Rising Inequity and Local Solutions

COMMENTARY | With programs to provide free college tuition for middle-class students to training workers for climate change-related jobs, state and local governments are looking to reduce inequality.

Cities Form New Racial Equity Network With Private Sector

The commitment has its origins in a 2016 research initiative addressing structural racism in five jurisdictions.

Making Tulsa More Resilient Means Wrestling With the City’s Racist Past

Disparities persist long after the largest race-based massacre in U.S. history.

Ruling Against Colorado, Supreme Court Sidesteps Civil and Religious Rights

Instead, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission provided state and local governments a lecture on fair governance.

City Leaders Envision Future With Driverless Cars

Autonomous vehicles promise increased equity and efficiency, but a new report says governments need to make sure the right policies are regulating them.

Turning Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Into an Inclusive One

“When you make the case properly, people are willing to pay into the system that reflects them.”

Community-Driven Approaches to Equity to Receive $10M to Grow

The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have teamed up to create the Communities Thrive Challenge, which will have 10 winners.

The White Men's Club Leading America's Largest Cities

The diversity of the country's urban centers is not reflected in City Hall: In the 15 biggest U.S. cities, all but three mayors are white men, and none are women.

Chicago’s Awful Divide

Americans are flocking to big cities to find good jobs—opportunities that remain disproportionately out of reach for the poorest residents already living there.

‘I’ve Personally Sacrificed My Entire Career for This’

The debate around sexual-harassment legislation is playing out in the Maryland General Assembly, where reform advocates say leadership is loath to embrace changes.

Trump's EPA Concludes Environmental Racism Is Real

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air—even as the agency seeks to roll back regulations on pollution.

#MeToo Movement Fuels a 1970s Comeback: The ERA

Nevada last year became the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, meaning that supporters need only two more states to reach the 38 required to add the ERA to the U.S. Constitution. Before Nevada, the last state to ratify was Indiana in 1977.

Voting Lines Are Shorter—But Mostly for Whites

Election officials have figured out how to keep voting lines down, but communities of color are still waiting longer to vote.

Civil Rights Activists Won’t Let Trump’s ‘Racist’ Rhetoric Derail an Immigration Agreement

The president denied on Twitter Friday that he had called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries,” after attacking a bipartisan deal offering ex-DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship.

'Proof of Citizenship' Voting Laws May Surge Under Trump

Requiring proof of citizenship makes election systems so complex that eligible voters are disenfranchised, according to a recent lawsuit in Arizona.

Legislator Who Stood Up to Sexism in '73 Sees Some Progress

The nation’s longest-serving female legislator says when it comes to winning and wielding political power, women remain at a distinct disadvantage.

Cities Make LGBTQ Equality Gains Despite More Hostile State Political Climates

A total of 30 states have seen more than 130 pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in 2017, but 24 million people live in cities with more inclusive policies.