New movements call for new solutions. And this year, we’re taking a new approach to our annual State of the Dream report.
Keeping pace with the burgeoning Black Lives Matter and Fight for $15 movements, we are releasing an infographic tool for organizers with important facts about the racism and the growing racial wealth divide.
As we deviate from tradition, it’s a moment to celebrate and learn from the thirteen years of reports. At it’s most successful, we highlighted solutions like postal banking, a policy from our 2015 report “Underbanked and Overcharged,” that’s been touted by over 20 organizations and gained momentum in the presidential race. It would extend basic financial services like check cashing, savings accounts, and ATM services to millions of people abandoned by the Big Banks.
Now, in the third year of our strategic plan, we’ve learned that meaningful change starts with people, not policy experts or politicians. We’re supporting people organizing in the streets, in the meeting rooms and over the airwaves – to push for solutions that best meet the needs of their community.
We will continue our important work and thought-focused on closing the racial-wealth gap – but in the spirit of Dr. King, our focus will be providing the content and research grassroots organizers desperately need, when they need it, in an accessible and engaging way.
We wouldn’t have taken this approach without the feedback of dozens of movement leaders. If you have an idea or feedback that will improve our work, let us know. In the meantime, take a look at (and share!) our latest infographic: #BlackLivesMatter and the Economy.