Urban Habitat CEO: Equity is Key to the Bay Area’s Prosperity

Urban Habitat CEO: Equity is Key to the Bay Area’s Prosperity

The Golden State’s tremendous diversity will be the key to its future economic success—if its leaders take action to increase fairness and opportunity. Equity is not only a moral imperative—it is also an economic one. These are the key messages of the new report California’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model, authored by PolicyLink and the [...]

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“Toward 2050 in California”: Two New Reports about Diversity, Equity, and the Future

Earlier this month, we shared with you the new PolicyLink/PERE report California’s Tomorrow, which looks at how demographic and economic trends in California have converged in ways that make equity central to the future of California’s economy. Today, we’re releasing two new papers that summarize roundtable conversation conversations we had with local leaders in Los [...]

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PolicyLink CEO on Senate’s Passage of Transportation Bill “MAP-21″

The following is a statement from PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell on the Senate’s passage of “MAP-21″ transportation bill last week.  ”The Senate recently passed Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) by a vote of 74-22.  This is the first major step toward passing a surface transportation reauthorization.  It is [...]

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Revitalizing Communities – Snapshots of Successful Urban Agriculture Models

Revitalizing Communities – Snapshots of Successful Urban Agriculture Models

Over 900 participants tuned in to the PolicyLink Equitable Strategies for Growing Urban Agriculture webinar on February 16 to listen to Mary Donnell of Green City Growers, Ian Marvy of Added Value, and Malik Yakini of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network discuss the process of starting up and maintaining their successful but very different urban agriculture models. Urban agriculture—from school gardens [...]

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Reflections: Promoting equity in opportunity will help California grow and prosper

Reflections: Promoting equity in opportunity will help California grow and prosper

The Golden State’s tremendous diversity will be the key to its future economic success—if its leaders take action to increase fairness and opportunity. Equity is not only a moral imperative—it is also an economic one. These are the key messages of the new report California’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model, authored by PolicyLink [...]

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Reflections: Time for California to stop coasting on investments of the past

Reflections: Time for California to stop coasting on investments of the past

The Golden State’s tremendous diversity will be the key to its future economic success—if its leaders take action to increase fairness and opportunity. Equity is not only a moral imperative—it is also an economic one. These are the key messages of the new report California’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model, authored by PolicyLink and the [...]

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Promise Neighborhoods Institute Director McAfee on Equity and…Baseball??

From our friends over at PNI Blog: Check out this op-ed from PNI Director Michael McAfee, hot off the presses of the Oakland Tribune! It’s a great look at how Promise Neighborhoods use some of the same methods Billy Beane used to revive the Oakland A’s, do more with the resources they had, and encourage [...]

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Equity Analysis : President Obama’s 2013 Budget

Last week, we shared PolicyLink CEO Angela Glover Blackwell’s statement on President Obama’s proposed budget for FY 2013. Today, we invite you to delve a little deeper into how his budget promotes economic and social equity through programs and policies that will level the playing field, invest in America’s neighborhoods, and give all people a [...]

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House of Representatives Declares War on Public Transit

Yesterday, a proposal was introduced by the House Ways and Means Committee that would strip dedicated federal funding for public transportation. We have long said that public transit is a 21st-century civil rights issue. Tomorrow, this very issue will be debated in Congress — and their decision will affect millions of Americans who depend on public transportation to [...]

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Equity Now Twin Cities

EquityNow Twin Cities from Works Progress on Vimeo. Last November, 150 Minnesotans joined 2,500 equity workers from around the country at PolicyLink’s Equity Summit 2011 in Detroit. This video is our attempt to communicate deep knowledge, burning questions, and incredible passion of 150 Minnesotans.

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Measuring the Influence of Occupy

Measuring the Influence of Occupy

In The Nation yesterday, Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel explores the Occupy Wall Street’s impact on how the nation — from ordinary citizens to policy leaders to the mainstream media — talks about America’s rapidly growing economic divide. PolicyLink Associate Director, and co-author of “America’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model,” is quoted in the piece explaining [...]

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State of the Union 2012: Leveling the Playing Field for America’s Future

The following is a statement by PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell on President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address: “If the playing field is level, I promise you — America will always win.”– President Obama Last night’s State of the Union address laid out a solid vision for pushing America into a [...]

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Reflections: Youth-Led “Teach-In” in Oakland Mobilizes for Boys and Men of Color in California

Last Saturday, about 120 local advocates gathered at the Oakland Museum of California for Mic Check: Mixtape in Motion, a “teach-in” aimed at mobilizing people around the critical challenges – and opportunities – facing boys and men of color across the state. In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (and leading up [...]

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