Our goal is to ignite civic leadership in policy and practice which results in greater racial and economic equity in Milwaukee.
Given the significant level of public and private investment downtown, neighborhoods nearest to the downtown investment will have a rare opportunity to leverage this economic boon. Alternately, there is a significant risk of displacement, and the destabilization of other neighborhoods as people and businesses are pushed out, and must relocate.
This one day symposium will frame a conversation about equitable economic development, gentrification, and tools for civic action such as community benefits agreements, housing co-ops, transit-oriented development, and worker-owned cooperatives. Speakers include national experts who can share their experiences and successes from other cities.
LISC is pleased to announce Mary Lee, Deputy Director, from the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place will join us to frame the discussion. A graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, Mary is a practicing attorney with more than 25 years of experience using civil rights, land use, and economic development strategies to revitalize neighborhoods and enhance public participation in the policy arena. At PolicyLink she has co-authored reports on access to healthy food, the built environment, and the impact of place and race on health. She also teaches courses on law, public policy, and civil rights. Mary stays true to her motto “think globally, act locally” by remaining active in local politics in Los Angeles.
More about Policy Link
Founded in 1999, Policy Link's work is grounded in the conviction that equity--just and fair inclusion--must drive all policy decisions. A national organization, Policy Link is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to finding solutions, PolicyLink relies on the wisdom, voice, and experience of local residents and organizations. Lifting Up What Works focuses attention on how people are working successfully to use local, state, and federal policy to create conditions that benefit everyone, especially people in low-income communities and communities of color. Policy Link shares findings and analysis through our publications, website and online tools, convenings, national summits, and in briefings with national and local policymakers. http://www.policylink.org/
This event is funded by the Brico Fund, with additional support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.