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We at Insight are appalled by the current ban on Muslim immigration, the executive order to build a border wall, and the call to increase deportations, all put forth by the current president, Donald J. Trump.

Insight believes that no matter your race, nationality or religion, everyone should be able to live a dignified life and have the peace of mind that they can provide for their families and meet their basic needs. Our work ensures that every generation of a family is better off than the last. We know that immigrants come to this country to escape persecution, war, a lack of opportunity, and ultimately to provide a better life for their families. We strive to help these dreams come true.

The president’s recent actions are a decimation of our democratic values and a direct attack on the well-being of the families we are working for. They are both racist and xenophobic and contribute to a culture of fear and divisiveness. We stand with immigrants, refugees, and Muslims as well as all people of color whose communities will be negatively impacted by these highly discriminatory executive orders. Our values of inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and integrity will not be altered, and we will continue to fight for the safety and wellness of all people.

Hidden Truths Podcast: Episode 2

Dr. David J. Pate, Jr.

David Pate, an Associate Professor at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, is an expert on low-income Black men, fatherhood, and child support. Among his primary research interests are how Black men are affected by the social welfare system and the challenges they face in obtaining economic security in communities across Wisconsin.

Throughout his time at University of Wisconsin, Pate has researched what he describes as “toxic stress” in Black men. He defines this specific type of stress as the result of traumatic experiences or life changing events that have a lasting impact throughout a person’s life. “You’re walking around with your past, childhood experiences, that never got attended to when it started out at birth,” explains Pate.

We're thrilled to highlight Pate's research as our second episode of Insight's Hidden Truths podcast. To listen to the podcast and learn more about toxic stress, please click here. 

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Hidden Truths Podcast: UPDATE

Episode 1: Jahmil Lacey

On December 31, Jahmil Lacey of TRAPMedicine - in partnership with the Alameda County Public Health Department, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Roots Community Health Center - organized a Community Listening Session and Health Screening event to officially launch the pilot program at Legends Barber Shop in East Oakland.

The event was attended by over 60 people. During the listening session, healthcare providers from Roots provided on-site blood pressure and blood sugar screenings while barbers provided free haircuts to the attendees. The event was capped off by a guided community forum on the health impacts of poverty, Oakland's housing crisis, and law enforcement interactions.

Attendees overwhelmingly supported the idea of continuing the effort, and TRAPMedicine is in the process of organizing follow-up activities in partnership with Legends Barbershop.

If you would like to learn more or get involved, email Jahmil Lacey at or To stay-up-to-date about this initiative, you can follow TrapMedicine on Facebook and Instagram.

In the News

Communication is an integral part of Insight's work. We believe that changing the conversation and informing our communities is an essential part of driving real and lasting change. 

Electronic Urban Report, "New Report says Typical Single Black Women with College Degree is $11,000 in Debt!"

UrbanMECCA, "New Study Reveals Black Women Face Biggest Struggle in Building Wealth"

We Marched...What's Next?

Dear Friends,

We have seen it time and again: women, people of color, LGBTQ, and multi-ethnic/racial coalitions fighting for our undeniable rights found in the U.S. Constitution. But record shattering numbers of participants in women’s marches across the country and globe, and several airport protests following President Trump's ban on immigration have fostered an intense debate and looming questions; Can marches and protests bring about lasting change? Can anger and frustration translate into an enduring political movement?

There are a number of critical ways that would facilitate a lasting political movement. Engaging and sustaining an inclusive base of Americans is essential to successful, lasting change. We will need to advance policies that mobilize Americans, starting at the local level. We must address the role that voter suppression methods and restrictions play on the outcomes of elections, and replace voter organizing around each election cycle with a continuous watchful eye.

We also can’t turn back our fight for racial justice. We are witnessing the resurfacing of old racial stereotypes and racially charged rhetoric -- affecting how politicians make decisions that intend to harm, to marginalize communities of color, and to erect barriers for the next generation. But this is no time to turn away our focus on racial equity because of a fear of alienating white working class voters. Quite the contrary. Our ability to address economic exclusion for whites and communities of color is inextricably tied to our ability to address racial resentment. We must acknowledge that we have never adequately addressed structural racism and disinvestment in communities of color and as a result, race and racism continue to undergird our political circumstance.

It has been an uphill battle to advance progressive policies and it will continue to be the case for years to come. As dreadful and threatening as the political climate is, we have to both embrace the urgency of now – an urgency that requires us to push forward, further and faster than we have dared in the past – and the urgency of our future - one that reimagines a vision of prosperity for America. What we are seeing now is a failure of old approaches. If we are going to achieve greater prosperity and equity, we have to disrupt old models and strategies that maintain the status quo. We can’t just repackage lists of familiar ideas, but rather, look ahead, past the next four years to promote new narratives and advance bold, longer term policies and models.

We know that in the days and months ahead we will need to shine further light on the cold, hard facts that give weight to the living proof of economic injustice that we know, see, and feel in our communities all across America. We at the Insight Center see our research, analysis, and advocacy as a critical part to shaping and informing on-the-ground organizations and grass-root campaigns that will challenge current harms and offer a vision of the America we can be.

Please read on for updates about our newest initiatives, opportunities to engage, and free tools and resources that we hope you will use in service to your communities.

With enduring gratitude,

Anne Price


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Research Brief: Women, Race and Wealth

Volume 1

Women, Race and Wealth is the first in a series of briefs that summarize patterns of household wealth among Black and white women by college education, family structure and age using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Researchers from Duke University and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development analyzed data on assets such as savings and checking accounts, stocks, retirement accounts, houses and vehicles. Debts included credit card debt, student loans, medical debt, mortgages and vehicle debt.

Research shows that circumstances do not improve over time for these women. Married white women without a college degree have nearly four times the wealth of their Black counterparts. 

Single Black women aged 60 and older with a college degree have a mere $11,000 in wealth, which is in stark contrast to the $384,400 in median wealth among single white women that age with a bachelor’s degree.

Click here to download a PDF of the full research brief and be sure to share this out with your community using the hashtag, #womenandwealth

#ThisIsNotNormal, it really isn’t and must be reversed

By: Jhumpa Bhattacharya

East Bay Times featured an op-ed written by Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Director of Racial Equity and Strategy at the Insight Center, titled "#ThisIsNotNormal, it really isn't and must be reversed."

Her op-ed explores the concept of "normal" for women, particularly women of color. She references the joint research brief recently published, Women, Race & Wealth, by the Insight Center and The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University that highlights the vast discrepancies of wealth between white women and Black women. 

Click here to read her full op-ed
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