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April 4, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The real cost of segregation in the U.S.

RACE | A new report, The Cost of Segregation: National Trends and the Case of Chicago, 1990–2010, by Urban Institute, explores the economic impact of Black-White and Latino-White segregation in America’s cities. The report includes a ranking of economic segregation across the country and the District was ranked 17th, with number 1 being the most segregated. (Urban Institute, 3/28)

Policy-makers and advocates have spent decades trying to respond to the reality and consequences of racial residential segregation. Recently, there has been a growing effort to confront rising levels of economic segregation as well.

While substantial evidence exists on the harms of segregation for people with lower incomes or racial and ethnic minorities, its effect on regional outcomes has been less clear.

Urban’s report addresses these questions and concerns by analyzing the 100 most populous commuting zones (which are similar to metropolitan areas) between 1990 and 2010. We found that one pattern holds across all of our measurements: economic segregation impedes the economic progress of a region’s residents, but particularly its black residents.

RACIAL JUSTICE | Naomi Walker, assistant to the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, discusses how her organization, which has a longstanding commitment to civil rights, is deepening its understanding of the intersection between racial and economic justice. (Daily, 4/4)

PUBLIC SAFETY
– The Montgomery County police department is still adjusting to wearing body cameras but officers believe they are beneficial. (WTOP, 4/3)

– Justice Department To Review All Civil Rights Agreements On Police Conduct (NPR, 4/3)

EDUCATION | Two Northern Virginia universities want to make it easier for community college graduates to transfer credits to a four-year college. (WaPo, 4/3)

IMMIGRATION | Hyattsville, MD will soon become a sanctuary city. (NBC4, 4/3)

WORKFORCED.C. wants to train residents for jobs with Pepco and other utilities (WBJ, 4/3)

PHILANTHROPY | The giving patterns of philanthropy can inadvertently harm advocacy efforts. (Atlantic, 3/28)


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– Kendra

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