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  • April 11, 2016 | Greater Cincinnati Foundation

    A City Where Everyone Can Thrive

    Part of a prosperous Greater Cincinnati region includes equity as defined by PolicyLink, “An equitable society is one in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.” Symptoms of inequity include poverty, lack of education, and healthcare disparities.

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  • March 07, 2016 | The Atlantic

    Where Children Rarely Escape Poverty

    Charlotte, North Carolina, wants to change its status as one of the worst places in the United States for poor children to have a shot at getting ahead as adults. If the city succeeds, its efforts may offer a roadmap for other major metro areas gripped by barriers such as concentrated poverty...

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  • March 07, 2016 | The New York Times

    On Race and Place

    In “Poorest Areas Have Missed Out on Boons of Recovery, Study Finds” (Business Day, Feb. 25), the Distressed Communities Index brings welcome attention to the complex and unjust geography of opportunity in this country, where ZIP code can determine life chances.

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  • March 01, 2016 | The Atlantic

    Separate and Still Unequal

    In a modern-day tale of two cities, in virtually every major U.S. metropolitan area students of color are much more likely than whites to attend public schools shaped by high concentrations of poverty, an analysis of federal data has found.

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  • February 29, 2016 | The Atlantic

    The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools

    In almost all major American cities, most African American and Hispanic students attend public schools where a majority of their classmates qualify as poor or low-income, a new analysis of federal data shows.

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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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