America’s Equity Challenge

A Generation Crisis

We are at a crisis point in America. At no other point in history has America been wrestling with as many threats to its stability and future prosperity. We are facing an environmental crisis in the form of global warming that threatens the very existence of future generations. Economically, our nation is undergoing a disruption that is seemingly transforming whole industries overnight, destabilizing communities, and changing the nature of global relations. And in 2020 we were hit with of the deadliest pandemics the modern world has ever seen, a pandemic that has underscored our nation’s past failures to reconcile racial and class cleavages. 

But where do we begin? 

We’ve begun the process of cataloging public policies and assessing their potential for meeting these challenges, with a focus on how national policies can be applied in a local context.  But, with each policy, there are a number of unresolved issues. The purpose of this platform is to spark discussion of these ideas and to provide a framework for assessing their value. So, rather than merely providing a summary of various policies, we’ve created a matrix that scores a set of bold public policy ideas along 3 dimensions.  

  • The research basis 
  • The potential economic impact 
  • And the feasibility of implementation  

We’ve examined these three key dimensions for each policy and provided a metric that we hope informs your thinking about whether these strategies are right for America and for your community.

These metrics were derived from a qualitative scoring methodology created by EPU. To learn more about our process and the methodology for scoring these ideas, click here to read about our methodology and background.

Environmental Justice

Immigration Reform

Baby Bonds

Ending the War on Drugs

Education Finance Reform

Entrepreneurs of Color Fund

Free College

Guaranteed Jobs

21st Century Homestead Act

Universal Health Coverage

Cash Aid

Expanding Voting Rights

Massive Workforce Investment