ARC's research and public policy agenda is built around the concept of â€œRace and â€¦â€ â€“ highlighting the intersection and compounding effects of race and key societal issues. Over the last 30 years, ARC has offered a racial justice lens to topics where race is often neglected, or misunderstood. These topic areas are varied and generally focus on the economy, education, youth, health, immigration. poverty, human rights.
Please see ARC Research, organized by topic, below.
Economy & Green Jobs
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explores why communities of color consistently are unemployed, hold
less wealth, and are on the brink of poverty. See how we can narrow
the racial wealth divide and create good, green jobs for all that can sustain our communities and the environment.
ARC is part of environmental movements to challenge the structures that degrade our food, air and water and worsen poverty and discrimination.
Education & Youth
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Do you believe that children are our future? So does ARC. Unfortunately, our education system is a disservice to people of color, denying them adequate knowledge and skills for a 21st
century job market.
The following resources illustrate the importance of closing the gap on racial disparities in education and provides important information for exposing the inequities that afflict U.S. public schools.
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Essential information on critical issues and debates from the Applied Research Center’s research and policy departments.
Health & Health Policy
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Our healthcare system is broken. People of color are more likely to
not have insurance, lack access to emergency care, and suffer from
compounding factors that take years away from our lives. ARC thinks
through various ways to fix our system, without merely applying a
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Who is an American? ARC believes that the the answer should not be an
"accident of birth" but a reflection reality. Millions of immigrants
make this country their home, contribute to it's wellbeing-- it's
political, social and civic fabric. However, our policies work to
criminalize and demonize immigrant communities, separate families and
exploit labor. To build a United States that values all Americans, we
need immigration laws that protect people rather than attack them.
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So far, Legislative Report Cards on Racial Equity have graded state legislators and
other policymakers on their
pro-racial justice performance in California, Illinois, and Minnesota. ARC is currently collaborating with
organizations in six states to produce more report cards in January '10. How
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From our pioneering welfare reform work to our
forthcoming green jobs policy bank, ARC draws from our extensive
nationwide network of community organizers and activists to examine and
promote Model Policies. We advocate for state and local
policies that address existing racial disparities and that promote
racial equity and justice. Know any that we should be keeping our eyes
Organizing & Multi-racial Coalitions
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As a consciously multi-racial, multi-issue organization, ARC highlights and fosters Multi-racial Coalitions that
advance racial justice values and strengthen resistance to
institutional and structural racism. From education to incarceration /
detention, from health care access to job creation, multi-racial
coalitions are critical to the creation of a racially equitable future.
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ARC has focused consistently on establishing a racial justice lens in grantmaking, a task for which the foundation world has had too few guideposts and resources. The need for such benchmarks motivated us to create a clear set of definitions, questions and processes to help foundations assess their internal and external systems not only to support organizations led by people of color, but also to drive resources toward those groups that operate with an analysis likely to generate more systemic and racially just solutions.
Poverty & Welfare Policy
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What is color of poverty? In the United States, people of color are
more likely to be poor. However, the social safety net is no longer
strong enough to catch those who fall through the cracks. ARC
understands that to end poverty will require addressing the root causes
of it's inequitable distribution.
Civil Rights and Criminal Justice
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ARC's work in this area has focused upon the impact of racial profiling on communities of color, whether this damaging and unjust practice takes place in our children's schools or in the name of the "war on terror."