” designations: Los Angeles, San Antonio, Philadelphia, south-eastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.
The announcement came in a speech in which the president made it clear that Promise Zones | Read more >
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 >
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 >
More and more, communities and policymakers are beginning to recognize that health happens beyond the doctor’s office. It happens where we live, learn, work, and play.
A new tool from the Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention Institute is designed to help community | Read more >
This week President Obama made us proud and gave us hope by signaling, with conviction, that his administration will prioritize fixing the nation’s fundamental flaw: growing inequality.
In a speech full of insight, he embraced the wisdom of knowledgeable economists, the demands of | Read more >
Angela Glover Blackwell in PBS’s Many Rivers to Cross: “Personal Attitudes Don’t Translate Into Change”
“The journey from the slave ship tmany rivers_agbo the White House, from bondage to full equality, has been long and arduous, replete with despair, but full of joy as well,” says Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the end of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The | Read more >
Here’s a simple way to grow an equitable economy and lift 700,000 people out of poverty: pay a decent wage to restaurant servers and other tipped workers. If Congress raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for all workers, tipped workers—all 6 million of them— would see | Read more >
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 >
We’ve been saying for a long time that equity is the superior growth model for our nation–that we don’t just have a moral obligation to lift communities out of poverty and allow everyone the opportunity to succeed, but that doing so will also strengthen our economy.
It seems that | Read more >
Halloween wasn’t the only attention-grabber at the end of October.
The Ford Foundation hosted an amazing event on October 30 on our country’s demographic changes, and the many opportunities that exist in our increasing diversity.
If you weren’t in the room with PolicyLink, the | Read more >
Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, talked economics and GDP on Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio this morning.
Crucial to strengthening our economy as our demographics shift? Equity: just and fair inclusion for all.
“If this country wants to have | Read more >
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 >
No sooner was it announced, than the social media backlash began.
Sunday evening, as Nina Davuluri was crowned the first Miss America of South Asian descent, some people took to Twitter | Read more >
By Mary Kay Henry and Angela Glover Blackwell
Originally posted on the SEIU blog.
Closing racial gaps in income would result in 13 million fewer people living in poverty. Infographic courtesy All-In Nation: An America that Works for All.
Closing racial gaps in income would result in | Read more >