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Just Economy Conference 2022

MARCH 8-10

Washington Hilton  •  Washington, D.C.

Why a Just Economy?

America’s economic system and culture has from its beginning valued some lives over others. Both the pandemic and racial justice protests of 2020 exposed the injustices embedded in our systems, and the pandemic aggravated them. 

We need to create a new normal that is unlike the old. The old normal wasn’t built for everyone. It was indefensible. America needs a new reality rooted in a Just Economy. Join the Fight.

Topics include:

community organizing and advocacy
fair housing
fair lending
access to capital and credit
workforce and community development
business
education
climate change
healthcare
impact investing
civil and human rights
and others

Past Speakers

Hear from our past speakers to see what makes the Just Economy Conference a community organizing powerhouse.

William Demchak

CEO of PNC Bank

Jerome Powell

Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Marcia Fudge

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, author and immigrant dignity activist 

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Pulitzer-winning investigative civil rights reporter at the New York Times

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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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