RACIAL EQUITY | A civil rights lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the District, alleging that the tools and policies officials used to attract more affluent residents discriminated against the city’s low-income Black population. (WaPo, 5/25)
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by lawyer Aristotle Theresa on behalf of several African American residents, claims that the residential buildings springing up throughout the city — many of them with studio and one-bedroom apartments — catered to what urban theorist Richard Florida famously identified as the “creative class” and ignored the needs of poor and working-class families.
The lawsuit says the “New Communities” program initiated by the District to turn aging public housing complexes into mixed-income developments was meant to “lighten” African American neighborhoods and break up long-established communities.
RACISM | Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of What Does It Mean to Be White? and one of the Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity speakers, discusses how racism works in our society and Starbucks’ decision to close its stores for one day to train its employees on implicit bias. (USA Today, 5/28)
Related: Watch Dr. Robin DiAngelo discuss how race shapes the lives of white people, why it is so hard for white people to see racism, and common white racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards racial equity here.
HOMELESSNESS | Community leaders, including Amy Owens, president of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, respond to a recent survey that found homelessness has risen in Loudoun County. (Loudoun Times, 5/25)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | D.C.’s Deaf Community Seeks a Seat at the Table in This Year’s Elections (WCP, 5/24)
– Citing privacy concerns, Uber and Lyft are concerned about a provision in a recently approved DC bill that would require them to turn over rider data. (WAMU, 5/24)
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