Advancing Racial Equity and Justice

CAP applies a racial equity lens in developing and advancing policies that root out deeply entrenched systemic racism to ensure everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

People stand before a mural honoring people of peace in a Black district in Philadelphia on September 15, 2013. (Getty/Frédéric Soltan)

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

$838K

The absolute dollar wealth gap between Black households and white households

CAP, “Eliminating the Black-White Gap Is a Generational Challenge” (2021).

75%

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).

4.1x

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.”

4,939

Hate crimes in 2020 where a victim was targeted because of their race, ethnicity, or ancestry

FBI, “Hate Crime Statistics.”

Recent work

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New Hampshire Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (An employee loads up paper towels at Associated Grocers of New England Inc. in Pembroke, New Hampshire, on October 14, 2020.)

New Hampshire Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on New Hampshire communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class New Hampshirites are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Nevada Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (Front-line health care workers wait in their cars to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-up vaccination site in Reno, Nevada, on December 17, 2020.)

Nevada Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Nevada communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Nevadans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Montana Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (The Park County Health Department performs COVID-19 rapid testing in Livingston, Montana, on December 7, 2020.)

Montana Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Montana communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Montanans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Maine Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (A testing technician awaits the next patient at a mobile COVID-19 testing facility at an airport in Portland, Maine, on November 24, 2020.)

Maine Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Maine communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Mainers are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Georgia Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Georgia Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Georgia communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Georgians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Arizona Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Arizona Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Arizona communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Arizonans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Iowa Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Iowa Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Iowa communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Iowans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

West Virginia Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

West Virginia Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on West Virginia communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class West Virginians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Ohio Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Ohio Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Ohio communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Ohioans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

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