Racial Equity for the 21st Century

Racial Equity for the 21st Century

Over the last few months, as The Greenlining Institute has marked its 25th anniversary, we’ve been reflecting on our history, accomplishments, and occasional frustrations. And let’s be honest: The 2016 election upped the frustration level, with almost everything that matters to communities of color coming under attack in the past year and a half. And yet I feel increasingly sure that we can achieve racial equity and that California – and Greenlining – will help lead the way. Yes, powerful forces threaten civil rights, the social safety net, organized labor and sane environmental policies, but we must fight the temptation to get into a defensive crouch. That’s not to say…
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Warning of the 2008 Financial Crisis – and Stopping a New Wave of Predatory Lending

Warning of the 2008 Financial Crisis – and Stopping a New Wave of Predatory Lending

It’s considered rude to say, “I told you so,” but as far as the 2008 financial crisis goes, we did. Now a new wave of financial deregulation could set up a rerun of the predatory lending boom that devastated communities of color and tanked our entire economy. We’d had a fairly cordial relationship with Federal Reserve Board Chair Alan Greenspan going back to Greenlining’s early days in 1993-94, so we hoped that he’d listen when we told him we were worried about what was going on with adjustable-rate mortgages and subprime lending. As the housing boom started to take off in the late 1990s and early 2000s, something of a…
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25 Years of Fighting for Racial Justice

25 Years of Fighting for Racial Justice

2018 marks an important milestone for us: On March 8, 1993, The Greenlining Institute officially incorporated, making the leap from an informal coalition to an actual organization. This anniversary comes at a moment in our nation’s history when the fight for racial justice has never been more important, a moment when everything we fight for is under more intense threat than we’ve seen in decades. And that fight has never been more crucial. So over the next few months – here on this blog, on Greenlining’s social media accounts and at our Economic Summit on May 24 — we will be revisiting some key moments in our history and reflecting…
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#ResistReport Going on Hiatus

#ResistReport Going on Hiatus

Dear friends, After producing the #ResistReport for four months straight, we’ve concluded that we need to take a short break, assess our work and figure out how to make this resource better and more useful for you, our friends, allies and supporters. We also need to ensure a sustainable process for our hard-working staff, who spend many hours each week assembling the information that goes into each issue. It’s become clear through the first half of 2017 that the unprecedented assault on so much we care about isn’t likely to end soon, and that we need to be as effective as possible through the long haul. Your feedback will be…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 16

#ResistReport, Vol. 16

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  TAKE ACTION INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS: Trumpcare – rightly called the #DeathCareBill – suffered a setback this week, but it’s not dead! Urgent action is needed now…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 15

#ResistReport, Vol. 15

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  We dedicate this week’s issue to the individuals, families, and communities torn apart by police violence and brutality. Today and every day, we know that…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 14

#ResistReport, Vol. 14

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  TAKE ACTION INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS: URGENT – resist attacks on healthcare! Senate GOP leaders want to ram their version of Trumpcare through without hearings or full…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 13

#ResistReport, Vol. 13

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  TAKE ACTION Individual actions: Save health care! Demand transparency from your senators on their efforts to take away health care from 23 million people, gut…
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