Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) September-October, 2001 / Vol. 7, No. 5

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Still the Big News: Racial Oppression in America. Bob Blauner, Temple University, 2001. Rev. 288 pp. $22.95 pbk. Blauner argues that race and racism still permeate every aspect of the American experience today. Blauner's concept of internal colonialism dates from the 1960s, a period in which many Americans worried that racial conflicts would propel the country into another civil war. The notion that the systematic oppression of people of color in the United States resembles the situation of colonized populations in Third World countries still informs much of the academic research on race as well as public discourse.  Today's critical race and whiteness studies are indebted to Blauner's work on internal colonialism and the pervasiveness of white privilege. Blauner argues that we ignore the persistence of oppression and our continuing failure to achieve equality "at our own peril." (

Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card Against America's Poor. Kenneth J. Neubeck & Noel A. Cazenave, Routledge, 2001. 288 pp. $19.95 pbk. Arguing that "racism shapes public assistance policies and practices," the authors review the role of racism in welfare public policy. They find that race-based attitudes, policy making, and policies have long had a negative impact on public assistance programs. They identify the 1996 abolition of Aid to Families with Dependent Children and the subsequent welfare-to-work program as a "race-control function."


October 5th Dinner Dance & Silent Auction to Benefit Earl's Place Transitional Housing Program. Entitled "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" the event will be held at the Belvedere Hotel from 7-11 pm. Tickers are $50. Info: United Ministries, 410-522-0225.

The Interfaith Dialogue of the Baltimore Jewish Council Examines Christian, Muslim, & Jewish Perspectives on Religious Extremism on October 11th. The meeting will be held from 12-2 pm at 5750 Park Heights Avenue. Reservations are required. Information: 410-542-4850.

CPHA's Citizen Action Workshops for Fall, 2001, are on October 13th. The all-day workshops feature regionalism issues, housing, transportation, neighborhood marketing & organizing. Info: 410-539-1369.

The "Baltimore Zoning Reform: Conference on Comprehensive Rezoning" will be Held on October 25th from 8 am-3 pm. The conference, to be held at the University of Maryland School of Nursing Auditorium, stems from the work of the American Institute of Architects' work with the Baltimore City Department of Planning. Info: 410-625-2585.

The Community Assistance Network's 2nd Annual "Together, We Make a Difference" Breakfast will be on November 16th. Held from 8-10 am at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson, the event's program topic is "Workforce Development - Facing the Challenges Now and Beyond." Info: 410-285-4674.

The Baltimore County League of Women Voters is Presenting a Lecture Series on Contemporary Issues. Upcoming are Ted Venetoulis on politics & the media on October 29th, and D. A. Henderson on Bioterrorism on November 26th. The series will be held at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center from 6-7:15 pm. Info: 410-464-1902.



The Reverend Sidney Daniels, Civil Rights Advocate, 78. From his Emmanuel Church pulpit, Rev. Daniels strongly advocated for his Lafayette Square & Harlem Park neighborhoods and was a powerful activist fighting injustice. A founder of BUILD, Rev. Daniels fought against discrimination in the police department, and worked against employment discrimination in the banking industry. He was very active in various other interfaith efforts, including being president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and a member of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council. (Baltimore Sun, Aug. 29, 2001:5B)

Jim Drake, Key Aide to Cesar Chavez & Advocate, 63. An ordained minister, Drake was working for the California Migrant Ministries when he began helping Chavez organize workers. Drake also founded the Mississippi Pulpwood Cutters Association and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, working to provide affordable housing, improve schools, and organize immigrants to protect their civil rights. (Washington Post, September 9, 2001:C08)

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