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Essence: Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Tackle Violence With Community Investment

Essence, June 30, 2021, Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Tackle Violence with Community Investment

Several Black lawmakers on Capitol Hill have introduced sweeping measures aimed at reducing gun violence and improving public safety, specifically with proposals that involve investments in communities.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) recently re-introduced The Break the Cycle of Violence Act in the 117th Congress.

 

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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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