The waiting is over and the result is painful. For a little over a year, the current administration has alluded to plans to address the nation’s infrastructure crisis. The allusions have become real and reveals contempt for people of color, poor and working-class communities, and | Read more >
Across the country, nearly 40 million Americans live in rural and urban neighborhoods where easy access to affordable, high-quality, and healthy food is out of reach. A new bill, introduced by Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Dwight Evans (D-PA), addresses this critical | Read more >
Last night, during the annual State of the Union address, Trump began his speech with strong statements regarding the desire to be one united country — words that contradict his actions. In the last year we have seen DACA revoked, startling race baiting comments after | Read more >
By Lauren Vague Stager, Uplift Workforce Solutions
"We ARE here as a group!" is one of the phrases that stuck out as I sat in the classroom of the Uplift Workforce Solutions training center. In early January 2018, the fifth cohort of the program began. There are 29 | Read more >
Civil Rights, Housing, and Community Development Organizations Call on HUD to Maintain a Critical Fair Housing Tool and Not to Roll Back the Promise of the Fair Housing Act
Washington, DC – 76 national civil rights, faith-based, affordable housing and other organizations have voiced their strong opposition to HUD’s sudden and short-sighted decision to effectively suspend the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation. Nearly 50 years ago, | Read more >
Earlier this week the Trump Administration announced a major shift in policy related to one of the nation’s key safety net components, the Medicaid program. On Thursday, the Administration issued guidance to states which will allow them to compel people to work or train for work | Read more >
By Courtney Hutchision
This hurricane season — one of the most virulent in decades — has made it impossible to ignore the disparate impact that our shifting climate has on low-income communities and communities of color. At the same time, the current administration is attempting to | Read more >
In 2015, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in partnership with PolicyLink, launched Southern Cities for Economic Inclusion, a cohort of seven cities dedicated to advancing economic equity for low-income communities and communities of color. Comprised of city officials and staff, local | Read more >
José Velasquez has lived in Boston for the past 28 years. In April 2006, he and his family moved into a 14-unit apartment building on Meridian Street in East Boston. The landlord didn't maintain the place very well, but Velasquez was able to take care of some of the repairs and | Read more >
As the 10-year anniversary of the subprime mortgage crisis nears, recovery continues to be uneven, with low-income communities and communities of color facing the steepest climb toward economic stability. In Chicago, foreclosures devastated many Black neighborhoods on the South and | Read more >
Turning our backs on young Americans who arrived in this country with family or other adults seeking a better life is morally reprehensible. The Trump Administration’s decision to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program places over 800,000 young people | Read more >
Today, racial inequities are once again at the center of the national political conversation — along with bold, visionary proposals for policies to resolve them. Grassroots responses to police violence have given rise to a movement of leaders, coalitions, and organizations seeking | Read more >
Last week, I had the pleasure of joining the U.S. Conference of Mayors summer meeting in New Orleans to discuss the importance of equity — just and fair inclusion — to their cities’ future. This was also the first meeting of the conference since their president, Mayor Mitch | Read more >
Over the past several days we have watched in disgust as the progeny from our nation’s despicable past terrorized a city, committed murder, and received tacit approval from the highest level of government. White supremacy has found a home in the White House. The President is | Read more >
Public transportation is the lifeblood of cities, enabling residents to get to work, take their children to school, and access vital community resources. Too often, however, transit systems fail to meet the needs of those with disabilities — making it nearly impossible for them to | Read more >
Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility Provides Feedback to the Senate Finance Committee on How to Improve Tax Reform
Narrative Change in a Shifting Political Landscape: The Ambassadors for Health Equity Focus on Building a Culture of Health
Cultural narratives are powerful, often underutilized tools for promoting policy change. Especially in today’s shifting political landscape — where fear, anger, and xenophobia have taken root in the public discourse — the story of who we are and what we value as a nation has never | Read more >
Donan Cosme was only 15 when he found himself in the crosshairs of gang life, facing off against a member of a competing gang, guns raised. More than a decade later, these two men would meet again — not as rivals, but as colleagues and fellow apprentices in Boston’s Sprinkler | Read more >
On June 27, Governor Jerry Brown signed a budget that significantly expands the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a refundable state tax credit that increases the economic security of low-income working families. Effective for the 2017 tax year, low-income workers | Read more >
I once missed a job interview in Watts because the hour and a half I allotted for travel across Los Angeles wasn’t enough for the five buses I needed to get there. After two and a half hours, I turned around, defeated.
