Date:April 13, 2018

Going Beyond the Flint Water & Housing Crises

Going Beyond the Flint Water & Housing Crises: Community-led Solutions for Equitable Systems

Recode was pleased to welcome panelist speakers Monica-Lewis Patrick, CEO of We the People of Detroit and Cat Goughnour of the Right 2 Root Campaign. Ms. Lewis-Patrick discussed how decades of planning decisions led predictably to the Detroit and Flint water crises and its relationship to gentrification, displacement, and a regional housing crisis. Ms. Goughnour shared how we can “co-create a people+place-based, health+wealth community stabilization process for Portland’s African American/Black residents to reduce disparities, increase opportunities and generate prosperity.”

This session aimed to frankly examine the disproportionate effect that historic and current city planning has on disinvested communities. Through case studies of community-led solutions that address wealth and infrastructure disparities, this session also aimed to inform and inspire our own community to collectively do better.

Recode invites you to read We the People of Detroit’s recent PRESS RELEASE “Detroiters Join Flint in Calling for Safe, Affordable Water for All

RESOURCES FOR ADVOCACY

From We the People of Detroit:

2018 Street Roots, “Detroit’s ‘the canary in the mine’ for Portland, says water equality activist” May 2018.

PRESS RELEASE “Detroiters Join Flint in Calling for Safe, Affordable Water for All” (May 2016) Shared on the recode website with permission from We the People of Detroit.

Mapping the Water Crisis: The Dismantling of African-American Neighborhoods in Detroit” (2016) shows how decades of planning decisions led predictably to the Detroit and Flint water crises and its relationship to gentrification, displacement, and a regional housing crisis.

2018 Branigin, Anne “More Than 17,000 Detroit Homes at Risk for Water Shut-Off: Report

From Right2Root:

2018 Radix and Right2Root, “Right 2 Root Campaign of the Community RE/Construction 3.0 Initiative“, Portland, OR.

2017 Robert Wood Johnson/ PolicyLink Convening, “Empowering Health Equity Action with Online Data Tools”, Portland, OR, July 10, 2017 (webinar). http://nationalequityatlas.org/data-in-action/July-Updates-2017

2017 B Corp BLD PNW Summit, “Human Centered Design for Social Impact”, Portland, OR, June 22, 2017.

2017 Design Week: Thinking for Social Impact Panel, “Human Design for Social Impact”, Portland, OR, April 26, 2017.

2016 EcoDistricts Summit, Session, “Right to Root Recipe: Overcoming the Push/Pull Factors of Displacement through Equitable Development”, September 14, 2016.

 From Others:

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon: A Hidden History” by Walidah Imarisha for Oregon Humanities Conversation Project with support from Portland State University’s Black Studies Program

Event Co-sponsors

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