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Road Map: Disparities » Progress » Equity

Rep. Robin Kelly
United States Congress
2nd Congressional District, Illinois

When we talk about healthcare, especially healthcare in the Black community, one word consistently comes up: disparity.   Disparities in communities of color remain deep and persistent; they span from the cradle to the grave. We know that real health inequalities continue to plague our neighborhoods and that African Americans are sicker, have less access and die younger than their white counterparts.  With this grim status quo in mind, we never focus on what we’ve achieved.

As we drive toward the goal of an equitable health future for communities of color, we cannot afford to take our foot off the gas.  The Affordable Care Act put us on the right road and we are seeing progress.

We Refuse to Turn Back the Clock: Advancing Criminal Justice Reform in the Face of Retreat

Senator Cory A. Booker
United States Senate
New Jersey

In our most hallowed spaces as a nation—atop the Supreme Court itself—we declare that we are a nation that values “equal justice under law.” In our national creed, we pledge that our nation stands for “liberty and justice for all.” Each generation of Americans—however imperfectly—has committed themselves to making these words truer for the next generation.

Breaking it Down: Why Building Walls Won’t Work

Rep. Karen Bass
United States Congress
37th Congressional District, California

From the day Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, he made xenophobia and racism a central feature of his campaign. He described Latino immigrants as rapists and criminals—and at different points during his campaign—he spoke of deporting 11 million people and building a wall across the entire southern border of the United States. Trump repeatedly described African-American communities as lawless, plagued by criminal gangs, and in some areas, more dangerous than Baghdad. A familiar narrative began to emerge. His attack on Latino immigrants mirrored his attack on the African-American community and extended to his ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Voting Rights: Old Battles Become New Again

Rep. Terri A. Sewell
United States Congress
7th Congressional District, Alabama

After more than 250 years of debate, five constitutional amendments, decades of protest, and a handful of monumental Supreme Court decisions, the basic right of American citizens to vote in our elections is still not a settled matter.

While minority voters no longer face literacy tests or have to guess how many marbles are in a jar when they register to vote, there are new strategies for disenfranchising Black and brown communities.

What #SheWillBe: Supporting Young Women and Girls of Color

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
Speaker, New York City Council
Council member, 8th District, New York

Two years ago, the New York City Council took on the challenge of leveling the playing field and launched the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI). It was a first-of-its-kind effort to focus budget, policy and legislative initiatives on supporting young women and girls, especially those of color. The goal was to produce a lasting blueprint for investing in their future. We achieved that, and more, and I am proud to celebrate and share our model so that other jurisdictions can implement their own YWI initiatives.   

A Revolution of Values in the Marketplace

Paul T. Jones
Founder, Co-Chairman
Chief Investment Officer
Tudor Investment Corporation

Martin Whittaker
Chief Executive Officer
JUST Capital

For the simple truth is that capitalism is leaving too many behind and needs to be reshaped to reflect the needs of all people. The chart below makes plain the direct correlation between national income inequality levels (on the horizontal axis) and a multitude of social, health and economic ills (represented vertically). In his “Revolution of Values” speech in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies.”  The makings of such a revolution are now underway in the capital markets, and not a moment too soon.