Friday, November 07, 2008

Justice in community planning and development

Majora Carter is an amazing young woman.

People who have a hard time understanding what we mean when we talk and write about "systemic justice" need to spend some time with this brilliant community leader.

Most of us have no clue what the residents of low-income communities go through on a regular basis. As a result, we don't give the negative forces their due and we write off and past the reality facing poor friends who are made and kept poor by bad, unjust, at times evil public policy.

Give Ms. Carter a listen. You'll learn something very important if you do.

Pay special attention to what she calls "triple bottom line."

Will look forward to your reactions.



Anonymous said...

Amazing young woman! Why do our leaders, that give lip service to social and environmental justice, not utilize people like Majora and you, Larry, to come up with solutions to the pressing problems? Too much power politics as opposed to concrete solutions.

Anonymous said...

Haven't had a chance to listen yet, but I will.

I'm not often a fan of government solutions, but I was wondering what we could do if, instead of spending $1 TRILLION (or more) on the form of "bailout" we are doing, the money was instead spent on providing entrepreneurial opportunities for those who have no access to needed capital.


Topher said...

I thought of CDM as I read this editorial in the NY Times.