PolicyLink and USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) are working to promote the notion that equity is the superior growth model. We are engaged in this because we see new coalitions forming for coupling prosperity and inclusion at the metropolitan level and because we think that such a combination is essential to national recovery: in our view, we got in our economic and financial fix partly because those at the top were so wealthy they were speculating while those at the bottom were so strained they were borrowing to stay afloat. Growing inequality, in short, has been bad not just for the poor but for all of us. Combining data, policy and communications expertise, we seek to help Americans understand our changing demography, the outlines of a new and fairer economy, and the need to come together to create a better future.
Manuel Pastor, Madeline Wander, Mirabai Auer
The Center for American Progress and PolicyLink in association with PERE
By Sarah Treuhaft, Angela Glover Blackwell, and Manuel Pastor