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At Home in Utopia

Friends – Please join me on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 pm for a screening of a wonderful new documentary film, “At Home in Utopia,”  and a panel discussion afterwards with the filmmaker and others about this progressive housing movement

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Abolish HUD?

Last Friday, Columbia University sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published a provocative op-ed column in the New York Times headlined, “To Fight Poverty, Tear Down HUD“. In this column, he argued that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is

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Poverty, Crime, Housing, Race, — What’s the truth?

Colleagues: When journalists and social scientists write about poverty, crime, race, and housing policy — especially when they stir them together — it is bound to provoke controversy. Journalist Hannah Rosin recently stirred up a hornet’s next with her cover

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What is a housing “crisis”?

Colleagues and Friends: What constitutes a housing “crisis”? Do we face a housing crisis when home prices are spiraling upward (as they did between the mid-1990s and 2006) or when they are tumbling downward (as has occurred during the past

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Democrats Challenge GOP on Mortgage Mess

The mortgage meltdown has become a hot political issue. The number of foreclosures is spiraling.  Last week the Congress passed a bill, sponsored by Cong. Barney Frank, to help troubled homeowners. Every Dem voted for it, and most Republicans voted

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The Mortgage Mess and the Economic Meltdown: What John McCain (and the rest of us) Should Learn from the Keating Scandal

The nation’s escalating economic troubles — triggered by the growing wave of home foreclosures, declining housing prices, and bank failures — was entirely preventable. In today’s Huffington Post, I diagnose the symptoms, examine the root causes, discuss the politics, and

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Organizing and Politics: Insiders vs Outsiders?

Friends – Grassroots organizing is the lifeblood of progressive politics. In the 1960s, many radicals looked at politics as working either “inside” or “outside” the “system.”  But the reality is more complicated than this either/or perspective. The recent tempest between

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Bush’s Class Warfare

Friends – Just a week before Christmas, President Bush gave corporate America two big presents. On Tuesday, his Federal Communications Commission changed the rules to allow the nation’s giant conglomerates to further consolidate their grip on the media by permitting

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Mortgage Meltdown; Baseball Steroid Scandal; How Unions Help the Economy; Edwards; NCLB; What the Dems Should Do On Jan. 2008; Fun With Alan Greenspan

Friends – Here is a hodgepodge of articles (only one by me) on different topics that might be of interest:

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A Progressive Agenda for “Housing the Working Poor” and other issues

Friends – The current (Fall 2007) issue of Shelterforce magazine, published by the National Housing Institute, explores strategies for promoting a progressive housing agenda in a Democratic-controlled Congress and White House after January 2009. It includes my cover story, “Housing

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