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  • November 20, 2014 | Next City

    What's the Secret to Putting Young City-Dwellers to Work?

    As America moves toward becoming a minority-majority nation, the way that cities prepare young people for entering the workforce, particularly young people of color, is critical. Recently, when I was checking out PolicyLink’s new National Equity Atlas — a great tool that aims to connect...

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  • November 06, 2014 | Huffington Post

    Promise Zones Provide Opportunity and a Pathway to an Equitable Future

    In an area where many families live in homes without running water or telephone service, where nearly one-third of the children live in poverty, and proper skills training and education seem out of reach, building a better life for the next generation can seem impossible. For the Choctaw Nation...

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  • October 28, 2014 | http://mic.com/

    Why Racial Equality Is Good for the Economy, in One Chart

    The news: Racism isn't just morally abhorrent — it's economically destructive. "The Equity Solution," a new paper from progressive think tank PolicyLink and co-authored with USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, argues that if the pay gap among racial groups was eliminated, the...

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  • October 23, 2014 | CityLab

    How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer

    What would happen if everyone in America—black, white, Hispanic, Asian—was on a level playing field? For one, our cities would be richer. "As America becomes a majority people-of-color nation, racial inclusion isn't just the right thing to do—it's an absolute economic imperative," says...
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  • October 20, 2014 | Next City

    4 Cities Join to Bring Diversity to the Innovation Economy

    Though individual municipalities can face unique challenges depending on everything from regional economic booms to climate change, more often than not, cities can learn important lessons from one another. A good example of putting this mutually beneficial approach to work is the new Equitable...

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  • October 17, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

    Community Activist Critiques Lack of Diversity at Boston Fed Conference

    A policy activist speaking at a conference on inequality at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston said the makeup of the conference’s participants lacked diversity and therefore could not do justice to an issue that affects minorities disproportionately.

    Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of...

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  • October 13, 2014 | Huffington Post

    Public Transit: The Road to Opportunity

    I remember years ago, while living in Los Angeles, abandoning a trip to a job interview when after two hours of travel and five bus changes I still was not at the job site. I realized that if I got the job, I could not manage a daily two-hour commute. Serious public transportation challenges...

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  • September 25, 2014 | Cascade

    Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity

    A recap of the April 2014 conference in which PolicyLink played a major role on how economic growth can become more “equitable” and include all people and communities. How can economic growth create better job, education, and housing opportunities for low-income people and communities? 

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  • September 18, 2014 | New York Times

    A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing

    Like too many young men in his East Oakland neighborhood, 21-year-old Shaka Perdue spent the earlier part of his youth “living like I was becoming a statistic,” as he put it. At 16, he landed in juvenile hall after robbing a pedestrian in broad daylight. Two years later a friend was shot...

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  • September 06, 2014 | National Journal

    Beyond Dialogue: What We Can Do About Race and the Police

    At moments like these, America says it wants a conversation about race. This time, it's because of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. Last time, it was because of Trayvon Martin. Before that, there was the shooting of Amadou Diallo and the beating...

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  • September 04, 2014 | The Hill

    Congress should prioritize raising the minimum wage

    As Congress heads back into session, one of the first orders of business should be to raise the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage strengthens workers' purchasing power and, in turn, provides a boost to the overall economy. Raising the minimum wage would also help close the racial wealth...

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  • September 02, 2014 | Huffington Post

    A Nation Divided; A Call to Action

    The past several weeks have seen a sad and all-too-familiar scene replayed in American society -- the senseless killing of a young man of color at the hands of a white police officer and the revelation of deep continuing racial disparities in U.S. law enforcement and society at large. The...

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  • August 31, 2014 | East Texas Review

    “United We Win”

    Voto Latino and Global Grind launched United We Win, a campaign to mobilize diverse communities to register to vote to create meaningful change.With the support of community leaders like Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, United We Win seeks to create long-term dialogue...

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  • August 28, 2014 | The Hill

    Critics Lean on Holder

    Eric Holder's Justice Department is coming under pressure to order sweeping changes to police operations in the United States. Civil rights and community groups, as well as some lawmakers, are pushing the attorney general to take action to address racial and social problems that they say were...

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  • August 27, 2014 | Yahoo

    Dear President Obama: What Happens after Ferguson?

    In an open letter, leaders from academia, business, the arts, labor, faith communities, and other local and national leaders are urging President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice to take immediate action to address the issues impeding relations between police and communities, especially...

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  • August 26, 2014 | CBS News

    In Wake of Ferguson Shooting, Progressives Demand Federal Police Czar

    "In cities across America, local law enforcement units too often treat low-income neighborhoods populated by African Americans and Latinos as if they are military combat zones instead of communities where people strive to live, learn, work, play and pray in peace and harmony," explained a...

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