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  • January 27, 2016 | CBS Minnesota

    Beyond Conversation: Equity Forum Calls For Change

    The issue of race and equity took center stage Wednesday at a forum in Minneapolis. The United Way sponsored an event called “Cultivating Conditions for Change.” About 1,100 people were on hand to join in on the conversation, which I moderated.
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  • January 20, 2016 | Talk Poverty

    How the Department of Labor Could Help Fix the Retirement Crisis

    Half of working-age Americans aren’t confident that they will have enough money to retire—and they have reason to worry, given that the typical American has only $3,000 in savings. Unsurprisingly, low-income workers are even less likely to have money set aside for retirement.

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  • January 06, 2016 | Chicago Tribune

    Chicago's future hinges on retooling schools for digital age

    By 2020, 47 percent of all jobs in the Chicago region will require an associate degree or higher, according to the National Equity Atlas, produced by research group PolicyLink and the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. 

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  • December 21, 2015 | NTEN

    Merging Data and Story to Win More Equitable Policies

    Compelling facts have always been a key ingredient in winning policy campaigns, and the rise of web technology has opened the floodgates for data that would have been out of reach to all but the most dogged advocates just 20 years ago.

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  • December 01, 2015 | National Journal

    Top Cities for Asians, Blacks and Latinos for High-Paying Work

    Asi­ans in the Trenton, New Jer­sey, met­ro­pol­it­an area on av­er­age make the most money among people of col­or in the coun­try.
    That’s ac­cord­ing to data from the Na­tion­al Equity At­las, which crunches Census and oth­er gov­ern­ment data to high­light in­come and edu­ca­tion gaps...
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  • November 23, 2015 | Cafe Con Leche

    #EQUITY2015 PART II

    A big theme throughout the sessions was "now is the time". As a country we at a point in time where the momentum is bringing together people from all walks of life around common interests, to build the movement of movements. 

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  • November 17, 2015 | Mary Black Foundation

    Equity Summit

    I had the extreme privilege to join the Mary Black Foundation in Los Angeles for the Equity Summit 2015 “All in for inclusion, justice and prosperity,” organized by Policy Link from October 27-29.  I was joined by Kathy Dunleavy, Tony Fisher, and Natalia Swanson from the MBF staff and Board of...

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  • November 13, 2015 | The Hill

    Dear presidential candidates: Jobs are not enough to fight poverty

    Job creation was a frequent refrain in this week’s Republican debate on the future of the American economy, with each candidate touching on the ever-popular trope of getting Americans “back to work”. Though this “jobs solve all” mentality makes for a convenient narrative, it completely sidesteps...

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  • November 13, 2015 | Bloomberg Business

    Assembly hearing in Ontario discusses state's 'opportunity gap'

    The Assembly committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy were in Ontario for a field hearing to discuss strategies for supporting entrepreneurs, stabilizing communities, and fostering wage growth and long-term household security. The hearing was held in response to reports showing...

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  • November 13, 2015 | Rooflines

    Uber-noxious

    At the PolicyLink Equity Summit the last week of October, Orson Aguilar of the Greenlining Institute was taking a poll of the room at the workshop on the "Gig Economy." How many people used Uber? Quite a lot of sheepish hands went up. How many AirBnB? More. Later we found out that not nearly so...

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  • November 09, 2015 | Cafe Con Leche

    #EQUITY2015 PART I

    Recently, a delegation from Pittsburgh attended PolicyLink's Equity 2015 Summit.  This summit brought together a cross section of community leaders, policy wonks, government officials and researchers from across the country who have been working on building equity in their own communities. It...

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  • November 09, 2015 | Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog

    #Equity is a Value, Not a Tactic: Affirmation at PolicyLink's @EquitySummit

    Once in a while you attend an event that grounds you and restores your faith that maybe we can get ahead of this fight for equality and a just society. PolicyLink's 2015 Equity Summit, a conference dedicated to principles of fair and just inclusion with equitable access to opportunity, served as...

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  • November 09, 2015 | The Greenlining Institute Blog

    California Energy Policy and the American Dream

    Two weeks agoAmerican Dream utility wires, I attended the 2015 Equity Summit put on by PolicyLink, a nonprofit organization in Oakland dedicated to creating sustainable communities through equitable local, state, and federal policies. On the second day, Raj Chetty, a professor of economics at...

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  • November 06, 2015 | Shelterforce

    Place Matters, But Place Changes

    "Place matters, but place changes," Univ. of Southern Calif. professor Manuel Pastor observed at the opening plenary at PolicyLink’s 5th Equity Summit, held this week in Los Angeles. This can be seen as both a warning and a hope—and it led to some great discussions about changing places and what...

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  • November 05, 2015 | Talk Poverty

    A Fair Shot for All

    This week, we talk to Todd Cox, Senior Fellow and Legal Correspondent for TalkPoverty Radio, about President Obama’s announcement that the federal government would “ban the box,” giving people with criminal records a fair shot in hiring processes. Next, Rebecca is joined by Eduardo Porter of...
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  • November 05, 2015 | California Pan-Ethnic Health Network Blog

    Advocates from Across the Country Gather for Equity Summit

    Last week, CPEHN was one of the many organizations that attended the PolicyLink “Equity Summit 2015: All in for inclusion, justice, and prosperity” in Los Angeles. This three day national gathering convened thousands of advocates, organizers, and elected officials from all over the country to...

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  • November 05, 2015 | Thunder Valley Community Development Corp.

    Equity Summit: "Inclusion, Justice and Prosperity"

    In the world of philanthropy,  "diversity," “equity” and “inclusion” have been lumped into a safe three-letter acronym that only people in our sector can decipher. Try to throw “DEI” around in a conversation with people at your local bus stop, and you will certainly get blank stares. So...

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  • November 05, 2015 | Philanthropy Northwest

    Equity In Our Work and World: What Are We Doing About It?

    In the world of philanthropy,  "diversity," “equity” and “inclusion” have been lumped into a safe three-letter acronym that only people in our sector can decipher. Try to throw “DEI” around in a conversation with people at your local bus stop, and you will certainly get blank stares. So...

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  • November 05, 2015 | Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog

    Equity is in the Air and It's Energizing Climate Advocacy

    It's a strange yet energizing experience when you find yourself connected to the work and aspirations of over 3,000 strangers. Such was my state of mind and soul at Policy Link's national Equity Summit right here in LA. Specifically, during one of the opening plenaries, Harvard Economics...

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  • November 04, 2015 | Resource Media

    Narrative for a New Majority

    Participating in last week’s Equity Summit 2015 organized by PolicyLink was plenty inspiring. Three thousand people from so many backgrounds, with so many skills, with such a wide range of callings. It was moving, but not in a “Kumbaya” kind of a way. Because at its heart, this summit was about...

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  • November 03, 2015 | ArtPlace America

    PolicyLink's Equity Summit 2015

    Equity Summit 2015 strived to “ground inclusion, justice, and prosperity in the urgent issues of today and connect them to the creativity and bold vision of the equity movement. Advocates from Ferguson to New Orleans, Minneapolis to New York, and all points in between, will be part of...
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