Effective anti-poverty advocacy requires that we identify and remove the array of barriers that block low-income people from economic justice and opportunity. Only then can we fulfill the American promise of equity and opportunity for all.
The most devastating, persistent barriers arise from our nation’s entrenched history of racial injustice. Throughout American history, public policy has both intentionally—often violently—and unintentionally disadvantaged communities of color. The legacy of racism embedded in these policies has negatively impacted the wellbeing of past, present, and future generations of color.
Dismantling systems of racial inequity, and the policies that perpetuate them, is more important today than ever. People of color are central to America’s future success; however, they face numerous barriers to economic security as well as growing threats in today’s political climate. As a nation, we sacrifice credibility and moral standing when we fail to fight bias and oppression.
As anti-poverty advocates, we advance solutions that disrupt structural, systemic racism. CLASP is committed to a racial equity agenda that strengthens equitable public investments, promotes economic opportunities and security for all, protects civil rights, addresses explicitly the challenges of immigrants and their families, and honors the voices of communities of color.
That’s why CLASP is committed to using a racial equity lens in our policy analysis, as well as partnering with civil and immigrant rights advocates to determine where our expertise is most valuable. That includes diagnosing systemic barriers, identifying practical solutions that promote equitable opportunities and outcomes, and lifting up best practices that provide pathways to economic security for all children, youth, and adults.