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2014

Why Inequality Is Bad for Economic Growth, U.S. News, March 15, 2014

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and president of Policy Link, made the case for infrastructure generally and broadband in particular as essential to helping people out of poverty.

Will GOPers accept Obama’s budget proposal?, MSNBC Disrupt With Karen Finney, March 9, 2014

Economic columnist Eduardo Porter and PolicyLink’s Angela Glover Blackwell discuss the Earned Income Tax Credit and what it would take to lift low-income Americans into the middle class.”

Payton: My Brother's Keeper could bolster Oakland's boys and men of color, contracostatimes.com, March 9, 2014

PolicyLink was instrumental in the formation of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, a statewide network to improve their life conditions.

Data-driven Tools for Equity and Economic Growth, fora.tv, March 6, 2014

We write this letter out of our deep commitment to racial equity, as well as to the principles of fairness upon which this country was built.

The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America, huffingtonpost.com, March 4, 2014

Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink has calculated that closing the black-white income gap in America would add over a half trillion dollars to the national gross domestic product (GDP) -- more than the entire economic output of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and 43 other states.

An Open Letter to Prosecutor Angela Corey and the Legal Community, raceforward.org, February 2014

We write this letter out of our deep commitment to racial equity, as well as to the principles of fairness upon which this country was built.

ULI conference focuses on healthy real estate, pionline.com, February 21, 2014

Now that green real estate has become widespread, real estate money managers are moving to expand their horizons to healthy properties. Investing in healthy buildings “gives us a competitive advantage,” said Lewis C. Horne, executive managing director for CBRE, in an interview. Mr. Horne spoke on a panel titled “What's the Next Big Idea in Building Healthy Places?” that included Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink.

Equity is the superior growth model – Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink, redf.org, February 20, 2014

Equity is both the antidote to inequality and the means to a future where everyone can participate and prosper. Through an equity lens the strategies needed for all to succeed are clear: jobs that pay decent wages, good education that prepares young people for the future and provides skills for adults who need them, and the removal of racial barriers to economic inclusion and civic participation.

Health equity events set, chieftain.com, February 16, 2014

Online discussion about the strategies to create an all-in economy with Angela Glover Blackwell, Manuel Pastor, Nick Hanauer, Ben Mangan, Mark Gomez, Robert Atkinson, and host Peter Leyden.

Angela Glover Blackwell named Richman Distinguished Fellow, thejustice.org, February 11, 2014

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PolicyLink Angela Glover Blackwell has been named the first Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, according to a Feb. 6 BrandeisNOW press release.

Working Together to Provide Opportunity for All, freenewspos.com, February 8, 2014

Earlier this week, I was proud to participate in a panel discussion moderated by PolicyLink CEO Angela Glover Blackwell to showcase the Administration’s interagency cooperation, and how that cooperation is translating into better partnerships at the state and local level. The panel also featured Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

Blackwell named Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, BrandeisNOW, February 6, 2014

Angela Glover Blackwell, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity, has been appointed as the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis University.

A New Window of Opportunity to Improve Educational Outcomes for African Americans, cby25.blogspot.com, February 6, 2014

In January, President Obama announced the creation of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, building upon the work of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This is a new opportunity to make sure vulnerable young people, especially our young men, get on the policy agenda in a meaningful way.

Black Male Achievement Fueled by The State of the Union, blackstarjournal.org, February 5, 2014

Angela Glover Blackwell, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity, has been appointed as the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis University.

Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty, PolicyLink, February 4, 2014

PolicyLink hosted “Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty.” PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell spoke with the Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about federal place-based programs as an effective means of reducing inequality and lifting communities out of poverty.

Obama places new emphasis on education, thewestsidegazette.com, February 3, 2014

The executive order allows for 25 members. So far, Obama has appointed 15 highly-accomplished professionals from varying areas of expertise to the advisory commission: Angela Glover Blackwell, Barbara T. Bowman, Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Walter G. Bumphus, James P. Comer, Al Dotson, Jr., Akosua Barthwell Evans, Jim Freeman, Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Michael L. Lomax, Bryant T. Marks, Robert K. Ross, Doris A. Smith-Ribner, Ronald A. Williams, and TyKiah R. Wright. A few more appointees are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The commission has not yet convened.

The War On Poverty Starts With The Economy, NPR, January 20, 2014

Five decades on, the official poverty rate has dropped, but childhood poverty is on the rise, as is income inequality. With no victory to declare, is it time for another war on poverty? Our guest is Angela Glover Blackwell. She responded to that question in New York Times’ “Room for Debate” series. She is founder and CEO of Policy Link, a national research and action institute which works to improve access and opportunity for people of color and residents of low-income community.

50 years on, what strides have we made in the war on poverty?, PBS News Hour, January 8, 2014?

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson launched a broad platform to abolish American poverty. Fifty years later, Kwame Holman looks back on the historic legislation, while Jeffrey Brown talks to presidential historian Robert Dallek, Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink and Glenn Hubbard of Columbia University about our progress.

Reinvent Broad Prosperity, Reinventors Network's, January 8, 2014

Online discussion about the strategies to create an all-in economy with Angela Glover Blackwell, Manuel Pastor, Nick Hanauer, Ben Mangan, Mark Gomez, Robert Atkinson, and host Peter Leyden.

Angela Glover Blackwell on Al Jazeera America - U.S. Cable, January 7, 2014

Joining us today to talk about the war on poverty, angela glover blackwell of an organization that helps people of cloer and low income and we appreciate you being with communities

Not a War, an Equitable Economy, New York Times, January 5, 2014

A 300-word piece by Angela for the NYTimes Room for debate series tied to the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s war on poverty and associated legislation.

2013

A coordinated attack on poverty, The Vancouver Sun, December 5, 2013

From cradle to career: Promise Neighborhoods program offers 'big leadership' and 'big dollars'

"Storify" Strategy to Locate New Stakeholders and Strengthen Advocacy, strategic-narrative.net, November 12, 2013

Angela Glover Blackwell understands the power of stories to shape—and even change— outcomes. The founder and CEO of research and action institute, Policy Link, Blackwell’s goal is economic and social equity in the United States.

Beyond GDP: Future growth depends on addressing racial inequity, marketplace.org, November 7, 2013

"When I use the term 'equity,' I mean just and fair inclusion," says Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink. "We have been leaving have been leaving too many people behind. And it's not only hurting them, it's hurting our economy."

The Big Picture, marketplace.org, November 7, 2013

Growth through equity.

A Promising Approach to Asset Building, Huffington Post, November 6, 2013

In the third of this week's series of four blog-eds by the Asset Building Policy Network, Pam Flaherty and Angela Glover Blackwell highlight how asset building can help unlock opportunity in America.

Racial inequality threatens Kansas City economy, kansascity.com, October 28, 2013

Kansas City’s overall economic resilience — historically and since the last recession — has tended to mask the severe education and unemployment problems for the area’s blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.

Creating Communities of Opportunity, Citi Blog, October 7, 2013

Amazing Citi ad about neighborhoods of opportunity.

Survey Explores U.S. Diversity Awareness, Willingness to Target Racial Disparities, diverseeducation.com, October 22, 2013

Angela Glover Blackwell  understands the power of stories to shape—and even change— outcomes. The founder and CEO of research and action institute, PolicyLink, Blackwell’s goal is economic and social equity in the United States.

POLL: White Conservatives Only Group Opposed To Reducing Racial and Ethnic Inequality, thinkprogress.org, October 22, 2013

It is an undeniable fact that the United States is becoming increasingly diverse, rapidly heading toward the day when there will no longer be any clear racial or ethnic majority in the U.S. population.

"California can lead the way on diversity" San Francisco Chronicle, September 26, 2013

The Legislature is taking steps: From a minimum-wage increase to a slate of bills that expand opportunities for boys and men of color, California is embracing the state's rich diversity and laying the groundwork to regain a thriving economy.

"In Our Changing Nation, Who Is Miss America? Huffington Post, September 20, 2013

Why is it that a Miss America who is not white engenders so much angst in the populous?

