Date: May 26, 2011
Place: 4200 Connecticut Ave.
NW, Washington, DC
Time: 3:30 – 5:30
Speaker: Lester Cuffee, JD
Group: Cooperative Speaker’s
Sponsored by: The Kirkman Library
and Center for Cooperatives, Cooperative Extension Service, under the College
of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)
Contacts: Calvin Lewis, Ph.D.
(202) 274-7163; Carolyn Haye, J.D. (202) 274-6961
The purpose and vision for this symposium is to define the
problem, in the context of economic, social and political indicators, and
identify potential solutions to help mitigate this phenomenon as it affects
residents of the District.
This phenomenon is visible, the symptoms which led to it are
well-documented, and this issue has become a serious concern in a number of
other large U.S. cities i.e., New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, as
well as others.
Lester Cuffie, J.D., is the Executive Director of DC
Coalition for Housing Justice, a DC-based think tank committed to develop a
strategy to reduce the downside of Gentrification as it relates to cooperative
housing justice. It involves the major aspects, i.e., affordable housing, full
employment and District policy toward protecting our neighborhoods.
The following issues will be examined:
- Can gentrification be mitigated?
- What can government do to save
affordable housing in the District?
- What can the First Source law do to
assist in expanding employment for DC residents?
- Should additional housing programs be
enacted to protect a strong African American presence?
What is the impact of gentrification
on housing cooperatives in the District of Columbia?