Pope Francis Visits America: A Nation of Many Religious Traditions

Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Senior Fellow on Faith and Opportunity for The Opportunity Agenda comments on how the Pope will transcend faith traditions in America. Read more about how social justice advocates can leverage Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. here.

Dr. Obery Hendricks Comments on the Pope's Visit to America and His Impact on Social Justice

The Opportunity Agenda's Senior Fellow on Faith and Opportunity Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. tells us why Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. will make an impact on American social justice movements. Read more about how social justice advocates can leverage Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. here.

Obama Administration Must Take Action Against Rampant Racial Profiling, Rights Violations Near U.S. Borders

As immigration issues grab headlines across the nation, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle resort to knee jerk reactions calling for wasteful, military-style tactics along the southern border, reflecting the deep misunderstanding that Capitol Hill has of border communities.

Art as "Survival Technology," Post-Katrina and Beyond

"Art is inseparable from who we are," says New Orleans–based artist and Creative Change alumnus Brandan Odums. "For the creators in New Orleans, art has always been a way to create a sense of survival, to create a sense of response, and to turn struggle into beauty."

Tackling Racial Bias Requires Multi-layered Solutions

This blog post was authored by Summer 2015 Home Opportunity Intern, Alexander Adames.

Ferguson Protest, by flickr user velo_city

Our nation’s Founding Fathers declared that all Americans are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course, in its earlier years, that statement excluded women and people of color. Nonetheless, we have made great progress by extending rights to women, racial minorities, people with disabilities, and the LGTBQ+ community. We have worked towards passing legislation that protects many Americans from discrimination. Now, though we have come a long way, we must acknowledge that there are still some measures that the American government must undertake to protect and serve its citizens. After all, this nation was founded in the name of the people and we must keep true to that value. We all deserve the right to safety and protection. If we deny our fellow Americans this right, then we deny their opportunity at life, liberty, and an equal opportunity to realize their full potential.

The Voting Rights Act at 50

Nineteen sixty-five arrived to find America in the midst of a cultural revolution. Brown v. Board of Education, which helped to dissipate the stains of the “separate but equal doctrine,” was already eleven years old. The Civil Rights Act had been passed a year earlier. However, many racialized practices still tainted the fabric of American society. Thus, that year saw one of the most important advancements made in pursuance of racial equality: the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Partner News – Netroots Nation, Katrina Anniversary and More

Earlier this month, many of the Opportunity Agenda’s partners, Communications Fellows, and Creative Change alumni took Netroots Nation by storm. In Phoenix, Arizona they gave engaging performances, spoke on panels, and joined progressives from all over the country in #BlackLivesMatter and immigration protests. Additionally, in the run up to the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, our partners in the Gulf Coast have been working hard to ensure that the commemorations focus on amplifying the voices of those most affected by the tragedy.

Fair Housing Victory Brings America Closer to Equal Opportunity for All

It’s a rare moment when two branches of our federal government take major steps to expand opportunity for all Americans.  But, with relatively little fanfare, that’s what’s happened over the last few weeks in the critical area of housing.

Partner News: Introducing our 2015 Fellows!

This month, the Opportunity Agenda welcomed an amazing cohort of 17 fellows to our criminal justice initiative. The 2015 Communications Institute wrapped up less than three weeks ago, but this year’s fellows are already making waves in the criminal justice community. After four days of intensive communications training in New York City, they have returned home to continue their fight for the rights of the formerly-incarcerated, those currently behind bars, and those otherwise affected by the criminal justice system. Here’s what they’ve been up to:

DOJ Shouldn't Wait for the Next Crisis in Policing

The Department of Justice was investigating the Cleveland Police Department for systemic civil rights abuses while simultaneously funding it. What's wrong with this picture?

by Diego Iniguez-Lopez and Alan Jenkins

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