"Daniella Gibbs Léger discusses "All-In Nation", Bill Press Show (Part 1), July 25, 2013

"Daniella Gibbs Léger discusses "All-In Nation", Bill Press Show (Part 2), July 25, 2013

"Diversity is our greatest asset" Politico, July 25, 2013

The face of America is changing. More than half of all babies in the United States are now of color. By the end of this decade, most youth will be too. Within three decades, more than half of all Americans will be people of color. But even as our country grows more diverse, inequity for people of color continues to grow. The Great Recession caused a huge and disproportionate drop in wealth for people of color. Black family wealth fell 31 percent; Latino family wealth dropped 44 percent, while white families lost only 11 percent of their wealth. As a result, families of color went from having a quarter of the wealth of white families to just one sixth.

"Summers Speech Emphasizes Equal Opportunity" Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2013

Creating equal opportunity for all Americans is critical to ensuring that the U.S. market economy is truly legitimate, Lawrence Summers, a veteran economist who is seen as a leading candidate to be the next chairman off the Federal Reserve board, said Wednesday. Speaking at the Center for American Progress, where he is a distinguished senior fellow, Mr. Summers said the American economy benefits all around when all are treated fairly. He was speaking at an event to release a new book called "All-In Nation: An America that Works for All," and said the ideas in the book "go to the legitimacy of … our market system."

"Americans Are Once Again Divided by Race," National Journal, July 24, 2013

And yet, as the liberal Center for American Progress noted in All-In Nation, a book on America's demographic transformation it released this week, huge racial divergences endure on other fronts—from family wealth and employment to incarceration rates and access to elite colleges. As Lawrence Summers, formerly Obama's top economic adviser, writes, "Even as overt and explicit discrimination has become less common, pernicious racial disparities have persisted. As a result, it continues to be especially hard for people of color to achieve economic security, let alone prosperity." … The CAP report reflects a beneficial generational shift in liberal thinking by downplaying such programs in favor of race-neutral initiatives, such as universal preschool, intended to expand opportunities for all lower-income Americans.

"How Economic And Racial Inequality Holds Back The Entire Economy" ThinkProgress.org, July 24, 2013

America's vast economic and racial inequalities are hampering economic growth. As the country's demographics continue to shift, policymakers will need to address those inequities. According to a new book from the Center for American Progress' Progress 2050 project, All-In Nation, these inequalities kept U.S. gross domestic product $1.2 trillion below what it could have been in 2011, and ending them would raise 13 million Americans out of poverty.

"America's Racial Makeup Is Changing, What Does It Mean for You?" Essence, July 24, 2013

It is in this context and environment that today my organization – the Center for American Progress – and PolicyLink released All-In Nation: An America that Works for All; a new book that examines the material consequences of these shifting demographics. In addition to policy chapters, there are some great personal essays by the likes of author of The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander, actress America Ferrera, and president of the Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman. The book makes the case that in order to take advantage of our growing diversity; we must prevent existing inequalities from widening, aim to close them entirely, and recognize how increasing diversity should be understood as an economic opportunity to be fully embraced.

"House Republican: "Shame on the Media" for Reminding People That Steve King Exists" Slate.com, July 24, 2013

Every month, the Heritage Foundation gathers a strike force of House Republicans for an hourlong public meeting—"Conversations With Conservatives." For the last few months, inevitably, a reporter has asked Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador to talk about immigration reform. He mentions a few dealbreakers that the White House might force on Republicans. Lather, rinse, repeat… Across town, at the Center for American Progress, Sen. Bob Menendez was telling liberals about the possibilities for immigration reform. "The journey will be ugly," he said, "as represented by Congressman King's comments. I can't believe comments like that are made in this century."

"CAP Pushes the Success of Latinos and Minorities with New Book" La Plaza, July 24, 2013

The Center for American Progress and PolicyLink released today "All-In Nation: An America that Works for All," a new book that highlights the national conversation about demographic change, racial inequity and the economic benefits of ensuring the success of communities of color today.

"All-In Nation Una América que funcione para todos 24 de julio del 2013," Latism Blog, July 24, 2013

La Oficina del Censo de los EE.UU. hace la proyección que antes del año 2043, los individuos de color comprenderán la mayoría de la población en nuestra nación. A pesar de esto, hoy en día, las comunidades que están creciendo más rápidamente se quedan detrás en varios indicadores económicos y sociales, y no están siendo posicionadas para alcanzar su máximo potencial. Cuáles son las implicaciones para nuestra economía a medida que estas poblaciones crecen? Qué se necesita hacer para asegurar oportunidades para todos? Y cómo ponemos en marcha un dialogo a nivel nacional sobre el imperativo económico de cerrar la brecha racial por el bien de nuestro futuro colectivo?

"From the Bookshelves: Blueprint for an 'All-In Nation'," ImmigrationProf Blog, July 24, 2013

Today the Center for American Progress and PolicyLink released the new book All-In Nation, which lays the groundwork for federal policies that would create a more equitable economy and a more equitable nation. The book examines the impact of the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of America, and lays out a progressive policy agenda in key areas: infrastructure; jobs and the economy; health care and healthy communities; education and workforce development; immigration; criminal justice; and democratic participation.

"Assessing Racial Equality and Justice in 2013 America" Think Progress, July 24, 2013

Today, CAP released a detailed, beautifully-produced report on creating an "All-In Nation," meaning a country whose future economy will be unriven by structural racial inequality. Why is this perennial challenge particularly critical now? Because America's demographics are rapidly, inevitably changing, and the less white America becomes, the more actue the problem of economic racial inequality becomes.

"Why America Can't Put Off Tackling Racial Inequality" KQED Radio, July 19, 2013

In the week since the verdict was announced in the Trayvon Martin murder case, many African-Americans have expressed fear, sorrow and anger about the state of racial justice in the U.S. The verdict has focused national attention on issues of race, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. We'll discuss the state of racial equality and justice in 2013, and what civil rights battles lie ahead.

"What's At Stake," KTVU (San Francisco), June 7, 2013

KTVU reporter, Corey Cook, reports on the Urban Renewal panel, of the African American Caucus in Denver, during the DNC. In his report, Cook states that, "In a couple of days I'll post something about the significance of that organizing experience in electoral terms. In policy terms, those of us who care about cities (and I would hope that regardless of ideology, that's most of us living in the Bay Area) might uncover a substantial between the candidates and their commitment to cities as socially and economically vibrant places. That someone as thoughtful and progressive and forward-thinking as Angela Blackwell might have a voice in a presidential administration suggests a real difference between the parties."

"Let's Not Settle for Less," Huffington Post, June 6, 2013

Efforts to increase access to fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed foods like the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and coordinated community supports to improve educational outcomes, like Promise Neighborhoods, are effective in low-income communities that are predominantly African American, Latino, White, Asian-American, or mixed.

"Angela Glover Blackwell Speaks On Poverty," uwba.org, June 4, 2013

United Way of the Bay Area's Women's Leadership Council and the American Constitution Society featured Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO and founder of PolicyLink, at a lunch at Reed Smith in San Francisco. Blackwell, who is a nationally-renowned expert on poverty, race, and equity, spoke to a rapt audience about the current realities of poverty in America and the critical importance of "lifting up what works" by searching for and developing successful community-level innovation strategies.

"Food for Thought," Huffington Post, May 21, 2013

Both houses voted across party lines for a program that stands to make a huge difference in the health of people across the country. The House and Senate Agriculture Committees voted to include the creation of a Healthy Food Financing Initiative(HFFI) in their farm bill mark-ups.They hear and understand that HFFI makes it possible to provide access to healthy foods in communities that have long gone without.

"Restoring Latinos' Trust In Police," denverpost.com, May 17, 2013

A report released this week by the University of Illinois at Chicago and PolicyLink should make all of us who are concerned about crime take notice.

"Immigration Enforcement Consequence: Latinos Fear The Police," politic365.com, May 9, 2013

A new study by Lake Research Partners, PolicyLink and the University of Illinois, Chicago shows that police involvement in immigration enforcement is making Latinos reluctant to contact the police. The survey of 2,004 Latinos residing in Cook (Chicago), Harris (Houston), Los Angeles, and Maricopa (Phoenix) counties revealed that police involvement in immigration enforcement has heightened fears of law enforcement and has made them less likely to report a crime.

