No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive Los Angeles

No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive Los Angeles

A report from the Committee for Greater LA, the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the University of Southern California Dornsife Equity Research Institute offers a blueprint for addressing structural and systemic racism. Supported by the Ballmer Group, the California Endowment, Southern California Grantmakers, and the AnnenbergCalifornia Community, California Wellness, Conrad N. Hilton, John Randolph Haynes, Smidt, and Weingart foundations, the report, No Going Back: Together for an Equitable and Inclusive Los Angeles (49 pages, PDF), highlights the disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19 on people of color, who are more likely to have high-risk and low-wage jobs, lose their jobs as a result of lockdowns and shelter-at-home orders, live in poverty, or be homeless. The report's authors propose ten important principles for "a reinvention of Los Angeles": addressing anti-Black racism in all its forms; building an economy that prioritizes those left or kept behind; supporting the health of communities and individuals that have been systematically neglected and oppressed; ensuring all immigrants have access to emergency relief assistance; closing the digital divide in education; and developing metrics to hold systems accountable.

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