That was years ago, but President Trump’s infrastructure | Read more >
The National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced the selection of six additional cities for participation in the organizations’ jointly-supported Equitable Economic Development Fellowship: Austin, Baltimore, Louisville, Nashville, | Read more >
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 >
Sanctuary cities have won protection – for the time being – from President Trump’s threats to pull federal funding from jurisdictions that do not cooperate with his anti-immigrant agenda. In a major victory for sanctuary cities and the advocates who support them, a federal district | Read more >
As the United States moves closer to becoming a majority people-of-color nation, wealth and income inequality and racial economic inequities are not only persisting, they are getting worse. What could these trends mean for our future economic prosperity, and what kind of innovative | Read more >
Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in Fresno County, released on Monday, highlights persistent inequities in income, wealth, health, and opportunity. The profile and accompanying policy brief were developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional | Read more >
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 >
Last November, voters in Kentucky expressed confidence that President Trump could deliver on his promise to revive the coal industry, and he carried the state with 62 percent of votes. But in the heart of Appalachia, there's a strong network of businesses and nonprofits that are | Read more >
Building Communities of Opportunity: How 3 Communities are Implementing HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule
Between 2000 and 2013, the number of people living in high-poverty almost doubled, rising from 7.2 million to 13.8 million. Today, over 14 million people – including over 4 million children – live in communities of concentrated poverty. Nationwide, more than 4000 of these | Read more >
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 >
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 >
When Rick Harris, owner of Ideal Commercial Interiors (ICI), moved to the Twin Cities seven years ago, he struggled to get the private sector contracts that had been his bread-and-butter during his three decades of business in California.
"Coming here was totally different. I kept | Read more >
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 >
Expanding Community-Based Solutions to Heal Trauma
Wednesday, March 22
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST/ 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST
Often, youth of color are punished in the classroom, workplace, penal system, and in community for misunderstood behaviors that are natural responses to trauma. | Read more >
Financial institutions have a long history of failing to meet the needs of low-income communities and communities of color — whether through discriminatory practices that strip wealth from neighborhoods of color or systematic disinvestment that has left too many struggling | Read more >
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 >
<p>The Trump Administration’s revised “travel ban” executive order (a.k.a., the “Muslim ban”) was scheduled to go into effect today. Yesterday and early this morning, federal district courts in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the order’s implementation, on a nationwide | Read more >
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 >
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 >
In Pittsburgh, a wave of baby boomer retirements is expected to leave the region with 80,000 more job openings than workers to fill them over the next decade. At the same time, 32,000 of the region’s workers are long-term | Read more >
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET
The United States is projected to become a majority-people-of-color nation in 2044, but what does population growth look like beyond that year?
Join the National Equity Atlas team for an upcoming webinar: Read more >
The 9th Circuit, affirming the Court's right to review the president's action, refused to reinstate the Administration’s travel ban, thus upholding the nation's commitment to just and fair inclusion, at least for now. Where you come from, where you live, and how—or if—you worship, | Read more >
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 >
As many cities struggle with rising income inequality and unemployment, some urban leaders are looking to businesses as potential sites for social action.
"The question becomes, how can we support and encourage businesses in being good employers and good community members?" said | Read more >
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 >
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 >
Cooperation Jackson’s Kali Akuno on Solidarity, Economic Democracy, and Organizing for the Long Term
By Alexis Stephens
As grassroots groups and community advocates across the country brace for increasingly anti-democratic and authoritarian opposition, organizers in the South bring a wealth of wisdom and experience dealing with such challenges.
America's Tomorrow spoke to Kali | Read more >
On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown revealed his proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which projects a state budget deficit ($1.6 billion) for the first time since 2012. The $179.5 billion proposal maintains the state’s commitment to implementing the Local Control Funding | Read more >
Many of us thought it would be the swearing in of the first woman president that would galvanize women to mobilize, organize, and take action to advance women’s rights. | Read more >
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 >
The inaugural event of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA last year was not your standard ivory-tower affair. “I could have simply invited an economist to come give a lecture, and we’d be done,” said Ananya Roy, the Institute’s founding director. Instead, she invited | Read more >
Conjuring a mental image of Detroit is easy if you've been paying attention to some of the comeback stories that have been streaming out of the city: it is the Rust Belt's chrome mecca coming back from the brink, with daring restauranteurs and visionary start-ups injecting new life | Read more >
USDA Releases Notice Inviting Applications for the Position of National Fund Manager for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative
Earlier this week the Under Secretary for Rural Development, Lisa Mensah, announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications from Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) for the position of National Fund Manager for the federal | Read more >
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE
Civil and Human Rights Organizations Oppose Confirmation of Jeff Sessions
On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promote and protect the civil and | Read more >
Secure Retirement for All Californians: An Interview with State Senator Kevin de León on the Nation’s Largest Retirement Savings Program Since the New Deal
Thanks to nearly a decade of advocacy and research, and to the inspiring leadership of California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León — the kind of leader the nation needs — California has taken another step forward by making portable, auto-enrolled, individual retirement | Read more >
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 >
Forty-eight-year-old Treva Thompson won’t be voting on Election Day. It’s not that she’s turned off by the choice of candidates. It’s that she can’t.