"Latinos Now Less Likely To Report Crimes To Police," Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2013

Many Latinos say they are less likely than before to report crimes because local police are increasingly involved in enforcing immigration laws, leading to a sharp increase in deportations, according to a new study.

"Groups want discipline reform in Fresno Unified Expulsions, suspensions called costly, inequitable," Fresno Bee, March 7, 2013

Rubén Lizardo, deputy director for PolicyLink, addressed students, parents, and community organizations about harsh student-discipline policies and why they need to be reformed during a 100 people gathered at The Grand located in downtown Fresno

Study shows wealth gap between whites and African-Americans tripled in 25 years," The Raw Story, February 27, 2013

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, is mentioned in regard to her role in the recent racial wealth gap webinar that highlighted the IASP report, The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap.

"Heller study finds public policy widens wealth gap: Same gain in income produces far greater wealth for whites than blacks," BrandeisNOW, February 27, 2010

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink,comments on the racial wealth gap.

"Closing the Achievement Gap for African-American Males: An Economic Imperative," PhilanTopic, February 26, 2013

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO for PolicyLink, blogs on PhilanTopic about why it is imperative that funders and leaders around the country come together now to support efforts to address systemic inequities and close the educational attainment gap.

"Don't Pull Up the Ladder," Huffington Post, February 20, 2013

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO for PolicyLink; and Mary Kay Henry, President for SEIU, respond to President Obama's State of the Union address.

believe it is imperative that funders and leaders around the country come together now to support similar efforts to address systemic inequities and close the educational attainment gap. Nothing less than our future is at stake. - See more at: http://pndblog.typepad.com/pndblog/2013/02/closing-the-achievement-gap-for-african-american-males.html#sthash.9b8hFxKq.dpuf

"Equity is the Antidote to Inequality" - Bill Moyer's Group Think, February 8, 2013

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO for PolicyLink, tells Group Think readers about what she would like to hear President Obama say during his SOTU address. 

"Up Front" - KPFA, February 7, 2013

Interview with Sandre Swanson on Boys and Men of Color

"Northwest Arkansas Plans Begin for Healthy Initiatives in Northwest Arkansas,"KUAF, NPR, February 1, 2013

Erin Hagan, Senior Associate for PolicyLink, discusses the Convergence Partnership's recent recipients of the 2012-2015 Innovation Fund grants where 13 foundations were awarded a total of $1.85 million for their innovative solutions to building healthy, equitable communities. These grants will support new or expanded local and regional work focused on policy and environmental change in access to healthy food and improving the built environment.

"How Will Obama Address Economy, Equality, and Partisanship" - PBS Newshour, January 22, 2013

Watch PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell on PBS NewsHour discussing President Obama's inaugural address and what his remarks mean for equity advocates. 

2012

New PublicHealth Q&A - rwjf.org, November 20, 2012

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute whose goal is to advance economic and social equity, participated in the APHA president's panel on the topic, where a key part of the discussion focused on the language used to discuss health disparities in the United States.

Can You See It Now? - Huffington Post, November 12, 2012

Election night chatter was all about race. Pundits and commentators on all the major networks, from ABC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox were marveling that President Obama had once again lost the majority of the white vote and still won the election.

America's Tomorrow: Race, Place, and the Equity Agenda - whatworksforamerica.org, September 2012

The quintessential promise of America is that through hard work, anyone born poor can succeed. The antipoverty movement grew out of recognition that this is a pipe dream for millions of people of color who are disproportionately saddled with failing schools, unemployment, poor health, and underinvested communities.

For Prosperity Economics to Work We Must Leverage America's Growing Diversity as an Asset - Huffington Post, August 8, 2012

To build a prosperity economy, leaders in the public and private sector must recognize our demographic moment, embrace diversity as an economic asset, and prepare today's diverse workforce—and tomorrow's—for the jobs of the future

How America's Losing The War On Poverty - NPR, August 8, 2012

It's estimated that the percentage of Americans living in poverty will increase to 15.7 percent this year, the highest in 50 years.

Olympic Inequalities - Huffington Post, August 2, 2012

Research has shown that people of color and particularly lower-income communities have fewer opportunities for physical activity.

Why Our Vision of America's Future Must Count People of Color's Needs - Colorlines, July, 2012

With one sentence, Blackwell flipped the discussion by naming an assumption and putting out an alternative.

Resurrecting Detroit - Sojourners, June, 2012

Angela Glover-Blackwell believes in Detroit's future, and she has a vision for how to get there. Failure is not an option. 

Closing the Racial and Generational Divides - POLITICO, May, 29, 2012

Angela Glover-Blackwell and Manuel Pastor talk about how investing in America's future will help with closing the racial and generational divides in this country.

America Reaches Historic Shift Point - San Valley Chronicle, May 18, 2012

Angela Glover-Blackwell is quoted in this article which includes PolicyLink Map of America's Tomorrow. The reporter continues the conversation on the browning of America. 

California Drinking Water: Rural Towns Devise Unique Plan To Solve Problems - Huffington Post, May 14, 2012

PolicyLink is quoted in this article which lifts up the unincorporated and rural communities in Tulare County's efforts to advocate for clean drinking water.

Day Two at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit, April 17, 2012

The day started out with an opening keynote from Anita Hairston, a transportation policy expert with PolicyLink, a research organization that advocates for economic and social equity.

Bill Moyers and Angela Glover Blackwell discuss 'Occupy,' race and the American Dream, April 14, 2012

The latest episode of Moyers & Company featured an interesting discussion between Moyers and activist Angela Glover Blackwell.

"A kid with Skittles," The Portland Daily Sun, April 17, 2012

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, the excellent Bill Moyers hosted political activist Angela Glover Blackwell on his weekly interview show.

My Word: A's aren't the only ones who need to play Moneyball

Michael McAfee, director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, calls for a making smart investments in the overlooked people whose talents are key to the success of our country.

CEO Focuses Agenda on American Inequality, NewsOne, February 21, 2012

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell, honored as Game Changer: everyday people who make life better for the people around them.

Poverty and Politics: How Strong is Safety Net for Poor Americans?, Feb 2, 2012

Jeffrey Brown explores the role of poverty this election year with PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell, Lawrence Mead of NYU, and Barbara Perry of the University of Virginia.

"The Occupy Effect," The Nation, January 26, 2012

Sarah Treuhaft, Associate Director, mentioned in this piece on income inequality and how Occupy Wall Street has changed the national conversation.

"Oakland hearing focuses on boys and men of color," San Francisco Chronicle, January 21, 2012

The Assembly Select Committee hearing on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, held Friday, January 20 in Oakland, is highlighted in this piece.

Other related coverage:

"This week in poverty: an American commitment to children?" The Nation, January 20, 2012

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is mentioned in this piece about eradicating poverty in America.

"The people's stadium, but what's in it for the people?" The Downtown Journal, January 18, 2012

PolicyLink is mentioned in this piece co-written by HIRE Minnesota's Avi Viswanathan about the importance of equitably investing in infrastructure and public transit projects that benefit everyone.

"Real Talk Q&A: How we can transform a food desert into an oasis," TheLoop21, January 17, 2012

PolicyLink Deputy Director Mary Lee talks strategies and solutions for expanding healthy food access in traditionally underserved areas.

"Turning the food desert into an oasis," Texas Observer, January 17, 2012

PolicyLink is mentioned in this piece highlighting healthy food access challenges in Texas.

"Invitation to a dialogue: moving up in America," New York Times, January 11, 2012

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell penned this Letter-to-the-Editor about the disproportionately stalled mobility experienced by low-income people and communities of color in America.

Other related coverage:

"The future of Black politics," Boston Review, January 13, 2012

PolicyLink is mentioned in this piece about the current state of Black politics in America.

"Report maps out how new transit can benefit disadvantaged communities," Streetsblog, January 10, 2012

The new report "Healthy Corridor for All," released this month by PolicyLink, ISAIAH, and Take Action Minnesota, is highlighted in this piece about the Central Corridor Light Rail project in Minnesota.

Other related coverage:

"Monday newsmaker: Elizabeth Toledo working to improve health education," The Desert Sun," January 3, 2012

PolicyLink is mentioned in this piece about local efforts in California's Coachella Valley to build healthier communities for children and families in the region.

