Tue, Feb 3, 2009 11:15 AM EST

As the U.S. Senate deliberates on the federal stimulus package, there’s still time to help make sure that the benefits reach everyone. Low-income communities of color have been hardest hit by the sub-prime predatory lending crisis, high unemployment, under-funded schools and the disinvestment of needed infrastructure (remember the broken levees). This is a critical moment and golden opportunity to address structural racism and gender and economic inequality. The values of equity and inclusion must be at the cornerstone of our economic recovery. The Center for Community Change’s website includes an easy way to take action. According the CCC, “Inequality built into our economy created a giant hole at the bottom of our economy through which the entire nation is now falling. We can only fix the economy by fixing inequality.”