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Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College
The Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College promotes peace and justice for all. Our aim is to nurture an inclusive, caring and respectful environment on campus and within our community - one where conflict leads to growth and transformation rather than violence or aggression.
The Initiative is guided by its mission: All People, All Voices, All Matter: Making a difference by intentionally engaging in practices and principles that explore, advocate, and honor the dignity of self, others, and the earth.
Principles: How We Treat Each Other
The House We Live In
If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.
Works by Yuri Gama
The Rise and Fall of an African American Inner City: The Case of Parramore, Orlando
This is a thesis statement originally posted by Yuri Gama at Tropics of Meta. Gama is a recently admitted Ph.D. student at University of Massachusetts in Amherst. A Brazilian urban researcher, he is interested in the history of cities, social movements, public transportation, and the intersection of racial oppression and social inequality.
Master's Thesis Introduction: Race and public policies in an African American community in Florida 1880-1980.
The present project centers on the context of how the African American community of Parramore in Orlando, Florida, became a low-income neighborhood. Based on a timeline from 1880 to 1980, this thesis investigates Parramore’s decline grounded in the effects of urban sprawl, racial segregation and discrimination. Among the effects that contributed to the neighborhood's decline in the postwar era were the closing of black schools and the migration of black residents to other places after the passage of civil rights legislation; the disruption of the neighborhood with the construction of highways and public housing; and the lack of investment in new urban infrastructure.
Some of these articles are in databases at the Valencia College Library. (If you get a prompt for a log in, it is your VID number beginning with V and your password is the last 4 numbers of your VID).
The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, June 2014
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates will inform you on issues that may arise Tuesday night. In no way are we expected to be content experts at the tables. And yet this dinner event presents a unique opportunity to dive into this subject matter.
How Redlining’s Racist Effects Lasted for Decades, Emily Badger Aug 24, 2017, NYT
The new research reaffirms the role of government policy in shaping racial disparities in America in access to housing, credit and wealth accumulation. And as the country grapples with the blurred lines between past racism and present-day outcomes, this new data illustrates how such history lives on.
Setting the Stage for Ferguson: Housing Discrimination and Segregation in St. Louis, 80 Mo. L. Rev. 2015
This paper traces the history of housing discrimination in the St. Louis metro area using these cases as a framework, concluding with a discussion of how these historical forces resonate in contemporary Ferguson. The paper concludes with suggestions for reforms that might help undo what a century’s worth of officially sanctioned discrimination and segregation have wrought.
Harmonious Inequality? Zoning, Public Housing, and Orlando’s Separate City, 1920-1945, Kristin Larsen, Journal of Planning History, Volume: 1 issue: 2, page(s): 154-180, Issue published: May 1, 2002
In Orlando, Florida, a relatively small, agricultural, and tourist-based southern community, local officials marshaled an array of planning strategies to define and maintain racial boundaries while projecting an image of African American support for this system. The intent was to allay fear among tourists and potential residents that Orlando suffered from racial tension. Building on the work of Silver and Moeser, this study shows that Orlando developed a separate black city through planning for the spatial arrangement of cities on the basis of segregationist goals.
The Color of Law by
Call Number: E185.61 .R8185 2017
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation -- that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes it clear that it was de jure segregation -- the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments--that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.