She owes around $8,000 in fines and | Read more >
Hillary Clinton will not be the first world leader to recognize that women face unique battles at work and at home. But if she is elected, she will be the first American president who's able to speak to those issues from personal | Read more >
As America’s cities face the challenges of inequality, structural racism, and displacement, local governments must take bold steps to put in place a new model of equitable growth. One imperative is to transform underinvested neighborhoods into “communities of opportunity” that | Read more >
With the eyes of the nation glued to the presidential race, it’s easy to overlook important ballot measures across the country to build an equitable economy and inclusive democracy. These measures give millions of Americans a chance to choose policies and investments that | Read more >
Isabel Barrios, a program officer at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, recently facilitated a conversation with young people in New Orleans in which they were asked what health and public safety mean to them. They responded by saying things like: "It means not hearing gunshots | Read more >
Fueling an Equitable Labor Movement: A Conversation with Jobs With Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta
Named one of Bill Moyers's "19 Young Activists Changing America," Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs With Justice, is a driving force for economic and social justice within today's labor movement. Drawn to the labor movement as a student activist at Mount Holyoke College, | Read more >
The City of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments are spearheading a major effort to forge a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable.
This model is based around a central, unifying framework — p4: People, Planet, Place, and Performance | Read more >
"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 >
When Steven Czifra became a student at UC Berkeley in 2012, he struggled with feeling like an imposter. As a kid he started skipping school in fourth grade; at 12 he was incarcerated for the first time, and was serving a 10-year sentence by the age of 14. He remained behind bars | Read more >
As America’s cities experience a comeback, city leaders need to implement bold strategies to ensure no one is left behind or displaced. All should have the opportunity to contribute to building new urban economies that are equitable, sustainable, and prosperous. Through | Read more >
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 >
Investing in Second Chances for Formerly Incarcerated People: An Interview with Department of Justice Fellow Daryl Atkinson
Sixteen years ago, Daryl Atkinson was like many of the 600,000 Americans leaving prison each year — excited to return home, but worried about the welcome he might receive as a formerly incarcerated person. Though his family refused to define him solely by his past mistakes and | Read more >
Economic growth is often seen as an antidote to poverty (e.g. rising tides lift all boats)—but increasing inequality in regions across the country underscores the fact that the benefits of growth are often narrowly shared.
In | Read more >
Siphoning Off the Safety Net: How Social Services Agencies are Squeezing Revenue from the Poor and Vulnerable People They’re Meant to Serve
Revenue schemes that target the poor are not confined to a few jurisdictions or to the justice system. Rather, as Daniel Hatcher documents in his important new book, The Poverty Industry, states and municipalities | Read more >
In the face of massive displacement pressures—the byproduct of the Bay Area’s white-hot tech economy—a powerful community-labor coalition secured a significant victory for Oakland renters last month. On July 19, in a dramatic city council session that lasted well into the early | Read more >
"Robust, democratically controlled community-based organizations have the capacity to drive development locally," said Greg Sawtell, a leadership organizer at Baltimore's United Workers. The human rights organization is gearing up for a month-long exhibition of the community's | Read more >
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 >
As all eyes turn to the presidential election, many transportation equity advocates are setting their sights on more local battles, where city and county ballot measures are offering key opportunities to invest in more equitable transportation systems.