"Downtown 2025 plan must include job equity," Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 22, 2011

PolicyLink is mentioned in this op-ed by HIRE's Avi Viswanathan on why equity is so important in economic and infrastructure growth

"Grass-roots efforts aim to pull people out of poverty," USA Today, December 22, 2011

Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink Director Michael McAfee is quoted in this piece about the federal Promise Neighborhoods Initiative, and its efforts to eradicate child poverty in America.

Other related coverage:

"Biking, walking and blogging: Equity Summit 2011," Twin Cities Daily Planet, December 18, 2011

PolicyLink is mentioned in this piece reflecting on Equity Summit 2011, which took place last month in Detroit, Michigan.

"Viewpoints: can we get back to the idea of one California?" Sacramento Bee, December 17, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is quoted in this editorial about income inequality in California and the rest of America.

"America's Tomorrow: an investment we can't postpone," Huffington Post, December 12, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell responds to President Obama's speech on the economy, and the importance of making equity the superior growth model for the nation.

2011 

"Too Fat to Fight," Huffington Post, December 7, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is mentioned in this piece about curbing America's childhood obesity epidemic.

"Telling a new story about disparities," Twin Cities Daily Planet, December 4, 2011

PolicyLink is mentioned in this piece about addressing racial disparities in employment and opportunity for low-income people and communities of color in the Twin Cities' region.

"Expanding Age Gap Between Whites and Minorities May Increase U.S. Racial Divide," BlackNews.com, November 17, 2011

Momentum is building toward creating a network of connected, convenient public transportation options throughout Michigan. Success will mean a huge and sustained injection of vitality to businesses, downtowns and hundreds of thousands of residents for whom alternatives to personal vehicle ownership are limited.

"America 2050: ready or not!," St. Louis American, November 16, 2011

Momentum is building toward creating a network of connected, convenient public transportation options throughout Michigan. Success will mean a huge and sustained injection of vitality to businesses, downtowns and hundreds of thousands of residents for whom alternatives to personal vehicle ownership are limited.

"Guest commentary: Public transportation can be life-changer for region," The Detroit Free Press, November 9, 2011

Momentum is building toward creating a network of connected, convenient public transportation options throughout Michigan. Success will mean a huge and sustained injection of vitality to businesses, downtowns and hundreds of thousands of residents for whom alternatives to personal vehicle ownership are limited.

"Angela Glover Blackwell PolicyLink Equity Summit 2011," WDET-FM "The Craig Fahle Show" (Detroit's NPR station), November 8, 2011

Angela Glover Blackwell joins Craig to talk about the upcoming "Equity Summit 2011: Healthy Communities, Strong Regions, A Prosperous America", which takes place at the Detroit Renaissance Center, November 8th through 11th.

"Who believes in the American dream?," Salon.com, November 9, 2011

The right says we can't afford it, but progressives have a chance to save the country.

Other related coverage:


"Policy Summit to Address Urban Economic Equality," The Root, November 6, 2011

Equality Summit 2011, the fourth in a series of national summits by PolicyLink, a national institute dedicated to advancing social and economic equality.

"Inspiring Words Out of the 2011 Equity Summit in Detroit," MIT Co-lab Radio, November 10, 2011

Amy Stitely is blogging from the Equity Summit, an annual meeting that brings together those working to advance a truly inclusive American policy agenda.

"The Equity Summit 2011," New America Foundation Blog, Novmeber 10, 2011

"Equitable Growth: PolicyLink's Economic Vision," PolicyShop, November 8, 2011

PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California illustrate America's growing racial and generational divide with a new interactive map based on new census data by race and age.

"Angela Glover Blackwell: 'Equity is the superior growth model'," OK Policy Blog, August 26, 2011

This blog post was excerpted from remarks by Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, during the opening session of PolicyLink's 2011 Equity Summit in Detroit, Michigan. The speech presented a new framework for creating an equitable economy. Click here for a new report from PolicyLink looking at how demographic changes and deepening inequality demand an urgent re-imagining of our economy.

"Fred Blackwell Speaks On Blacks Being Left Out of Urban Development," TheLoop21, August 24, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Fred Blackwell, executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA) for the second video installment of the new PolicyLink multimedia series "America's Tomorrow." In the video they discuss the decline of African American populations in major U.S. cities, and what it means for the nation's future.

"Transportation Policy Bias Hurts Rural Residents," Bangor Daily News, August 24, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses transportation civil rights, and the importanceof equitable transportation policies that expand transit access for underserved rural, urban, surburban and tribalcommunities.

"Pedestrian Death Numbers Put Oklahoma City at No. 22," NewsOK.com, August 22, 2011

PolicyLink is mentioned in this piece on the new Transportation for America report "Dangerous by Design," which focuses on "solving the epidemic of preventable pedestrian deaths."

"Obesity: What You Eat and Where You Live Matters," Lansing State Journal, August 22, 2011

PolicyLink Director of the Center for Health and Place Mildred Thompson talks about the relationship between healthy food and healthy communities, and how increased grocery store access in underserved neighborhoods can help influence healthier eating habits and curb obesity.

HUD Awards Grant to Oakland to Create a Better Community," SF Chronicle, August 18, 2011

PolicyLink is highlighted here as one of eight organizations to receive the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities award to continue its work on building safer, stronger communities of opportunity.

"St. Bernard Parish Discrimination Allegations on Trial," Nola.com, August 17, 2011

PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity Director Kalima Rose delivers federal testimony on the ongoing need for affordable housing post-Katrina in this article about alleged discriminatory housing practices in New Orleans' St. Bernard Parish.

"Innovative Policies Are Essential to Save Men At Risk," Sacramento Bee, August 17, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell and Maria Echaveste, former Deputy Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, penned this joint op-ed on the status of boys and men of color in California and communities across the country.

"Group Demands End to Car-Centric Transportation Policies," Streetsblog, August 15, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is featured in this transportation civil rights piece on expanding transportation options in historically disconnected low-income areas and communities of color.

"Searching for the Right Recipe," HealthyCal.org, August 7, 2011 

PolicyLink President Judith Bell explains that when it comes to healthy eating, where you live largely determines how you live, especially in communities underserved by fresh food retailers.

"On Jobs and Safety Net, Lawmakers Must Focus on Hard-Hit Minorities," CNN.com, August 5, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the debt ceiling agreement reached this week and its potential impact on unemployed Americans, particularly low-income people and communities of color, in this CNN op-ed.

"TheLoop21 on Obama's Equity Agenda with Angela Glover Blackwell," TheLoop21, August 3, 2011 

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about President Obama's investment in equity and bridging the nation's unemployment gap for low-income people and communities of color.

"With Few Healthy Options, Teens Eating More Junk Food," California Watch, July 29, 2011

PolicyLink Associate Director Rebecca Flournoy discusses the California FreshWorks Fund's efforts to expand healthy food access throughout the state in this article about a new UCLA Center for Health Policy Research study, which highlighted how local food environments impact the eating habits of California teens and adolescents.

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"Ignoring the Unemployed at Our Peril," NY Amsterdam News, July 21-27, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell and the new "America's Tomorrow: Equity in a Changing Nation" multimedia series are highlighted in this op-ed about Black unemployment in New York City by David R. Jones, president and CEO of the Community Service Society.

"Why Promise Neighborhoods are Keeping Score," PNI Blog, July 28, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the "Results Score Card for Place-Based Solutions," a new and innovative tool designed to help Promise Neighborhood grantees track, analyze and demonstrate results from their efforts to improve education outcomes for children in poor areas. 

"Minorities Becoming the Majority," American Urban Radio Network, July 26, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the nation's changing demographics as explored in the new PolicyLink multimedia series "America's Tomorrow: Equity in a Changing Nation."

"Angela Glover Blackwell: The Links Between Place and Health," Reporting on Health, July 25, 2011

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is highlighted in this piece on the intersection between race, place and health.

"Growing American Jobs While Slimming Down Obesity," Roll Call, July 20, 2011

Policylink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses how the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative will help improve healthy food access in underserved areas in this joint op-ed with Peter Larkin, President and CEO of the National Grocers Association.

"Eating Right," The Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2011

PolicyLink President Judith Bell pens this letter-to-the-editor explaining how expanded grocery store access in underserved areas has been shown to improve residents' eating habits.

