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.

Recent work

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National and Community Leaders Discuss How To End White Supremacist Violence Video

National and Community Leaders Discuss How To End White Supremacist Violence

This video presents highlights from an event following the release of a joint report from the Center for American Progress and the McCain Institute for International Leadership on how to address the growing national security threat posed by white supremacist violence in the United States.

Katrina Mulligan, Brette Steele, Simon Clark, 2 More Asha Padmanabhan, Rachel Hunkler

CAP Ideas 2019: Mitch Landrieu on Reckoning With America’s Past Video
 (Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) speaks at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference.)

CAP Ideas 2019: Mitch Landrieu on Reckoning With America’s Past

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference on the importance of a true reckoning with America’s past in order to truly guarantee dignity and opportunity to all.

‘We Are Resilient’: The Power of the Black Community Video

‘We Are Resilient’: The Power of the Black Community

In the face of Donald Trump's rhetoric and policy choices that threaten people of color, the black community remains resilient.

Jasmine Hardy, Andrew Satter, Danyelle Solomon, 2 More Lea Hunter, Connor Maxwell

Event Highlights: The Power of Black Media During the Trump Administration Video

Event Highlights: The Power of Black Media During the Trump Administration

The Center for American Progress and Progress 2050 recently hosted a conversation on the importance of black media and uplifting the voices of black journalists during the Trump administration.

Progress 2050

Trump’s First 100 Days in 100 Seconds Video

Trump’s First 100 Days in 100 Seconds

Watch a 100-second run-down of Trump's chaotic first 100 days.

the Center for American Progress

Debbie Allen on the Intersection of Art and Advocacy Video

Debbie Allen on the Intersection of Art and Advocacy

Actress Debbie Allen's new musical, "Freeze Frame…Stop the Madness," takes a look at race and justice in America and the role of art in social change.

Andrew Satter, Aki Suzuki

5 Things You Need to Know About Flint’s Water Crisis Video

5 Things You Need to Know About Flint’s Water Crisis

Government officials in Michigan have been scrambling to address the fallout of the man-made water catastrophe in Flint that poisoned thousands of mostly low-income people of color.

Andrew Satter

The Legacy of Katrina Video

The Legacy of Katrina

It has been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and disproportionately affected its poor and black residents. Senior Fellow Sam Fulwood asks what have we learned since those dark days in Louisiana a decade ago.

Sam Fulwood III, Kulsum Ebrahim, Andrew Satter

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