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Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages

book_alt2 icon Report This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite progress, more must be done to address economic security as a civil right for the young people of color who are driving America’s demographic change.

By Maryam Adamu | Thursday, July 10, 2014

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True South: Unleashing Democracy in the Black Belt 50 Years After Freedom Summer

book_alt2 icon Report Fifty years after Freedom Summer, the stretch of heavily black southern states that make up the “Black Belt” are still defined by racial polarization, with black voters often locked out of statewide politics. This report examines the demographic and political changes that are poised to shake up the status quo and defines three lessons from Freedom Summer that organizers can use to advance democracy in the Black Belt—including a massive wave of voter registration.

By Ben Jealous | Monday, June 16, 2014

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Building an All-In Nation

book_alt2 icon Report Americans are open minded about our society’s changing demographics and believe, on the whole, that there are more benefits to the nation from rising diversity than costs.

By Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin, with Matt Barreto and Adrian Pantoja | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Series

article icon Fact Sheet Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are quickly reaching the critical mass needed to be politically relevant, but data about this group have often been unavailable. This series features the most comprehensive research and analysis for the fastest-growing demographic in the United States.

By Karthick Ramakrishnan and Farah Ahmad | Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools

book_alt2 icon Report Through targeted reform efforts, states, districts, and school leaders—as well as policymakers and communities of color—can improve the retention rates and effectiveness of teachers of color.

By Glenda L. Partee | Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Racism Is Impossible to Prove, But History Provides Insight

Amid charges of racism and reverse racism, only time will tell how history will judge today’s political figures.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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America’s Leaky Pipeline for Teachers of Color

book_alt2 icon Report Improvements along the educator pipeline and in teacher training programs will help diversify the United States’ teachers and consequently bolster the academic performance of children from all racial backgrounds.

By Farah Ahmad and Ulrich Boser | Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Teacher Diversity Revisited

article icon Issue Brief A new study reveals that the diversity of the U.S. teacher workforce is not keeping pace with the nation’s rapidly changing demographics.

By Ulrich Boser | Sunday, May 4, 2014

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How Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

article icon Issue Brief Despite the financial obstacles, many women of color find starting their own businesses and becoming entrepreneurs advantageous over pursuing careers in traditional office workplaces. As the United States becomes more diverse, women of color entrepreneurs stand to play an even bigger role in our nation’s economy.

By Farah Ahmad | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color

If the minimum wage were increased to $10.10 per hour, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians would see an increase in total wages of $16.1 billion.

By Vanessa Cárdenas | Monday, April 21, 2014

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The Possibilities of a Changed Life

Desmond Meade’s story—and those of millions like him—should inspire us to question our policies about how formerly incarcerated people are treated when they return to society.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Reading Between the Data

book_alt2 icon Report When considering how best to address economic inequality, policymakers need to understand the complexity and diversity within the Asian American community.

By Farah Ahmad and Christian E. Weller | Monday, March 3, 2014

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Lessons Learned

article icon Issue Brief Higher-education institutions, particularly those that disproportionately serve students of color, play a critical role in educating low-income students and reducing economic inequality.

By David A. Bergeron, Farah Ahmad, and Elizabeth Baylor | Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Rethinking Affirmative Action

In her new book, law professor Sheryll Cashin considers the implications of location for education and race in 21st-century America.

By Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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