Recently featured in a profile by Daniel Fisher on the cover of Forbes, as part of its top 400, Robert Smith sat down with Maya Rockeymoore at the 2015 Color of Wealth Summit to talk about the power of opportunity. Both of my parents have Ph.Ds in Education. I remember growing up in Denver in […]
Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director at the Center for Community Change, spoke at the 2015 Color of Wealth Summit as part of the panel, “The Great Inequality Debate: Economic Equity and the Potential for Policy Action.” Bhargava highlighted the importance of recognizing the active, deliberate human actions that brought about the racial wealth gap, and also the […]
American society is better off with less poverty and less of the many social problems associated with poverty. Social Security is our strongest poverty-fighting program; therefore our leaders should act to keep the program strong. Of the programs existing today, none compare to Social Security in its ability to reduce the national poverty rate. The […]
We seek to change the structures and framing around inclusion and fairness in our economy and society. The question is, Why race and why now? I often get the question, Why should we focus on race? There are organizations and individuals who think that not focusing on and acknowledging race or ethnicity is the polite […]
This week, we will once again see that the Latino and African American poverty rates are more than double the non-Hispanic white poverty rate. The persistence of high poverty rates among these two groups can lead one to think that there are no policy options to address this problem, but this is not the case. We […]
by Algernon Austin This week, President Obama was in Alaska to call attention for the need for global action on climate change. Last week, he was in New Orleans commemorating the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While Alaska is 4,000 miles away from Louisiana, both states face similar challenges from climate change. And, in both […]
From access to investing to the harsh discipline black women face, the Supreme Court decisions on fair housing and gay marriage, to access to healthy food, the minimum wage, and using public resources to generate income for all Americans, there is no shortage of topics that touch on racial wealth inequality. Members of the Experts […]
While the gender pay gap is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, we must also look at the intersection of gender, race, and wealth to get a clear picture of how people of color are faring in today’s economy. Join Mariko Chang and David Pate Jr. for a webinar discussing the economic […]
Lisa Hasegawa is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), the first national advocacy organization focused on housing and community development for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Tanya Fiddler is the Executive Director of the Four Bands Community Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that focuses on entrepreneurship and economic stability among the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation population. She was a recipient of the Asset Build Champion Award at the 2015 Color of Wealth Summit.
Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez has represented Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District in Chicago and Cook County since 1992. Now in his twelfth term, Gutiérrez is the senior member of the Illinois delegation. The 12-term congressman was born and raised in Chicago to parents who emigrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950s. His previously served as a […]