"The Nation's Growing Ethnic-Generational Divide, Illustrated," Southern California Public Radio, July 19, 2011

The third installment of the new PolicyLink multi-media series "America's Tomorrow: Equity in a Changing Nation" is highlighted in this piece, accompanied by an interactive chart illustrating America's growing racial and generational divide.

"Wandering in Food Deserts - Both Rural and Urban," Harvest Public Media, July 15, 2011

PolicyLink President Judith Bell discusses life in a food desert and the importance of expanding healthy food access in underserved areas.

"Is Our Racial Gap Becoming a Generation Gap?" Huffington Post, July 14, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell addresses America's growing racial and generational divide in this op-ed, also featuring an interactive chart illustrating the widening of this gap.

"A Cultural Disconnect," Harvest Public Media, July 8, 2011

PolicyLink Associate Director Rebecca Flournoy is featured in this piece on the intersection between local business, fresh food access, and community health, and the need for inclusive practices and policies that will help improve this access for those living in underserved areas.

"Oakland's Black Flight," KQED Forum, July 7, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the decline of African American populations in Oakland, CA and major cities across the country in this hour-long interview also featuring Urban Habitat President and CEO Allen-Fernandez Smith, and Malo Hutson, assistant professor of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley.

"Obama Administration Keeps Eyes on the Prize," Huffington Post, July 7, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell pens this op-ed commending the Obama Administration's allocation of $30 million for Promise Neighborhood grants.

"Food Deserts Can Bloom - and One State Shows the Way," Florida Times-Union, July 7, 2011

PolicyLink is mentioned in this piece about how the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative can serve as the model for other cities working to expand access to fresh and healthy foods in underserved communities.

"Is Los Angeles Metro Throwing Bus Riders Under the Bus?" Grist Magazine, July 6, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is featured in this article about critical transit cuts underway in Los Angeles and nation-wide, and their disproportionate impact on low-income people and communities of color whose livelihoods are often tied to public transportation access.

"Food Deserts Boast Big Supporters," Environmental Working Group, June 29, 2011

PolicyLink is featured in this blog piece on America's food desert crisis, and how the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative would help expand fresh and healthy food access in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

"PolicyLink Talks Race and Class in a Changing World," San Francisco Chronicle, June 28, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell and Manuel Pastor - director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California - are featured in this video interview discussing race, changing demographics and America's future. The video is the second installment of the new PolicyLink multimedia series "America's Tomorrow: Equity in a Changing Nation."

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"Food Deserts: Fruit of Inequality," Florida Times-Union, June 28, 2011

PolicyLink is featured in this piece on food deserts in low-income areas and communities of color, the impact that this lack of fresh, healthy food access is having on children, and the relationship to childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other nutrition-related health ailments.

"Census Reveals That Minorities are the Majority in the United States," BET News, June 23, 2011

PolicyLink's analysis of the 2010 Census results is referenced in this piece about the unprecedented growth of children of color in America.

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"Supporting Mom-and-Pop Stores in Food Deserts," Grist Magazine, June 13, 2011

PolicyLink, The Reinvestment Fund, and The Food Trust pen this joint op-ed highlighting the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), and the critical role small grocers, farmer's markets, convenience stores, and other local fresh food retailers play in helping to expand healthy food access in underserved communities across the U.S.

"Oakland Forum Debates Cap-and-Trade," The Bay Citizen, June 10, 2011

PolicyLink Senior Associate Chione Flegal presents at an Oakland forum organized by Urban Habitat's Social Equity Caucus to discuss AB 32, California's landmark climate change law.

"Mobile Farmers Market Brings Fresh Produce to Fast-Food Districts," Patch.com, June 9, 2011

PolicyLink's research on healthy food access is featured in this piece on the Fulton County Cooperative Fresh Mobile Farmers' Market in Atlanta, which is helping to improve this access for local residents.

"GOP School Lunch Plan: Less Knowledge, More French Fries," Huffington Post, June 2, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell addresses the GOP-led resistance to proposed federal school lunch regulations, and the need for unified, bi-partisan support in tackling America's childhood obesity crisis.

"America's Tomorrow: Equity in a Changing Nation," Huffington Post, May 27, 2011 

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the changing face of America, and theneed to invest equitably in our nation's future.

"Do You Live in a Food Desert?" Colorlines, May 24, 2011

"The Grocery Gap" - a report by PolicyLink and The Food Trust which looks closely at the disparate access to fresh and healthy food in underserved communities across the U.S.-is featured in this article about USDA's Food Desert Locator, a new tool that "highlights low-income areas where a substantial portion of residents have insufficient access to a supermarket or large grocery store.

"Hitting the 'Opportunity Ceiling'," Huffington Post, May 20, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell comments on the short-sidedness of the "Paul Ryan Budget," and investing in America's tomorrow so that low-income people and people of color - who will become the majority by 2042 - do not get left behind on the path to national recovery.

"The Browning of America," The Daily Beast, May 18, 2011

Andrew Sullivan posts "The Map of America's Tomorrow," a new interactive time-lapse map created by PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), charting the growth among people of color in the U.S. from 1990 to 2040. The map - in less than 24 hours of release - received more than 138,000 views across 139 countries.

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"Transit Access to Jobs Is the Missing Link," Streetsblog Capitol Hill, May 13, 2011

PolicyLink responds to a new report by the Brookings Institution which revealed the stark and enduring obstacles faced by low-income people and communities of color in getting to regional job centers.

"Nearly 1 Million Californians Living in 'Food Deserts,'" California Watch, May 5, 2011

PolicyLink President Judith Bell discusses the importance of data in evaluating America's food desert crisis so that policymakers and legislators can more effectively find solutions to expanding fresh food access in underserved areas.

"The 2011 TIME 100: Geoffrey Canada," TIME Magazine, April 21, 2011

In this piece written by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Harlem Children's Zone President and CEO Geoff Canada is highlighted as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

"Black Population Declines In Washington, D.C., Little Ethiopia Thrives," Huffington Post, April 8, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses latest Census figures showing that while Washington, D.C.'s African American population has been on the decline, the city's African immigrant community continues to grow significantly.

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"Stopping Cuts That 'Knock the Legs Out' From Our Communities," Huffington Post, April 4, 2011

Amidst news of drastic budget cuts recently proposed in the House of Representatives, PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell emphasizes the critical need to protect and support federal programs that help lift up low-income people and communities of color.

"Black Migration," The New York Times, March 30, 2011

In this NYTimes Letter-to-the-Editor, Policylink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell addresses the future of African American leadership in light of newly released 2010 Census results showing the reverse migration of Black Americans from Northern metro areas to the South and Sun Belt.

"Advocating for Equity," St. Louis American, March 17, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is interviewed by St. Louis' largest and oldest African American newspaper about President Obama's 2012 budget proposal and efforts to build stronger, healthier and sustainable communities for low-income people and people of color.

"America's Leading Black Women Advocating Change," TheRoot.com, March 13, 2011 

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is highlighted as one of The Root's 20 Leading Black Women Social Activists alongside Marian Wright Edelman, Majora Carter, Tracie Washington and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins.

"Progressives Call for Stronger Job Creation Agenda," Huffington Post, March 10, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about investing in transportation, infrastructure and other critical areas to help create jobs and re-build our nation's economy at Campaign for America's Future's "Summit on Jobs and America's Future" in Washington, D.C.

"Helping St. Louis See Its Future," St. Louis American, March 10, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is quoted in this editorial by the St. Louis American, the city's oldest and largest African American newspaper, about 2010 Census figures revealing a significant population decline in the region - particularly among communities of color.

"An Interview with PolicyLink's Angela Glover Blackwell," St. Louis Beacon, March 7, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO discusses key initiatives included in President Obama's 2012 budget proposal, the current political environment and the need for urgent, targeted action to address the needs of low-income people and communities of color across America.

"Minorities Still Face Daunting Transportation Issues in U.S.," SaludToday, March 7, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is highlighted in this post for her recent commentary with public radio shows Transportation Nation, The Takeaway and Marketplace on transportation civil rights.

