Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) April, 2002 / Vol. 8, No. 2

FAIR HOUSING NEWS

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




APRIL IS NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING MONTH!

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DID YOU KNOW?

HUD's Recent Research Results - With Information on Housing & Community Development - is Free. In the January, 2002, issue, there is an article about Smart Codes and community reinvestment, high-tech research in home construction, the housing choice voucher program, and a listing of other recent HUD studies in various areas. To subscribe: 800-245-2691 / TDD 800-483-2209.

The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Has Formed the "Greater Baltimore Property Rights Organization." It is an email-based information system. Info: 410-337-7200 / register www.RealtorsBaltimore.com.

The GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat - Newly Revised and Revamped - Is Shown on Various Cable-TV Stations. The 30-minute interview show runs on Channel 21 & 8 in the City, 99 in Anne Arundel, 71 in Baltimore Co., 3 in Carroll, and 3 & 7 in Harford!



CALENDAR

Belair-Edison Neighborhoods' SpringFest & Open House Tours. April 27, 2002. Guided tours of homes for sale, and SpringFest activities such as flea market, beer garden, food, and live music. Info: contact Belair-Edison Housing at 410-485-8422.

CPHA Citizen Action Workshops. April 27, 2002. Workshops include healthy neighborhoods, Hot Spot training, youth & adult partnerships, and a lot more. Information: 410-539-1369.

Hate Crimes Summit 2002. May 7, 2002. Holiday Inn Select Baltimore North, Timonium. Keynote speakers for this annual event are the head of the Education & Vigilance Network and the National Coalition Building Institute. Sponsored by the Maryland Association of Human Rights Agencies, the US Attorney's Office, the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, and several others. Registration is $30, $35 at the door. Info: 410-887-5917.

The 2000 Census & CDBG Program Hands-On Workshop. May 11, 2002. Morgan State University McKeldin Student Center. Featuring specialists from the Bureau of the Census, Maryland Department of Planning, NAACP, and others. Reservations required: 443-885-1249.

Annual Dinner of Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. May 14, 2002. Grand Banquet Room of The Forum, 4210 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore. Keynote by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, and Fair Housing Award to Northeast Good Neighbors. $25 per person. RSVP 410-243-4468.

Lead Week is June 1 thru June 8. The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (2714 Hudson Street, Baltimore 21224, 410-534-6447; www.leadsafe.org) will hold a kick-off event on June 1st from 10 am to 2 pm at Druid Hill Park's Parkie's Lakeside Pavilion.

HUD 2002 National Fair Housing Policy Conference. June 9-14, 2002. Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Plenaries include marketing Fair Housing, community/faith-based issues, and national studies. www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/partners/nationaltraining.





INTERESTING BOOKS

Nixon's Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy. by Dean J. Kotlowski. Cambridge: Harvard University, 2002. 404 pp. $35.00. The Salisbury University professor found Nixon was "deeply committed to equal opportunity," willing - even determined - to remove racial barriers, but "reluctant to force people to mingle, in school or in neighborhoods." He enforced the Voting Rights Act in the South, the beginning of bilingual education, helped to avert the demise of historically black colleges, and was responsible for creating affirmative action. A strong record, but tainted with political calculations that weakened enforcement.

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. by Frank H. Wu. New York: Basic Books, 2001. 288 pp. $26.00. Primarily examining the Asian American experience in the US, Wu looks at the complexities of racial identity. He debunks the myth of a "model minority," describing the alienation & problems of Asian Americans.

The Anatomy of Racial Inequality. W. E. B. DuBois Lectures. by Glenn C. Loury. Cambridge: Harvard University, 2002. 160pp. $22.95. Loury argues that African-Americans are kept from their goals - along with racial discrimination - by "racial stigma," which is what "at the deepest level (they) are understood to be" by white Americans.



It's the Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy, and Divide the Races. by Lena Williams & Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Harvest Books, 2002. 304pp. $13.00 pbk. A journalistic look at the subsurface misunderstandings that breed mistrust and miscommunication - gestures, expressions, tones, and body language - between blacks and whites. Hopefully, the authors posit, by understanding we can eliminate these problem points for a greater good.

Hollow Promises: Employment Discrimination Against People with Mental Disabilities. by Susan Stefan. American Psychological Association, 2002. 261pp. $49.95. An examination of the shortcomings of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and possible solutions.



REST IN PEACE

Claude Brown, Author, 64. Brown's 1965 book Manchild in the Promised Land followed his rise from a "harrowing" childhood of violent crime and poverty in Harlem, and became a classic of American literature. It also gave many Americans their first true picture of the stark realities of the life of the poor - and of the racial divide.