America's Tomorrow: Race, Place, and the Equity Agenda

Open Forum: Voice and Opinions from Leaders in Policy, the Field, and Academia, 2012

By: Angela Glover Blackwell, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Low Income Investment Fund
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Social Equity

This article details why equity is not just a moral issue, but an economic one, given demographic changes. It calls for a policy response to the problem, which will help bolster community efforts that have almost singlehandedly dealt with the burden of antipoverty work for too long. It also shares four principles that can help guide the development of equitable policy: focus on those left behind, rebuild public infrastructure, grow new business and new jobs, and prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow.