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Tackling Climate Change Necessitates Tackling Poverty

To truly heed address climate change, we need to understand how our past and current policies have reinforced climate change and inequity and the implications for our work. If we don’t, we will abandon innovators who can shape the very solutions we need.

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How Race Matters Beyond Donald Sterling

Calling out Donald Sterling on his beliefs and actions is the right thing to do. But we must evolve our understanding of why and how race matters, beyond just individual intent and actions.

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Hope, Possibility and Opportunity in the Fight Against Climate Change

On this Earth Day, while much of the focus will be on the dire warnings issued by the IPCC, we are offering a map that shows there is hope, possibility and opportunity. This map pinpoints communities across America that are taking the fight against climate change into their own hands by developing community-scale renewable energy and energy conservation projects. Our map highlights over 100 projects that are rooted in communities, with particular attention to communities of color, who by 2042 will become the majority in our nation. With the threat of climate change becoming more real every day, communities are coming together now to be participants, decision-makers and owners in a new energy economy. We call this Energy Democracy.

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How the Legacy of Chavez Continues Today

Today, in celebration of Chavez and the many other community organizers who demanded a better system for farmworkers, we lift up those in our community who continue to push for a more just and racially equitable society alongside those most marginalized and left-behind by our unjust food system. At CSI, we work alongside these workers and organizers to expose the inequities in our food system and to identify policy strategies to transform this system, from farm to fork, so that everyone, including workers of color, can support themselves and their families and benefit from healthy, accessible food.

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How Policy Creates Racial Health Disparities

On Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, CSI’s Simran Noor delivered a presentation at the W.K Kellogg Foundation’s First Food Forum in San Antonio, Texas. This was the Foundation’s second meeting of advocates doing first food work. Attendees shared best practices, challenges, trends and opportunities, along with emerging research, focused on ensuring that more children benefit from breast milk as their first food experience. In her presentation, Simran examined the connections between policy, race and place and how these connections create health disparities across race.

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Maya Wiley Steps Down to Assume New Role in De Blasio Administration

After 12 years of leading the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), Maya Wiley will be stepping down as President to accept a new position as Counsel to New York City [...]

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Living on $2.13 Per Hour

While listening to a national talk show on the radio the other day, I heard a caller argue against the merits of tipping restaurant servers. He demanded, “Why should I tip these workers for just doing their job?” What he and many Americans don’t know is that these workers don’t earn $7.25/hour, the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage for tipped employees is only $2.13 with variability from state to state.

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3 Things You Should Also Know About the Farm Bill

American consumers and farmers have been hungering for a new Farm Bill. After much fanfare and three years of partisan fighting, the House and Senate finally passed a comprehensive, bipartisan five-year Farm Bill, which President Obama signed into law last Friday. The Farm Bill is nearly 1000 pages long, so we at CSI picked out three things you may have missed that could have a big impact on communities, particularly 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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