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Community Based Participatory Action Research: Long Beach

The Health Equity team partnered with Participatory Budgeting Project and Long Beach Building Healthy Community (BHC) partners to support their nine-month effort to gather community input on how to fund local projects in 2016. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process that enables taxpayers to work with government to inform budget decisions that affect their

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Vision Zero Alliance: Policy Platform

On August 24, 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Vision Zero initiative, a citywide program aimed at ending traffic-related deaths. Advancement Project California is an active member of the Vision Zero Alliance,  a citywide coalition of community-based and advocacy organizations working to support and influence the City’s Vision Zero efforts. The Alliance coordinates citywide communications strategy, conducts policy

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Ensuring Youth are Safe to Learn

California’s youth are demanding safe and welcoming schools for kids of all ethnicities, religions, orientations and identities. Earlier this year, we partnered with Free Our Dreams to launch the “Safe and Welcoming Schools” campaign, a statewide platform to protect and advance the needs of California’s most vulnerable students during this uncertain and contentious political climate. The

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Climate Justice is Racial Justice

by: Diana Benitez, Leila Forouzan and Yvonne Yen Liu Earlier this week, President Trump quietly disbanded the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment, a group of climate policy experts and scientists tasked with bridging scientific findings around climate change with federal agencies. While this move may not have drawn the most media

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Let’s Call It Out for What It Was: Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” This was Heather Heyer’s final Facebook post before she was killed on Saturday. Heather lost her life as she raised her voice against the hate and bigotry that filled the streets of Charlottesville over the weekend. Regardless of President Trump’s long delayed second response, we understand that

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Advancing Equity in Education Advocacy: Long Beach

This blog kicks off a series focused on Advancement Project California’s technical assistance to The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) sites. Over the next few weeks, we will release blogs that detail our work in investment tracking and analysis in support of racial equity across California.   Coalitions across the state have mobilized to track

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State Board of Education Approves Historic “English Learner Roadmap”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 was a historic day for policy change for our Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and English Learners (ELs). The State Board of Education unanimously passed the California English Learner Roadmap: Strengthening Comprehensive Educational Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Learners, enacting an assets-based English Learner policy and removing the harmful policy put

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Key Issue Update: Health Care

By: Daniel Wherley, Senior Policy & Research Analyst, Health Equity Yesterday’s defeat of the “skinny repeal” bill sent a clear message – none of the health care proposals we’ve seen over the past six months got to the heart of Americans’ concerns. For over seven years, opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) argued that

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Key Issue Update: 2020 Census

By: Dr. John Dobard, Manager of Political Voice An accurate decennial census count is crucial to ensuring fair political representation and allocation of public funds. However, Congress’ insufficient investment in the U.S. Census Bureau will have both immediate and long-term ramifications on our democracy. As of today, the Census Bureau has not received its traditional

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The Partisan Sabotage of America’s Health Care System

By: Daniel Wherley, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Health Equity Published on May 24, 2017 at 4:09PM PT The last two days represent a crucial moment in the years-long insurgency campaign to sabotage the health care that tens of millions of Americans rely on for their daily well-being, economic security, and peace of mind. The

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