In the News

In the News: From Homelessness to Homeownership: Story of a Native Hawaiian Veteran

By: The Office of Housing Counseling, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
From: "The Bridge"

Oahu, HI - In January 2011, Native Hawaiian Veteral and Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiary, Larry Kawaauhau Jr. (pictured) enrolled in Hawaiian Community Assets’ (HCA) financial literacy/rental education and credit counseling program. Years prior, Larry had dedicated himself to serving in the U.S. Army only to come back home to Hawaii with family conflicts and limited employment options. Faced with this reality, he soon became homeless as he continued to wait for his lease award on Hawaiian Home Lands.
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In the News: Activists Have Long Known That Donald Sterling Is Racist

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines

I am a huge sports fan and  I grew up in and currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. So, of course, I am cheering for the Golden State Warriors in their playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. I wish I could enjoy the excitement of NBA Playoff Basketball without the ugly reality of racism intruding into my fandom.  
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In the News: This Is How We Should Measure Our Work (And Achieve Economic Justice)

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines

This year is the 50-year Anniversary of the War on Poverty and depending upon when you start the clock on community development, this year is something pretty close to the 50-year anniversary of community development, too.
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In the News: Embracing Affirmative Action, Imperfections And All

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines

In a piece on my personal blog, I referenced a bigger politics of social and economic justice vs. a more narrow politics of identity/representation. Those of us who work in communities of color know this tension well. And while I guess it should be expected, it always surprises me the extent to which people will trade selfish representational gains to the detriment of a bigger picture justice.
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In the News: How Exactly Does One Measure Economic Justice?

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines
 
In my first two 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty posts, I was pretty insistent on the link between poverty and jobs (or the lack thereof).
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In the News: The Myths About Poverty are Keeping People Poor

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines

The annual national convention is coming up for my organization, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, and we are going to do something commemorating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty during our convention. But, in a recent planning call about the convention, the rest of the staff was resistant to include the word “poverty” in our convention title/theme/tagline. 
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In the News: When We Debate Poverty, What Are We Really Arguing About?

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines

Normally, I don’t respond directly to comments  to my blog posts. I don’t like to argue with individual people, particularly when the arguments are based in hardened ideological stances that aren’t going to change with any one exchange.
 
But, thinking about a particular comment led to other thoughts that I want to get down in writing.
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In the News: There is No “Culture of Poverty”

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines

“At the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family.”
- The 1965 U.S. Department of Labor Report “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” 
 
This is the second in a series of posts that I’m working on to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty. 
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In the News: Poverty Today Looks Completely Different and That’s Important

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines
 
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, I’m going to do a series of posts about poverty with a bigger-picture, retrospective look. 
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In the News: Is “Creating Community” Still the End Goal of Community Development?

By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Capacity Building and Research at National CAPACD
From: Rooflines
 
Part of the reason why CDCs have not been able to sustain a consistent, long term set of community organizing programs—why most CDCs have not been able to do community organizing at the depth and scale and for the duration that Chinatown CDC has been able to—is that many CDCs’ relationship to community organizing has become corrupted.  As CDCs became more focused on real estate development, organizing became more about gaining approval and funding for real estate development projects.  The relationship with community residents became more of a means to an end rather than an end in and of itself. 
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