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The Intersectional Failures that COVID-19 Exacerbates: Learned Lessons on Building a Housing Equity Movement

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, global uprisings against racism and climate disasters, we recognize that we cannot address these issues in isolation and must forge partnerships that grapple with all of these crises.

The panelists in the past three speaker series taught us that we have the power and agency to create a more intersectional movement toward housing justice that reflects our intersectional identities. Our final conversation will weave together insights from the different movement sectors that we learned about in our past three conversations. We will bring our panelists back together for a conversation about designing solutions that work for all of us and casting a vision for what’s possible that addresses the root causes and intersections of the housing system, immigration rights, and criminal justice.

We invite the panelists and audience to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing housing crises that it exacerbated drive us to repair the harm in our communities and build intersectional movements in which no one is sacrificed nor left to shelter in place without shelter.

Thank you to our event sponsor, National Equity Fund

This event was presented by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Enterprise Community Partners


Delrice Adams — Executive Director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC)

Andy Kang — Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago

Jawanza Malone — Executive director of the Wieboldt Foundation


Iván Arenas — Associate Director at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago