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  • September 04, 2015 | Next City

    This Labor Day, Celebrate the Summer Jobs That Strengthen Cities

    The drop in summer employment began in the late 1990s, when the federal government eliminated funding for stand-alone summer jobs programs. It accelerated with the recession, as youth faced unprecedented competition for low-wage jobs in retail and food service. This trend of disinvestment...
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  • September 03, 2015 | The Guardian

    Your guilt trip won't stop gentrification

    Instead of feeling paralyzed, gentrifiers should support local tenants advocacy and homeless services groups. Gentrification too often dissolves into a guilt-ridden zero-sum game, whereby new residents are told that to avoid being “part of the problem”, they must simply avoid living in...

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  • September 03, 2015 | The Commercial Appeal Memphis

    Conversation on Prosperity continues push to lower poverty

    In a room filled on Thursday with governmental leaders, nonprofit organization heads and experts in economic and social equity, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton held his National Conversation about Prosperity, an initiative to move forward Wharton’s Blueprint for Prosperity, a plan to lower the city’s...

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  • August 27, 2015 | The American Prospect

    Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    With black communities nationwide far from recovered, a grassroots coalition wants the Fed to know that an interest rate hike could be disastrous. And demanding that interest rates stay low is just a first step. During the conference, Fed Up will also present a report from PolicyLink on what a...

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  • August 27, 2015 | Huffington Post

    Nonprofits: Equity Must Begin Within

    There has been increasing buzz about "equity" and "racial equity" in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and among cross-sector collective impact efforts. This is a good thing and our nation's persistent and rising racial and economic disparities demand it. Many groups are applying an...

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  • August 12, 2015 | Huffington Post

    The Federal Reserve Should Not Increase Interest Rates

    Later this month, the world's top financial and economic policymakers will pow-wow at the Federal Reserve Bank annual meeting in Jackson Hole to determine whether it is time for the Fed to roll back recession-era policies -- e.g. a near-zero benchmark interest rate -- put in place to support job...

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  • August 11, 2015 | The Washington Post

    This is how protesters plan to take on the Federal Reserve

    While Fed policy is not going to be the only solution to getting to full employment for all, we see it as a critical component of a broad policy agenda,” said Sarah Treuhaft, a director at PolicyLink. “We know that we need more growth and we need more jobs to stimulate hiring of people who have...
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  • August 07, 2015 | Next City

    How the Movement for Black Lives Will Transform American Cities

    In a little over a year, the movement for Black Lives has already begun to transform America. Pictures of Michael Brown’s lifeless body on Canfield Drive, footage of police officers responding with dogs, tanks, and teargas as his community mourned and protested, refusing to be silenced — these...

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  • July 21, 2015 | San Francisco Chronicle

    Governor can take a stand on police violence with his pen

    In his long and multifaceted career in public service, Gov. Jerry Brown has made a name for himself as someone who cares about criminal justice, whether during his days as attorney general of California, or as a tough-on-crime mayor of Oakland in the early 2000s.

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  • July 08, 2015 | The Hill

    Investing In More Than Just a Supermarket

    For those of us who have always had easy access to healthy food, a supermarket is probably just a place to buy groceries. But for the millions of Americans living in low-income neighborhoods marked by decades of disinvestment and unemployment, the opening of a local supermarket can revitalize...

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  • July 01, 2015 | Policy Mic

    15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality

    The Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link, two nonprofit advocacy organizations, have partnered with various protesters and street-level organizers to find some concrete solutions to this problem. The result is a 15-point report, titled Building From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting...

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  • June 12, 2015 | National Journal

    The Five U.S. Cities With The Most Educated Latinos

    Overall, educational-attainment rates for Latinos are far behind where they need to be, especially considering their projected growth as a share of the workforce and the growing demand for postsecondary training.

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  • June 09, 2015 | The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Q&A: Black Unemployment Challenges States

    In April, the unemployment rate for African-Americans dropped below 10 percent for the first time since early in the recession to 9.6 percent. It edged up a bit in May to 10.2 percent. Still, that’s far below its peak of 16.8 percent in the aftermath of the housing bust in March 2010.

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  • May 22, 2015 | National Journal

    Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Import Their College Graduates

    These gaps "increase social segregation where recruiting for the higher-skill jobs is done in a world that is almost invisible to people who are outside of it, even if they are living there," says Victor Rubin, PolicyLink's vice president of research.

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  • May 20, 2015 | National Journal

    Education Gaps Pose Looming Crisis for U.S. Economy

    Fewer working-age African-Americans than whites hold four-year college degrees in all but one of the nation's 150 largest metropolitan areas, according to a new Next America analysis of data from the massive National Equity Atlas.

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