• 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


    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 | 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 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 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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  • November 03, 2015 | National Journal

    Even Among College Grads, Whites Earn More Than Nearly Everyone

    At the mo­ment, no mat­ter how much edu­ca­tion people of col­or at­tain, they likely will earn less than whites with the same level of edu­ca­tion. That’s ac­cord­ing to the latest Na­tion­al Equity At­las, cre­ated by Poli­cyLink and the Uni­versity of South­ern Cali­for­nia’s Pro­gram for...

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  • October 20, 2015 | Roof Lines - Shelterforce Blog

    Oakland, CA Adopts Roadmap to Promote Housing Equity

    PolicyLink and the City sought input from families facing displacement, public administrators, housing advocates, tenants groups, home owners, developers, elected officials, business associations, and other community stakeholders. Urban Strategies Council did data analysis on the changing tenure...

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  • October 13, 2015 | Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Bringing Soul to the Work of Collective Impact

    Something special is happening in America. Community leaders are not only talking about equity, but also redefining the frontiers of work that we must do to achieve it. These leaders play an important role in social change, because they can authentically reflect the wisdom, voice, and experience...

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  • October 07, 2015 | LOEBlog

    Standing Ovation for Angela Glover Blackwell, 2015 Dunlop Lecturer

    Highly respected by those working to expand opportunity equality in a financially segregated nation, Glover Blackwell’s work has consistently influenced governmental agendas since PolicyLink’s founding in 1999. Among the organization’s most recent directives, PolicyLink specialists worked...

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  • October 06, 2015 | Huffington Post

    A National Call to Stop Excessive Force

    Around the country, a movement led by determined young people of color is reimagining community safety and demanding that the country value Black and Brown lives. As incidents of police violence against people of color continue at an alarming pace, more and more people are refusing to tolerate...

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  • September 28, 2015 | NYU Furman Center

    A Call to Action to Embrace and Enforce the AFFH Rule

    As a Black girl growing up in St. Louis in the 1950s and 1960s, I experienced segregation first-hand. Though segregation controlled where I could live, learn, play, and pray, I was fortunate enough to live in a mixed-income Black neighborhood, with a good school, safe streets, prospering...

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  • September 24, 2015 | Florida Courier

    New pressure for cities to end segregation in housing

    In July, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced strict new requirements that local governments assess fair housing in their communities, publicly report details of segregation and pockets of poverty, and provide detailed plans on what they are going to do about it....

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  • September 21, 2015 | Nonprofit Technology Network

    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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  • September 09, 2015 | The Hill

    Calling all mayors: This is what police reform should look like

    The coverage of police brutality over the last year, both in the mass media and through civilian video footage, has been a wake-up call for many Americans, shining a spotlight on what many communities of color already knew—our policing and criminal justice systems are infused with systemic...

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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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