2020 #JustEconomy – Call for speakers

The Just Economy Conference is the national event for community and national leaders who work for fairness in financial services, housing and business. We’re on the lookout for new speakers and topics.

If you want to speak, or plan a session with a group of speakers – then send us your ideas!

We’re always interested in submissions on community organizing and advocacy, housing, access to capital and credit, workforce and community development, fair lending, and business. But this conference is a crossroad for leaders focused on many other issues, ideas and needs. We’re thinking broadly about the foundations of a Just Economy.

This year, we’re particularly on the lookout for strong submissions in these areas:

  • 2020 presidential agendas: economic inequality, affordable housing, reparations, climate change, criminal justice, universal basic income, corporate monopolies
  • Environment: rural, agricultural, urban, environmental justice, regulation, disaster resiliency, Green New Deal
  • Culture: creative placemaking, inclusive arts and entertainment, sustainable fashion, gentrification and cultural displacement, leadership development, equitable workplace culture
  • Healthy communities: wellness, food and nutrition, social determinants of health
  • Multicultural experience: immigration, second generation, immigrant community issues
  • Tech innovations: artificial intelligence, digital discrimination, big data, fintech
  • Future of work: gig economy, end of offices, automation, robots, globalism
  • Entrepreneurship: startups, venture capital, sustainable business
  • Wealth gap: race, gender, generational equity
  • Future of capitalism: labor, wages, taxes
  • Media, communication and story: inclusive news, decline of journalism, nonprofit media, citizen media, social media


Submissions deadline: May 31

Acceptance notification: July 12

All submissions must be received via this form to be considered.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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