policy & politics

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Photo of the Month: February 2016

In this month's photo, we look to South Carolina as the primaries bring to light the barriers to voting that minorities and low income people face with new ID laws.

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In Case You Missed It: The Politics of Poverty

In this issue, more on poverty and politics, low-income job sprawl, the hidden side of poverty and inequality, and the rise in impact investing.

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Thinking On: The Power of Information

This July retreat explored how to use innovative information tools to surface data capable of informing decision making and improving social and financial outcomes.

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Thinking On: The Market Basket Revolution

A battle over the fate of a supermarket chain is emblematic of the dilemma facing business today, maximizing shareholder value or reinvesting in workers.

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Thinking On: Leaving Behind the ‘Undeserving Poor’

Heron’s Toni Johnson shares what it was like to spend part of childhood in poverty and how welfare reform debates fail to prioritize the future.

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Multimedia: Pew on Equal Pay

With this week’s focus on Equal Pay Day, we’re checking out Pew Research’s findings on the gender pay gap.

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Multimedia: Have Less, Pay More

High fees and other banking practices have left millions without access to traditional banking services, but the alternatives create new hurdles.

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Multimedia: On ‘Economic Polarization’

Will the future labor market leave low skilled workers behind? MIT’s David Autor offers insight.

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Field Notes: Six Ways for Business to Address Inequality

The Aspen Institute's Judy Samuelson and Maureen Conway detail six steps that corporations can take to advance equity for their employees and society.

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Thinking On: Who Owns Private Prisons? Most Likely, You!

In 2015, Heron discovered it was invested in private prison companies and subsequently divested. Here is the story, and the lessons we learned as a result.