Game Changer
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Applying a Racial Equity Analysis: Maternal Mortality in the District of Columbia

July 24, 2018
By Temi F. Bennett, Esq.

The District of Columbia has the highest maternal mortality rate in the country. Seventy-five percent of the maternal deaths recorded by D.C. health officials between 2014 and 2016 were of Black women. Maternal mortality is a health crisis for Black women, but rarely do we address root causes. Much of our focus is on access.

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Racism cannot be separated from capitalism

May 30, 2018
By Yanique Redwood

It is not a coincidence that African-American neighborhoods have lower land values, fewer resources and poorer health outcomes. These were intentional actions, and these wrongs were never rectified. Yanique Redwood responds to a lawsuit filed by attorney Aristotle Theresa against the District of Columbia alleging racism is embedded in the District’s housing policies.

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Why ‘Growing Private Sector Jobs and Wages’ will not address racial inequity

May 2, 2018
By Temi F. Bennett, Esq.

Policymakers in Montgomery County are beginning to understand that jobs alone, even if they were available, are not sufficient to address the historical, institutional and structural forms of racism that created and perpetuate racial inequities in the county.

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