PSE Energy Equity Forum

Join us for an engaging conversation about the fair distribution of the benefits and burdens from energy production and consumption in Metro Atlanta. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America

Inequality has been rising in most countries around the world, but it has played out in different ways across countries and regions. The United States, it is increasingly recognized, has the sad distinction of being the most unequal advanced country, though the income gap has also widened to a lesser extent, in Britain, Japan, Canada and Germany. Of course, the situation is even worse in Russia, and some developing countries in Latin America and Africa. But this is a club of which we should not be proud to be a member.

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Study shows racial wealth gap continues to widen

Years after the civil rights movement, racial inequality continues to deepen.

The wealth gap between white and African-American families has nearly tripled over 25 years,according to a study released today by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. Although African-American family income has increased over time, white families have accumulated much more wealth. By tracking families, the study found that the gap between white and African-American family wealth increased from $85,070 in 1984 to $236,500 in 2009.

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Poverty in metro Atlanta’s suburbs growing faster than in the city

Metro Atlanta’s profile is changing with a dramatic growth of poverty in the suburbs.  Several recent studies point to reality challenging the perception that the poor are concentrated in the central city while the middle-income and higher-income populations are living in the suburbs.  “In Atlanta, since 2000, the number of poor people living in suburbs grew by 53 percent,” said Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, who was in Atlanta presenting her findings. By comparison, the number of poor people living in the City of Atlanta grew by 24 percent.

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Atlanta Region Faces A Number of Tough Issues Over Next Decade

Metro Atlanta in 2023 will be older, more diverse and more compact.

Those were some of the conclusions that several local leaders shared at the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable on Friday, Jan. 11.

Their task was to describe how Atlanta might evolve in the next decade.

Moderator Dan Reuter, chief of the land use planning division for the Atlanta Regional Commission, set the stage. Between 2000 an 2010, the Atlanta region added more than 1 million people, but the greatest growth in population was among Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Americans.

“We are living much longer,” Reuter said, adding that the region’s population also is getting older. And people’s choices also are changing. “Many of us want the same thing _ we desire to be in an urban lifestyle.”

But that urban lifestyle is not exclusive to inside the perimeter, Reuter said. Town centers throughout the 10-county region are offering opportunities for a more pedestrian-oriented communities where people can live, work and play...

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Income Inequality May Take Toll on Growth

WASHINGTON — Income inequality has soared to the highest levels since the Great Depression, and the recession has done little to reverse the trend, with the top 1 percent of earners taking 93 percent of the income gains in the first full year of the recovery.

The yawning gap between the haves and the have-nots — and the political questions that gap has raised about the plight of the middle class — has given rise to anti-Wall Street sentiment and animated the presidential campaign. Now, a growing body of economic research suggests that it might mean lower levels of economic growth and slower job creation in the years ahead, as well.

Complete article appears in the New York Times

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Community Leaders Return to Drawing Board for Traffic Solutions

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ATLANTA — Community representatives gathered over the weekend to discuss ways to ease congestion in the metro area.

Scores of people shared their views at the Partnership for Southern Equity forum at the Jewish Federation in midtown. The nonprofit group, which promotes equity and shared prosperity in metro Atlanta, held the forum after a year of research and discussions with residents around the region.

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After TSPLOST: Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) to Hold Forum on Pushing Transportation Access

A Community Conversation Focused on Transportation Equity in Atlanta

WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2012
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jewish Federation Center, 1440 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30309


  • Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer, PSE
  • Roberta Abdul-Salaam, State Rep. District 24, Friends of Clayton County Transit
  • Nancy Flake Johnson, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Atlanta
  • Dr. Beverly Scott, General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
  • Brian Gist, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Kathryn Lawler, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Thomas Wheatley, Creative Loafing
  • Yvonne Williams, President & CEO, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts


  • Who is responsible for creating local, regional and statewide transportation plans?
  • Does MARTA still matter?
  • What is a balanced transportation vision for metropolitan Atlanta?
  • Who can we trust with matters of transportation equity in the region?
  • What is important and necessary after the vote?

Allen Fernandez-SmithAllen Fernandez-Smith, President & CEO of Urban Habitat
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Allen Fernandez-Smith, President & CEO of Urban Habitat

FORUM: One of the most controversial and least understood items to appear on the July 31, 2012 ballot was the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) Referendum. Though discussions around the Referendum continue nationally, regionally and locally, they yield few resolutions and create more questions, most commonly “So what happens now?”  

The Partnership for Southern Equity, their partners and the community will answer that question during the “Pushing for Transportation Access After TSPLOST” Forum. Transportation equity in Atlanta and throughout our region is essential for creating an environment of economic viability, inclusion and prosperity, but the community must make their voices heard to ensure we move forward in a direction that benefits us all. Won’t you join the conversation?

For more information, visit, call the PSE office at 678.948.5323 or contact Kristy Gomez at 917.847.9091.

Founded in 1989, Urban Habitat builds bridges between environmentalists, social justice advocates, government leaders, and the business community in California’s Bay Area. Our work has helped to broaden and frame the agenda on toxic pollution, transportation, tax and fiscal reform, brown fields, and the nexus between inner-city disinvestments and urban sprawl.

Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) pushes for policies and actions that promote equity and shared prosperity in metropolitan Atlanta. Through forums, research, and organizing efforts, PSE brings together the regional community to lift up and encourage just, sustainable, and civic practices for balanced growth and opportunity.

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