CEO Blog: Public Policy

Alliance Public Policy 2017: Working Together as a Strategic Action Network

As we enter the new year, we are all keenly aware that this will be a year when our sector will need to stand ready to fully engage in policy debates that could shape human services and impact equity in our nation for years to come.

The imperative for our sector, and our paramount role as leader and advocate, has never been higher. All of us must bring our extensive knowledge, courage, and unwavering commitment to our values to the table and engage in productive dialogue. We must insist that any changes being considered at the local, state, and federal levels are shaped by the lived experiences of the people we serve, as well as our social sector knowledge that comes from decades, and even centuries, of experience. … more

Now More than Ever, We Must Come Together and Demonstrate the Very Best of our Sector!

Yesterday’s election is another turn of the dial on the pace of rapid and significant change in the world.

I know many of us are wondering what this will mean for the children, adults, and families we serve, and for our organizations and our communities. The election told us loud and clear that there are deep concerns and a growing division in our nation and within our own neighborhoods which calls us to stop, listen, seek to understand, and find common ground that brings us together for progress. It also calls us to be strongly committed to our sector’s paramount responsibility to values-based advocacy. … more

More Police Officers or Less Toxic Stress?

This is the third in our series of posts related to the civil unrest in Charlotte after the shooting death of an African American man by a police officer and news that Chicago will hire up to 1,000 new police officers due to an unprecedented increase in murders and violence.
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Bad People Not to Blame; Poverty is the Culprit

In response to the civil unrest in Charlotte after the shooting death of an African American man by a police officer and news that Chicago will hire up to 1,000 new police officers due to an unprecedented increase in murders and violence, three Alliance for Strong Families and Communities staff share their perspectives and their calls to action for the social sector.
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If Not Us, Who?

After witnessing the civil unrest in Charlotte after the shooting death of an African American man by a police officer, and then hearing the news that in Chicago they will hire up to 1,000 new police officers due to an unprecedented increase in murders and violence, I felt compelled to provide a perspective.

But with a wealth of expertise at the Alliance, I have asked Undraye Howard, vice president of the Alliance's Center on Leadership, and Jennifer Jones, director of child and family systems innovation, to offer their perspectives as well.
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