Economic Update: Housing - Human Right vs. System Failure

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In this week's show, Prof. Wolff discusses global impacts of food inflation, endless class struggle over length of the workday and workweek and US deaths by guns. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews housing activists Manon Vergerio and Velvet Ross (Fannie Lou Diane) on the US housing crisis, homelessness and evictions.


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About our guests: Manon Vergerio (she/her) is an organizer and a critical urbanist who's spent the last decade researching and organizing around housing issues in New York, San Francisco, and Paris, her hometown. Recent projects include co-founding the NYC chapter of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a data visualization and storytelling collective documenting evictions and the housing crisis, co-directing a documentary film on the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris and its impact on surrounding communities, and working to develop Unlock NYC, a mobile-based app to report on housing discrimination in New York. Her practice is firmly rooted in the belief that people most directly impacted by urban injustice are expert problem-solvers equipped to imagine and design creative solutions.

Velvet Johnson Ross aka Fannie Lou Diane, is an activist, accomplished performing artist, Women’s Historian and writer. She has a MA from Sarah Lawrence College in Women’s History and a BA from Brooklyn College in Communications. Her educational, artistic and activist background has fueled her passion for Women’s rights, the arts and speaking and advocating for Black Women who have been disenfranchised and disengaged in society.
She understands personally how the intersectional spaces of race, class and gender impact Black women in the housing market. She became homeless after she was illegally evicted by her landlord who refused to remediate and correctly treat toxic black mold, several rodent and insect infestations in her rent stabilized apartment. This wreaked havoc on her health and led to severe health complications that still resonate today. That’s why she wants to make sure no one else goes through what she went through and is fighting hard to stem the tide on homelessness in her advocacy. She is an active member of Unlock NYCs of Leadership Collective an all- female lead teach organization dedicated to helping aid individuals impacted by housing discrimination. She is also a member and a part of the Leadership Collective of Neighbors Together, an organization dedicated to helping disenfranchised groups around issues of poverty and homelessness in Brooklyn. She is also a part of the Homeless Can’t Stay Home Coalition which is fighting to address the various inequities in housing in New York City and Housing Justice for All which is fighting for housing justice, equity and parity for renters and those unhoused in New York State. She is a member of the East Harlem Repertory Theater Company where they bring educational community theater to underserved communities. Fannie Lou Diane is a former Bronx Community Board 7, a member of Delta Sigma Theta and the National Council of Negro Women. She was recognized by former Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark Vivirito and given a city citation for her community work.

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    commented 2022-05-11 15:47:00 -0400
    how about explaining to your listeners stagflation and how all the international sanctions are hurting the poor people of the world by the break down of supply chains.
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