"Is Michelle Obama's Wal-Mart Endorsement a Healthy Idea?" Colorlines, March 4, 2011

PolicyLink Center for Health and Place Director Mildred Thompson discusses the shared responsibility of national leaders, industry and communities in helping underserved families access fresher foods and develop healthier eating habits to combat childhood obesity and other racial health disparities.

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"Transportation Projects Make Budget Sense," Marketplace, February 17, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the need to make critical investments in America's infrastructure and public transit systems that will help connect low-income people and communities of color to opportunity.

"Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality," Transportation Nation, February 12, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is featured in this national radio documentary produced by Transportation Nation discussing the historical and present impact of transportation civil rights on America's communities of color.

"Equal Rights in Public Transportation Still a Battle for Minorities," The Takeaway, February 8, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks with WNYC's Andrea Bernstein about transportation civil rights, a topic explored even further in the upcoming documentary by Transportation Nation "Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality."

"Obama's 'Big' Vision for the State of the Union," TheRoot.com, January 26, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks to The Root about the 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama's call for more investment in our nation's infrastructure and transportation systems, and the need to ensure that low-income people of color are not shut out from these critical investments.

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"First Person: Angela Glover Blackwell," KQED Forum, January 24, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses her dedication to advancing racial, social, and economic equity as part of KQED's "First Person" interview series highlighting Northern California's top leaders, innovators and changemakers.

"Kids Getting Attention in Major New Initiative," South Florida Times, January 20, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell joins Harlem Children's Zone President Geoffrey Canada and Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman to discuss the crisis facing Black youth today, and what must be done to stop the cycle of poverty among America's children of color.

"Black Leaders to Address Poverty Among Black Children," Washington Post, January 17, 2011

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is featured alongside Harlem Children's Zone President Geoffrey Canada, and Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman in this piece highlighting national efforts to reduce poverty among children of color, including the federal Promise Neighborhoods program.

"City Solicits Bids to Run Buses," The Augusta Chronicle, January 17, 2011

PolicyLink Senior Associate for Transportation Anita Hairston discusses the ways in which transit privatization can be helpful - or harmful - to communities, particularly those underserved by quality transportation options.

"Tribute to MLK: Public Transportation as a Civil Right," TheCityFix.com, January 17, 2011

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell's October interview with Grist Magazine is revisited, emphasizing the importance of equitable transportation options for low-income people and communities of color.

 

2010 

"An End to Food Deserts? Healthy Food Initiative Tries to Make it So," Change.org, December 7, 2010

PolicyLink, The Food Trust and The Reinvestment Fund's (TRF) fresh food expansion efforts are highlighted in this piece about the Healthy Food Financing bill introduced on November 30th by a bi-partisan coalition in the House and Senate.

"Rethinking Urban Poverty," Governing Magazine, November 30, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, and what this new cross-agency, cradle-to-career approach means for fighting entrenched poverty in America.

"Letting the Tax Cuts Expire as a Deficit Cut Roadblock," FireDogLake, November 30, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell comments on a new report by the Citizen's Commission on Jobs, Deficits and America's Economic Future analyzing deficit reduction plans proposed by the White House Debt Commission, and the importance of smart investments to help repair our fragile economy.

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"California Endowment Broadens Ambitions and Narrows Scope," LA Times, November 30, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell comments for this profile piece on Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO of the California Endowment, the state's largest healthcare foundation.

"Why We Must Support Child Nutrition," Harlem Talk Radio, November 18, 2010

PolicyLink Senior Director and Deputy Director of the RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity Mildred Thompson talks about why it's so important that Congress work urgently to renew the "Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization" Act.

 "N.Y. Retailers Explore Food Desert Options," Supermarket News, November 15, 2010

"The Grocery Gap," a report by PolicyLink and The Food Trust analyzing the link between food access and health in underserved communities, is highlighted in this piece about efforts of New York-based food retailers to combat local food deserts.

"Are Black Kids a Bigger Target for Fast Food Companies?" The Grio, November 10, 2010

PolicyLink Senior Director and Deputy Director of the RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity Mildred Thompson discusses a recent study by Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity showing that fast food companies disproportionately target Black and Latino children in their advertising. 

"Viewpoints: Community Colleges Need State's Help to Train Work Force of Future," Sacramento Bee, November 5, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell joins Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development for California Community Colleges Jose Millan, and PG&E Director of Work Force Development Van Ton-Quinlivan in calling for greater state investment to help community colleges train the workforce of tomorrow.

"Elections: Democrats Hang on to Senate, Lose House," AOL Black Voices, November 3, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses what the mid-term election results mean for Black and Latino Americans.

"My Word: Tossing Away Our Boys," Oakland Tribune, October 30, 2010

Jeff Lehner of the PolicyLink Boys and Men of Color team writes an op-ed urging us all to invest in our young men and boys of color.

"Angela Glover Blackwell Talks About the Connection Between Transportation and Social Justice," Grist, October 29, 2010

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses transportation as a key 21st century civil rights issue and her meeting with President Obama earlier this month on infrastructure equity.

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"Central Corridor Light Rail: Researchers Watching If It's Changing Residents' Health," MinnPost, October 28, 2010

PolicyLink mentioned for its work on the Twin Cities' "Health Corridor for All" campaign assessing the health and environmental impact of the new Central Corridor light rail project on local communities.

"Angela Glover Blackwell on Equity, Infrastructure, and the President," Streetsblog, October 14, 2010

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks with Streetsblog Capitol Hill about her meeting with President Obama earlier this week to discuss equitable infrastructure investment, and ensuring that low-income people and communities of color are positioned to benefit from these investments.

"Delaware Health: A Store That Stocks Empowerment," The News Journal, October 9, 2010

PolicyLink Associate Director Rebecca Flournoy discusses the PolicyLink Grocery Gap, and local and national fresh food expansion efforts, including the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, and the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).

"Pathways Out of Poverty for Vulnerable Californians," Youth Today, October 5, 2010

Youth Today highlights "Pathways Out of Poverty for Vulnerable Californians," a new PolicyLink report authored by Vice President for Research Victor Rubin and Associate Director Ruben Lizardo, examining the central role of California's community colleges in training and creating more jobs for low-income, undereducated workers in the state.

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"Why We Shouldn't Wait for Superman," Salon, October 7, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the federal Promise Neighborhoods program, and why the urgent educational needs of America's children cannot be solved by one loud voice, one large grant, or one strong leader - not even a superhero.

"Questions and Answers: Angela Glover Blackwell," Los Angeles Wave, October 6, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks to Los Angeles' largest group of community newspapers about the new book Uncommon Common Ground, and the pursuit of racial and social equity in America.

"Would a Walmart Solve West Oakland's and Nashville's Food Problems?" Grist, October 5, 2010

PolicyLink fresh food expansion efforts are highlighted in Grist Magazine's piece on food deserts in West Oakland and Nashville, exploring whether major grocery chains are effective enough in addressing food shortages in low-income neighborhoods.

"Addressing Health Disparities of Boys and Men of Color," PBS, October 4, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell co-authors piece on Tavis Smiley's blog with Robert Phillips, Director of Health and Human Services for The California Endowment, discussing the urgent need to address health disparities for America's boys and men of color. 

"Since Obama's Election, Has Racism Gotten Better or Worse?" Chicago Reporter, September 30, 2010

Megan Cottrell of the Chicago Reporter covers the first week's installment of the "Race and America's Future Virtual Book Club," during which participants were asked to weigh in on the critical question, "Are We Post-Racial Yet?" 

"Progressive Coalition Plans a New March on Washington," Essence, September 29, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks to Essence Magazine Washington Correspondent Cynthia Gordy about why Americans should join in October's "One Nation Working Together" march in D.C.

"A Real Discussion About Race in America," AOL Black Voices, September 29, 2010

Policylink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell interviews with AOL Black Voices about the "Race and America's Future Virtual Book Club," and why a national conversation on race is long overdue.

"Buzzworthy: PolicyLink Talks About the Health Care Law's Updates," The Beehive, September 29, 2010

Policylink President Judith Bell talks with The Beehive, a news outlet of One Economy, to discuss the new provisions from the Affordable Care Act.

