Disparity

After the Storm in Trump’s America

What will the victims of Hurricane Harvey have to look forward to after the storm? Will they have health care?  Will they have rental assistance?  Will they have extended unemployment insurance?  Will homeless shelters have enough beds?  Will Food Stamps and school lunches be available? Maybe.  But, perhaps not. There was a time when our […]

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Disappearing

A few weeks ago Washington, D.C.’s African-American community was suffering the collective pain of at an alarming, seemingly unprecedented increase in the number of young black girls reported as missing.  No Amber Alerts, no news features on television; nothing. D.C. police insisted that the rate missing black children had not increased. However, their statistics did not stem the […]

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The New Community Development Movement: Economics and Disparity

The term “community development” became ghettoized and synonymous with low-income housing development for those disenfranchised by the mainstream economy and civic infrastructure.  The class-based exit from older communities resulted in re-segregation and isolation both urban and rural. Communities are complex systems but recent practice has effectively relegated them to the raw materials of opportunistic housing […]

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Orange is the New Black, Brown and Green

Just finished “binge watching” the second season of “Orange is the New Black.” It is a finely crafted tapestry of social commentary, policy analysis, realism, questioning of generally accepted stereotypes, morality, and humanity–this series weaves this issues together into an entertaining dark comedy. It is a provocative body of work that should make us all […]

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