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Philanthropic Advisors List Five Biggest Issues in America Today

How to make modest, but effective, change in criminal justice reform, broadband access, unequal health-care outcomes, and more.

Demonstrators on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" march in Washington on Aug. 28, 2020.

Demonstrators on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" march in Washington on Aug. 28, 2020.

Photographer: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg

The past two years have been a stress test for America’s social and governmental systems, as well as the protections many take for granted.

So far the results haven’t been good: Whether it’s the pandemic crushing our health-care institutions, the assault on the sanctity of the election process, protests against police brutality after the death of George Floyd, or a deadly power outage that spread across Texas, the crises of 2020-21 have revealed weaknesses that will need to be addressed if the country is to protect all citizens equally.