One Month Left Until Our 2014 Economic Summit! RSVP Today!

Register Today for our 2014 Economic Summit!April 4th, 2014 is about one month away! Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and PG&E Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony F. Earley Jr. will be our keynote speakers. Click here to see our confirmed speakers!

This year, we’re hosting a panel on the New Economy, honoring important leaders in the movement for racial and economic equity, hosting The Idea Lab, and more! Click here for a detailed schedule.

Register today! We look forward to seeing you in Oakland!


New Publication: Escaping the Old Boy Network – The Banking Industry and Supplier Diversity

"Escaping the Old Boy Network: The Banking Industry and Supplier Diversity"

This month, we launched our latest report, “Escaping the Old Boy Network: The Banking Industry and Supplier Diversity,” at a special event on February 24th, where we brought together banks and diverse businesses to dialogue about supplier diversity.

In this first-ever report of its kind, we found that California’s largest banks buy few goods and services from minority-owned businesses. In a state where people of color make up 60 percent of the population, banks obtained less than eight percent of the goods and services they procured in 2012 from businesses owned by African Americans, Latinos, Asians or Native Americans.

Download the report to learn more about how banks can improve their procurement with diverse businesses.


It’s Your Last Chance to Get Covered! Enroll in a Health Plan Today!

Get Covered today!Californians have exactly one month left to enroll for health insurance! March 31, 2014 is the deadline to enroll for a health insurance plan through Covered California, our state’s health insurance exchange. Currently, if you’re not enrolled in a health insurance plan by March 31, you’ll face a tax penalty. So why wait?See if you’re eligible today for a Covered California insurance plan.

If you need assistance to see whether you’re eligible for a health insurance plan, Covered California has several resources that can aid you, including fact sheets in multiple languages, an enrollment assistance program, and more.

Nothing can be more important than your personal health. Get Covered today!


We’ve Got Questions About the Time Warner/Comcast Merger

February was buzzing with lots of news from the telecommunications industry. Comcast announced its intention to acquire Time Warner Cable in a merger.As an organization critical of such mega mergers, we’ve been looking at this issue with a very critical eye, and have a lot of questions. Stephanie Chen, energy and telecommunications policy director was quoted by Politico, saying, “This merger would make a tough situation even tougher for smaller content providers, especially minority-owned and -produced content.” In addition, we have more questions about how this merger will affect net neutrality, universal broadband, and affordability, especially for low-income consumers.

This is only just the beginning. Stay tuned for more updates from us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be fighting to ensure this merger won’t hurt our communities.


Charging Ahead to Clean Up Our Environment in 2014!

Charge Ahead California!We’ve got some pretty exciting news on the environmental equity front! As a member of the Charge Ahead California  coalition, we’re happy to announce that we have a bill number and champion in the state Senate, so that we can put more electric vehicles on the road and make them more accessible to communities affected by pollution!

Senator Kevin de León introduced SB 1275 — the Charge Ahead California bill — in the legislature earlier this month! We look forward to charging ahead towards cleaner air, and a cleaner environment!


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