What We're Doing
Closing the racial wealth gap and building an equitable economy
Centuries of government policies have systematically deprived communities of color of economic opportunity, leading to a persistent, growing racial wealth gap. CAP develops and advances policies to combat the root causes of the racial wealth gap and promote a more equitable, vibrant economy for all.
Supporting the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform
Long-standing racial and environmental injustices disproportionately expose communities of color to climate pollution. CAP develops and advocates for climate policies that ensure communities of color benefit from the transition to clean energy.
Eliminating racial disparities and strengthening health systems
Structural racism causes inequities in health systems and disparities in health outcomes. It also negatively affects numerous social determinants of health. CAP develops and furthers policies to reduce racial disparities in health and foster more accessible, affordable, and equitable health systems.
Promoting a representative, responsive, and inclusive democracy
Online disinformation and hate; white supremacist violence and rhetoric; and voter subversion and suppression undermine democracy and entrench systemic inequities. CAP develops policies to foster an effective, accountable, and representative democracy to meet the needs and improve the lives of all Americans.
By the numbers
The absolute dollar wealth gap between Black households and white households
CAP, “Eliminating the Black-White Gap Is a Generational Challenge” (2021).
People of color’s exposure to fine particulate matter emitted by almost every fossil fuel source
Science Advances, “PM2.5 polluters disproportionately and systemically affect people of color in the United States” (2021).
Hispanic or Latinos more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than their white peers
CDC, “Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death By Race/Ethnicity.”
Hate crimes in 2020 where a victim was targeted because of their race, ethnicity, or ancestry
FBI, “Hate Crime Statistics.”
POINT: Innovative CHIPS and Science Act will improve the lives of all Americans
January 6 Hearing Day 8: 187 Minutes of Trump’s Inaction
January 6 Hearing Day 8: Trump Refused To Call Off the Mob
Rethinking Guardianship: Emma’s Story
Emma Budway describes her experience as a nonspeaking autistic woman under guardianship and the benefits of less restrictive alternatives.
Hospital-Based Intervention Programs Reduce Violence and Save Money
Hospital-based community violence intervention programs combat cycles of violent crime and retaliation by engaging patients in the recovery process immediately following injury.
Continuing Efforts To Slow Violent Crime
Houston, Boston, and Newark have improved public safety through violence prevention efforts outside traditional law enforcement.
Media Coverage Often Ignore Guns as the Main Driver of the Recent Rise in Violent Crime
The word “gun” or another synonymous variation was only included in 3.5 percent of headlines and summaries of online news posts that included the words “murders” or “homicides,” even though 80 percent of homicides are committed with a firearm, and gun homicides increased by 35 percent.
Guns and Anti-Government Extremism in Nevada
The rise in white supremacist and anti-government violence is fueled by weak gun laws and easy access to firearms.
Resources on Temporary Protected Status
This column provides a curated list of CAP’s resources on Temporary Protected Status.
How FEMA Can Prioritize Equity in Disaster Recovery Assistance
Current disaster recovery efforts in the United States exacerbate racial disparities, as people of color experience greater harms from natural disasters, receive less support, lose wealth, and take longer to recover.
Latino Workers Continue To Experience a Shortage of Good Jobs
Although Hispanic and Latino workers have high employment rates in the United States, labor market experiences differ substantially within this community, with Mexican, Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran Americans experiencing significant and intersecting gender and ethnic wage gaps.
Community-Based Violence Interruption Programs Can Reduce Gun Violence
Violence interruption is a community-based intervention strategy that can reduce gun violence and improve public safety in neighborhoods around the country.
The United States Must Deliver on Equitable Housing Outcomes for All
Federal investments kept millions of Americans in their homes during the pandemic; in the long term, commitment to bold federal housing policy can eliminate housing insecurity for millions while uplifting historically disadvantaged communities.
Profit Over People: Primer on U.S. Cash Bail Systems
Cash bail practices undermine the presumption of innocence in the criminal legal system and lead to racially and economically disparate outcomes.
Fact Sheet: Profit Over People: Inside the Commercial Bail Bond Industry Fueling America’s Cash Bail Systems
The commercial bail industry perpetuates unjust cash bail systems and relies on egregious practices to protect its bottom line.