Coffee Break 8-20-17: Housing Segregation – First Pass


“Whites own on average about ten times the amount of wealth as blacks across the income spectrum. Segregation also causes other racial inequalities. It cuts people of color off from job pipelines and transport systems, making the search for work difficult and giving blacks and Latinos far longer and more expensive commutes to jobs. It helps guarantee that local schools get fewer resources and concentrates the lowest-income and neediest school children in majority-minority schools. It exacerbates racial inequalities perpetuated by the war on drugs. And it guarantees that people of color generally live in neighborhoods with fewer urban amenities and more toxic environments.” [emphasis added]

–Carl Nightingale, author of Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (2012)

“… the myriad social problems plaguing the inner cities today arise from race discrimination, and race discrimination alone. To dare to challenge this — to speak of individual agency, for example — is akin to flogging the victim. End of discussion.”

–NYT Review of Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law (2017) Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-20-17: Housing Segregation – First Pass”

8-19-17: Educational Injustice


Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose

We used to do maybe seven to eight thousand meals in the summertime. Now, we’re doing upwards of 70,000 meals in the summertime by reaching out to all of our partner sites and going to where the kids our [are] instead of expecting them to come to us.”

Sodexo GM Mark Streamer on Peoria Public Schools’ 2017 summer meal program

We begin to synthesize what we’ve learned the last six months. Continue reading “8-19-17: Educational Injustice”

Coffee Break 8-11-17

Steppin’ to the Other Side

The best social safety net for the less fortunate is free enterprise. In fact, just in the past 20 years nearly 1 billion people have been saved from the ravages of poverty because of the free market. Free enterprise is not the cause of the downtrodden population, it’s the reason it’s disappearing.”

American Enterprise Institute Quote-of-the-Day, 8-9-17

I’d watch those pronoun antecedents if I were you, AEI Quote-of-the-Dayers. Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-11-17”

HEJE Overview: 7-26-17

Quote of the Day

We’re the only species without full employment, and never has [been] so much work [been] needed to be done. Regenerative development is development, whether it’s on an urban, transportation, housing, marine agriculture, or health level. It’s development that actually heals the future as opposed to stealing from it, which is what we’re doing today, and we’re calling that GDP [Gross Domestic Product].”

–Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, in an interview with YaleEnvironment360 Continue reading “HEJE Overview: 7-26-17”

HEJE Overview 7-24-17: Education

Quote of the Day

“The ALEC report card is the direct opposite of the Network for Public Education report card, which graded states in relation to their support for public schools. ALEC’s #1 state, Arizona, received an F. ALEC’s #51 state, Nebraska, came in second in the nation.”

–Diane Ravitch

We have a problem here.

–Deedspeakout Continue reading “HEJE Overview 7-24-17: Education”