Race for Results Report: We’re Still Leaving Children Behind

Race for Results Report: We’re Still Leaving Children Behind

The United States has much ground to cover to ensure that all kids — especially children of color — are positioned to thrive, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The foundation’s Race for Results Index measures how well children of every race are being prepared for economic success according to […]

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Six Tax Reforms to Increase Economic Security for All

Six Tax Reforms to Increase Economic Security for All

Ivan and Sandra Silva of South San Francisco paid off debts and bought government bonds with a $6,000 federal tax refund they received last year thanks to a tax credit for low- and moderate-wage workers. The Silvas, who have four grown children, serve to illustrate how progressive tax code reforms can help all people, including […]

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TIGER Grants Represent Opportunity for Equity Leaders

TIGER Grants Represent Opportunity for Equity Leaders

By Melissa Wells, Program Associate, PolicyLink 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 illustrated when comparing thriving economic communities with severely distressed communities. Today […]

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One Nation, Underemployed

One Nation, Underemployed

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. Find out more about the index, including metro region rankings. Read the […]

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May 12-14 in Philly: Reinventing Older Communities

How can older core cities and suburbs use their community and economic development tools to expand opportunity for all residents? Join national experts on May 12-14 in Philadelphia to explore strategies for inclusive local and regional economic development. Speakers include Raj Chetty from Harvard University, Jeffrey Brown from Brown’s Super Stores, Manuel Pastor from the […]

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Infographic: How the EITC Can Help the Economy

Small changes in tax policy can have huge benefits for low-income people, struggling communities, and the nation’s economy — and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) proves it. The credit has lifted 6.5 million people out of poverty while increasing employment in communities with the greatest need, particularly communities of color. President Obama’s budget and […]

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National Convening Builds Toward Equitable Food System

National Convening Builds Toward Equitable Food System

By Jenny Rempel On March 20-21, less than two months after the farm bill authorized a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), HFFI stakeholders gathered in Washington, DC, for the Third National Conversation on Improving Access to Healthy Food. This HFFI Convening attracted nearly 150 attendees, demonstrating the excitement […]

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We Need an All-In Effort to Combat Racial Disparities in Education

We Need an All-In Effort to Combat Racial Disparities in Education

by Angela Glover Blackwell Less than a week ago, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released new data that illuminate disturbing racial inequities in education—inequities that prevent many students of color from reaching their full potential. According to the report, black students are disproportionately suspended and expelled—even in preschool, where black students […]

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PolicyLink Statement on President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget

PolicyLink Statement on President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget

America is rapidly becoming majority people of color. To strengthen our democracy, prepare the leaders of tomorrow, and remain globally competitive, we need to provide ladders to opportunity in the places where people live, learn, and work. President Obama’s budget for FY 2015 presents a strong blueprint for equitable growth at the federal level and […]

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My Brother’s Keeper: Breaking New Ground by Investing in What Works

My Brother’s Keeper: Breaking New Ground by Investing in What Works

by Angela Glover Blackwell 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 nation’s leading philanthropic institutions, provides assurance that help has arrived. […]

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Open Letter About Michael Dunn Trial

Open Letter About Michael Dunn Trial

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 was convicted on charges of attempted murder, but the jury failed […]

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Spring Will Not Be Silent in North Carolina

“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 individual can do to change the direction of society.  She was […]

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Put Transportation Equity Back on Track

Put Transportation Equity Back on Track

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, for example, have become a […]

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