Alternative to an Immoral Budget

Also: "Skinny" Budget Fattens Racial Wealth Divide ● Ben Carson's Rural Road Trip ● Improving on the Alinsky Organizing Model
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A Doable Alternative to an Immoral Budget
Gordon Mantler, George Washington University, and James Tracy, San Francisco Community Land Trust
If a "budget is a moral document," then this proposed budget reflects the moralities of the boardroom, the eviction notice, and the pink slip. It is particularly striking when contrasted with others in the last 50 years, from the right or left. In 1966, King himself endorsed a budget, one that looked remarkably different than those proposed since. More

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"Skinny" Budget Fattens Racial Wealth Divide
Doug Ryan, CFED
Last week's unveiling of President Trump's "Skinny" budget makes crystal clear the critical nature of reforms to make housing more fair. Despite the remarkable lack of details on revenues, economic assumptions, and entitlements . . . More

A Rural Road Trip Proposal for Ben Carson
Stephen Sugg, Housing Assistance Council
I'd challenge folks from the administration, starting with Secretary Carson, to join a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders and my colleagues and me on a journey--perhaps over the next Congressional recess. Start in Appalachia, say rural eastern Kentucky, and ask the folks there if . . . More

Improving on the Alinsky Organizing Model
Gail Schechter, community organizer and consultant
As an organizer, I first mastered Saul Alinsky's approach to neighborhood-based organizing by focusing on harnessing the power of large numbers of people like a cavalry charge to seize a goal. But over time I adapted the approach to speak more to the vast majority of those who come together in a community organizing campaign: women.  More

You Said It!

This is why the STEAM curriculum exists and why as a biology degree holder, I endorse STEAM over STEM. It is not STEM vs Arts, but Arts integrated with STEM, therefore a STEAM curriculum. --Soapbox0916, more

Trump's goal is to dismantle by understaffing . . . He is going to give a "gift" to States' Rights by telling the States "Housing, Welfare, Health, and Schools are your jurisdiction;" and . . . 
--Herb Fisher, more

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Interfaith Worker Justice

Murtaza Baxamusa
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Housing Assistance Council

Michael Bodaken
National Housing Trust

Raphael Bostic
USC Price School of Public Policy

Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates 

Democracy Collaborative

Gamaliel Foundation

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

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National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

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Land Trust

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