NCRC Mourns the Loss of Ferguson Activist Darren Seals

Washington, DC – Today, in response to the tragic death of Darren Seals, a young activist who was one of the most outspoken voices of the Ferguson, Missouri protests, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) made the following statement:

“We grieve not only for the devastating loss of Darren Seals as an individual, but also for the loss of a unique voice of the Civil Rights movement,” said NCRC President and CEO John Taylor. “Far too many of these young voices are being silenced, and we refuse to stand idly by while these acts of violence persist.”

“Darren Seals devoted his life to speaking out against injustice, and now another senseless injustice has taken him from us,” said NCRC Chief of Civil Rights Stella Adams. “We owe it to him, and his loved ones, to demand that all Americans be treated as equals in the eyes of the law, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”


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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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