Screening: "Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?"
Saturday, April 13th, at 7:30pm, at the Richmond Friends Meeting House (4500 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, Virginia), the Alliance for Progressive Values is holding a free screening of the documentary “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?”
Free and open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible, but the bathrooms may not be. RSVP through the title link.
11:53 am • 24 March 2013
Discussion Forum: Equity in Education
Tuesday, February 5th, at 7pm, at the VCU Monroe Park Campus (907 Flloyd Avenue, Richmond VA) Richmond Salons II, Students for Social Action at VCU is holding a public forum on equity in education. From the event description:
“The forum, open to the public, will feature Dr. Christine Walther-Thomas (dean, VCU School of Education), Dr. Patrick Russo (superintendent, Henrico Public Schools), Dr. Jamelle Wilson (superintendent, Hanover Public Schools), and Dr. Harold Fitrer (director, Richmond Communities in Schools). Forum topics will include: issues for lower income children in schools, challenges of school reform, and the strengths and weakness of education policy.”
The venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP through the link.
10:25 pm • 3 February 2013 • 2 notes
Church Hill People's News: "The health impact of concentrated poverty in the East End."
“Average life expectancy for someone who is born and remains their entire life in [census tract 202 / Fairfield Court] is just 66 years — almost 13 years less than the average U.S. life expectancy of 78.7 years. And almost 20 years less than someone who lives in the city’s more affluent neighborhoods in the West End, where average life expectancy is as high as 83 years.
There is no single cause for the differences in life expectancy. Rather, there are multiple factors, most of them beyond what the medical community is set up to tackle. […]
“Physicians can’t write you a prescription to move you into a better neighborhood,” said Patrick Krueger, an assistant professor of sociology and health and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado-Denver. “They can’t write you a prescription to get rid of all the stress you have in the workplace. Physicians can’t write a prescription that fixes your bum marriage that’s falling apart because you can’t pay your bills or because you don’t have the resources to take care of your children the way you would like to.”
“It’s one thing not to know. It’s unconscionable to know and not try to do something,” said Newbille, who grew up in Whitcomb Court, a public housing project in the neighboring 6th District. […] “What I refuse to do is allow the enormity of it to preclude me from … strategically working on it,” she said of transforming the East End.
The other piece tackles the issue of concentrated poverty and the challenges to reconfiguring the public housing:
“The concentration of poverty and the deliberate concentration of poverty in Church Hill is extraordinary,” Campbell said. “We have 50 percent unemployment in the northern part of Church Hill. Thirty-one percent of the households in Church Hill do not have cars.
“We can just stack up causality with regards to the health of people in the East End,” said Campbell, also a member of a city anti-poverty commission. “The level of distress is incredible. It’s not just physical. It’s emotional,” he said. […]
“When you come across the Martin Luther King Bridge, we come into a whole new reality,” Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones said at a meeting last fall on transforming public housing. […]
At a community meeting in Creighton Court last fall, residents were adamant that any plan for transforming public housing had to address relocating residents.
“I’m 50-50 at this point,” said Marilyn Olds, president of the Creighton Court Tenant Council, during one of those meetings.
“I want to see better living conditions,” Olds said. “I don’t like the children that we’re producing. I don’t like what I see on the streets, and I don’t want to see us keep caving to this generation after generation. But, and there’s always a but, I’m concerned about the transition. Who’s going to come back and who’s not. And I’m really concerned about those who won’t be coming back.””**
** By “the transition”, Olds means that when upgrading or moving public housing communities, authorities have a tendency to reduce the number of units. That means that, while transition can mean better access to services, newer buildings, and healthier environments, it also means that there is the real prospect that some people who need public housing will be denied vouchers, to shrink the installation. This is why one of rePHRAME (Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions)’s demands is 1:1 replacement of units.
1:03 am • 29 January 2013