Event Recap – 2018 #JustEconomy Conference

The 2018 Just Economy Conference took place April 9-11 in Washington, D.C. More than 1,100 community and national leaders from 40 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico attended 41 conference sessions and joined 100 meetings with lawmakers and Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill. 

Check out this photo essay of highlights from the conference.

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The conference overlapped with the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and mixed historical voices, like the Rev. Jesse Jackson, with new leaders, including New York City Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson and Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Rev. Jackson was honored with the NCRC Global Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the US and around the globe to improve the quality of life for all people.

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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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