National Equity Atlas: July Update
Dear Atlas Users,
Greetings from the National Equity Atlas team! This month we are excited to release the first of five data projects we are working on in partnership with community coalitions in New Mexico and Mississippi, with support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Stay tuned for more releases in the coming months.
New Fact Sheets Support Economic Justice Policy Campaigns in New Mexico
With the third-highest level of working poverty in the country, many New Mexican families are already struggling to make ends meet, and predatory financial services further strip their wealth and exacerbate financial insecurity. The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is working to protect low-income communities from predatory lenders and tax preparation services. To support their policy campaigns, the Atlas team produced two fact sheets: one highlighting the impact of predatory lenders on Native American communities, and one describing how expensive tax preparation services cost New Mexican families up to $54 million in 2015. Download the fact sheets here.
Webinars: Data for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Tenant Protections
Last month, the Atlas team hosted two webinars: Local Data and Strategy for Equitable Entrepreneurship, which took a look at our new entrepreneurship indicators and the strategies that support equitable entrepreneurship, and Using Bay Area Equity Atlas Data to Prevent Displacement and Protect Renters, where tenant advocates working in Concord, Hayward, Oakland, and San Jose presented about how data fits into their organizing and policy campaigns. Both are archived on the PolicyLink YouTube page.
In the News
Last month, the St. Pete Catalyst released an interview with Tim Dutton, executive director of Unite Pinellas, about the findings of “An Equity Profile of Pinellas County” and the systemic issues they are planning to address as a result. Data from the Bay Area Equity Atlas informed reporting in articles about: communities of color moving to the suburbs in SF Bay, the housing crisis in Concord in Claycord News & Talk, the lack of affordable housing in Oakland in California Patch, and the lack of diversity of elected officials in the region in SF Gate.
Thank you for your interest in our work!
The National Equity Atlas team at PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)