Friday News Round-Up

As we head into a long weekend, some things to read:

  1. Creative Time Reports teamed up with Sandy Storyline and LandofOpportunity to creative “The Time Inbetween: Waiting between Katrina and Sandy.” Yesterday was the 8 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans residents are still dealing with the ramifications of that storm — though their struggle has largely faded from the public eye. Sandy Storyline writes: “Today, on the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, families across New York and New Jersey are asking some of the same questions that plagued Gulf Coast residents like Aubry. And perhaps the biggest question of all is, simply: When can I go home?” 
  2. Progressive Councilmember Brad Lander circulated a memo this week highlighting the need to curb REBNY spending in local races. How far his memo will get is unknown, but you can check it out here
  3. Unsurprisingly, Wall Street’s big bet to buy up foreclosed homes and rent them out turns out to negatively affect poor people and black people who are seeking homes. 
  4. These maps show the racial makeup of major American cities. While New York is certainly segregated, check out the map of Detroit, where 8 Mile Line is a hugely stark dividing line between Black and white.
  5. Truth-Out interviewed Laura Gottesdiener, author of “A Dream Foreclosed.” Check out her interview here, and stay tuned for more from us on this great book next week. 

Have a great long weekend. If you have Monday off, don’t forget that the holiday, instituted in 1882, is the result of major strikes/unrest from organized workers! 

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