Though both Hillary Clinton | Read more >
Using the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey to Understand Neighborhood Equity and Unify Cross-Sector Partners
Twenty-eight percent of adults who identify as non-Hispanic white in Connecticut report that they experience high blood pressure, compared to twenty-two percent of adults who identify as Latino, according to DataHaven’s 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey. This statistic suggests that | Read more >
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 >
“What Do You Need to Employ Rochester’s Low-Income Residents?”: A Conversation with Mayor Lovely Warren
“We do not want to neglect or ignore our underserved population,” said Gwendolyn Tillotson, deputy director of the Department of Economic Development in Houston, Texas. “Rather, Mayor Sylvester Turner and his new administration have made it very clear that it is important for us to | Read more >
States and localities spend $50 billion to $80 billion on tax breaks and incentives each year in the name of economic development. Historically, these traditional economic development policies and programs have not benefited all populations, and have in many cases particularly | Read more >
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 >
Supreme Court Rulings Uphold Affirmative Action, Deal Blow to Immigration Reform and Fourth Amendment Rights
Changing the Opportunity Landscape by Networking Youth of Color: An Interview with Brioxy Founder B. Cole
As the first person in her family to go to college, B. Cole quickly discovered that success was determined by more than talent and hard work. It often required navigating the thousands of unspoken rules that govern how to get ahead, like knowing the right scholarship to apply for, | Read more >
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 >
In this recording from the recent Frontiers of Social Innovation conference, Angela Glover Blackwell (PolicyLink Founder and CEO) talks about why, for United States to grow and prosper, policymakers must adopt new approaches | Read more >
"Find Those People and Get Them to the Table": Lessons on Economic Development from Cleveland's Tracey Nichols
Job creation in Rust Belt cities is no easy task. But Cleveland’s director of economic development, Tracey Nichols, has focused on the city’s existing strengths and assets, along with Mayor Frank Jackson and others, rather than solely mourning the loss of manufacturing and | Read more >
When the brick industrial building located at 1647 South Blue Island Avenue was constructed in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood in 1925, it was a truck depot for Fuhrman and Forster, a meatpacking and sausage company. In those days, meatpacking established Chicago as an economic and | Read more >
School Climate Matters! Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Members Redefine School Success and Accountability
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 >
The House Appropriations Committee directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Tuesday to measure how transportation investments will connect all Americans to opportunity and daily essential needs such as jobs, schools, healthcare, food and others – an unprecedented step | Read more >
This week, Republicans in the state Senate are seeking to strike down an innovative policy that could help city leaders connect local residents to career-track jobs on public works projects.
The Senate | Read more >
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 >
From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure and stagnant wages are some of the barriers that are preventing millions of low-income Americans and communities of color from | Read more >
Larry Thomas is an ambitious guy. In hopes of becoming an electrician, he spent two years studying nine hours a day, five days a week, providing electrical repairs for free to gain experience. Recently he’s celebrated his one-year work anniversary at Frischhertz Electric, in New | Read more >
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 >
“This Is a Nationwide Epidemic”: A Frank but Hopeful Conversation with Evicted Author Matthew Desmond
This week, JPMorgan Chase launched a 5-year initiative to drive economic opportunity in disadvantaged neighborhoods across the country. Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) will invest $125 million to support collaborative partnerships and | Read more >
The story of America’s history is often told through the lens of rugged individualism — a nation that prospers because success and wealth are available to all who work hard enough. This narrative, which has found new life in recent election debates, is deeply problematic because it | Read more >
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 >
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 >
Since the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, transportation access and civil rights have been indelibly linked for those seeking equal opportunity for all Americans. Now civil | Read more >
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 >
Just outside of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, a winter arts festival takes place in a pop-up village of ice fishing shanties. In Louisville, Kentucky, an artists’ collective is leading public workshops that blend traditional West African and Appalachian arts with contemporary urban | Read more >
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 >
The dramatic growth of communities of color has laid the foundation for a new progressive American majority with the potential to transform the nation’s politics, policies, and economy, says author, lawyer, and political activist Steve Phillips.
The key is for progressive leaders | Read more >
Transportation, Jobs, and Civil Rights for the 21st Century: An Interview with Faith-Based Leader Ana Garcia-Ashley
For Ana Garcia-Ashley, living out the values of her Catholic faith is about more than helping one's neighbor, or caring for those in need — it’s about dismantling systems of oppression and racism that have left so many Americans cut off from opportunity. As executive director of | Read more >
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 >
It is often said that every budget is a statement of values — a reflection of the hard choices necessary when directing limited resources. President Obama’s 2017 budget, released last week, reflects his commitment to building opportunity for all Americans and his understanding of | Read more >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 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 >
This October, I had the privilege of attending PolicyLink’s Equity Summit, a cross-sectoral national convening of thousands of changemakers and equity stakeholders | Read more >
Congress’ reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) earlier today is both cause for celebration and a call to action for continued advocacy on behalf of the millions of students of color and low-income students facing discrimination, poverty, and other | Read more >
By Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, PolicyLink, excerpted from What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation
In “What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation,” the Federal | Read more >
In September 2010, the nation’s leading civil rights, disability, racial justice, faith-based, housing, and transportation organizations joined together with the common goal of advancing federal transportation policies that promote social and economy equity. Together, these groups | Read more >
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 >
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 >
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.
