Political Education as Anti-Racist Practice

A core question the Closing the Gaps Network (CTG) team has been holding over the past year and a half has been, How might we test and practice the work that we are expecting of public servants who take part…

June 29, 2021

Ending White Supremacy Culture: Racial Equity as a Process

We’ve come to understand that racial equity is a process rather than an outcome that can be checked off a to-do list. We seek to move beyond the binary thinking that suggests there is an “end” or that some people are “on top” or “more successful” when it comes to racial equity.

June 14, 2021

Just Say Black

I work in circles where we talk a lot about “people of color” (POC). We discuss what POC need to thrive economically, how to support POC with resources, and of course we interrogate how racism affects POC in the public…

June 9, 2021

There is Only One Kevin Clayton…But We Need One in Every Company

This piece was developed with guidance and input from the Living Cities Narrative Change Working Group, a collective impact consortium composed of foundations, financial institutions and key partners working to harness market forces for economic inclusion by shifting corporate narratives about…

May 24, 2021

Prudential Sees Racial Equity as a Moral, Economic and Business Imperative

This piece was developed with guidance and input from the Living Cities Narrative Change Working Group, a collective impact consortium composed of foundations, financial institutions and key partners working to harness market forces for economic inclusion by shifting corporate narratives about…

April 29, 2021

Leveraging Relationships and Centering Racial Equity

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Ashleigh Gardere Executive Vice President…

April 1, 2021

Wealth Building as a Tool for an Equitable Rochester

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Dr. Lomax R. Campbell Director…

March 30, 2021

Model Minority No More: Towards a Model of Mutual Struggle

Living Cities joins the more than 500 philanthropic leaders who have committed to building multi-racial solidarity and shifting funding to communities of color, including Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, to help dismantle white supremacy and all forms of oppression.  We mourn the deaths of…

March 30, 2021

The Rich Cultural Identity of Native Americans in ABQ

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Dawn Begay Native American Affairs…

March 25, 2021

Cultural Equity to Achieve Social Change in New Haven, Conn.

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Adriane Jefferson Director of the…

March 23, 2021

Youth and Philanthropy Co-Design an Equitable Minnesota

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Marcus Pope Vice President of…

March 18, 2021

Building an Anti-racist City During COVID

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Clare Verbeten Equity and Inclusion…

March 16, 2021

Using Resilience to Build an Equitable Minneapolis

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Ron Harris Chief Resilience Officer…

March 11, 2021

ABQ Leader Reimagines Government’s Role in Equity

From local government officials to philanthropic stakeholders to Living Cities staff, this story is one in a series that demonstrates the impact Living Cities has across the U.S. — connecting individuals and highlighting successful initiatives. Michelle Melendez Inaugural Director of…

March 9, 2021

CHECKING IN WITH OUR HUMANITY V2

CHECKING IN WITH OUR HUMANITY V2 OVERVIEW Embedding racial equity into an organizational culture requires intentional work everyday. On a personal level, it can require a lifetime of studying, learning, and unlearning. There are many ways to incorporate thoughtful reflection…

March 1, 2021