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Community Conversations: Racism and Housing

  • Date: 07/07/2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  
  • Location: Remote Participation

July 7 Community Conversations: Racism and Housing

Due to broad public interest, the Town is adding another community conversation on July 7th. This session will discuss the intersection of race and housing and how past government policies created massive inequities. We encourage residents to watch this short film, narrated by Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America,” to familiarize themselves with this topic for the next session (see below). This session with be moderated by Crystal Haynes, who will joined by Katerine Levine Einstein and Manisha Bewtra, please see their bios below.

Crystal Haynes is an Emmy award winning journalist with more than 15 years of broadcast experience. Her Priced Out series on Boston 25 has been nominated for a Northeast Regional Emmy award, and focuses on exposing the disparate impact of the housing crisis in Massachusetts. She is a Events Working Group Lead on the Arlington Human Rights Commission, member of the Boston Association of Black Journalists, NAACP, and is a trained facilitator in gender-based violence prevention and incidents in racism through Northeastern University's Center for Sport in Society. Crystal holds a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, and a Masters degree in Media Advocacy (winter 2020) from Northeastern University's College of Arts, Media and Design. She grew up in Springfield, MA, but has called Arlington home since 2017 joining her husband and his family who have lived in town for more than four generations.
Katherine Levine Einstein is an associate professor of political science at Boston University and a faculty fellow at Boston University's Initiative on Cities. She studies urban policy, racial and ethnic politics, housing policy, and land use, and has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on these topics. She is one of the authors of the book Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America's Housing Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2019).


Manisha Bewtra, AICP is a certified city planner, working as the Senior Associate at Beacon Leadership Collaborative as well as a sole proprietor offering workshop facilitation and public process consultation. She lives in Melrose, where she has served as a Human Rights Commissioner, a City Councilor-at-Large, and where she ran for Mayor last year. Over her career, Manisha has worked with dozens of cities and towns across Massachusetts and beyond. She’s worked as a planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership and has taught urban planning students at the Harvard School of Design and at Arizona State University. She is a knowledgeable and experienced leader who brings different perspectives together, facilitates conversations around change, and generates data-informed solutions that move communities forward.

Leon T. Andrews, Jr. was appointed as the inaugural director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities and currently serves as chair of the board for the National Recreation and Parks Association. Prior, Leon served as the senior fellow and program director at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning since 2006. Before joining the National League of Cities, Leon completed a research fellowship at The Forum for Youth Investment. Leon has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 25 years including the United States Department of Justice, United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He is a published author, a presenter at several conferences and other forums throughout the country and world, and serves on a number of national and local boards including National Recreation and Parks Association (past president),ChangeLab Solutions (past chair), National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the National Network for Youth. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at The University of Michigan. Leon is married to an amazing woman, Dr. Kristine M. Andrews, for the last 18 years and they have three beautiful daughters – Jessica Austin, Julia Iris, and Joanna Jonas.


Session References
Study: Qualified Renters Need Not Apply: Race and Voucher Discrimination in the Metro Boston Rental Housing Market
Siteline Institute: This is How You Slow Walk Into A Housing Shortage
Housing Politics Lab  
Racism & Housing: Manisha Bewtra Presentation


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