Senate Bill Falls Short of Equitable Transportation Agenda

Senate Bill Falls Short of Equitable Transportation Agenda

Last week the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, a $257 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. The legislation sets policy that shapes federal investment in our nation’s highways, bridges, streets, roads, and sidewalks. We encourage advocates to take a look at the committee’s summary as well as the committee’s […]

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Summary and Analysis of the GROW AMERICA Act

Summary and Analysis of the GROW AMERICA Act

Prepared by PolicyLink[1] May 2014 Summary of the legislation The Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act (or GROW AMERICA Act) is a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. It was submitted to Congress by the Obama Administration in April 2014. The legislation […]

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Re-entering and Revitalizing New York’s Economy

Jason Hargrove has hired more than 25 formerly incarcerated people to work in IHOP restaurants he oversees in New York State. Now he is on the front lines of the nation’s first governor-led campaign to persuade more employers to put people with records to work. Launched by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as a […]

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Expanding Opportunity for Black Boys & Young Men in Orlando, FL

Expanding Opportunity for Black Boys & Young Men in Orlando, FL

Over the past several months, PolicyLink, in partnership with the National League of Cities, has supported 11 cities to develop and implement strategies to promote black male achievement (BMA). As part of that work, last week I traveled to Central Florida to help the City of Orlando launch a bold, new initiative focused on expanding […]

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Union Strong: Interview with SEIU’s Gerry Hudson and Laphonza Butler

Happy May Day! How do we create good jobs and ladders of opportunity for the health aides, domestic workers, and other service employees who rank among the fastest-growing, lowest-paid segments of America’s workforce? And how can these workers — mostly people of color, women, and immigrants in traditionally non-union jobs — unite to strengthen their […]

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For Your Toolbox: The Economic Case for Equity

For Your Toolbox: The Economic Case for Equity

  Give your campaigns a boost with two new tools from PolicyLink on how to make the economic case for equity: A new Alliance for Justice blog post from Angela Glover Blackwell on the four reasons why equity is essential for our economy, and a recent webinar on how to tell a compelling story about why equity […]

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I Will Not Let My Past Determine My Future

The below was adapted from the testimony of Jesse Esparza (Fathers and Families of San Joaquin) during a hearing of the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in French Camp, California, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Good afternoon. My name is Jesse Esparza and I’m from Stockton, California, […]

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Water, Water, Everywhere!

  Cities are investing billions in sorely needed water system upgrades over the next 20 years, and many of those dollars will flow through low-income communities and communities of color. Two new reports by Green for All andPUSH Buffalo and Partnership for the Public Good outline how to use community benefit strategies – including local hire policies, social […]

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New Report! Policies for Developing Without Displacement

New Report! Policies for Developing Without Displacement

  The latest boom in cities can mean rising housing prices and the increased risk that low-income communities of color will be pushed or priced out. Causa Justa :: Just Cause released a new report, Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area, that includes principles and policies that other cities can also use to ensure long-term residents […]

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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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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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