Injustice

Pollution in Black neighborhoods part of Louisville’s systemic racism

This is one in a series of essays accompanying NCRC’s 2020 analysis that showed more chronic disease and greater risks from COVID-19 in formerly redlined communities. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policy positions of NCRC.  Thousands of Black and …

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Systemic Problems Call For Systemic Solutions: California Needs the Right Policy Tools To Address Historic Racism

Kelsey Lyles, Health Equity Policy Lead, The Greenlining Institute Kelsey Lyles Program Manager, Health Equity, The Greenlining Institute As Health Equity Program Manager, Kelsey Lyles leads the Health Equity team’s workforce equity and inclusion advocacy efforts. Growing up in Chicago, she felt a strong commitment to social justice at a young age. Kelsey has extensive …

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Baltimore: The Black Butterfly

Marceline White, Executive Director, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition Marceline White Executive Director, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition Marceline serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition where she leads the coalition of 8,500 supporters in promoting economic justice and financial inclusion throughout Maryland. Marceline currently co-chairs the Consumer Protection Committee of Attorney General …

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COVID-19 Disparities in Rochester, NY: The Legacy of Redlining in the City of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony

T     Barbara Van Kerkhove, Ph.D. Researcher/Policy Analyst, Empire Justice Center Barbara Van Kerkhove is a researcher/policy analyst in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester, New York, office where she does research and advocacy on a variety of consumer finance and economic justice issues. She is the principal author of “Too Big to Fail…Too Poor to …

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De facto or de jure housing inequities: The outcomes are the same

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded in St. Louis, the maps of the infections looked very familiar to those of us who work to promote integrated and inclusive communities. Unsurprisingly, it was having a greater toll on the city’s majority-Black neighborhoods, where maps already showed elevated rates of asthma and lead poisoning.

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Environmental Justice and COVID-19: Some are Living in a Syndemic

Like most American cities, Memphis has a long history of racist housing and environmental policies. As this report from NCRC and its university partners shows, this history has real world impacts today, resulting in worse health outcomes for Black neighborhoods, shorter lifespans, poorer overall health and greater risk of several complications due to COVID-19. 

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Reversing the red lines: Disinvestment in America’s cities

With the publication of Richard Rothstein’s 2017 book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, the issue of racial and economic “redlining” has come to the forefront. The shocking thing about the revelations in Rothstein’s book is the degree to which policies and practices of segregation were accepted and …

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