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Connections: Discussing Pete Buttigieg's "Douglass Plan"

Jul 12, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has a plan to combat systemic racial inequality. His "Douglass Plan," named after abolitionist Frederick Douglass, would create a $10 billion fund for black entrepreneurs over five years, while also investing in historically black colleges, reducing the prison population, legalizing marijuana, passing a new Voting Rights Act, and more. Buttigieg says his proposal is equal in scale to the Marshall Plan.

We break down the Douglass Plan with our guests, and discuss its potential impact, successes, and gaps. In studio:

  • Adrian Hale, senior manager of workforce and economic development and education initiatives at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Simeon Banister, vice president of community programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Robin Wilt, member of the Brighton Town Board