Racial inequities have been embedded in housing long before COVID-19. Redlining, racialized zoning, segregation, predatory lending, urban renewal and exclusions in the New Deal and the G.I. Bill are examples of public policies that have produced the racial disparities that permeate housing policy today. The result of these discriminatory housing practices among Black people and
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For most of our lives, the 4th of July has been a mid-summer celebration bookmarked by parades and picnics. This year, it’s no question, our celebrations will not look the same. We face considerable challenges as a country. A global pandemic and a country facing the realities of our long history of racism, fueled by
When I was officially elected President of the National League of Cities at City Summit in November, I spoke to you and my fellow local leaders about my presidential platform: Leading with Urgency. The foundation for my vision for cities, towns and villages this year was meant to drive our communities forward on key areas, including infrastructure, housing instability, and partnerships between levels of government.
When 2020 began, we could not have imagined what would have transpired in just a few short months. From health and economic crisis to resounding calls to address systemic racism, the state of our nation’s cities has changed dramatically. It has become abundantly clear that this year is unlike any other. It has also become
With over 2.3 million cases and 120,000 deaths, the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact every state and community across this country. These are unprecedented times. A group of local leaders through the National League of Cities Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council raised their voices among their peers that it is important to Prioritize Equity
We are living in trying times. First Covid-19, now the righteous upswell of the Black Lives Matter movement in response to police brutality and generations of institutional and structural racism. Our cities will be in crisis for the foreseeable future. As mayors, your residents are looking to you to lead, to listen, and chart a
Today, June 19, is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that enslaved Black people were now free. This was two and a half years after
Racism is destroying the infrastructure of America. But let’s be clear– this issue is not new. It has been heightened and soon thereafter forgotten countless times in our nation’s history by people in positions of power. This time needs to be different; we have a unique opportunity to re-examine our institutions and systems, and the chance to rebuild them from the ground
Thank you for your leadership during these challenging and uncertain times. Many of you have been at the forefront of your community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic for the past few months. In the midst of this public health pandemic, many of our cities were reminded of the deep inequities that exist in our democracy.
The legacy of structural racism from redlining, urban renewal, and other local, state, and federal policies has led to generations of disinvestment and hazardous environments in communities of color, especially Black communities. It has become clear that the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate racial inequities in health and healthcare access resulting from this legacy. Rochester Mayor Provides Example of Leadership Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester,