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It was not by chance that communities in Connecticut and across the country became segregated by race and class. It was by design: decades of discriminatory policies and practices, both private and public, built the divided, unequal cities and towns we see today. Because where we live determines so much about our access to employment, education, healthcare, and other opportunities, we must take intentional action to undo the injustices of the past and ensure equal access to opportunity for all people in Connecticut, wherever they choose to live.
Lisa Belkin’s book, Show Me a Hero, and its 2015 HBO miniseries adaptation, detailed both the political and personal struggles behind a landmark public housing desegregation case in Yonkers, NY in the 1980s and ’90s. Similar battles played out across the country, and continue even today. The story could not be more relevant to Connecticut, one of the most racially and economically segregated states in the country. Join the conversation as Ms. Belkin and our other distinguished panelists discuss the history of housing segregation in Connecticut and across America, assess past efforts to promote more integrated cities and towns – incorporating lessons from the Yonkers case – and explore ways to build communities that provide all residents with access to opportunity.
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