Tiffany R. Robinson, | Read more >
Fatemeh Adlparvar, | Read more >
From October 27-29, nearly 3,000 dynamic leaders, advocates, and other equity stakeholders from across the nation, coalesced to attend Equity Summit 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, and take on some of the most pressing issues of our time. As soon as I entered the Summit, I instinctively | Read more >
Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, | Read more >
By Beth McConnell, Policy | Read more >
By Santra Denis, | Read more >
By Jennifer West, | Read more >
By Tara Marlowe, Fellow, | Read more >
By Keisha Trent, | Read more >
By Steven Fischbach, | Read more >
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Summit Snapshot: Fighting Gentrification and Displacement in Asian Pacific American Communities in LA
By Linda Tang, The | Read more >
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 >
This is our moment.
Poet | Read more >
Uber recently purchased one of the largest office spaces in downtown Oakland, California, with plans to move 3,000 of its workers there by 2017. For a city facing a housing crisis and rapid displacement of Black families and low-income | Read more >
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 >
As a project manager | Read more >
“Place matters and | Read more >
A Post-Summit Message from Angela Glover Blackwell, President & CEO, PolicyLink
Equity Summit 2015: All in for inclusion, justice, and prosperity closed on Thursday, October 29, exceeding all my expectations. I am deeply grateful for the enthusiasm, expertise, and open hearts that | Read more >
Roberto Luis Rodriguez Rosario with his book, Corazon Libre, Cuerpo Confinado.
By David Bacon
It was a cooperative in Puerto Rico's Guayama prison that changed his life. Growing up, Roberto Luis Rodriguez Rosario was surrounded by violence, and lived most of his pre-teen years in | Read more >
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 >
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 >
Wednesday, September 30 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET)
The National Equity Atlas: New Equity Data for the 100 Largest Cities
As Equity Summit 2015 approaches, America’s Tomorrow will showcase the work of a few of the 100-plus speakers and presenters featured at the Summit — inspiring equity leaders who are using innovative approaches to build an inclusive, thriving economy within their regions.
During | Read more >
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 >
Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath made it impossible for the world to ignore the entrenched racial disparities within New Orleans. Now 10 years and $71 billion in federal recovery resources later, it is incumbent on us to ask: have the recovery efforts made New Orleans a more | Read more >
As Equity Summit 2015 approaches, America’s Tomorrow will showcase the work of a few of the 100-plus speakers, presenters, and performers featured at the Summit — inspiring equity leaders who are using innovative approaches to build an inclusive, thriving economy within their | Read more >
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 >
The eyes of America are on a high-stakes trial in a federal courthouse in North Carolina on voting rights that has important implications for political power and equitable economic opportunity in the nation. The North Carolina NAACP, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the League | Read more >
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 >
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 >
We are witnessing a major demographic shift to a majority people of color nation, likely by the year 2043. At the same time, the technology sector is flourishing and has become a pillar of our economy. Acting now to connect youth of color—the country’s future workforce—to the | Read more >
Since his election in 2014, Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, New Jersey, has been a vocal advocate for equity and inclusion, leading several initiatives to increase access to opportunity for those who are too often locked out and left behind. Two such initiatives are Newark’s municipal | Read more >
Today is an exciting day for equity advocates throughout the nation. In landmark decisions, the Supreme Court voted to uphold critical aspects of two of the most important civil rights laws on the books — the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
In a | Read more >
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 >
Tuesday, June 30 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET)
Fines, Fees, and Financial Insecurity: The Impact of Court Involvement on Low-Income Men of Color and Their Communities
There is a national discussion taking place on the status of low-income boys and men of | Read more >
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 >
Advancements for Housing Equity under Attack – Tell Your Representative to Vote No TODAY on Gosar and Garrett Amendments
As the House votes on the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill this week, two conservative lawmakers are offering harmful amendments that undermine fair housing. Rep. Paul Gosar’s and Rep. Scott Garrett’s amendments to H.R. 2577 would prohibit | Read more >
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 >
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 >
The primary goal of the U.S. tax system is to generate public revenue, but it also supports families to save and invest through tax deductions, credits, exclusions, and other benefits that increase families’ long-term financial security and strengthen the national economy. But the | Read more >
Over the last 10 years, payday lenders have proliferated within low-income communities nationwide, advertising themselves as a quick and easy way to make ends meet. In reality, these loans, with onerous fees and interest rates in excess of 100 percent, cost low-income workers | Read more >
Having been majority people of color for more than a decade, California is uniquely qualified to model how equity — just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential — is necessary for our shared prosperity.
