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The Washington, D.C. region is known as a place brimming with wealth, but those of us who live and work here know it’s one of the most unequal places in America—a region with wide differences in health and life expectancy depending on race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and where one lives.
10 November 2015
By Kendra Allen
74. A rough estimate of the total number of hours my mother worked in a week at the three minimum wage jobs she held to support my sister, brother and me. Both the number of hours and jobs became smaller as I entered middle school, and our income followed. My mother did not have a college degree, and I remember the first time she lectured me about the connection between education and income when I got a B instead of an A on my report card. As I sat staring at the bruised skin that had permanently settled into the area under her eyes due to her lack of sleep, she told me that if I didn’t want to struggle, then I have to get the highest grades in class. Looking at her, in that moment, I had no choice but to believe that education was the key to ending my family’s struggle-the struggle to pay rent with little income, the struggle to own a car that wasn’t used and didn’t break down after only a couple of months, and the struggle to live with dignity in public housing units with owners that offered none. I suspect other millennials who identify as people of color and who come from underinvested communities feel similarly.15 September 2015
I came back from the Labor Day holiday to a freshly painted office suite. Over that long weekend, painters from a local business called The Family Painting had spent their weekend providing valuable labor to the Foundation. This is significant because The Family Painting is owned by four brothers who migrated from Guatemala who have been working hard to get their business off the ground. I met them at a listening session that the Foundation organized in partnership with one of its grantee partners Impact Silver Spring (we also met with ONE DC’s Black Worker Center, the D.C. Co-op Coalition, Empowered Women International and the Small Business Majority). We were there to learn about the opportunities and barriers facing Impact’s circles of entrepreneurs in sectors such as food, child care and construction. This is part of an effort by the Foundation to expand our economic justice work to include support for policies and regulations that allow small locally owned businesses to thrive.6 July 2015
Consumer Health Foundation’s annual meeting on June 8th featured a riveting presentation by Dr. David R. Williams, Harvard University professor of Public Health, African-American studies, and Sociology. One of his slides entitled “The House that Racism Built” is copied here for your review and consideration.29 April 2015
After reading Baltimore Orioles’ COO John Angelos’ Twitter responses to a critique of the demonstrations in Baltimore, I thought to myself, “Enough said.” As I pondered what I might write regarding the conditions that created the response we have seen to Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody, I was in such agreement with Angelos that I decided to use his comments as a springboard for this blog post. However, while I mostly agree, I do have some points that I would make to further shape his argument.