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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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

North Carolina Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

North Carolina Needs the American Rescue Plan

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

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

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

Florida Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

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

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Pennsylvania Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Pennsylvania Needs the American Rescue Plan

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

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

What a Biden-Modi Initiative To Spur India’s Green Transition Should Look Like Fact Sheet
 (Kashmiri residents pluck saffron flowers as they take part in the harvest of saffron at a farm in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, on October 29, 2020.)

What a Biden-Modi Initiative To Spur India’s Green Transition Should Look Like

The United States and India have an opportunity to partner to catalyze foreign institutional investment in India’s green transition—a critical contribution to drive progress in the global effort to combat climate change.

Kanika Chawla, Alan Yu, Rita Cliffton

Michigan Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (A worker pours dry ice into boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on December 13, 2020.)

Michigan Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

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

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

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

Wisconsin Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

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

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Fact Sheet: Public Education Opportunity Grants Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Public Education Opportunity Grants

This fact sheet outlines the main goals and provisions of the proposed Public Education Opportunity Grants program.

Scott Sargrad, Lisette Partelow, Jessica Yin, 1 More Khalilah M. Harris

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