The state has | Read more >
A long-awaited and hard-fought measure to fight housing discrimination, create housing choice, and bring new investments to disadvantaged communities faces an uncertain future under a bill amendment passed this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment prohibits HUD | Read more >
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 >
The ongoing protests against police brutality have shone a spotlight on the fraught relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. While the recent deaths of Black men and women at the hands of police have served to galvanize these protests, they are only the | Read more >
Baltimore, Ferguson, and Black Lives Matter have thrust the nation into a long overdue discussion about race and inequity. We must all work hard to ensure that this moment leads to action and change. Finally correcting America’s long history of racial inequality will require | Read more >
Spring has sprung in Washington, DC and the streets are full of pedestrians and bikers. Seeing the frenzy of activity in the nation’s capital is a strong reminder of how important it is to make active transportation (walking, biking, wheel-chairing) accessible for all. This topic | Read more >
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 >
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 >
The Bay Area is already a majority people-of-color region, and communities of color will continue to drive growth and change into the foreseeable future. The region’s diversity is a tremendous economic asset – if people of color are fully included as workers, entrepreneurs, and | Read more >
There is a national discussion taking place on the status of low-income boys and men of color and PolicyLink has been deeply engaged in this discussion -- lifting up data, tools, and successful program models and polices working in community to improve academic and social supports | Read more >
For those who depend on public transportation, a sudden change in routes can jeopardize their livelihood.
Shelia Williams, a 38-year-old single mother of five, was putting herself through college in Memphis, Tennessee, when the city cut the only bus route that she could take to | Read more >
Summer jobs orientation in Omaha, Nebraska.
Black men have experienced the biggest declines in labor force participation in recent years. Reconnecting them, and boys and men of color more generally, to career paths and good jobs is critical for building a strong workforce and | Read more >
This post was originally published on Huffington Post, and was co-authored with Richard Baron, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCormack Baron Salazar in St. Louis, Missouri.
Fixing a city's outdated sewer system is not normally thought of as a way to fight poverty -- but | Read more >
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 >
A groundbreaking partnership of labor, government, business, and nonprofits in Washington State is reinventing the home care industry to improve wages and opportunities for workers, meet employer demands for new skills, and provide high-quality services to consumers.
Sponsored by a | Read more >
A new Brookings Institution analysis confirms what we are feeling: inequality continues to climb in cities, and large income gains at the top are not lifting up incomes near the bottom. In the face of such inequitable growth, | Read more >
“Are they going to kill me?”
That’s the question a young Black boy asked me one afternoon when I accidentally bumped into him and his grandmother on West Florissant Avenue, in Ferguson, after Michael Brown’s death. He | Read more >
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 >
Last week, the US Department of Transportation initiated a first-of-its-kind experimental program that will allow city and state departments of transportation to set economic and geographic preferences when hiring for local contracts to build roads, bridges, and transit facilities. | Read more >
The record 100-plus inches of snow that has pounded the Boston metropolitan area this winter has brought the city’s ailing public transportation system to the forefront of the public debate as more than a million workers struggled to get to work in the aftermath of repeated | Read more >
Georgia Becomes First Southern State to “Ban the Box” for Criminal Records on Government Job Applications
Advocates in Georgia won a major victory last week in the fight to connect the state’s 3.8 million residents with criminal backgrounds to quality job opportunities.
Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order on February 23 adopting a “Ban the Box” policy that will | Read more >
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 >
Bill to Incorporate Promise Neighborhoods Program into “No Child Left Behind” Introduced in Congress
A strong and vibrant America requires children who are educated, healthy, and ready to enter the workforce.
Last Thursday, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bill to establish the Promise Neighborhoods program within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), | Read more >
PolicyLink Applauds RWJF’s $500M Pledge to Battle Childhood Obesity and Build Healthier Communities for All Children
Last week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced it will commit $500 million over the next 10 years to expand its efforts to ensure that all children in the U.S.—no matter who they are or where they live—can grow up at a healthy weight. Building on a $500 million | Read more >
Equity: just and fair inclusion into a society where all can reach their full potential.
President Obama's $4 trillion proposed budget, which he delivered to Congress this week, includes elements that move the nation closer to achieving equity. In its focus on place-based | Read more >
The Transportation Equity Caucus – a coalition of over 100 organizations dedicated to advancing equitable transit policies, is excited to announce eight new partners. Co-chaired by PolicyLink and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Caucus focuses on charting a | Read more >
"The verdict is clear…expanding opportunity works," President Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday. "This country does best when everyone gets their fair shot."
An equitable economy, where all can reach their full potential, regardless of race, gender, immigration | Read more >
Tax policy was in the spotlight in the final weeks of the 113th Congress as President Obama threatened to veto a $440 billion tax package due to the dearth of benefits for working families. And with the president planning | Read more >
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 >
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 >
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 >
In a recent Rooflines post, Sarah Treuhaft holds up new, reputable data that finds that inequality is not a circumstance of economic success, after all, but that it actually has a dampening effect. Specifically, the widening | Read more >
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 >
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 >
Despite the circumstances leading to confinement, all young people are entitled to a good education, the necessary foundation for improving their lives and contributing to their families, communities, and the nation.