"Clarion Call: Violence is a Public Health Emergency," San Francisco Bay View, September 29, 2010

PolicyLink Vice President of Civic Engagement Joe Brooks discusses the link between crime and unemployment for boys and men of color in the United States.

"Forum on Needs of Boys and Men of Color," KQED, September 27, 2010

Policylink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about the health and social needs of boys and men of color, and her involvement as a panelist at September 29th's "Building Healthy Communities Through a Focus on Young Men and Boys of Color," forum in Los Angeles.

"Let's Get Real About Race," Chicago Reporter, September 23, 2010

Megan Cottrell of the Chicago Reporter covers the launch of the "Race and America's Future Virtual Book Club", a six-week online discussion on race and other critical challenges facing our changing nation.

"Promise Neighborhoods Grant Winners Get New Aid," Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 22, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about how the Promise Neighborhoods Institute is helping both grantees and non-grantees of the 2010 Promise Neighborhoods program combat poverty in their communities.

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"Poverty in Black and White (and Latino and Asian)," Huffington Post, September 17, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the racial disparities in new poverty figures released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau, and urges Congress to get serious about who's really being hit first and worst in this recession.

"Cyber Race Dialogue," Black Star News, September 8, 2010

Black Star News, one of New York City's leading African American newspapers, announces the launch of the "Race and America's Future Virtual Book Club," a six-week online discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities facing our changing nation - and what we can do about them. 

"Recognizing the Intersection of Race, Place, and Poverty," Spotlight on Poverty, August 30, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell writes about New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina, the ongoing struggles facing its poor communities of color, and how we must all pay attention to lessons learned in the Gulf.

"Billions In Katrina Recovery Money Still Unspent," Shreveport Times, August 29, 2010

Kalima Rose, Director of the PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity, discusses the ongoing challenges facing the City of New Orleans and its residents five years after Hurricane Katrina.

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"Are We Seeing the Same America?" Huffington Post, August 24, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about the need to address the real economic tragedy unfolding in America today.

"Bill Would Deliver Fresh Food to Poor Areas," The Sacramento Bee, August 24, 2010

PolicyLink President Judith Bell writes op-ed urging state legislators to pass the California Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and expand fresh food access in underserved areas.

"Don't Drop Out of School Innovation," The New York Times, August 19, 2010

Paul Tough, a former staff editor at The New York Times Magazine, and author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, pens Op-Ed urging Congress to fully fund the federal Promise Neighborhoods program.

"How 'Sesame Street' Is Helping Families Eat Better," Newsweek, August 10, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about racial disparities in childhood obesity in Newsweek's story on Sesame Street's new initiative to promote healthier living for low-income families.

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"Michelle Obama Says: Time is Running Out to Reform School Lunch," Change.org, August 4, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell is quoted in Change.org's piece on the Child Nutrition Act, and how essential school lunch programs are to our children's health.

"Improve School Lunches," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 30, 2010

PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell's op-ed discusses the vital role of school lunch programs to our children's health, and urges Congress to take swift action and reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act.

"Promise Neighborhoods Funding at Stake in Congress Tuesday," Youth Today, July 26,2010

Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink mentioned in article by Youth Today regarding efforts to build Congressional support and attain key funding for the federal Promise Neighborhoods program.

"Keep the Promise of Promise Neighborhoods," Huffington Post, July 22, 2010
PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell urges Congress to support the Promise Neighborhoods program and help communities across the U.S. combat poverty in their areas.  

"For Men of Color, Health Problems Are Linked to Place, Not Race," New America Media, July 22, 2010

PolicyLink Vice President of Civic Engagement Joe Brooks talks about the link between health and place in communities of color.

"The Importance of Healthy Communities for Boys of Color," The Madison Times, July 22, 2010
PolicyLink mentioned in editorial written by Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Founder & President Marian Wright Edelman, which discusses the importance of creating healthy environments for boys and young men of color.

"Sherrod's Real Lesson: The Power of Personal Evolution," Huffington Post, July 21, 2010
PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the controversy surrounding former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, and valuing the evolution of our nation's leaders.

"Walking and Biking Key to Reversing U.S. Childhood Obesity Epidemic," The City Fix, July 20, 2010
Blogger Allison Bishins covers "Keeping Kids Moving," a national round table hosted by PolicyLink, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Transportation for America at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., which explored how equitable transportation policies can prevent childhood obesity.

"NAACP Takes on Racism by Greening Communities," The Kansas City Star, July 18, 2010
PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses racial equity and how health is a social justice issue for communities of color at the NAACP's 101st National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

"Race and America's Future," The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, July 14, 2010
PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell and Manuel Pastor, professor and director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California discuss race, equity, and their new book Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future, co-written by Stewart Kwoh, founding president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC).

"What's the Hold-Up? Strategies to Jump-Start a Stalled Economy," Huffington Post, July 13, 2010
PolicyLink mentioned in op-ed written by National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia on economic recovery in communities of color and how where you live is a determinant of opportunity.

"People of Color at the Heart of America's Obesity Crisis," Milwaukee Community Journal, July 8, 2010
PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about the severity of racial, ethnic and regional disparities in America's childhood obesity crisis, as revealed in the report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010."

"Produce Truck Delivers to Underserved in Syracuse," Supermarket News, July 5, 2010

PolicyLink President Judith Bell discusses the sustainability of mobile food markets in expanding fresh food access in low-income areas.

"Our Broken Regions - Fixing the Hidden Cause of our Economic Downfall," Huffington Post, June 30, 2010
PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell discusses the hidden cause of the recession - our broken regions - and how the Sustainable Communities initiative offers a good place to start fixing them.

"Obesity Rising: Southern States Have Highest Rates," CNN, June 29, 2010
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink Founder & CEO, and Advisory Board Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, comments on racial disparities in national childhood obesity rates as discussed in the report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010."

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"10 Ways Cities and Towns can Kick the Offshore-Oil Habit," Grist Magazine, June 2, 2010
PolicyLink President Judith Bell talks to Grist Magazine about equitable solutions to reducing oil use in our nation's transportation systems.

"When Investment Is a Bad Thing," Next American City, June 2, 2010
PolicyLink Senior Associate Sarah Treuhaft talks to Next American City's "Urban Nation" about promoting responsible investment in low-income, high-foreclosure neighborhoods.

"Expanding the Promise: Will the Cradle-to-Career Model Overtake the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline," Huffington Post, May 28, 2010 

"Transit Cuts an 'Economic Heart Attack,"Huffington Post, May 28, 2010 
PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about how transportation cuts effect all people--particularly communities of color.

"A Promise Worth Keeping," Next American City, May 5, 2010
PolicyLink President Judith Bell talks to Next American City's "Urban Nation" about the federal Promise Neighborhoods program.

"Eradicating poverty one community at a time" Change.org, May 5, 2010
PolicyLink President Judith Bell talks to Change.org about the federal Promise Neighborhoods program, and what the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink is doing to help applying cities.

"Minneapolis keeping an eye on foreclosures," Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 5, 2010 
Kalima Rose, Director of the PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity, talks to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about new report on promoting responsible investment in Twin Cities' low-income, high-foreclosure neighborhoods.

"Some see racial impact from mass transit funding crisis," City Limits Magazine, April 30, 2010
PolicyLink Founder & CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about racial and socio-economic disparities in public transportation.

"Sen Gillibrand Proposes More Fresh Food Stores," Epoch Times,April 12, 2010
Rep. Velazquez is introducing Sen. Gillibrand's legislation, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, in the House of Representatives which is supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, PolicyLink, and City Council Member Margaret Chin.

"Chart: Obama Fans by Income,"The Maddow Blog, April 1, 2010
The Rachel Maddow Blog reposted EquityBlog's chart analyzing President Obama's approval rating by income.

"President Obama's Black Agenda," The Root, March 29, 2010
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO for PolicyLink, and a recent panelist in Tavis Smiley's "We Count! The Black Agenda is the American Agenda" which aired on C-SPAN, comments on how Black critics don't give President Obama credit for what he has already done.

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"A Powerful Start -- But Only a Start," Washington Post, March 29, 2010

PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell encourages advocates, activists, and community leaders to work to make sure the millions still left out of our care system can get in. Blackwell states that "we must work to guarantee truly affordable care will be available in the future."

