By Jhumpa Bhattacharya

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It’s 2021, which marks the start of a new decade and a new presidency in the United States. A welcome change in tone and tenor, we are excited by the possibility of having a leader who openly acknowledges white supremacy as a flourishing threat that must be addressed. As a nation, we watched in terror and heartbreak as a white supremacist insurgency took hold of our Capitol building on January 6. We hold the strong belief that all those who helped incite and aid the insurrection — including the legislators who chose to challenge election results and…


By Anne Price, President

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As the nation prepares for the transfer of power to a new Presidential administration, we are confronted with uncomfortable truths about our democracy and the social and economic structures of our society. As writer Steve Almond noted, “This election took American democracy down to its studs. What became visible are the deep cracks in our national foundation.”

One truth is that as the pandemic worsens and the economic crisis deepens, pressure to cut public investments in the name of so-called “fiscal responsibility” will intensify. This political approach will result in human suffering, the brunt of which…


By Anne Price, President

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With less than a week until Election Day and early voting eclipsing 2016 numbers, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx, and Muslim women will play a crucial role in determining our nation’s future. According to Aimee Allison of She the People, a national network elevating the political voice and power of women of color, “the only path to solutions that heal us as a people is with the enthusiastic support of women of color.”

The electoral power of the 63 million women of color in the United States is a mighty force that should not…


By Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Vice President of Programs and Strategy

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Earlier this month, Governor Newsom signed the Families Over Fees Act eliminating 23 unjust, racist administrative fees within our legal system, and expunging $16 billion of fee debt held by mostly Black and brown Californians. An extraordinary win, the new legislation makes California the first state in the nation to enact sweeping reforms of this kind.

We at the Insight Center are proud to have played a critical role as co-sponsors of the bill and Steering Committee members of Debt Free Justice California, the coalition that led this advocacy and organizing…


By Debt Free Justice California

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Photo: Debt Free Justice California

On September 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 1869, the Families Over Fees Act, eliminating 23 unjust, racist administrative fees within the Californian legal system and expunging $16 billion of fee debt held by mostly Black and brown Californians.

A historic policy win for California, the new law is the culmination of a sustained advocacy and organizing campaign led by Debt Free Justice California — which includes the Insight Center among its Steering Committee members — in partnership with State Senator Holly Mitchell.

The following is a letter sent to Governor Newsom…


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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has consistently been rated as one of the most segregated cities in America and one of the worst places for Black people to live. Wisconsin imprisons Black men at the highest rate in the nation; many of them come from Milwaukee. I was raised in an overwhelmingly white suburb just a few miles away.

Living in an all-white suburb doesn’t automatically make you feel safe and certainly does not protect you from unprovoked interactions with police, but I grew up unencumbered by police presence. I never had to think about the police. In fact, I cannot recall even…


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Graphic illustration from Insight Center’s Power Learning Community

By: Anne Price, Jhumpa Bhattacharya and Dorian Warren

June 2020

INTRODUCTION

Before the COVID-19 crisis, there was growing recognition that structural racism perpetuates unequal and adverse life outcomes for Black people. The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 project shed light on how Black people and their needs have been historically exploited, neglected, and undervalued in the creation of our nation’s culture, economy, and democracy. The disproportionate effects of the COVID crisis, along with the ongoing uprising to end police brutality, is now illuminating this fact even brighter. …


By Anne Price, President

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On the heels of Ahmaud Aubrey’s and Breonna Taylors’ deaths, and right before George Floyd, Christian Cooper and an outpour of protests across our nation, I had the opportunity to moderate a conversation about racism in America with historian and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.

The irony does not escape me.

Kendi notes that it “is just devastating to know that on the one hand, we are being disproportionately infected and killed by the coronavirus, and that on the other hand, we’re disproportionately infected and killed by the virus of racism.”

Amid…


By Anne Price, President

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The COVID-19 crisis has exposed how racial inequities are baked into our economic and health systems, in large part due to anti-blackness. One thing is for sure, we didn’t end up here by accident.

Nationwide, as a result of the rules we’ve created and the narratives we hold dear, Black and Latinx Americans are testing positive and dying of coronavirus at disproportionately higher rates. These communities are overrepresented in jobs that put them at risk of both becoming infected and of being laid off. In California, Black and Asian women have the highest daily risk of…


By Aisa Villarosa, Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

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With nearly half of all Californians at high risk of unemployment and the Bay Area anticipating more than 800,000 job losses by May, it is time to unpack the root causes of racial and gender inequities endangering those whose labor is valued in our society, but not their full selves.

In the Bay Area, more than 1 out of every 2 retail and grocery workers cannot take paid sick leave, and women are less likely to get authorized leave than men. …

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The Insight Center for Community Economic Development’s mission is to help people and communities become, and remain, economically secure.

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