from a member of SURJ about a few cities across the nation
So there is Seattle Race and Social Justice initiative – in city gov’t – they recently started a roundtable with reps from key sectors – focused on education but housing is in the mix – info should be on the website – and obviously Scott can help you with details. I know Seattle magazine just did a piece on gentrification – haven’t had a chance to read it yet so unsure of the analysis but it may give you some leads of other organizations doing the work in Seattle.
Marisela Gomez – has been doing some great work here in Baltimore – she had a conference up here last year and kept people engaged. Some of the BRJA folks have been involved – Dottye knows her well and helped with the conference – http://www.mariselabgomez.com/ fyi a paperback version of her book is coming out soon . . .
In St. Louis – long time ago – we actually recruited some of the diversity leads at different local companies to go through a dismantling racism six day residential institute – then we gathered the corporate diversity folks together for regular monthly meetings – each of the Institute participants were taking their internal work deeper and they had a new language to share and they helped us by bringing more people to the table – some who ended up going through the institute – and there was some informal peer coaching on how to address different issues within the organization. . . . not major strides but we began to build a community of folks – who applied some peer pressure and triage . . . after I left St. Louis – it just met for about year or so later and most of the core folks went on to greener pastures….
There is a film about gentrification – Columbus OH – mostly gay white males moving into an African American Cmty – it helps to bring up some issues for a discussion.
Here are a few items – haven’t looked at awhile so not sure what will be relevant – some attached
I would check out Right to the city work – here is an overview – http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/tidesright.pdf
There are resources on RET – Manuel Pastor’s work and Meizhu Liu’s work – look under economic security – and there is a section on housing too
Elaine Gross’ work – EraseRacism – they did some great work on housing – here is their initial report and were able to move the counties on two policies in long island – http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/erase.pdf