Advancing Racial Equity and Justice

We apply a racial equity lens in developing and advancing policies that aim to root out entrenched systemic racism to ensure everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

People stand before a mural honoring people of peace in a Black district in Philadelphia on September 15, 2013. (Getty/Frédéric Soltan)

What We're Doing

Closing the racial wealth gap and building an equitable economy

Centuries of government policies have systematically deprived communities of color of economic opportunity, leading to a persistent, growing racial wealth gap. CAP Action develops and advances policies to combat the root causes of the racial wealth gap and promote a more equitable, vibrant economy for all.

Supporting the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform

Long-standing racial and environmental injustices disproportionately expose communities of color to climate pollution. CAP Action develops and advocates for climate policies that ensure communities of color benefit from the transition to clean energy.

Eliminating racial disparities and strengthening health systems

Structural racism causes inequities in health systems and disparities in health outcomes. It also negatively affects numerous social determinants of health. CAP Action develops and furthers policies to reduce racial disparities in health and foster more accessible, affordable, and equitable health systems.

Promoting a representative, responsive, and inclusive democracy

Online disinformation and hate; white supremacist violence and rhetoric; and voter subversion and suppression undermine democracy and entrench systemic inequities. CAP Action develops policies to foster an effective, accountable, and representative democracy to meet the needs and improve the lives of all Americans.

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By the numbers

$838K

The absolute dollar wealth gap between Black households and white households

CAP, “Eliminating the Black-White Gap Is a Generational Challenge” (2021).

75%

People of color’s exposure to fine particulate matter emitted by almost every fossil fuel source

Science Advances, “PM2.5 polluters disproportionately and systemically affect people of color in the United States” (2021).

4.1x

Hispanic or Latinos more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than their white peers

CDC, “Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death By Race/Ethnicity.”

4,939

Hate crimes in 2020 where a victim was targeted because of their race, ethnicity, or ancestry

FBI, “Hate Crime Statistics.”

Recent work

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Preston Mitchum on Advocacy, Representation, and Black History Month Podcast

Preston Mitchum on Advocacy, Representation, and Black History Month

This week on “The Tent,” Preston Mitchum discusses Black History Month and the need for intersectional advocacy; CAP Action’s Allison McManus also joins for a conversation on the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

Cities in Blue States Experiencing Larger Declines in Gun Violence in 2023 Report
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Cities in Blue States Experiencing Larger Declines in Gun Violence in 2023

Original analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund shows that, on average, cities in blue states have lower rates of gun homicides and shooting incidents than comparably sized cities in red states and are seeing larger single-year decreases in gun violence rates in 2023.

Chandler Hall

What It’s Like to Be an LGBTQ+ High Schooler in DeSantis’s Florida In the News

What It’s Like to Be an LGBTQ+ High Schooler in DeSantis’s Florida

Florida high school student Cameron Driggers explains how Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) policies affect LGBTQ+ students like him. He warns that a potential DeSantis presidency would bring extremist policies to Americans everywhere.

the Advocate

Cameron Driggers

Jamal Simmons on Black Progressive Leadership and Fighting for All Americans Podcast

Jamal Simmons on Black Progressive Leadership and Fighting for All Americans

Daniella and Colin sit down with Jamal Simmons to discuss the work of Black progressive leaders in Congress and the White House, President Joe Biden's economic agenda, and MAGA Republican attacks on racial equity and rights.

A message for Texas Republicans: Gun violence is the problem In the News

A message for Texas Republicans: Gun violence is the problem

Texas teacher, mother, and gun owner Danielle Navarro calls on Republicans to support commonsense gun laws in an op-ed. Navarro hopes for a country free from the terror of senseless gun violence for her children and all students.

The Dallas Morning News

Danielle Navarro

The education investments we need to make In the News

The education investments we need to make

In an op-ed, Akilah Alleyne argues that the United States has an urgent need to invest in schools and teachers. Alleyne argues that MAGA extremists are trying to brush past the investment challenges facing our schools and instead they focus their efforts on pushing for book bans.

