New State & Local Policies

2016 Policy Agenda

National Community Reinvestment Coalition
NCRC

The Souls of Poor Folk

Institute for Policy Studies

In 1967, the Poor People’s Campaign was launched as a multiracial coalition demanding government action to address poverty and racism in the United States. This new report from the Institute for Policy Studies provides an audit of the last 50 years, examining the trends and conditions that drive poverty finding that systemic racism, economic exploitation, militarism, and ecological devastation continue to deepen inequality. The report accompanies the launch of the New Poor People’s Campaign to build power to create systemic change.

“Community Wealth Building” on the rise in city governments

Glass office door with "Office of Community Wealth Building" lettered

When the city government of Richmond, Virginia, established the country’s first Office of Community Wealth Building in 2014 , we were pretty excited here at The Democracy Collaborative, and not only because University of Richmond professor Thad Williamson, our former colleague and co-author, with our co-founder Gar Alperovitz, of Making a Place for Community, had been tapped to set up the office. It was also an important milestone for our work as advocates for “community wealth building.” Using this name for an office within a city government represented a new level of engagement with the idea that a new approach—focused on cross-sector collaboration and the use of local assets to catalyze opportunities for broad-based ownership, with an intentional orientation towards inclusive development rather than the failed promises of trickle-down strategies—was necessary if cities were going to really tackle persistent place-based poverty. Read more about “Community Wealth Building” on the rise in city governments...

Everyone's Economy: 25 Policies To Lift Up Working People

Ed. Amy Traub and Connie Razza

A guide for policymakers and grassroots organizations, this new report from Dēmos outlines 25 federal policies that advance racial and economic equity. The report includes short summaries of each policy, polling information around the popularity of particular policies, and key talking points for advocates. Policies highlighted include a public job guarantee, paid family leave, renewable energy investment, and developing a more equitable tax code.

Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America's Metros

Justin Scoggins, Sarah Treuhaft and Sheila Xiao
University of Southern California (USC) Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)