New Paper: Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion
Posted by on May 4, 2009
Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion
Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion is part of a broad and hopeful vision for full inclusion and sustainability and the focus of the recent PolicyLink summit in New Orleans in early March. Distributed first to summit participants, Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion is the document that sets the scene for change. It briefly examines the history of equity in America and how contemporary national and global forces are creating unique challenges and opportunities. It concludes with a vision of the future characterized by shared economic prosperity and true participatory democracy, one where everyone–including people of color and residents of low-income communities–can contribute and benefit.
To achieve this vision, Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion proposes an agenda infused with the collective wisdom, knowledge, and creativity of everyone who recognizes the importance of economic and social equity. This agenda must have the power to transform the political debate in the media, in legislatures, in boardrooms, in the streets, and in living rooms. It does not need to be drafted from scratch. Many of its elements are in motion, being carried out by leaders in hundreds of communities, institutions, and agencies across the country.
The examples, practices, models, and insights highlighted in this paper reflect the strategy, depth, and momentum required to spur the movement forward.
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