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

Latest

Interactive: $1 Billion U.S. Extreme Storm Disasters, 2011–2017 Interactive

Interactive: $1 Billion U.S. Extreme Storm Disasters, 2011–2017

This interactive map provides county-by-county information on billion-dollar extreme weather events and household median income.

Miranda Peterson, Howard Marano, Kristina Costa

Segregated by Income Interactive

Segregated by Income

Use this data tool to explore the most and least segregated school districts nationwide.

Ulrich Boser, Perpetual Baffour

How Much Funding for Sanctuary Jurisdictions Could Be at Risk? Interactive
Protesters take part in a rally to support sanctuary cities and oppose a border wall on February 28, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP/Eric Gay)

How Much Funding for Sanctuary Jurisdictions Could Be at Risk?

This interactive graphic details the amount of funding for key federal grants in sanctuary jurisdictions in 32 states.

Angelo Mathay, Alyson Sincavage, Philip E. Wolgin, 1 More Sanam Masroor

By the Numbers: Pollution and Public Health Interactive

By the Numbers: Pollution and Public Health

This state-by-state map pairs pollution and public health statistics, revealing what is at stake if the Affordable Care Act and environmental regulations are repealed.

Myriam Alexander-Kearns

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