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The State of Opportunity in America’s Fragile Communities

Experts from Gallup and the Center for Advancing Opportunity discussed “The State of Opportunity in America’s Fragile Communities” during this webinar on Thursday, August 6th at 1PM EST.

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Opportunity Dashboard

Residents of fragile communities face specific barriers to opportunity. Our Gallup research looked at local economic conditions, access to educational opportunities, views of the criminal justice system, and entrepreneurial mindset.

The Opportunity Dashboard offers a visual depiction of this research, allowing us to understand and compare views on each topic across groups and regions.

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The State of Opportunity In America

Across the country, fragile communities face barriers to opportunity, including high levels of poverty, low-performing schools, inequities in law enforcement and limited economic opportunities. These communities are in urban, rural and increasingly suburban areas, and they include people of all races and ethnicities. For years, researchers and policy-makers have debated the entrenched poverty and lack of social mobility that plague such communities.

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Our Mission

The Center for Advancing Opportunity’s mission is to move people living in fragile communities from promise to prosperity.

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The First Step Implementation Act and the EQUAL Act will advance public safety, ensure government accountability, and foster human dignity across our nation, including residents of #fragilecommunities.
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When workers who receive social benefits – like food stamps and housing vouchers – get a raise, how is their overall income impacted? @CraigJRich1962 and his CSEM team have launched an easy-to-use calculator to help figure it out. #welfare #income #hopeless
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"The Justice Department ordered that individuals under home confinement due to COVID-19 must return to prison when the emergency is lifted, putting 4,500 lives in limbo, awaiting an uncertain date when their return to normalcy is taken away." #clemency
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"We must move away from a policy framework that focuses on favor of a focus on #humanrights, #harmreduction and the social, political and economic reintegration of those who have been #incarcerated." @hhendersonphd #SecondChanceMonth
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"I have chosen to teach children who live in #fragilecommunities-where there is a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that creates constant feelings of unsafety, discomfort and insecurity-because it is my responsibility to reclaim my students' humanity."
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There has been no shortage of discourse surrounding racial and ethnic #disparities in the #criminaljustice system. In fact, the need to address these inequities have emerged as a central tenet of most viable #criminaljusticereform efforts. @cjresearchtsu
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"Our hope is to spread an infectious zeal for #education with every community in America because only education can cure society’s ills."

Casey M. Bethel, HS teacher, #K12 Science/ #STEM Coordinator for 34 schools & Georgia Teacher of the Year. #EdLeaders