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Community Ownership as a Pathway to “Build Back Better”

As the Biden-Harris administration implements more extensive COVID recovery measures, the importance of “building back better” has never been clearer. Instead of using recovery funds to return to what was, there is an opportunity to envision something better. This is particularly true in communities most adversely affected by the pandemic’s health and economic fallout; these same communities have been long subjected to intentional disinvestment by local, state, and national stakeholders. One pathway to a better future? Community ownership.

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An Open Letter to Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Dear Secretary Pete: Congratulations to you and your leadership team from the many partners involved with the Strong Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). We represent a diverse range of community leaders, transportation advocates, government agencies, community development and public health investors, and climate justice advocates working across the country to create more equitable, healthy, […]

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In Response to Increased Violence Against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders

SPARCC categorically condemns the recent horrific acts of violence that have targeted the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Our work in six metropolitan regions is deeply connected to the work of AAPI organizers, leaders, and communities. We act in solidarity with the AAPI community, now and always.   According to an analysis conducted by the Center for […]

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Advancing Long-Term Community Stewardship Will Be Key to an Equitable and Just Recovery

Housing for all We envision a housing system that embraces housing as critical community infrastructure and as a human right essential to health and well-being. We call for a community-centered, environmentally sustainable and healthy housing system where everyone has a safe, accessible and affordable home. -Our Power: Pathways to Community Prosperity Everyone deserves safe, stable, […]

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Past as Prelude: An Excerpt from Pathways to Community Prosperity

Community Power in the Face of Structural Violence This is an excerpt from our platform, Pathways to Community Prosperity.   This policy platform was conceived and written in the context of 2020—a year that has tested our collective mettle with unprecedented job loss, climate instability, persistent racial unrest and an unimaginable number deaths from the […]

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Parks and Public Lands Poised for Justice with New Leadership at the Department of Interior

By Marissa Ramirez (NRDC), Dr. Erica Holloman-Hill (WAWA), Mona Wang (LIIF), and Darryl Haddock (WAWA) We thrive through our connection to land, to community, and to each other. Parks and public lands offer these important connections between people, communities, and nature, as spaces for community stability, health, and well-being – something that this pandemic has […]

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Our Power: SPARCC Introduces Pathways to Community Prosperity

It is impossible to ignore the concurring injustices of our time– undeniably thrust into the nation’s consciousness through the events of 2020 and now. We stand at the intersection of grave racial, economic, health, and environmental injustices. Like any crossroad, there are different pathways forward. We know that there is no single pathway that will […]

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