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How the Federal Government Can Support Community-Driven Public Safety Efforts

Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Rip Rapson, president and chief executive officer of the Kresge Foundation, will discuss the federal government’s crucial role in reversing place-based disparities and ensuring every neighborhood allows its residents to thrive. Following that, Jesse Jannetta, senior policy fellow at the Urban Institute, and Fernando Rejón, executive director of the Urban Peace Institute, will join Wartell to discuss their proposal for how the federal government can support community-driven public safety efforts.

This conversation is a part of Urban’s Opportunity for All project, which is based on a simple premise: every family should live in a neighborhood that supports their well-being and their children’s ability to thrive. Today, too many families, particularly families of color, live in neighborhoods that have suffered from decades of disinvestment, have been displaced from revitalizing neighborhoods, and are excluded from neighborhoods with opportunity-enhancing amenities. Racist public policies have created and reinforced this uneven landscape, but better policies can instead support fairer and more just access to opportunity. The federal government has a particularly important role because of the scale of its resources and its ability to level the playing field across places.

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  • Jesse Jannetta, Senior Policy Fellow, Urban Institute @JesseJannetta
  • Rip Rapson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kresge Foundation @RipRapson
  • Fernando Rejón, Executive Director, Urban Peace Institute @UrbanPeaceInst
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute (moderator) @swartell
Evidence to Action Series

The Evidence to Action series elevates the voices of leaders and changemakers responding to the unprecedented social, economic, and structural challenges Americans are facing. The Urban Institute was built for this moment: we have studied what it takes to strengthen social safety net programs, dismantle structural racism, protect workers and families, and build community resilience for more than 50 years, answering tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions. Today, we are working with changemakers to reimagine how structures, systems, and institutions must evolve to produce a more equitable society. Using advanced analytics, data science, technology, and decades of expertise, we produce facts and insights to accelerate solutions.


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Date & Time Monday, November 2, 2020

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