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Medium


Jack Mills, Chief Workforce Strategy Officer and Director of the National Network of Sector Partners, wrote a piece published on Medium titled "Businesses can play a major role in increasing economic security in communities that have been left out — why aren’t more doing so?

The piece explores what really happens when businesses are intentional in their efforts to increase economic opportunity and security in communities that have been left out when it comes to economic vitality.

Click here to read the full piece.

NNSP Newswire

Action Alert: Tell Your Senators to Support Apprenticeship


From time to time, National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) shares important announcements from their partners. This month's Newswire is a recent action alert from the National Skills Coalition

"On May 18, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act to expand apprenticeship in the U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Al Franken (D-MN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) co-sponsored the legislation."

Click here to read the full announcement. 

Insight 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. 
San Bernardino News published a piece titled "Statement from Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO of Center for Global Policy Solutions, on President Obama’s Proposal to Expand Social Security." The Center for Global Policy Solutions convened the Commission to Modernize Social Security in 2011, together with the Insight Center, to identify proposals to extend Social Security's long-term solvency while meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse society.

Click here to read the full piece. 

Strive to End Poverty 

 

Dear Friends,

Last week I spoke at the RESULTS International Conference to End Poverty, an inspired gathering of volunteers and advocates who use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.

At RESULTS, I spoke about the importance of addressing the root causes of poverty by exposing the hidden truths of economic exclusion and inequity. There is perhaps not a better issue to explore hidden truths than race and wealth inequities. The current focus on wealth inequality and poverty outcomes alone leads to an oversimplified analysis and vast overestimation of the role of personal behavior that does not reflect the history and impact of policy.

A recently released report by the Center for Social Development in St. Louis quantifies the impact of denying Social Security coverage to 15 million domestic and agricultural workers, who were disproportionately people of color, through the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935. The failure to provide a public pension for these workers in 1935 is rooted in slavery and Reconstruction, but this policy of exclusion cannot be discounted as a relic of our uneasy past. The Social Security Act plays a significant role in why such large racial wealth disparities exist today and is one of the cornerstones of why certain groups reap a greater share of all America offers while others are intentionally left out.

As historians point out, the policy decision to exclude domestic and agricultural workers was driven by Southern politicians who “demanded a ‘docile’ labor force and pitted Blacks against Whites in competition for low wage work.” The full cost of exclusion cannot be quantified, but the “order of magnitude represented by these benefits—$618.24 billion in 2016 between the inception of Social Security in 1935 and the amendments of the early 1950s—approximates for the South and Southwest what Congress appropriated as a stimulus to the entire nation to address the Great Recession.” Domestic workers today, many of whom are immigrant women and women of color, are still fighting outdated but entrenched laws like these, some of which are rooted in the legacy of slavery.

Exploring and exposing these hidden truths of the racial wealth gap means pulling back the curtain on how wealth is accumulated. Examining the historical policies and decisions that continue to manifest and shape life outcomes in communities of color today, like the Social Security Act of 1935, will help us move from treating the symptoms of wealth inequities to treating the causes.

Please read on for further updates about our newest research 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
President & CEO

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It has been brought to our attention that the Slate article originally included in our June newsletter included some inaccuracies. We have removed it from our site and this enews. We appreciate how engaged our community is, thank you!

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