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'Unlocking Opportunities' Policy Brief

by Community Change Action | June 14, 2016 1:30 pm

By: Dorian T. Warren, Chirag Mehta, Steve Savner

Imagine a 21st-century jobs program that puts families first, makes extensive investments in America’s most impoverished places and creates millions of good jobs to meet our most pressing needs and strengthen our communities. It would be a big first step in rebalancing our economy to reverse the flow of jobs, capital and talents out of America’s poorest families and neighborhoods. This bold program would target communities where African‐American families are trapped and subject to rampant racial profiling, incarceration and discrimination, stealing away opportunity and hope for the future. Where Latino families are grappling with air pollution, decrepit roads and vacant lots, but no good jobs. Where white families are living in forgotten rural areas and wondering how they are going to put food on the table. These families deserve more from our leaders.

Full version: Unlocking Opportunities Policy Brief

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