This report explores how Black communities have collaborated to sustain themselves and their economies throughout histories. Despite generations of forced migration and intentional disruption of community building, the African diaspora in the United States facilitated cooperative systems to supply community needs and improve their outcomes.
Over the next 5 years, more than $1 trillion in government funding will be poured into infrastructure projects across the country including roads, bridges, public transit, clean water, airport upgrades, energy grid upgrades, passenger and freight railways, coastal resiliency, clean school buses, and small business growth. This fact sheet highlights how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act impacts Black communities.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Common conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity and diabetes—prevalently experienced in Black communities—increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. This report addresses the societal factors related to heart disease in the Black community and how policymakers can help through legislation.
The Cycle: How Motor Vehicular Tickets, Fines, and Fees Exacerbate Poverty and Contribute to Mass Incarceration
While a person’s inability to pay a ticket, fine, or fee arguably does not threaten public safety, today, states across the country respond to this offense by revoking the privilege to drive. This report explores how debt-based driving restrictions disproportionately impact Black people, contribute to financial instability, and threaten the safety of their communities.
This 2021 Annual Report provides an overview of the National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI) to capture our progress on priorities since the inception of NREI and to provide context to the evolution of NREI to date. As we enter NREI’s second year of operations, we inspirationally look to the work ahead in 2022.
By analyzing the current state of police reform in the U.S. post-George Floyd and Newark’s approach to solving police misconduct on a local level, this case study will provide a fresh outlook on the city’s true impact and lessons learned.
African nations must attempt to minimize dependency on foreign direct investment and neo-colonial partnerships and instead strengthen economic relations within themselves. Intra-African trade is a promising path toward creating sustainable development and decolonizing economic independence on the continent.
This case study dissects the history of reparations and the overall political discourse of the United States’ attitude towards reparations implementation through current legislation.
Appeal for Administrative Action: Canceling Student Loan Debt for Historically Black College and University Alumni
Policymakers must prioritize student debt cancellation, particularly for Historically Black College and University (HBCU) borrowers, to alleviate the impact of high intergenerational financial costs.