California is leading the nation's demographic transformation. Six in ten Californians are now people of color. And by 2050, three-quarters of the state’s population will be people of color.
The Golden State’s tremendous diversity will be the key to its future economic success—if its leaders take action to increase fairness and opportunity. Equity is not only a moral imperative—it is also an economic one.
These are the key messages of the PolicyLink/PERE report, California's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model.
The report was released at a legislative briefing hosted by PolicyLink and the California Legislative Tri-Caucus (including the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus, California Latino Legislative Caucus, and Legislative Black Caucus) and attended by legislative staff and nearly 40 advocates from all parts of the state.
Assemblymembers Warren Furutani (Chair, API Legislative Caucus), Paul Fong, Steven Bradford, and José Solorio, and Senator Curren Price (Chair, Legislative Black Caucus), spoke in support of the policy priorities outlined in the report at the briefing and shared ideas about how their caucuses can implement them.
Community leaders Allen Fernandez-Smith (Urban Habitat), Tim Rainey (California Workforce Investment Board), and Iris Zuniga (Youth Policy Institute) also shared suggestions for how state policy can support and help scale up effective local strategies.
In the words of Housing California Executive Director Shamus Roller, California – and the nation – cannot afford to continue “coasting on the investments of the past.” Equity is the way forward.