Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) July, 2000 / Vol. 6, No. 3

FAIR HOUSING NEWS

>A newsletter about fair housing, community development, and neighborhood quality of life


SUMMER GREETINGS!

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IN THE NEWS



Citizens Planning & Housing Association Regionalism Effort Pushes Forward. CPHA held a very successful "Regional Connection" forum at the Church of the Redeemer on April 30th attended by over 250 persons and sponsored by 64 organizations. University of Minnesota law professor and regionalism analyst John A. Powell spoke in the afternoon. CPHA has several committees working on an ongoing basis on regionalism issues. To learn more, telephone 401-539-1369. (Baltimore Chronicle, May, 2000:1)



Study of Baltimore Area Financial Services Finds Serious Problems in Access by Racial Minority and Low-Income Communities. The study by the Maryland Center for Community Development found while bank branches are less prevalent in the lowest income areas, high-cost check cashing outlets are disproportionately found there. Such outlets specialize in such business as "payday loans" with high interest rates, but do not offer the opportunity to build assets. Low-income communities are experiencing a serious financial drain; causal factors include lack of access to mainstream services and lack of adequate education. They recommend a variety of approaches specific to a community's needs to increase financial service access and fairness. (MCCD, 2000)

Study Finds Target Marketing Can Attract City Residents. A Fannie Mae Foundation article emphasizes the usage of Claritas data. (Housing Facts & Findings, Spring, 2000:8)





FAIR HOUSING RESOURCES



The Museum of American History in Washington, D. C., Is Preparing a Show Highlighting Technology for People with Disabilities. The show includes a telecaptioner for TV, a note-taker for the blind using the Braille alphabet, a CD for access to the Internet, and 2 kiosks with computer monitors. (National Fair Housing Advocate, July 9, 2000:5)

What Are Your Fair Housing Rights? The GBCHRB's website www.gbchrb.org has the laws, practical guidelines, and info about our TV and radio shows, programs, and studies.

TV Worth Watching!?! Local, Positive! The GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat is on Six Cable-TV stations. The 30-minute interview show runs on Channels 21 and 5 in Baltimore City, 99 in Anne Arundel County, 72 in Baltimore County, 3 & 7 in Harford, and 71 / 8 in Howard County! Call 410-453-9500 or the stations for days and times!



INTERESTING BOOKS

Faith Works: Lessons from the Life of an Activist Preacher. Jim Wallis. New York: Random House, 2000. 358 pp. $23.95. Excellent autobiography-plus from the founder of Sojourners. Wallis tells his life story of faith-based activism for social justice, and draws some conclusions for inspiration and action. Through it all, he stresses finding common ground while trying to live the faith.

Inside Game, Outside Game: Winning Strategies for Saving Urban America. David Rusk. Washington, D. C.: Brookings Institution, 1999. 384 pp. $28.95. The author of Baltimore Unbound examines a host of strategies that really work. There is a good chapter on Montgomery County's successful MPDU Ordinance (moderately-priced dwelling units), which has enhanced integration by racial and ethnic group - and by income level. Rusk emphasizes the important positive role of regional coalitions and the need for state legislatures to set new "rules of the game" to correct the central city's disadvantages and to control sprawl.

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, & Jeff Speck. New York: North Point, 2000. 290 pp. $30.00. A powerful analysis by these architects/planners of the costs of sprawl, the how & why it lessens everybody's quality of life. Among their interesting points is the need for sophisticated urban marketing analysis.

Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. Juan Williams. New York: Random House, 1998, 2000. 461 pp. $16.00 pbk.

Everyone should read this stellar bio - just out in paperback - of Justice Marshall written by the Washington Post reporter. Marshall's complexity predominates, but also his dedication to a higher goal. Because he grew up in Baltimore, there also is a good thumbnail racial history of the city.

A Fire You Can't Put Out. Andrew M. Manis. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama, 1999. 542 pp. $29.95. Good bio of the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, unsung hero of the Civil Rights movement, who founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and was the linchpin of the 1963 Birmingham protests - while always stressing that social activism was his responsibility as a Christian minister.

Confronting Anti-Semitism: A Practical Guide. Leonard P. Zakim. Janice Ditchek, ed. Hoboken: KTAV Publishing House, 2000. 157 pp. $39.50 hd, $15.95 pbk. Useful summary of practical methods and strategies for combating anti-Semitism, including definitions, myths, personal approaches, coalitions, history & roots, denominational statements, and Black-Jewish relations.



REST IN PEACE

Richard T. Bolan, Social Worker & Civil Rights Lawyer, 52. Bolan specialized in civil rights cases involving people with disabilities. As counsel to Disabled in Action in Baltimore, Bolan successfully represented Thomas J. Turner, a wheelchair user, who blocked Memorial Stadium in a protest and was arrested. As a result, the Orioles provided places for fans in wheelchairs, accessible restrooms, and accessible parking spaces. He also won litigation forcing the Mass Transit Administration to make buses accessible for people with disabilities, and negotiated with the City to make safety improvements in the Inner Harbor area. (Baltimore Sun, May 24, 2000:5B)

C. Eric Lincoln, Black Religious Life Scholar, 75. Lincoln, whose 22 books included The Black Muslims in America (1961) and The Black Church in the African-American Experience (1990), was a professor emeritus at Duke. His last book, Coming Through the Fire: Surviving Race and Place in America, was a personal look at American racism. (Baltimore Sun, May 15, 2000:6B)


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