Author Archives: Jason Laning

The Laundromat Project: Call for creative responses to #BlackLivesMatter

_84026_PostcardsOur friends at The Laundromat Project — which connects artists and artwork with community members in order to solve problems and build community networks —  are calling for creative responses in connection with the Black Lives Matter movement. Please consider making a submission:

“Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland. We are heavy-hearted that two years later we find ourselves once again trying to make sense of the gross disregard and disrespect for life in the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the loss of the hundreds of lives of other people of color at the hands of those meant to protect them.

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We invite you to share your creative responses to this moment–drawings, poems, dance, films, songs, etc–as well as your readings, curricula, self care tips, and more with The LP community, by sending them to Information can be shared in all formats (images, links, videos, pdfs, etc.). We will share responses on The LP’s Black Lives Matter webpage, started in 2014. We will also share tips on self-care, educational resources, and details regarding actions and interventions on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. You can also find information by following us @laundromatproject (Twitter) and @laundromat_proj (Instagram).”

Read more at The Laundromat Project.


Does subsidized housing make a difference?

17d93581-2c85-4143-bfb1-17e01499fa9bFrom our Democratizing the Green City colleague Karen Chapple (UC Berkeley), who is a co-author of this report:

Is market-rate development the most effective way to prevent displacement?

We are pleased to release our latest research brief, “Housing Production, Filtering and Displacement: Untangling the Relationships.”

The brief assesses the effectiveness of subsidized and market-rate housing production in alleviating the current housing crisis. We find that both market-rate and subsidized housing reduce displacement pressures in the Bay Area, but subsidized housing has twice the impact.

The brief is our response to the February 2016 report from California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office that used our data to argue that market-rate development would be the most effective way to prevent displacement of low-income households. With the simple addition of data on subsidized housing, we present a more nuanced story.

However, because of the severe mismatch between demand and supply, development alone is not enough. Aggressive preservation and tenant protection strategies will be needed to help vulnerable households stay in their neighborhoods.

Read more of the report here.

Book Launch March 14th — Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

Listen_Liberal[1]From our friends at The Institute for Public Knowledge:

The Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for the launch of Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? with the author, Thomas Frank.

From the bestselling author of What’s the Matter With Kansas, comes a scathing look at the standard-bearers of liberal politics – a book that asks: what’s the matter with Democrats?

It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course.

But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, author Thomas Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, they have scarcely dented the free-market consensus at all. This is not for lack of opportunity: Democrats have occupied the White House for sixteen of the last twenty-four years, and yet the decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Wall Street gets its bailouts, wages keep falling, and the free-trade deals keep coming.

With his trademark sardonic wit and lacerating logic, Frank lays bare the essence of the Democratic Party’s philosophy and how it has changed over the years. A form of corporate and cultural elitism has largely eclipsed the party’s old working-class commitment, he finds. For certain favored groups, this has meant prosperity. But for the nation as a whole, it is a one-way ticket into the abyss of inequality. In this critical election year, Frank recalls the Democrats to their historic goals-the only way to reverse the ever-deepening rift between the rich and the poor in America.

Thomas Frank is an American political analyst, historian, journalist and columnist.  He is the author of numerous books, including Pity the BillionaireThe Wrecking Crew, and What’s the Matter with Kansas? His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, Salon, and The Baffler, of which he is a founding editor.

Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Sq, Room 503, New York, NY 10003, USA

Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation Today: A Discussion with Silvia Federici

Pieter Bruegel The Elder, "The Triumph of Death" (1562)
Pieter Bruegel The Elder, “The Triumph of Death” (1562)

From our friends at the Fordham Sociology & Anthropology Department:

What is the relationship between women, the body, and primitive accumulation?
Recounting the history of colonialism and enclosure, Marx argued that primitive accumulation was “written in the annals of mankind in letters of blood and fire.” Nevertheless, he perceived the process to be but a prelude to capitalist development. Drawing on her history as an activist in New York’s Wages for Housework movement as well as her organizing experiences in Nigeria and elsewhere, Silvia Federici demonstrates that primitive accumulation is in fact an enduring feature of capitalist exploitation, which disproportionately affects women and people of color. Continue reading

Announcing the ABOG-David Rockefeller Fund Joint Fellowship in Criminal Justice

We received the following announcement from A Blade of Grass:

ABOG-DR Fund Joint Fellowship in Criminal Justice
We’re thrilled to announce an additional 2016 ABOG Fellowship, the ABOG-David Rockefeller Fund Joint Fellowship in Criminal Justice! This additional fellowship will be available specifically to artists or artist collectives with projects that address criminal justice issues. We’ve now added in specific eligibility criteria for the ABOG-DR Fund Joint Fellowship in Criminal Justice to the application page of our 2016 open call, and applicants who meet this criteria will automatically be considered. Individuals and collectives who have already submitted applications that are eligible will also automatically be considered. The application process for all 2016 fellowships remains the same, via this online form.
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December 1 | Great New Books in the Humanities: Barrio Rising

barrio-risingFrom our friends at the NYU Center for the Humanities:

Beginning in the late 1950s political leaders in Venezuela built what they celebrated as Latin America’s most stable democracy. But outside the staid halls of power, in the gritty barrios of a rapidly urbanizing country, another politics was rising—unruly, contentious, and clamoring for inclusion. Based on years of archival and ethnographic research in Venezuela’s largest public housing community, Barrio Rising delivers the first in-depth history of urban popular politics before the Bolivarian Revolution, providing crucial context for understanding the democracy that emerged during the presidency of Hugo Chávez. Continue reading