While economic growth alone won't reduce income inequality, it does mean an elevated standard of living and a fertile environment for progressive economic policies to take root.
We need polices that not only stimulate economic growth but also create family-sustaining jobs include a heavy investment in infrastructure (targeted to distressed communities) that includes job training and placement for workers in these communities; development of a "Buy American" initiative promoting and incentivizing the purchase of American-manufactured goods; expansion of small-business lending; and an increase in the federal minimum wage.
It's no coincidence that the decline of economic opportunity in urban and distressed communities has coincided with the erosion of voting rights in those same communities. To our dismay, we have seen cutbacks in early voting, discriminatory identification requirements, unnecessarily onerous registration procedures and purges of the voting rolls. Elected leaders have no incentive to pursue economic justice if the very people harmed by regressive policies can't vote.