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Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery. It’s been 158 years since June 19, 1865, but Black people still aren’t free. Black people are still demanding equal rights, equal treatment, and full access to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Whether it's coronavirus, the racial wealth gap, or the killing of Black people at the hands of law enforcement, the call to action on this Juneteenth must be focused on structural reform. This pandemic has not only highlighted structural problems in our health care and economic systems, it has exacerbated racial and ethnic disparities that have long been pushed aside. The recent killings of Black people has done the same—further showcasing the need to focus on the criminal justice system as a whole instead of focusing on bad apples. To effectively remove systematic racism, we must be unafraid to change our country’s economic, social, and civic intuitions. The following products highlight some of our work focused on these issues and on structural reform.
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It is critical for Congress to pass legislation that advances racial equity and justice for Black Americans.
Jun 16, 2022
Nicole Lee Ndumele, Justin Dorazio
Community-based violence intervention programs have proved to reduce homicides and shootings.
Jun 3, 2022
CAP Criminal Justice Reform team, CAP Gun Violence Prevention team
Two years after the murder of George Floyd, the Biden administration released a police reform executive order containing policies that states and cities should build upon.
Jun 1, 2022
Rachael Eisenberg, Nicole Lee Ndumele, Kate Kahan, 1 More
It is vital that policymakers take immediate action to address the scourge of guns and hate.
May 16, 2022
Nicole Lee Ndumele, Eugenio Weigend Vargas
While the U.S. economy is recovering for many Americans, Black men continue to experience persistent unemployment gaps and reduced economic opportunity.
Mar 28, 2022
Lorena Roque, Rose Khattar, Arohi Pathak
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s exemplary background reflects the Biden administration’s commitment to nominating exceptional judges at every level.
Mar 23, 2022
Stephanie Wylie, Genna Cifelli
Black women are staying in the workforce, but their need for paid leave continues to go unmet.
Mar 4, 2022
Jessica Milli, Jocelyn Frye, Maggie Jo Buchanan
The recent rash of bomb threats against historically Black colleges and universities is just one of the numerous signs that America is at risk of winding the clock backward when it comes to opportunities for Black students in higher education.
Mar 2, 2022
Jared C. Bass, Marcella Bombardieri
To create more equitable systems, policymakers must take an intersectional approach that includes Black women and girls with disabilities.
Feb 15, 2022
Policy solutions that address Black women’s work, family, and caregiving needs are essential to creating equitable workplaces that pay fair wages.
Aug 3, 2021
The Biden administration has started to implement policies to make it easier for Black households to build wealth at the same rate as white households; additional steps are both possible and necessary.
Jul 28, 2021
Christian E. Weller, Richard Figueroa
The compounding effects of discrimination for Black LGBTQ Americans are evident in the workplace, health care systems, and police interactions, leading to gaps in economic advancement and mental and physical health outcomes.
Jul 13, 2021
Bipartisan momentum for clean slate and fair chance licensing policies—which remove barriers to economic opportunity for people facing the stigma of a criminal record—has grown significantly in the states in recent years.
May 28, 2021
Rebecca Vallas, Sharon Dietrich, Beth Avery
Justice reform measures can help ensure that women with a criminal record are given a fair chance at quality job opportunities, and these reforms are needed now more than ever in light of the pandemic’s devastating impact on women.
Mar 29, 2021
The United States’ maternal health crisis demands federal and state action to improve coverage, the delivery of care, and pregnancy outcomes. The cost of inaction will almost certainly be dire.
Mar 25, 2021
Jamille Fields Allsbrook, Osub Ahmed
While more must be done to shrink the footprint of the U.S. criminal justice system, the national dialogue around reform during summer 2020 has inspired transformative ideas and tangible policies that can be built on moving forward.
Mar 18, 2021
Kenny Lo, Sarah Figgatt, Betsy Pearl, 1 More
Current data collection on state violence does not paint a picture that is inclusive of victims with disabilities.
Feb 10, 2021
Public sector jobs have long provided economic security for Black families and communities and reduced the racial wealth gap, but current policy failures threaten that legacy.
Oct 23, 2020
Michael Madowitz, Anne Price, Christian E. Weller
Postsecondary institutions must take immediate action to help address the issue of police brutality.
Jul 15, 2020
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.
Jun 11, 2020
The United States needs policies that challenge structural racism in order to close the persistent unemployment gap between African Americans and whites.
Feb 24, 2020
New federal data shows high default rates for newer borrowers despite increased use of income-driven repayment plans.
Dec 2, 2019
Women of color—a diverse and increasingly active voting bloc—are a growing force in American politics.
Nov 19, 2019
Danyelle Solomon, Connor Maxwell
Race-conscious admissions practices remain necessary in the fight for racial equity in higher education.
Oct 1, 2019
Connor Maxwell, Sara Garcia
We pursue climate action that meets the crisis’s urgency, creates good-quality jobs, benefits disadvantaged communities, and restores U.S. credibility on the global stage.
Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must act to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.
Economic growth must be built on the foundation of a strong and secure middle class so that all Americans benefit from growth.
We apply a racial equity lens in developing and advancing policies that aim to root out entrenched systemic racism to ensure everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
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