Electric Vehicles: Who’s Left Stranded?

Less than 10 years after all of General Motors’ EV1s were recalled and destroyed, electric vehicles are back, and being looked to as a major part of the solution to climate change,air pollution, and America’s dependence on oil. But serious questions remain about how large an impact electric vehicles will have, and whether those benefits will reach all communities.

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Preguntas y Respuestas Buro de Protección Financiera al Consumidor

CFPB es una nueva agencia gubernamental la cual su trabajo es proteger a los estadounidenses en sus tratos con servicios como la hipoteca, tarjetas de crédito, prestamistas y muchos otros. La idea es asegurar que cuando usted se registre para un préstamo, tarjeta de crédito, etc., usted sepa lo que está firmando, sin trucos o trampas. El CFPB también ira tras firmas financieras que rompan la ley.

Expanding Sustainable Homeownership for Communities of Color in the Wake of the Foreclosure Crisis

Because households of color hold a disproportionate share of their net worth in home equity (at 61%), the disparate loss of home equity as a result of the foreclosure crisis is exacerbating the racial wealth gap. Today, almost half of all foreclosures in California have involved Latino families, and 21.6% of African American borrowers are at imminent risk of foreclosure. Analysts predict that the indirect wealth loss nationally from the foreclosures will reach $193 billion for African American and $180 billion for Latino communities by 2012. Greenlining estimates that more than half of African American, Latino, and some sub-groups of Asian/Pacific Islander “homeowners” in California are currently underwater. These figures tell us that the foreclosure wave in 2011 and 2012 will have an even bigger disproportionate impact on communities of color.

The Role of Race in the Health Care Debate

The health care debate in America is heating up again due to efforts by some in Congress to repeal or defund the health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Boehner et. al., 2011). One factor that is not often discussed within the health care debate is the influence of race on people’s attitudes towards the law. Last August, U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), pointing to numerous racially charged threats his office had received, argued that racism was one of the issues driving the health care debate (Capelouto, 2009).

The State of the Majority: Restoring the California Dream for Our Communities

With newly-elected Gov. Brown set to deliver the State of the State Address, the Greenlining Institute emphasizes the issues that matter most to the constituency that voted him into office. The State of the Majority report outlines important challenges facing voters of color in California. Well over 50% of California’s populace is already people of color and by 2040, 70% of the state’s population will be non-white. We urge all of California’s state leaders, especially Gov. Brown, to be responsive to the issues most important to California’s growing majority. These are issues that must be addressed in order to achieve a more sustainable California that can continue to offer the California Dream.