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A Bold Step Towards Energy Democracy

We applaud Governor Cuomo’s ban on fracking that denied a false solution to climate change from taking root in New York. The decision was based on a concern for the health of New York’s residents, the protection of our water system, and the lack of clear and strong economic opportunities that fracking could provide given the social costs. And it is a lesson we hope resonates across the nation –any supposed solution to climate change that would compromise our health and wellbeing is no solution at all.

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Surviving and Thriving—Examining Government’s Role in Racial Equity in Ferguson

“Black Lives Matter” has been carried on protest signs by thousands—a rallying cry for the immediate need to keep Black folks alive. But, as the creators and organizers of “Black Lives Matter” understand, this movement for transformative change is more than just about communities surviving; it’s also about thriving. This requires a deeper look at the role of government in creating the conditions from which predominantly Black communities like Ferguson emerge.

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Justice for Eric Garner and What We Must Do Together

As NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton applauds the NYPD for instituting body cameras, we now know even when Black men die at the hands of police officers, having recorded proof of action doesn’t guarantee consequences. Incremental change is not enough; we must address the deep structural and institutional racism that is embedded in our society.

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Justice on Trial: The Failure for Justice in Ferguson is a Failure for All

Yesterday, justice was not served. The criminal justice system failed to indict Officer Wilson, while the system succeeded in indicting Mike Brown. For this, we must continue to demand justice and mobilize.

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CSI in Oakland, CA for a workshop on cross-racial organizing. RSVP today.

Racial inequities exist across all indicators for success — education, jobs, housing, neighborhoods, criminal justice, health and more. Unless we are proactively working for racial equity, we will be replicating the status quo. RSVP for our workshop in Oakland, CA, which will feature Glenn Harris, President of the Center for Social Inclusion, and Scot Nakagawa, Partner in ChangeLab. Glenn and Scot will share their latest thinking about the strategies and skills needed to build a movement for racial equity.

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Red Hook Rising: Internet Freedom Two Years After Sandy

Yesterday marked the second year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy devastating New York City. In Red Hook, Brooklyn, communities relied on a wireless mesh network to coordinate and communicate in the aftermath of the storm. With Comcast planning to buy Time Warner and the upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling on Net Neutrality, what lessons can we learn from Red Hook’s wireless mesh network?

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When Will Detroit Win?

The City of Detroit needs investment, but we can’t replace, forget or leave behind the people that live there. A community benefits ordinance demands that the city be more thoughtful about the people of Detroit: It will help build a better, more sustainable Detroit for Detroiters.

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Why Race Matters in Determining our Energy Future

Recently, the National Policy Alliance made waves claiming that net metering policies create more inequity and harm to low-income communities and communities of color. The NPA is right to raise concern for communities of color and low-income communities when it comes to our energy system. Yet, the argument is short-sighted and actually hinders opportunities for communities of color.

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The Race to Democracy Blog is the news, analysis, and media center for the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). CSI is a national policy strategy organization that works to transform structural inequity into structural fairness and inclusion. We work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive.

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