Equality

Using Measurement to Inform an Equitable, Aligned COVID-19 Recovery

COMMENTARY | While data is a critical tool in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, glaring reporting disparities around race and socioeconomic status remain. Policymakers need to ensure they are using an equitable measurement approach to ensure they are serving the needs of all communities.

Using Measurement to Inform an Equitable, Aligned COVID-19 Recovery

COMMENTARY | While data is a critical tool in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, glaring reporting disparities around race and socioeconomic status remain. Policymakers need to ensure they are using an equitable measurement approach to ensure they are serving the needs of all communities.

Equality

Anger Can Build a Better World

COMMENTARY | Black Lives Matter protests are not anti-American, but as American as one can get.

Cities and Counties Join Lawsuit Challenging Shortened Census Timeline

The Trump administration earlier this month walked back plans to extend the count due to the coronavirus.

Establishing Covid-19 Testing Sites for All

COMMENTARY | Racial and socioeconomic inequities continue to be exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Community leaders must engage residents who are most vulnerable to identify equitable response measures.

Colorado’s Focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce

COMMENTARY | Through ongoing conversations, strategic development and measurable goals, Colorado is working to increase equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the state government workforce.

Black Americans, Crucial Workers in Crises, Emerge Worse Off—Not Better

COMMENTARY | Government responses to economic crises have historically set Black Americans back relative to whites.

Gay and Transgender Workers Protected By Federal Employment Law, Supreme Court Rules

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Louisiana governor vetoes “critical infrastructure” trespassing bill … Cuomo warns maskless New Yorkers that more lockdown could be coming … Rhode Island AG wants to handle more police misconduct cases.

Will George Floyd’s Death Actually Change How Cities and States Are Run?

COMMENTARY | Institutionalized racism has been an existential threat to the black community for centuries. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, it’s up to state and local leaders to usher in badly needed systemwide reform to end racial injustices.

As Virus Keeps Kids From Schools, New Figures Show Millions Lack Home Internet

Meanwhile, a California education official this week said it would take at least $500 million to get students there the computers and internet access they need, and asked the private sector to help.

Ending 'Acceptable Losses' in Disasters: How Emergency Management Can Help Build More Equitable Communities

COMMENTARY | Disasters disproportionately affect the most vulnerable. The emergency management enterprise can help reverse this trend by prioritizing and investing in equity.

The Other COVID Risks: How Race, Income, ZIP Code Influence Who Lives Or Dies

“This is a failure of American society to take care of the Americans who need help the most,” said one public health expert.

The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two

Some will emerge from this crisis disrupted and shaken, but ultimately stable. Others will come out of it with much more lasting scars.

Transgender Americans Are More Likely to Be Unemployed and Poor

COMMENTARY | A new study found that transgender people had higher rates of poverty and worse health than otherwise comparable individuals who did not identify as transgender.

Don't Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

A new study shows that place-based policies are key to helping people in distressed cities, where investments should be tailored to local economic conditions.

The Double Whammy: Housing and Income Inequality

New research shows how housing and income inequality reinforce one another, effectively splitting the U.S. into two different economies.

Almost Half of State Supreme Courts Have Only White Judges, Report Finds

In many states, the highest court lacks diversity. Thirteen supreme courts have never had a person of color serve on the bench, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

Why Children Born in Big Cities Earn More As Adults

Just being born in a big city has a positive effect on later-life wages, new research finds.

Don’t Be Afraid of a Cashless Future

COMMENTARY | City ordinances requiring businesses to accept cash payments to protect the poor are missing the larger picture.

The Cybersecurity Crisis Requires Getting Serious About Diversity

It is not simply a numbers game: diversity is a proven “differentiator” that research shows makes organizations better.