Our Latest Post


“Homewreckers” and Why We Need Investigative Journalism

“Homewreckers” and Why We Need Investigative Journalism

I used to be a reporter and I miss it sometimes – not the long hours and low pay, but the digging underneath the surface and ferreting out facts that some would prefer the public not to know. I was reminded of that recently while reading Aaron Glantz’s new book, “Homewreckers.” Investigative journalism is what Glantz does for a living, and he’s good at it. But what I’m talking about goes far beyond one writer or one book. It’s about whether citizens of a democracy understand what is going on in their country. “Homewreckers” is the story of the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash, zeroing in on two groups:…
Read More Continue reading


2020 Census and the Digital Divide

2020 Census and the Digital Divide

California’s digital divide remains a big issue given that next year’s Census will be digital for the first time. Many barriers already prevent an accurate census count among the 15 million Latinos who make up 39 percent of California’s population. This digitalization could result in an undercount of the Latino population, loss of resources, and  investments needed for economic development in the next decade. Internet access is key to improved childhood academic performance, faster job acquisition, and better access to public services. However, in California, over 45 percent of very low-income households lack internet access, and this disproportionately impacts communities of color. Latinos in particular face a disadvantage because only…
Read More Continue reading


Greenlining Neighborhoods: Our Approach to Community Investment

Greenlining Neighborhoods: Our Approach to Community Investment

The Greenlining Institute’s name started out as a response to redlining, but like all things, our work has evolved. Moving beyond just bringing resources into underserved communities, we now think of greenlining neighborhoods as an equitable way of conceiving community investment.  While California’s economy grew, eventually surpassing Great Britain to become the fifth largest economy on the planet, so did income inequality. A recent study by the California Budget and Policy Center showed 18.6 percent growth in income for the top five percent of earners from 2006 to 2018, while the bottom 20 percent saw their incomes fall by 5.3 percent. When we adjust for the high cost of living,…
Read More Continue reading


Making Equity Real: Results of Greenlining’s Legislative Priorities

Making Equity Real: Results of Greenlining’s Legislative Priorities

In May, I wrote about our major legislative priorities for 2019 and how we focused on making equity real in our communities. October 13 was officially the last day of the legislative session, so today I’m writing to provide an update on Greenlining’s progress and reflect on our accomplishments over the past year. To be honest, sometimes policy work feels like a slog, with progress that’s slow, incremental and hard to quantify. Happily, this is not one of those times. I’m pleased to report that our advocacy for our legislative priorities was very successful this year, with hard-fought victories across Greenlining’s issue areas:     We significantly increased protections for…
Read More Continue reading


Building a Nation Where Communities of Color Thrive: Debra Gore-Mann on Why She Joined Greenlining

Building a Nation Where Communities of Color Thrive: Debra Gore-Mann on Why She Joined Greenlining

As our country tackles problems that disproportionately affect communities of color, we must face the origins of these challenges head-on. And with an election year approaching, we will move our communities to action and challenge candidates of all parties to do so as well.  Who can argue against The Greenlining Institute’s vision? “Building a nation where communities of color thrive and race is never a barrier to opportunity.” This is the vision statement of The Greenlining Institute. It’s all good, right? As it turns out, in the times we live in right now, lots of folk might take exception to this statement. Specifically, some are bothered by “communities of color”…
Read More Continue reading


Mobility Companies Discover Equity — Time to Raise the Bar

Mobility Companies Discover Equity — Time to Raise the Bar

  If you would have told me a few years ago that Uber, Lyft, bikeshare, and scootershare companies would be competing to win the most brownie points on mobility equity, … I would not have believed you. Yet, in recent years we have witnessed a notable shift from when these mobility companies first eagerly rolled out their services onto the streets, without giving a second thought to how their services would benefit or harm low-income folks, people of color, and people with disabilities. ICYMI, here’s a short summary of a year’s worth of headlines:  10 Bike Share Programs with Low Income Discounts.  Lyft Donates $700,000 to Oakland.  Ford GoBike Launches…
Read More Continue reading


Closing the Digital Divide for Low-Income Communities

Closing the Digital Divide for Low-Income Communities

Greenlining is helping communities of color and families from low-income backgrounds connect to economic opportunity. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to achieve this year. A prosperous and connected California requires a commitment to making sure that every child has access to the internet so they can learn and be prepared for our increasingly tech-based workforce. As a telecom policy expert, it’s been exciting to see 2020 presidential candidates, such as Elizabeth Warren, unveil ambitious plans to improve internet access across America.  This is more important than ever because 40% of low-income households in California don’t have access to the internet at home. This means no access to job…
Read More Continue reading


Leadership, Policy and Making an Unsafe World Safer

Leadership, Policy and Making an Unsafe World Safer

For women of color, policy has always had a big ”Do Not Enter” sign in front of it. But when Donald Trump was elected to office, a flame was ignited within our communities to abolish oppressive policy systems. During my time at Greenlining, I have been able to find my voice through policy, and I plan to continue fighting to create a safer and less toxic world through advocacy.  In 2016, many people who live in the United States were shaken when they heard the news that Donald Trump was elected president. I remember that night very clearly: I was 22, living in D.C., had just graduated college, was working…
Read More Continue reading


Coping with Climate Disasters Through Community Partnerships

Coping with Climate Disasters Through Community Partnerships

Climate solutions must have equity at their nucleus, including strong community partnerships, in order to ensure the resilience of all communities. Policymakers must engage these partnerships in the most efficient and equitable manner so our communities can transform before our time is up.  Climate change is not an impending phenomenon, it is here and it is already affecting our communities; remember Paradise, California? And the frightening reality is that catastrophes don’t just damage physical infrastructure. Fires, heat waves, sea level rise and a host of other climate disasters have public health, human rights, and economic consequences too. And as these disasters increase in rate and severity so will the impacts…
Read More Continue reading


A New Kind of Queerphobia: Climate Change

A New Kind of Queerphobia: Climate Change

We need government officials at all levels to be intentional about including the unique, specific environmental health challenges as well as specific types of discrimination facing LGBTQ+ people (and especially those of color) in their climate adaptation policies and readiness plans. Queerphobia, or fear of and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, still continues in the United States. From the high degree of police brutality experienced by Black and Brown transwomen to the constantly challenged civil rights of queer people, the fight for equality continues. Recently, a new form of queerphobia has infiltrated every aspect of the globe. This queerphobia is omnipresent, ever increasing, and seemingly inescapable. This queerphobia connects to climate…
Read More Continue reading