Housing Policy Key to Freddie Gray’s Baltimore—and the City’s Future

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“What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load,” he opined. “Or does it explode?”

We saw the answer in late April, when the deferred dream of equal justice and opportunity exploded in Baltimore.

Partner News: Creative Strategies in the Gulf Coast and Beyond

As the summer draws near, hundreds of activists and artists across the Gulf Coast are preparing creative mobilizations in response to the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Webinar: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Our new report, “Realizing the Promise: How to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing,” discusses strategies for affirmatively furthering fair housing and expanding equal opportunity for all. On April 1, 2015, Eva-Marie Malone, Diego Iniguez-Lopez, and Alan Jenkins partnered with Enterprise Community Partners to present the report in a live webinar, sharing best practices, lessons learned and tested strategies for affirmatively furthering fair housing, fostering integrated and inclusive communities and expanding equal opportunity for all.

A Heroic Evening

There are signs all around us that this is our moment.  That Americans are more ready for transformative, positive change than at any time in generations.  And the value of Opportunity—and The Opportunity Agenda—are at the leading edge of that change.

Maternal Roots of Social Justice


I’ve been thinking about writing about faith and social justice for a while now, because I believe there’s a strong connection for many, because it is both the entry point and the sustainer of interest for many, and because I’m impatient with the “claiming” of faith by conservatives. This is not that blog post, however.


In thinking about that topic, I’ve come to the realization that my belief in social justice has an even more basic source - my mother. My mother’s reply to plaintive wails of “That’s not fair!” was simple and complicated - “What are you going to do about it?”

Baltimore - So Much More than The Wire

This guest post was co-authored by Debby Goldberg, Vice-President for Housing Policy & Special Projects at the National Fair Housing Alliance and Eva-Marie Malone, Economic Opportunity Coordinator at The Opportunity Agenda.

We all want and deserve to live in diverse, thriving communities in which our opportunities are not circumscribed by our zip code. “About a quarter of Baltimore residents live below the poverty line. The unemployment rate in zip code 21217, where the riots broke out on Monday, was 19.1% in 2011.” The unemployment rate in Roland Park, a suburban area of Baltimore, was 5.2%. Communities built on values of equality and opportunity would be the realization of the American Dream in which we all believe.

Partner News: Celebrating Earth Day, Cultural Diversity and Pop-up Art

Nina MontenegroApril has been a busy month for our partners and Creative Change alumni, from commemorating Earth Day to the opening of pop-up art exhibits and multimedia performances. Each of these creative projects inspires thought-provoking dialog on crucial issues facing America today, inviting the public to participate, act, and react.

Fight for $15: The Importance of Showing our Nation's Caregivers That We Value Their Work

By Elizabeth Johnsen

Earlier this month, thousands of Americans marched across the country for a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Led by unions and social justice organizations, the Fight for 15 actions included low-wage workers and their supporters, from fast-food employees to home health aides. They marched in 35 states and 190 cities, unified in a common goal: to secure $15 an hour as the new minimum wage.

The importance of this campaign–or more accurately put, the importance of the work and the people behind it–hits close to home. Over the past three years, I have watched, worked with, and grown close to a group of home health aides who deserve far more than the $13.38 an hour they are paid for the invaluable job they do: keeping my mother happy, healthy, and alive.

Partner News: Native American Women’s Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and Protesting Fossil Fuels

Our Creative Change alumni (CC alumni) are making headlines this month, shaking up the dialog on fossil fuels, bringing Native American women’s rights to the stage, and touring the country with their music and film. Meanwhile, our 2015 Communications Institute Fellows (CI Fellows) are continuing to push the dialogue on criminal justice reform, engaging with notables such as U.S. Senator Cory Booker and TV personality Tavis Smiley. Check out the incredible work these inspiring individuals have achieved in the past month:

Taking a Closer Look: A New Take on Class and Poverty

Women's Building mural in San Francisco (Photo by Flickr/superk8nyc, CC 2.0)

People with disabilities continue to have to make difficult and untenable choices around employment and seeking support--and face additional challenges for economic opportunity.

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