Infrastructure Justice! Building a Better Future For All

After decades of community disinvestment and infrastructure policies that have fueled the country’s growing inequality crisis, Reckoning, Repair, and Transformation are key to our society moving forward and building a world that serves all.

To make that future a reality, today PolicyLink is proud to launch its cross-program Infrastructure Justice communications campaign.

After the March 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARPA) and the November 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), we have an opportunity to reframe the national discussion around infrastructure and build a bridge to an equitable recovery and a brighter future.

IIJA’s passage marks a once-in-a-generation moment in history as the largest infrastructure investment in 50 years and the largest investment in public transit and clean water in US history. It’s a $1.2 trillion bill to “ renew current programs and provides financial support to infrastructure, transportation, clean energy, cybersecurity, and other initiatives.”

This is our moment to ensure policies, practices, and investments govern for racial equity, repair the harm of past policies, and promote transformative outcomes. IIJA gives us a catalytic opportunity to lay the groundwork for a reckoning, repair, and transformation of the American landscape.

This is a moment to Build for the All. The bedrock of our nation is an unfulfilled promise of equity for all, for Black, Brown, or Indigenous people or for the nearly 100 million living below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. We now have the opportunity to transform that, in every aspect of life from our environment to transportation to water justice. Together, we can pave the road to justice and collectively build a better fabric of society for all.

Stay tuned throughout May for videos from PolicyLink and our partners highlighting what transformation looks like and how we can build a better infrastructure and future for us all.

Our Infrastructure Justice as a Road to Reckoning, Repair, and Transformation campaign is supported by our partners at the Community Water Center, Partnership for Southern Equity, Community Water Center, the Ujamaa Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District (CID), and the Communities First Fund. For the latest updates from PolicyLink, follow us on TwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram. This campaign is an invitation to imagine and build together. Share about how you’re tapping into this critical work using #BuildForTheAll.