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Mayor Baraka launches ambitious two-year economic recovery plan with $8.8 million first year budget.

Mayor Baraka launches ambitious two-year economic recovery plan with $8.8 million first year budget

By Editors' Choice

Investment will focus on small businesses, equitable development, and neighborhoods; Funding comes from 2021 American Rescue Plan legislation to create affordable commercial space. Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced last week that Newark is launching an ambitious two-year economic recovery program at a press conference at Kleen Kutz Unisex Beauty Salon at 1011 Bergen Street. The program will help small businesses like Kleen Kutz connect to grants, technical assistance and other…

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Priscilla Giles

The country’s first municipal reparations program is off to a rocky start

By Reparations

A few months into a reparations program, Evanston, Illinois, is facing pushback from community members and legal pressure from conservative nonprofits. By Michela Moscufo Recently, Priscilla Giles, a retired teacher of English as a second language in Chicago Public Schools, said she has been feeling something “between sad and angry.” Three months ago the city of Evanston, Illinois, where Giles was born and raised, approved the first local reparations program in the country….

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Evanston, Ill., leads the country with first reparations program for Black residents

By Reparations

By Mark Guarino — CHICAGO — The nation’s first government reparations program for African Americans was approved Monday night in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, action that advocates say represents a critical step in rectifying wrongs caused by slavery, segregation and housing discrimination and in pushing forward on similar compensation efforts across the country.“Right now the whole world is looking at Evanston, Illinois. This is a moment like none other…

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Housing Segregation

Black Households Earned 61 Cents for Every Dollar of White Median Incomes

By Commentaries/Opinions

Police violence linked to segregated housing. By Charlene Crowell — The August 23 police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, WI, triggered yet another round of community protests and national news coverage of a Black man. A series of multiple gunshots fired by a local police officer, were not fatal for 29-year old Jacob Blake; but may have permanently paralyzed him from the waist down. Days later on…

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Reparations Subcommittee Decides on Three Housing Programs, $25,000 for Each

Reparations Subcommittee Decides on Three Housing Programs, $25,000 for Each

By Reparations

By Larry Gavin, Evanston Round Table — On July 24, members of the Reparations Subcommittee continued to discuss how to use the Reparations Funds to provide a remedy for Black residents whose ancestors or who themselves suffered discrimination in housing due to actions of the City. The Subcommittee, composed of Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, Peter Braithwaite, and Ann Rainey, also talked briefly about a proposal to establish a Stakeholder Reparations…

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Robin Rue Simmons

Reparations subcommittee to use $400,000 toward restorative housing programs in Evanston

By Reparations

Ald. Robin Rue Simmons (5th). Simmons emphasized the Reparations Subcommittee’s plans to include both new homebuyers and current homeowners in restorative housing programs. By Julia Richardson — Evanston’s reparations subcommittee plans to use $400,000 to fund restorative housing programs for home purchases, home improvement and mortgage assistance. Although the subcommittee initially intended to provide opportunities for homebuyers, once approved by City Council, these programs will also assist residents who already…

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David R. Jones, Community Service Society of New York

Rezoning rich and poor neighborhoods are two different things

By News & Current Affairs

By David R. Jones, The Urban Agenda — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to rezone 15 New York City neighborhoods in order to fuel new housing development has hit a rough patch, and people are blaming anti-development feelings. De Blasio kicked off his first term as mayor with a plan to expand the city’s stock of both affordable and market housing, largely through rezonings to allow denser residential development. Now,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — I was returning from an errand when the skies opened up. The punishing rain came down with such vigor that despite an umbrella, the bottom inches of my pants were soaked. With my wash and wear hair, and just half a block more to walk, I shrugged the rain off, until I saw a woman sheltering herself from the rain in a narrow but covered side…

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Watch Segregated By Design - Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.

Segregated By Design

By Editors' Choice, Gentrification, Video/Audio
 Education That Leads to Legislation By segregatedbydesign.com — ‘Segregated By Design’ examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy. Prejudice can be birthed from a lack of understanding the historically accurate details of the past. Without being aware of the unconstitutional residential policies the United States government enacted during the middle of the...
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Presidential hopeful Cory Booker speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire.

Why Cory Booker Is Focusing on Affordable Housing

By News & Current Affairs

A monthly tax credit for low-income renters and a “baby bond” program to help first-time homebuyers are part of the presidential hopeful’s list of proposals. By Kriston Capps, City Lab — Pledging to make housing a priority in his 2020 presidential candidacy, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker unveiled a plan on Wednesday with features that would ease affordability, homelessness, and first-time homeownership pressure for millions of families. At the core…

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Ben Carson Humiliates Himself At Hearing As Member Of Congress Has To Explain How HUD Works

Ben Carson Humiliates Himself At Congressional Hearing

By News & Current Affairs

Ben Carson Humiliates Himself At Hearing As Member Of Congress Has To Explain How HUD Works By Jason Easley, PoliticusUSA — Rep. Porter made the mistake of asking Carson about the interest rate curtailment schedule at FHA, and Ben Carson had no idea what she was talking about. Carson asked the House member who was supposed to be conducting oversight to explain how his agency works to him. Video Rep.…

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Report Back from the National Emergency Summit on Gentrification on April 8th Edition of Vantage Point Radio

By Gentrification, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

April 8th Edition of Vantage Point Radio Program Focus Report Back from the National Emergency Summit on Gentrification Newark Town Hall Meeting on Gentrification Gentrification: The Negro Removal Program of the 21st Century Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 4-5PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 4PM-5PM or visit WBAI.org Recent and archived editions — Vantage Point Radio at ibw21.org About the…

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