"The Grocery Gap Report," Recycled Minds, March 16, 2010

This piece highlights data from the recent PolicyLink and Food Trust report: The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters.

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VIDEO: Who a Jobs Bill Should Target?" CNN, March 24, 2010 (video)

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, discusses jobs and the state of Black America. The segment bounced off the new National Urban League "State of Black America" report.

"Obesity Report Cites Increase in African American Youth," WABE Public Broadcasting Atlanta, March 23, 2010

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, and Principal Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, participated in a series of radio interviews were she discussed the impact of childhood obesity on communities of color and what policymakers and advocates can do to reverse this epidemic.

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LETTER: "Navarrette's Sneers Misguided,"Sacramento Bee, March 5, 2010

Judith Bell, president of PolicyLink, responds to Ruben Navarrette's column stating that "23 million Americans live in left-behind communities that for decades have had to go without full-service grocery stores... with the nearest supermarket often two or more bus transfers away, farmers markets are many times the best way to get fresh food to these urban and rural communities." Bell goes on to say that "expanding access to healthy food for all people is crucial to reversing our national obesity and diabetes crises."

"A Path to Home Ownership for Minorities," Marketplace,March 4, 2010

Even though the Great Recession and the real estate crash are fading, African Americans are still at a greater disadvantage. PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell says that's in part because many minorities were unable to get into the housing market.

"Equity as a Growth Model," Healthy Urbanism Blog, March 3, 2010

This piece reflects on the recent keynote address given by PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. "She spoke about the role of smart growth in relation to social equity and creating a sustainable, green economy. The thing that struck me from her speech was her view of the three E's of sustainability (environment, equity, economic)."

"Health Care Rx: Obama Gets the Big Picture Right," Washington Post, February 24, 2010

Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink founder and CEO, states that "there is always room to argue with the specifics of a bill, but when it comes to the big questions at the heart of the health care debate, President Obama's proposal gets the big picture right. The bill addresses the four core concerns low-income Americans have about the health-care status quo..."

"The Oracle of Urban Policy," Next America City Magazine, Spring 2010

This piece profiles Bruce Katz, founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, and explores his vision for American cities. Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO for PolicyLink, stated: "Where equity is concerned, he (Bruce Katz)creates forums for people with that agenda to be heard. He's taken urban issues out of the special interest zone and into the mainstream."

"The Stimulus and Disadvantaged Communities: Trickling Down or Slipping Away?," Race Wire, February 24, 2010

This article mentions the PolicyLink, ISAIAH, and Organizing Apprenticeship Project analysis of ARRA transportation investments in Minnesota and their impact on low-income communities and communities of color.

"Should TIGER Grants be the Model for a new Surface Transportation Law?" National Journal, February 22, 2010

Laura Barrett, Executive Director for the Transportation Equity Network references PolicyLink data--stating that "60% of the TIGER grants will go to projects in low-income areas."

"First Lady Puts Focus on Healthy Eating,"Marketplace, February 19, 2010

PolicyLink Founder and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell, comments on First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to a Fresh Grocer in North Philadelphia and on the Obama administration's healthy food finance initiative.

"Local Project Model for the State,"San Diego Union Tribune, February 19, 2010

In this op-ed, Angela Glover Blackwell, highlights innovative solutions for sustainable economic growth at the neighborhood level--like the San Diego community called the Diamond Neighborhoods – comprising Oak Park, Webster, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Lincoln Park and Mountain View, among other neighborhoods – where residents are taking ownership of challenges and opportunities to strengthen their communities.

"Stimulus Check-in: Minority Business," The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, February 16, 2010

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink discusses the impact of the stimulus on low-income communities.

"Researchers Explore Link Between Obesity and Environment," KPBS, February 15, 2010

PolicyLink founder and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell, a keynote speaker at the Active Living Research conference, commented on the direct link between poor neighborhoods and poor health.

"Minn. Stimulus Grants Bypass Black Businesses," New America Media, February 17, 2010

Kalima Rose, senior director of  the PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity, stated that PolicyLink, joined ISAIAH, and Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP)--a Minneapolis advocacy group--in producing a recent analysis of ARRA transportation investments in Minnesota and their impact on low-income communities and communities of color.

"Promises to Keep: The Obama Poverty Plan," City Limits, February 9, 2010

This article on the promise neighborhoods plan discusses a paper presented to the Obama-Biden transition team by the Harlem Children's Zone and PolicyLink--the report says a qualifying neighborhood should have a minimum childhood poverty rate of 40 percent, or at least 30 percent in areas where there are other issues going on, such as high crime or low test scores.

"White House Threatens to Yank Stimulus Funds over Civil rights," Final Call, Feb. 4, 2010

PolicyLink founder and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell comments on why the civil rights community embraces transportation issues.

"Health Care Rx: First Insure those in Need, Washington Post," February 4, 2010

Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink founder and CEO, stated that the most vital and urgent priority in the healthcare debate is to provide quality and affordable health care to those who need it most.

"Obama Jobs Focus Welcome…But Who Gets the Jobs," Race-Talk, January 28, 2010

Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink founder and CEO, releases a statement on President Obama's first State of the Union address.

"Health Care Rx: We're Ready to Fight, too,"Washington Post, January 28, 2010

PolicyLink founder and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell, reflects on President Obama's State of the Union address, stating that by "highlighting the real and continuing need for health reform - and recommitting to crucial components like ending pre-existing condition bans, dramatically expanding insurance coverage, and bringing down premiums - President Obama may have reshuffled the deck and brought us a step closer to real reform. But advocates who share the president's commitment need marching orders."

"Oakland's Stimulus Flap: A Shot Across the Bow for Transport Equity?" Streetsblog San Francisco, January 26, 2010

PolicyLink founder and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell, comments on the Obama administration's warning that the Bay Area has jeopardized federal stimulus funding for its Oakland Airport Connector project and how that could have national consequences for other urban transit proposals.

LETTER: "A Walkable Advantage" New York Times, January 23, 2010

Judith Bell, president of PolicyLink, comments and discusses the benefits of walkable neighborhoods and why all people should have access to walkable communities.

"One Man Can't Fix a Broken Country," Salon, January 20, 2010

PolicyLink founder and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell,  states why she is energized and hopeful that the administration -- and millions of regular Americans far from the halls of power -- have laid a sturdy foundation for a strong, equitable, opportunity-rich America for the 21st century. She continues to say that "we cannot expect a few hundred people in D.C. to fix our country by themselves."

"Beyond the Noise – 12 Quiet Ways Obama is Building a More Equitable America" Huffington Post, January 20, 2010

PolicyLink founder and CEO lists 12 ways the Obama Administration has been diligently working to lay the foundation for a more vibrant and equitable America.

"A Preview of Obama's Scalpel," Huffington Post, January 27, 2010

PolicyLink founder and CEO discusses stimulus-funded infrastructure projects and how they affect low-income people and communities of color.

"Countdown to 2050 – Equity in America," Huffington Post, January 6, 2010

Angela Blackwell, Founder and CEO for PolicyLink and coauthor of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future, forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Company in 2010, talks about equity in America.

  • Originally posted on The Race Equity Project website, a special project of Legal Services of Northern California
  • The piece can also be seen in the latest issue of Race-Talk from the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

"Health Care Rx: Listen to the Front Line," Washington Post, January 4, 2010

Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO for PolicyLink, discusses the state of the health care reform debate with an emphasis on how "the voices of the people most affected by the current health care crisis have been remarkably absent. Working families, self-employed small-business owners and uneasy workers fearful of losing their jobs have been heard from less and less as the debate has crawled on."

"Tell Congress to Fully Fund the National Healthy Food Financing Initiative," Change.org, February 4, 2010

Change.org referenced PolicyLink data, stating that expanding the (Healthy Food Financing) program to a national level will result in the development of more than 2,000 stores or other healthy food retail outlets in low-income rural, suburban and urban communities; increased access to healthy food for more than 15.3 million Americans; and the creation of nearly 200,000 new jobs.  

"Urban Food Deserts Threaten Children's Health," Huffington Post, January 4, 2010

PolicyLink and partner, The Food Trust, are both mentioned in Marian Wright Edelman's column on food deserts.