Policy Briefs

We believe that public policy can be a tool for advancing equity and justice. However, we also acknowledge that the public policy making process on most every issue – from land use and zoning to policing, education and voting access – has perpetuated racial inequality in our country whether through malicious intent to exclude communities of color or as the impact of race-blind policy making.

The policy briefs in this book cover a range of ideas for communities: from strengthening worker rights and protections, improving public education, expanding transportation and increasing the supply of affordable housing to supporting small businesses, implementing community benefit agreements and more. The framework outlined below focuses on getting to results, but it’s not sufficient without a racial equity lens that focuses on addressing inequities. In addition to this analysis, we encourage you to add to this framework: examine community engagement practices to ensure broad, equitable and substantive engagement; analyze budgets for unequal or discriminatory funding allocations; and grapple with bias and barriers in institutions and governmental structures that put communities of color at a disadvantage to influence outcomes. Continue reading about our racial equity approach here.

You can download a concise two pager summarizing best practices from our network by clicking the links below. To learn more about our policy work, please contact Tarsi Dunlop (tdunlop@populardemocracy.org).

Access and Justice
Climate, Transit, and Infrastructure
Dignity at Work
Equitable Development
Good Government in the Public Interest
Immigrant Protections
Robust Local Democracy and Civic Engagement