I applaud the Administration’s dedication to implementing the | Read more >
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 >
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 >
Last night President Obama stepped to the podium to make an historic statement. He outlined a plan to address issues created by unprecedented numbers of immigrants and by the absence of comprehensive immigration reform.
For this, he should be applauded. His is a common sense | Read more >
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 >
Where we put transportation investments has such an enormous impact on communities economic and health outcomes.
For example, low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately face conditions that contribute to higher rates of asthma related pollution due to living | Read more >
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 >
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 >
On Tuesday, voters in voters in four states—Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota—will decide whether to raise their states’ minimum wages. In Illinois, voters will also cast their ballots on an advisory measure to raise their state minimum. According to an analysis by Ben | Read more >
The prospect of a more robust and equitable transportation network may be on the horizon in Richmond, Virginia, where local leaders are making plans to invest in the first bus rapid transit service for the region. By leading with equity, Richmond’s bus rapid transit (BRT) can go a | Read more >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Preparing and serving healthy food in a school in Washington, D.C. is more than a job for Howard Thomas. It is his salvation.
In 2007, Thomas was on the streets selling drugs when, after two of his friends were killed, he realized he needed to change his life. He received culinary | Read more >
In the post-recession Bay Area, a new wave of urban development and investment is contributing to profoundly unequal economic growth. In Oakland, rents are skyrocketing (a 31 percent increase over the past three years according to the Oakland Department of Housing and Community | Read more >
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 >
The 2014 Assets Learning Conference featured a session that linked financial security, transportation, and equity. It included discussion of how transportation impacts economic mobility for low-income people and communities of color, a first-of –its-kind conversation for this | Read more >
The Promise Zones Job Creation Act Connects Communities to Equitable Employment Opportunities and Advances Economic Success for All
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 >
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 >
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 >
Open Letter in the Washington Post Urges the Obama Administration to Adopt Strategies to End Police Violence
Early this year, before the summer weather in Ferguson, Mo., turned to a fog of tear gas and a hail of rubber bullets, before the downscale suburb began to share national airtime with Sierra Leone and Iraq, a | Read more >
Over a decade ago—and as a response to past police brutality incidents, racial profiling, and stop-and-frisk practices directly effecting people and communities of color—PolicyLink published various reports focused on community-centered policing strategies for advocates and | Read more >
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 >
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
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 >
(This commentary is cross-posted from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies' website)
An elder’s blessing began the workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities, and it | Read more >
So, What’s Transportation got to do with Economic Opportunity? Join a National Teleconference to Find Out!
During the past several months, campaigns across the country to increase the minimum wage have brought much-needed attention to the economic challenges facing low-income workers. However, there is a barrier related to maintaining full employment which is often hidden in plain sight | Read more >
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell testified before the Joint Economic Committee in the U.S. Congress at a hearing focused on "Increasing Economic Opportunity for African Americans: Local Initiatives that Are Making a Difference."
In her | Read more >
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 >
he federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) is best known as an innovative public-private partnership to improve access to healthy foods in low-income communities and communities of color. But it is also advancing an equitable economy by connecting residents to jobs, | Read more >
America’s increasingly diverse workforce will power a stronger, more equitable new economy—if all workers can access the training they need to participate and contribute. PolicyLink applauds Congress and the President for taking an important step forward by moving past political | Read more >
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 >
A Response to Emily Badger’s Washington Post article: “Why plummeting Millenial homeownership isn’t as alarming as it seems”
- “Attitudes towards homeownership” ARE NOT fundamentally shifting for millenials.
In the U.S., homeownership has been one of the most well-known | Read more >
Last week, New York City became the latest municipality to offer ID-cards for city residents, a move that eases the lives of nearly half a million undocumented residents and could provide a boost to the city’s economy. For many Americans, the ability to provide proof of identity | Read more >
After sixteen years of hard work by anti-hunger advocates, California is finally joining the majority of states who have moved away from the draconian provision in the 1996 Clinton Welfare Reform which placed a lifetime ban on federal food stamp programs for anyone convicted of a | Read more >
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 >
As a longtime advocate for equity, inclusion, and social justice, I've become firmly convinced that to achieve universal goals that benefit all sometimes it's necessary to engage in targeted strategies. My Brother's Keeper, a new effort by the Obama Administration to address the | Read more >
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 >
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 >
Remove Systemic Barriers So Boys and Young Men of Color Can Succeed: President Receives Report from My Brother's Keeper Task Force
Community Trauma-Informed Healing Practices: Legislative Briefing on the Importance of Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences
Renowned medical experts, community advocates, and youth leaders briefed legislators on the effects of adverse childhood experiences on youth and effective trauma-informed healing practices and programs. Pictured above: Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tahira Cunningham | Read more >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 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 >
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 >
Worker cooperatives and other cooperative enterprises can spur neighborhood revitalization and equitable, sustainable growth. That's because they create meaningful jobs and build community wealth while grooming local leaders and inspiring democratic participation. So argues scholar | Read more >
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 >
Happy May Day!
