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.”
Fighting Climate Change, From Capitol Hill to City Hall
How the United States Should Respond if Russia Invades Ukraine
The Fed has a clear mandate to mitigate climate risks
Planning for the Future in an Uncertain Economy
This week, Ed sits down with CAP Senior Economist Gbenga Ajilore to discuss warning signs in the economy, what they might mean, as well as some of the contributing factors.
Yes, the President Is Still a Racist
Following a recent op-ed in The Washington Post condemning the racist remarks of President Trump, two Black former Obama administration staffers sit down with Daniella to discuss how the country can move forward.
Ari Berman: A Green Light to Gerrymander
Daniella and Ed chat with Mother Jones Senior Reporter Ari Berman this week about gerrymandering, the 2020 census, and the state of voting rights in the United States.
How Oakland, California, Radically Reduced Violence
This week, Ed spoke with Capt. Ersie Joyner of the Oakland Police Department about the city's successful and comprehensive Ceasefire program to address gun violence and crime in the community.
Darrick Hamilton: The Blueprint for a Better Society
This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, to discuss the U.S. economy, inequality, and reparations.
Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas
Ed and Daniella chat with Ari Melber—host of MSNBC's "The Beat With Ari Melber"—to discuss the increasingly strained relationship between Congress and the Trump administration, as well as the debate around criminal justice reform.
The Urgency of Equality, With Charlotte Clymer and Laura Durso
Ed and Daniella sit down with Charlotte Clymer, press secretary for rapid response at the Human Rights Campaign, and CAP's Laura Durso, to discuss the likely passage of the Equality Act in the House of Representatives.
Filmmaker Ed Zwick and Storytelling to Drive Policy Change
This week, Daniella and Ed spoke with filmmaker Edward Zwick to discuss his new project, "Trial by Fire," as well as the ways in which movies and popular culture can help advance policy change.
Ending Mass Incarceration, With Emily Bazelon and Rachel Barkow
This week, Daniella and Ed talk with Emily Bazelon, staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, and Rachel Barkow, professor at the New York University School of Law, about how to end mass incarceration through comprehensive criminal justice reform.
Turning the Page on Climate, With Robinson Meyer and Christy Goldfuss
This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Robinson Meyer, a climate reporter for The Atlantic, and Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at CAP, about renewed energy on climate change.