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Remaking the Economy: Finding the Levers for System Change

November 10, 2021 , 2:00 pm EST 3:00 pm EST

How does social change happen? Join us to explore economic system change from multiple vantage points: including community-based economic development, electoral organizing, and group facilitation—with an eye to identifying unexpected intersections and areas of alignment.

Our panelists are:

Sendolo Diaminah is co-director of Carolina Federation, a statewide group that combines electoral work with base-building local grassroots community organizing. In 2020, the group organized its first campaigns in four North Carolina counties.

Lela Klein is co-executive director of Co-op Dayton, a nonprofit incubator of cooperatives. Klein was part of a team that engaged in a 6-year-long co-op organizing campaign that culminated in the May 2021 opening of Gem City Market, a food co-op in West Dayton, a primarily Black neighborhood.

Tuesday Ryan-Hart is cofounder and systems change strategist for The Outside, a social change consultancy that helps build infrastructure for equitable systems change and which works with a wide range of groups across the globe in areas such as employment policy, hunger alleviation, homelessness, and refugee assistance.

This webinar will explore:

? What are leading barriers to changing economic systems, even at the local level? What are some effective techniques for overcoming those barriers?

? How does one go about organizing a facilitated process to engage in equitable systems change? What are some key questions to ask going in?

? What does base-building organizing involve in practice? How does it differ from traditional voter mobilization strategies?

? What are the elements that enable a community to sustain a community economic development campaign over multiple years?

? What factors go into the choice of tactics (e.g., inside v. outside strategies)?

? What tools can people use to map the terrain and gain a better sense of where and how to act?

? What are some examples of where organizing has led to major economic changes? What are some of the factors that led to those successes?

? What steps can nonprofits and philanthropy take to support economic systems change work?

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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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