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.”
Some States Are Ready To Punish Abortion in a Post-Roe World
Hearings reveal Trump’s vast plan to overturn Americans’ votes
Hearing on Tax Policy for Inclusive Economic Growth
Trump raved about his COVID treatment, but hardly anyone can get it. We need a better plan.
Topher Spiro writes about why the monoclonal antibody treatment will not be widely available to those with COVID-19.
Conspiracy theories, misinformation, COVID-19, and the 2020 election
In a new survey, Daniel A. Cox and John Halpin examine the prevalence of misinformation about COVID-19, public confidence in the media, and concerns about the administration of the 2020 election.
The Pandemic Hurts Countries That Don’t Value Workers
Author Jacob Leibenluft explains how weak labor protections have made the United States more vulnerable to COVID-19.
COVID-19 second stimulus package standoff highlights Trump’s flawed economic agenda
Amid stalled negotiations on a second COVID-19 stimulus package, Brian Katulis and Aaron Klein discuss how President Trump's governing agenda guts America's global competitiveness.
The best route for moving up is in danger of being blocked
Through the lens of a community college student in rural Louisiana, Marcella Bombardieri describes why Congress must invest sufficiently in public colleges amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Uncertainty can ruin an economy. The bungled covid-19 response just adds to it.
Jacob Leibenluft writes about the significant economic implications of the Trump administration's response to COVID-19.
A New Social Contract for the 21st Century
In light of the glaring inequalities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic, Neera Tanden outlines the need for a comprehensive 21st-century social contract that will not only lead the United States into recovery but also rethink the existing relationship between individuals, corporations, and the government.
The Progressive Defense Budget
Lawrence J. Korb writes about decisions that should be made in the fiscal year 2021 defense budget—including the provision of funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Health care workforce challenges require transformative thinking on equity, pay
Authors Livia Lam and Daniel Bustillo examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed workforce inequities in pay and job quality in the health care industry .
Public Health, Not Politics, Should Guide Policies Inside Otay Mesa Detention Center
Jessica Cobian writes about the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the Otay Mesa Detention Center—and what ICE needs to do about it.