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.”
Addressing the Nation’s Infant Formula Crisis
The Behavioral Health Care Affordability Problem
The 9th Summit of the Americas is an Opportunity to Center Climate Action in Regional Security
Let Black Soldiers Know The Military ‘Gets It’: Rename Bases Named After Confederate Generals
As protesters and lawmakers act to remove Confederate monuments and statues from public spaces across the country, Frank Kendall argues that it is also time for the military to rename U.S. bases named for Confederate generals as a necessary first step toward addressing systemic racism.
LGBT Older People and COVID-19
SAGE, the Movement Advancement Project, and CAP co-author a report on how older LGBTQ adults in the United States are faring during the coronavirus pandemic.
Letter to SEC on Corporate Transparency and Accountability and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Andy Green and others write a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding corporate accountability and transparency amid the coronavirus pandemic.
How Immigrants Are Being Kept Out of the Coronavirus Recovery
Stephanie Griffith explains how the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic has excluded small business owners in immigrant communities.
A Clean Slate in the Age of Coronavirus
Formerly incarcerated Americans are especially vulnerable to job loss amid COVID-19 and the current economic recession due to the stigma of a criminal record, and Rebecca Vallas and Sharon Dietrich argue that they deserve to have their slates wiped clean through expungement and record sealing.
‘If You Had a Need, You Got Help’: A Community College President’s Approach Towards Coronavirus
Author Marcella Bombardieri interviews Russell Lowery-Hart, the president of a community college in Amarillo, Texas, about what challenges students in poverty are facing during the coronavirus pandemic and how colleges are trying to help.
The Coronavirus May Accelerate the Demise of Rural America
Olugbenga Ajilore writes about the effects of the coronavirus in rural America.
My immigrant parents lost their jobs, but the CARES Act won’t help mixed-status families like mine
Rocio Perez, an intern with the Center for American Progress, shares how the coronavirus has affected mixed-status families like hers, which are ineligible for public benefits and relief under the CARES Act.
New York Assemblyman Michael Blake on the Coronavirus in the Bronx
This week on "The Tent," a podcast through the Center for American Progress Action Fund, New York State Assemblyman Michael Blake explains the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis on the Bronx.
Human rights lessons of the pandemic
Elisa Massimino and Alexandra Schmitt explain how human rights violations have hindered the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.