CNN

Akilah Alleyne

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in North Carolina Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in North Carolina

Amid a 20 percent surge in gun deaths across North Carolina from 2016 to 2020, Ted Budd made more than $4 million by flooding the state with guns.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Texas Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Texas

Even after several high-profile mass shootings in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott continues to weaken the state's gun crime laws; gun deaths have surged 44 percent during his time in office.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Fact Sheet: The Truth ​A​bout Violent Crime in Minnesota Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet: The Truth ​A​bout Violent Crime in Minnesota

Violent crime in Minnesota is increasingly fueled by guns, with the share of murders committed with a firearm increasing 27 percent and statewide gun sales surging a stunning 180 percent in the past decade.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

The Truth About Violent Crime in Oregon Fact Sheet
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The Truth About Violent Crime in Oregon

Violent crime in Oregon is increasingly fueled by gun violence, with the share of murders committed with a gun in Portland surging 25 percent in recent years. Christine Drazan and Betsy Johnson would only make things worse.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Florida Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Florida

MAGA Republicans in Florida have driven a massive surge in gun-related violence, with gun crime increasing 20 percent since Gov. DeSantis took office.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Pennsylvania Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s violence problem is increasingly a gun violence problem: While homicides have decreased over the past decade, the share due to guns has increased by 13 percent. MAGA Republicans would make it worse.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Blame Republicans for High Crime Rates In the News

Blame Republicans for High Crime Rates

In a letter to the editor, Patrick Gaspard argues that Republicans are misattributing a rise in gun violence and violent crime to decreased police funding and criminal justice reforms rather than to weakened gun laws.

the New York Times

Patrick Gaspard

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Georgia Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Georgia

Brian Kemp made dangerous gun laws a key part of his campaign for governor in 2018—and since taking office, he has doubled down on these policies: Under Kemp’s watch, the number of homicides in Georgia has surged a stunning 23 percent.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Fact Sheet: The Truth About Violent Crime in Clark County Fact Sheet
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Fact Sheet: The Truth About Violent Crime in Clark County

Donald Trump has blamed Gov. Steve Sisolak for what he calls a “cesspool of crime” in Nevada, but it's his fellow Republican Joe Lombardo who oversaw a record spike in murders while serving as Clark County sheriff.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

The GOP’s myth of an ‘open border’ In the News

The GOP’s myth of an ‘open border’

Debu Gandhi debunks the “open border” myth and discusses why Congress must act on a bipartisan basis to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

NBC News Think

Debu Gandhi

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Wisconsin Fact Sheet
People join a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, to show support for students who finished the last leg of a 50-mile journey calling attention to gun violence.

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of MAGA Republican laws has prevented an even more severe rise in gun violence.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Building a Democratic Brand on Crime and Public Safety Article

Building a Democratic Brand on Crime and Public Safety

This summary of research explores public attitudes related to crime, as well as guidance on how Democrats can better message on the issue.

CAP Action staff

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Arizona Fact Sheet
An AR-15-style rifle is displayed on signage for an Arizona gun store.

Fact Sheet: Dangerous Gun Laws in Arizona

Since the Tucson mass shooting, Arizona Republicans have passed more than a dozen dangerous gun laws; now, Arizonans are paying with their lives.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen on Their New Film ‘Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down’ Podcast

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen on Their New Film ‘Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down’

This week, Daniella speaks with directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen about their new film "Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down" and with CAP's Tobias Harris about the recent assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Erin Phillips, Kelly McCoy, 4 More Tricia Woodcome, Sam Signorelli, Tobias Harris, Rachel Lim

Busting the ‘Defund the Police’ Myth Article
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Busting the ‘Defund the Police’ Myth

Despite Republican claims, police in the largest Democrat-run cities have not been defunded.

the Center for American Progress Action Fund

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