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Immiseration: Deliberative Impoverishment and Racial Profiling

By Dr. Merelyn Bates-Mims, Immiseration? Don’t panic. If you are like me, you have probably not run across the word immiserate. And until I began online reading of Johnathon Kozol’s 2012 novel, Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years among the Poorest Children in America, I probably would have missed the occasion to look it up. Webster’s […]

How to Bail Out Main Street

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By Amie Fishman, East Bay Housing Organizations History will soon define the ongoing foreclosure crisis as one of the single greatest transfers of wealth in the US from middle and working class communities and communities of color to large financial institutions and wealthy investors and speculators. Instead of homeownership being associated with a hopeful pathway […]

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By Kevin Stein & Kristina Bedrossian, California Reinvestment Coalition   Neighborhoods of color are still reeling from the havoc wrought by the foreclosure crisis. The disproportionate number of high-cost subprime and option ARM loans in communities of color led to concentrated foreclosures and destabilization that have effectively re-redlined these communities.   Now, with limited relief […]

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By Steve Dubb, Originally posted on Rooflines a Shelterforce blog. Anchor institutions—a term used to describe public and nonprofit hospitals and universities—are today widely recognized for their role in community economic development. But they have the potential to do a lot more. As Living Ciites President Ben Hecht noted in a blog postthis past January, “Today, the largest economic […]

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Paradox of Modern Racism

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By Their Strange Fruit, Ask just about anyone: “Are you racist?” The answer will be no. No one judges others based on skin color. No one sees other peoples race. Everyone is colorblind.  Most people believe that they harbor no prejudice. White folks in particular are apt to assert that there is no advantage to […]

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Memo to a Dead President: Slavery Still Exists

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by Kevin Bales founder of Free The Slaves, September 22nd marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves in Confederate states during the Civil War. Slavery, however, still exists in the U.S. In fact there has never been a day in American history without it. If Lincoln were still president today, this is what […]

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Pragmatic Racism

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By Robert Koehler, syndicated columnist, (used with permission) No, it’s not the brutal, hate-twisted racism of the old days. Today’s Republicans are capable of adoring select right-wing African-Americans. The Jim Crow revival they’re pushing — the large-scale disenfranchisement of primarily minority voters — is pragmatic. They’re outnumbered. They couldn’t win a fair national election. What […]

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It’s Time for Home Opportunity

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Dramatic developments this month have underscored our nation’s progress, as well as our continuing peril, when it comes to Home Opportunity—the deeply held idea that everyone should have access to an affordable home under fair conditions.  These developments, both positive and negative, should inform the national choices ahead, including in the presidential race. On July […]

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Do Black People Matter?

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By Chanda Causer, former community organizer, Over the past few months I have been asking myself, “Do Black people matter?”  On the surface the answer is obviously yes; I couldn’t imagine how dull the entertainment industry would be without the presence of African Americans.  From rhythmic dance tunes to fancy footwork on the ball field, to […]

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A Continued Pattern of Abuse

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By Liz Ryan Murray, National People’s Action, This post is part of an ongoing series based on the National Fair Housing Alliance report, “The Banks Are Back, Our Neighborhoods Are Not,” that examines ongoing discrimination in the marketing and maintenance of bank-owned foreclosed properties. This series is also posted on Shelterforce.org’s blog Rooflines. — What a difference a generation makes. National […]

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