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  What Diabolical Plan Does the Haas Institure Have in Mind Next for Richmond?
January 18, 2018

In case you don’t make the connection, the Hass Institute (not to be confused with the Haas School of Business), is obsessed with Richmond. They have solved two of our most pressing problems by authoring the study that formed the basis for rent control (Belonging and Community Health in Richmond) and Anchor Richmond, the study that resulted in the demise of the global campus.

A principle participant in both studies was Eli Moore, a program manager for the Hass Institute, who after writing the book and leading the charge on rent control, rented out his own house and granny unit without registering it with the City of Richmond Rent Board he helped create.

Now they have another surprise in store for us, but you will have to show up on January 20 to find what their next diabolical scheme is to screw (or fix) Richmond.
Achieving a Richmond Where Everyone Belongs
Public release of a community research report and art and original poetry by Richmond residents exploring what it will take to achieve a city where everyone belongs

January 20th, 9:30am to 11:30am
Nevins Community Center
598 Nevin Ave. Richmond, CA 

Come hear research and community insights to questions like: 

  • How did the the percentage of Richmond households who own their homes drop from 61 percent in 2005 to 49 percent in 2015? 
  • What can be done to create much more affordable housing in Richmond? 
  • How do we address the gap in housing affordability and ownership in the African American community in particular? 
  • And many others...

Hear original poetry by Richmond's Staying Power Fellows, including Richmond Poet Laureate Ciera-Jevae Gordon

And receive a hot-off-the-press book of poetry by Gordon, which includes this piece, titled "This Body Embody Richmond": 

This body embody Richmond.
In all its loud laughs and triggers,
this body live just like its city,
confined and still breathing,
knows all of pain and still thriving,
sees the shifting of our children
and prays for tradition.

This body is a home
is a mother
is formerly incarcerated
is a good woman

This body is displaced.
Moved outside of the place I gave birth in
and still my love for it
is unruly,
is a fighter for justice
because no matter what pain
I associate with Richmond,
it will always be my home
regardless of my lack of address.

I made a home on a couch,
next to candle light,
a home out of a garage.
My memories live here,
my smile was sparked here,
my community was nurtured here.
Every “black out” became a party,
became a family reunion amongst
folks who would never consider themselves strangers
after that night.
We became family,
became the grandma with the icees and pickles in her house,
became the black mothers unafraid to scorn any black child
when they needed it.
Because back then it took a village
and today, it takes a village,
but ours seems to be burning away.
I see the last of my childhood friends in the embers
and I know it gets hard,
but I am too much like my city,
I don’t know how to give up.

Richmond is my reflection
And I am worthy

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