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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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To Fix STEM Crisis, Go Back to the Future

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STEM Award Winner by The National Guard via Flickr   There is a STEM crisis in the United States. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The U.S. ranks 25th in math and 17th in science among the 65 countries participating in PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment. The STEM crisis is exacerbated by the […]

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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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In the Nation that we so desperately want to invent, it would be impossible to predict with any reasonable degree of accuracy the life chances of two new born babies—one of European ancestry; one of African ancestry.  In that country, every citizen has an equal opportunity to strive, to achieve, and to grow. There are […]

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by HUE, LLC Calling all foreign policy wonks! HUE, a progressive consultancy committed to amplifying the voices, opinions, and experiences of people of color, invites you to take to Twitter and livetweet the next Presidential Debate with us October 22 at 9pm EST/8pm CST/6pm PST using the #HUEDebate hashtag. On Monday, October 22, 2012, President Barack Obama and Governor […]

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On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley in what may become the most important civil rights case in a generation.  If successful, the implications of this suit are profound and the impact could be staggering, both in addressing the damages suffered by devastated communities as a result of predatory […]

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Fisher v. University of Texas is perhaps the most consequential case on the Supreme Court’s docket this year, and will determine whether the University  of Texas’ efforts to promote diversity and increase educational opportunity by considering an applicant’s race in the admissions process will be permitted to continue.   The Court’s decision could have wide-ranging […]

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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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