How do we create good jobs and ladders of opportunity for the health aides, domestic workers, and other service employees who rank among the fastest-growing, lowest-paid segments of America’s workforce? And how can these workers — mostly people of color, women, and | Read more >
Statement by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, on Obama Administration Proposal for Surface Transportation Reauthorization
This week the Obama Administration sent its proposal to Congress for a four-year, $302 billion surface transportation reauthorization, called the GROW AMERICA Act. Based on our initial review, we are pleased to see many of the elements of an equitable transportation agenda which we | Read more >
The below was adapted from the testimony of Jesse Esparza (Fathers and Families of San Joaquin) during a hearing of the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in French Camp, California, on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
My name is | Read more >
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 >
The latest boom in cities can mean rising housing prices and the increased risk that low-income communities of color will be pushed or priced out. Causa Justa :: Just Cause released a new report, Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area, that | Read more >
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 >
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 >
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 >
They build the skyscrapers that rise as symbols of urban prosperity. Now construction workers in Texas — most of them young Latino men — are campaigning to reshape their industry to create good jobs for the people who need them most, reverse longstanding inequities for workers, and | Read more >
President Obama’s announcement of My Brother’s Keeper yesterday was an unprecedented national acknowledgement of the obstacles preventing too many boys and young men of color from reaching their full potential. The action agenda put forth, which is being supported by some of the | Read more >
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 >
- There was a “significant improvement” in residents’ | Read more >
“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 >
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 >
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 >
“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 >
The Return of the (100) Interns: Jonathan Malagon, Dedicated to Advocate for Boys and Men of Color in California (Class of ’12)
A culminating journey from the classrooms of East Los Angeles to statewide advocacy
Two weeks ago, hundreds of youth from across the state descended on the state capital to testify before and educate lawmakers about health, education, justice, and employment-oriented issues among | Read more >
The Return of the (100) Interns: Michael Phillips, Communications Intern Turned New York Litigator and Writer (Class of ‘04)
Once a young PolicyLink intern pitching the idea of starting a blog, now a writer for major publications
In the summer of 2004, Michael Phillips stood before the PolicyLink communications team in New York City and pitched a seemingly peculiar idea. A social media and new media | Read more >
The Return of the (100) Interns: David Zisser: A New Orleans Research Project Comes Alive and Inspires a Career (Class of ‘06)
A first-time trip to New Orleans turns into a vibrant career serving the Gulf Coast
When David Zisser joined the Affordable Housing and Equitable Development Toolkit team in the summer of 2006, Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts were nearing their first anniversary. He was tasked | Read more >
The Return of the (100) Interns: Joanna Trotter Brings Smart Planning and Investment to Underserved Chicago Neighborhoods (Class of ‘02)
As a child, Joanna Trotter attended neighborhood block parties and spent time at her mother’s nonprofit café. Little did she know this would be perfect preparation for a career in urban planning.
Currently the director of Place-Based Initiatives at the University of Chicago’s | Read more >
Step 1: Sign the NAACP Petition to tell the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
Step 2: Join the March on Washington on August 28.
This post was written by Jennifer Nguyen
The intern is synonymous with coffee making, endless copy jobs, and stockpiling free food at organizational functions.
At PolicyLink, however, interns directly engage with the organization’s mission of advancing economic and social | Read more >
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 >
We’re thrilled to share a new paper, The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives: Collaborating for Student Success.
Across the United States, communities are thinking differently about how to transform their schools and neighborhoods. There is tremendous excitement | Read more >
Transportation Equity Advocates Applaud Confirmation of Anthony Foxx as U.S. Transportation Secretary
Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, issued the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of | Read more >
Last month, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell had the honor of participating in President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Council produced a report, Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern-Day Slavery, which provides | Read more >
Statement by PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell on President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget
President Obama’s budget proposal contains several important policies that can have an extraordinary impact on low-income communities and people of color and advance equity–just and | Read more >
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 >
Making Connections, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s signature place-based community change initiative, ran from 1999 through 2010 and focused firmly on developing a family-strengthening framework. The effort led to a range of innovations in the field and both started and | Read more >
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 >
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 >