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!

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Mobile Session: Equity in Art

A grassroots movement took hold in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, over 10 years ago with the sole purpose of creating an economically, racially and culturally diverse “suburban” town center. This community continues to emerge “as the place to be” for people at all income levels. In December 2001, Downtown Silver Spring successfully earned its Arts […]

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Strategies for preventing displacement

As we all work to further develop our local neighborhoods, we must ensure that the long-term residents and businesses of rising communities can afford to live and enjoy the benefits of our work to create a #JustEconomy. This session will go over strategies to prevent displacement that have been successfully used by groups around the […]

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What’s next in Community Reinvestment Act reform?

In 2018, NCRC and hundreds of its members led a nationwide campaign called #TreasureCRA, urging the administration and the federal bank agencies to strengthen the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). We still have big questions about the changes needed to keep pace with technology and the transforming financial industry. We will have a lively discussion among […]

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There is no wealth without mental health

Poverty is an overwhelming risk factor for poor mental health. Healthy communities often focus on the connection between physical health and place. Far fewer have connected place to mental, emotional and behavioral well-being. Local efforts from Oakland to Baltimore illustrate the community-wide health equity benefits of cross-sector partnerships – such as trauma-informed systems, reduction of […]

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Yep, predatory lending still exists

Recent deregulation has caused a return of predatory products flooding the marketplace, including NINJA financing and auto, payday and PACE loans with exorbitant pricing. These products continue to be problematic for borrowers and prey on LMI and communities of color. We will explore how these products can continue to be prevalent 10 years after the […]

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Health equity and anchor institutions

Hospital systems, like banks and financial institutions, must invest in communities. With strong motivation from the Affordable Care Act, more hospital systems are collaborating successfully with community-based organizations to make long-lasting progress towards health equity. This session dives into the ways community groups can partner, conduct assessments, build community support and launch task forces to […]

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Everybody under one roof: Multigenerational housing

The rise of multigenerational families is creating an emerging demand across the country for housing that meets the needs of all ages and abilities due to rent burdens, aging parents with older housing stock, health concerns, caregiving, wage stagnation and cultural norms. Communities are juggling the need to renovate traditional housing units while maintaining affordability […]

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How can banks better serve their communities?

SPEAKERS: Kat Taylor, Co-founder and CEO of Beneficial State Bank Kat Taylor works in service of restoring social justice and environmental well-being. Kat is active in a variety of social enterprises, public benefit and philanthropic ventures on the West Coast. Currently, she serves as co-founder and co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution […]

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Stella Adams, Housing Chair, North Carolina branch of NAACP

Stella Adams is the CEO of S J Adams Consulting, which provides community education in fair housing/fair lending issues; promotes community involvement in fair housing/fair lending issues and performs research and policy development in the areas of fair housing, fair lending and access to capital for all. Most recently, Stella served as the chief of […]

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John Taylor, President and CEO, NCRC

John Taylor is president and founder of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), the leading national community-based membership organization promoting economic fairness for low-income and traditionally underserved people. John has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards, including an appointment by President Bill Clinton to the advisory board of the CDFI Fund, […]

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Jesse Van Tol, Chief Executive Officer, NCRC

Jesse Van Tol is NCRC’s chief executive officer. He has been with NCRC since 2006 and has held a variety of leadership positions, most recently as chief operating officer, as well as senior positions in the organizing and membership, communications, policy and research departments. His work championing fair and responsible banking has resulted in nearly […]

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Brian Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Brian D. Montgomery serves as the acting deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, he manages the day-to-day operations of the agency and advises and assists the secretary in leading the department’s nearly 8,000 employees. Brian also serves as the assistant secretary for housing – Federal Housing […]

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Shifting neighborhoods: Gentrification and cultural displacement in American cities

We will discuss where we see gentrification and racial displacement taking place, factors that are used to identify gentrification and how it both revitalizes and threatens communities. Unfortunately, gentrification and displacement often go hand and hand. But it doesn’t have to. Communities can revive and spark an influx of new residents, while preserving affordable housing […]

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How fines, fees and the criminalization of debt strip wealth

Cities across the U.S. are increasingly seeking to balance their budgets and fund their criminal justice systems through ticketing, fees and fines. Attendees will gain an understanding of the various ways governments extract excessive fines and fees and the disparate impact on low-income communities and communities of color. They will also gain an understanding of […]

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Community Reinvestment Act basics

Banks are critical community partners and can be a catalyst for change in your neighborhood, particularly when public resources shrink. This session explores how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) can be used to increase reinvestment in your communities. Find out how banks are rated on CRA exams and how you can influence that rating. Learn […]

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Community control of land & housing

This session will focus on issues such as displacement borne out of policies and impacts of Community Land Trusts, Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives, Community Benefit Agreements, Resident Owned Communities and Land Banks. Learn from practitioners innovating in this space, and hear recommendations for ways anchor institutions can support the scaling up of these strategies. MODERATOR: […]

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