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  • May 13, 2011 | StreetsBlog USA

    Brookings: Transit Access to Jobs is the Missing Link

     

    If you’re a middle-income person living in the Philadelphia metro area, there’s an 85 percent chance you live within three-quarters of a mile of a transit stop, and you probably have to wait about 12 minutes for a bus or train. But if you’re looking for work, beware: only 20 percent of the...

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  • April 21, 2011 | TIME

    The 2011 TIME 100: Geoffrey Canada

    Geoffrey Canada is an extraordinary innovator and one of my heroes. He has shown time and again that education is the surest path out of poverty. The Harlem Children's Zone Project, which he founded, provides a cradle-to-career continuum of high-quality neighborhood schools and support services...

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  • March 29, 2011 | The New York Times

    Black Migration

    It is understandable that so many black families are migrating out of Northern cities for seemingly greener economic pastures in the South and the Sun Belt. Gentrification, high rents, poor schools and decades of government neglect pushed many poor families out and made those that could afford...

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  • March 17, 2011 | The St. Louis American

    Advocating for Equity

    Building stronger environments, especially in low-income areas, has been Glover Blackwell’s long-time passion. 

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  • March 10, 2011 | The St. Louis American

    Helping St. Louis See its Future

    Devastating 2010 Census data were released for the St. Louis region immediately upon the heels of the St. Louis American Foundation’s inaugural Salute to Young Leaders. We had just celebrated 20 talented young African-American professionals working in a wide range of fields, who have dedicated...

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  • March 08, 2011 | The Root

    America's Leading Women Advocating Change

    For Women's History Month, The Root decided to spotlight some of the black women who are influential in activism and the nonprofit world. Find out how these women are trying to change the world.

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  • March 07, 2011 | Salud Today Blog

    Minorities Still Face Daunting Transportation Issues in U.S.

    Today, transportation remains a 21st century civil rights issue for minorities and low-income people. For example, nearly 20% of African American households, 14% of Latino households, and 13% of Asian households lack access to automobiles, compared with nearly 5% of white households. Many of us...

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  • March 04, 2011 | ColorLines

    Is Michelle Obama's Wal-Mart Endorsement a Healthy Idea?

    Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign celebrated its one-year anniversary last month. The first lady can reflect on a year in which her initiative has been met with praise among community advocates and policy wonks alike, thanks in large part to its commitment to tackling the obesity epidemic and...

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  • February 17, 2011 | MarketPlace

    Transportation Projects Make Budget Sense

    There was a time when massive transportation projects swept the nation. We built the New York City Subway. The Erie Canal. The interstate highway system.

    But over time, that bold spirit seemed to leak away. Soon, politics took over the way we spend money on transportation. We entered an age that...

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  • February 12, 2011 | WYNC

    Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality

    Fifty-six-year-old Carolyn McMillan considers herself lucky. To get to work, she can drive to the Home Depot parking lot on Jonesboro road in Clayton County Georgia, then take a bus to her clerical job in downtown Atlanta.

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  • February 08, 2011 | The TakeAway

    Equal Rights in Public Transportation Still A Battle for Minorities

    Many pinpoint the start of the Civil Rights movement in the United States to Rosa Parks, refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, back in 1955. Over half-a-century later, African-American and Latino communities are still struggling with unequal transit systems.

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  • January 26, 2011 | The Root

    Obama's 'Big' Vision for the State of the Union

    Being in the House chamber during a State of the Union address, rowdy and packed with the entire federal government, is often compared to being at a high school pep rally. Despite this year's mixed-seating arrangement -- designed to restrain the usual "rival football teams" show of cheers and...

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  • January 24, 2011 | KQED Radio

    First Person: Angela Glover

    Social Justice advocate Angela Glover Blackwell joins us as part of our "First Person" interview series, profiling the leaders and innovators who make Northern California unique. For almost 35 years, Blackwell has been promoting public policies aimed at advancing opportunities for disadvantaged...

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  • January 20, 2011 | South Florida Times

    Kids Getting Attention in Major New Initiative

     

    A black child today is less likely to be raised by both parents than a black child born into slavery and more than 40 percent of black children are born into poverty. Such sobering data underscore an effort by some of the country’s most respected child advocates to stop the “backwards slide”...
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  • January 17, 2011 | The City Fix

    Tribute to MLK: Public Transportation as a Civil Right

     

    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States, TheCityFix salutes the courageous leaders of nonviolent activism and the civil rights movement, especially those who fought hard for equality on public transportation.
     
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  • January 17, 2011 | Augusta Chronicle

    City Solicits Bids to Run Buses

     

    Augusta hopes to build a better bus system by hiring a private management company to operate it. In December, the city sent out a bid request that seeks a company to run Augusta Public Transit. Commissioner Joe Bowles said the goal is to get the most benefit from available transit funds.
     
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