• Confronting Gentrification: Part Two

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    Published April 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm - No Comments On February 18, a panel discussion on the critical implications of “urban renewal” in DC communities took place at American University. T ...

    Confronting Gentrification:  Part Two
  • DC Appleseed Report Calls for New Adult Literacy Strategy

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    Published April 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm - No Comments Cross-posted from DC Appleseed To reduce unemployment and narrow the gap between rich and poor, the District must help more residents build the basic ...

    DC Appleseed Report Calls for New Adult Literacy Strategy
  • Keep Public Housing

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    Published April 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm - No Comments Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward 6 Written by Johanna Bockman I was struck by this comment in the Washington City Paper (Chatt ...

    Keep Public Housing
  • Two Million Too Many: March and Rally Against Deportation

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    Published April 7, 2014 at 10:08 am - No Comments You can also read this post at Storify. #not1more deportation after #2million2many Immigrant rights groups and supporters gathered for a march and ra ...

    Two Million Too Many: March and Rally Against Deportation
  • Free Marissa Alexander Speak Out

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    Published April 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm - No Comments Seventy percent of all women who die at the hands of their abusers after they have left. So much for the argument that leaving an abuser insures a wo ...

    Free Marissa Alexander Speak Out
  • Bread for the City Using Media to Build Community

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    Published March 21, 2014 at 7:45 am - No Comments The participants of Bread for the City’s first ever media training included several BFC clients: A graduate of BFC’s Pre-Employment Program (PEP) ...

    Bread for the City Using Media to Build Community
  • Confronting Gentrification: Part One

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    Published March 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm - No Comments On February 18, a panel discussion on the critical implications of “urban renewal” in DC communities took place at American University. T ...

    Confronting Gentrification:  Part One
  • DC Mayoral Forum: Race, Policing & Criminal Justice

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    DC Mayoral Forum:  Race, Policing & Criminal Justice
  • Writing History with Potomac Gardens Residents

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    Published February 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm - 2 Comments Cross-posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six by Johanna Bockman Back in December 2012, I took a look at the Wikipedia page for Potomac ...

    Writing History with Potomac Gardens Residents
  • Become an Advocate for Affordable Housing

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    Become an Advocate for Affordable Housing

Confronting Gentrification: Part Two

On February 18, a panel discussion on the critical implications of “urban renewal” in DC communities  took place at American University.  The first speaker was Johanna Bockman.   An Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs at George Mason University, Bockman also runs the blog Sociology in My Neighborhood:  DC Ward Six.  We posted that video here a few weeks ago.

The second speaker in the series was Claudia Barragan a Master’s student at American University’s School of International Service.  She has worked as an urban planner and on the panel provides a critical look at gentrification through this occupational lens.

American University students Sophia YoshiMi and Luis Enrique Salazar organized the panel discussion.  Part three is Parisa Norouzi.  We’ll post that next week.


DC Appleseed Report Calls for New Adult Literacy Strategy

Adult Learners

Cross-posted from DC Appleseed To reduce unemployment and narrow the gap between rich and poor, the District must help more residents build the basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills required by D.C.’s economy, according to a new report released today by DC Appleseed.The report, From Basic Skills to Good Jobs: A Strategy for [...] . . . → Read More: DC Appleseed Report Calls for New Adult Literacy Strategy


Can DC Develop Without Displacement?

You like living near good schools, parks, well-stocked grocery stores, bars, restaurants, etc., but you believe that if one more high-rise condominium goes up in your neighborhood you’ll get priced out. Is it possible to have development without displacement? Are you concerned about how the DC Zoning Regulations Rewrite is going down [...] . . . → Read More: Can DC Develop Without Displacement?


Keep Public Housing

The Future of Your Street

Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward 6 Written by Johanna Bockman I was struck by this comment in the Washington City Paper (Chatter, Shelter Skelter, 3/21/14) a week or two ago: [DC] Public officials attributed the crisis to a confluence of little affordable housing and the vapor trails of the Great Recession. Reader spmoore [...] . . . → Read More: Keep Public Housing


Two Million Too Many: March and Rally Against Deportation

Not1MoreDeportation video

You can also read this post at Storify. #not1more deportation after #2million2many Immigrant rights groups and supporters gathered for a march and rally in Washington, DC on April 5, 2014. They joined activists in over 40 cities across the country to tell President Obama to stop separating families before he reaches a total [...] . . . → Read More: Two Million Too Many: March and Rally Against Deportation