Category: inclusion

Keeping the American Dream Alive

This is a guest post by NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland. The promise of economic mobility and opportunity lies at the heart of America’s culture and democratic society. At its core, this promise hinges on two basic concepts: first, that everyone has a chance to improve their economic status and wellbeing through personal initiative

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What City Leaders Have to Say About Diversity

This is a guest post by Janelle Watson, NLC’s Senior Associate for Constituency Group Programs. The National League of Cities celebrates the growing diversity of America’s cities and towns. That’s why NLC and its Constituency Groups created the City Cultural Diversity Awards: to recognize the communities across the country that are creating inclusive environments for of

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How AARP Helps City Leaders Build Communities for All Ages

This is a guest post by Nancy LeaMond of AARP. In the above photo, hackers and community members collaborate during the City of Seattle’s “City for All” technology hackathon. (Credit: Michael B. Maine) In his address at Harvard University’s 2017 commencement ceremony, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Change starts local. Even global changes start small

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Why Natural Disasters Hit Vulnerable Groups Hardest

This is an NLC staff post by Bernadette Onyenaka and Chelsea Jones. Hurricane season is upon us yet again, and while nothing is ever certain, what does seem clear is that this is a hurricane season the U.S. will find hard to forget. If we are lucky, perhaps we will take the lessons that we

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Racial Equity in America: It’s Not So Black and White

This is a co-authored post by Leon T. Andrews, Jr., director of NLC’s Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative, and Kiara Aponte, NLC’s REAL intern. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest projection, by 2044 people of color will make up more than half of the U.S. population — meaning that in just 30 years non-Hispanic

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Celebrating Women in Local Government

20.4 percent. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, that’s how many women mayors lead in cities with populations of 100,000 and above. Here’s another statistic: in U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 and above, the percentage of women mayors grows slightly to 20.8. And in America’s top 100 largest cities — you

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