Rights and Justice

Racial Equity and Justice

We promote systemic reforms to dismantle structural racial injustices, give everyone an equal opportunity to thrive, and ensure society benefits from our nation’s diversity.

A mural honoring people of peace is seen, realized in a Black district of Philadelphia as part of the "Mural Art Program" that began in 1984. (Getty/Frédéric Soltan/Corbis)

What We're Doing

Promote executive actions advancing racial equity and justice

We propose recommendations for federal, state, and local executive branches to adopt robust racial equity policies and ensure agencies are equipped to implement these policies effectively.

Develop a racial equity and justice legislative platform

We coalesce around and promote key legislative actions to garner tangible reforms during this Congress.

Cultivate private sector racial equity and justice initiatives

We partner with the private sector to champion solutions to address the root causes of racial wealth and opportunity gaps and strengthen the case for such solutions to be enacted and scaled by local, state, and federal leaders.

Change the conversation on racial equity and justice

We seek to fundamentally change Americans’ understanding of current and historic structural barriers that have long shut out communities of color from our economic, political, and social systems, building support for both long-term and systemic reforms.

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Recent work


Fact Sheet: Advancing Equity Fact Sheet
A group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators protest about the minimum wage in New York City, July 2020.

Fact Sheet: Advancing Equity

This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report on the Biden administration’s efforts to advance racial equity through the federal government.

Lorena Roque, Justin Dorazio

Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity Fact Sheet

Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity

Alleviating stark disparities in health coverage, chronic health conditions, mental health, and mortality across racial and ethnic groups in the United States will require deliberate and long-term efforts.

Sofia Carratala, Connor Maxwell

Fixing Graduate School Debt Fact Sheet
Law student graduate Esther Agbaje takes part in the Black Commencement at Harvard University on May 23, 2017. (Getty/Keith Bedford)

Fixing Graduate School Debt

This fact sheet considers accountability-based policy solutions through an equity lens to bring down graduate debt levels.

Viviann Anguiano, Ben Miller

Fact Sheets: President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Harms Nearly Every Community Across the Country Fact Sheet
Copies of President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget sit on a table at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2018. (Getty/AFP/Saul Loeb)

Fact Sheets: President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Harms Nearly Every Community Across the Country

Trump’s budget is an unmitigated disaster for everyday Americans—including women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, communities of color, and more.

Eliza Schultz, Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Rejane Frederick, 7 More Silva Mathema, Connor Maxwell, Heidi Schultheis, Anusha Ravi, Leila Schochet, Leonard Scott IV, Shabab Ahmed Mirza

Voter Purges Prevent Eligible Americans from Voting Fact Sheet
A sign directing voters to the polling center is seen on a wall in Eastern Market as the sun rises on the 2016 presidential election in Washington, November 8, 2016. (Getty/Anadolu Agency, Samuel Corum)

Voter Purges Prevent Eligible Americans from Voting

Voter purges silence Americans at the ballot box, and Ohio’s voter purge case will have important repercussions on the future of voting rights.

Danielle Root, Liz Kennedy

African American Women in the U.S. Economy Fact Sheet
A woman works with Malian mud cloth for her fashion accessories and home decor items in Camden, New Jersey, August 2, 2016. (AP/Mel Evans)

African American Women in the U.S. Economy

African American women are increasingly vital to the health of the U.S. economy and the economic security of their families, yet they experience significant pay disparities and face unique barriers in the workplace that can undermine their ability to thrive.

Kaitlin Holmes, Jocelyn Frye

Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in the U.S. Economy Fact Sheet
A woman stocks the shelves at a Super 88 supermarket on November 23, 2006, in Malden, Massachusetts. (AP/Lisa Poole)

Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in the U.S. Economy

Data that combine all ethnicities of AAPI women tend to obscure economic, educational, and occupational differences within the AAPI community and the unique challenges facing key AAPI subpopulations.

Kaitlin Holmes, Shilpa Phadke

People of Color: Their Contributions, Their Potential Fact Sheet
Third-grade students do school work during class at Hanby Elementary School in Mesquite, Texas, February 2011. (AP/LM Otero)

People of Color: Their Contributions, Their Potential

As demographics shift and the share of people of color in the U.S. population continues to increase, it is important to take notice of the contributions that people of color make to the United States and their potential contributions to the nation in the future.

Progress 2050

Who Are Asian Americans? Fact Sheet
Hmong American Partnership navigator Mai Lo Lee, right, enrolls a woman in Minnesota's health insurance exchange on February 13, 2015. (AP/Jim Mone)

Who Are Asian Americans?

These fact sheets provide a detailed look at 10 groups of Asian Americans by national origin.

Progress 2050

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