The Convo: Ashley Gurvitz (Alliance for Northeast Unification)

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city. In this conversation, you will meet Ashley Gurvitz, CEO of Alliance for Northeast Unification. Ashley talks to us about developments happening on the eastside including new jobs and a grocery store opening.

Learn more about Alliance for Northeast Unification at anuimpact.org

COLUMN: Examining poverty and wealth

This Op-Ed originally appeared in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper

“Societies are built on great wealth disparities, and thus need an exploited class to develop that wealth.”

Those are the words of Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, a researcher, journalist and assistant professor at Rutgers University, as heard on the podcast “Seeing White” produced by Scene on Radio.

Dr. Kumanyika said this in 2017 and three years later, we are likely worse off than at that time due to many factors — one being a global pandemic that we are still living through.

But on that note about wealth disparities, the mention of an “exploited class” deserves more examination. Here, he is talking about people. People in our families, our workplaces, neighborhoods. People who are us.

In the Indianapolis Recorder, writers Breanna Cooper and Tyler Fenwick have penned the real-life stories of the people behind those statistics in their recent reporting.

People like Chris Busbee, a young father balancing the debt of child support, rent and utilities on less than $15 per hour and Kyerra King, a 25-year-old who put her education on the back burner to work at age 16 to help support her mother and three siblings. Chris and Kyerra represent the reality of the situation in our city and unfortunately their stories are not unique.

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The Convo: Jennifer Green (Partners in Housing)

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city. In this conversation, you will meet Jennifer Green, Executive Director of Partners in Housing. Jennifer talks to us about the reality of housing inequity in Indianapolis and what PIH is doing to help.

Learn more about Partners in Housing at partnersinhousingindy.org

The Convo featuring No. 6

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Dwandra Lampkin (director) and Jamaal McCray (actor), two of the creative minds behind No. 6 the latest production of the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Dwandra and Jamaal talk to us about the role art plays in addressing societal issues.

No. 6 is streaming until April 4 online. Visit irtlive.com for more information.

The Convo featuring Andrew Bradley

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city. In this conversation you will meet Andrew Bradley, Policy Director for Prosperity Indiana. Andrew talks with us about the work his organization is doing to support economic equity and help Hoosiers in need of housing assistance.

Resources mentioned in Convo:

Prosperity Indiana

Shelter Series in the News

Shelter series featured in Indianapolis Recorder

LI’s discussion series Shelter, which focused on the housing crisis in Indianapolis, attracted a cross-section of city leaders, community advocates and those with lived experience of discrimination and housing insecurity.

The series was the subject of a recent article in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.

‘We have a housing crisis’: Panels dissect housing in Indianapolis

Leadership Indianapolis hosted a series of virtual panels throughout February to discuss the housing situation in Indianapolis and try to find solutions.

Housing can be an intimidating subject because of its complexity, but policy experts, housing professionals and organizers attempted to lift the veil for viewers over the course of three sessions, each dedicated to a different aspect of housing.

What is the housing situation in Indy?

The first questions to answer for the series Feb. 2 were simple but could lead to complicated answers: Does Indianapolis have a housing crisis, and why? Joe Hanson, executive vice president of strategic initiatives at Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, said there’s no need to make the issue too complex.

“We have a housing crisis,” he said, “because housing costs more than people can pay.”

At the time of the panel, Hanson said there were only 333 homes on the market in Marion County that fall between $75,000 and $140,000, whereas six years ago there were about 2,500 houses in that range.

Lourenzo Giple, from Rottmann Collier Architects, said it all goes back to redlining.
“Everything we have now is a trickling down of sorts,” he said. “It’s connected to everything we do.”

Indianapolis is now seeing “reverse flight,” Giple said, which represents the opposite of white flight in the 1950s and ‘60s. White people want back in, and that creates an unbalance, especially in neighborhoods that have been dealing with disinvestment for decades.

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The Convo featuring Sarah Myer

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Sarah Myer, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, at Indiana Sports Corp. Sarah, a Leadership Indianapolis board member and graduate of SKL Class XLII, talks with us all about March Madness and what it takes to bring the big game to our city during the pandemic.

Resources:

Visit Indy – https://www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-ncaa-final-four-2021

LI Spotlight: Milton Thompson

Milton (Milt) Thompson is an attorney, civic leader and trailblazer.

As a featured speaker at our Opportunity Indianapolis program, Milt has been an invaluable asset, sharing engaging stories about how sports are integral to the foundation of our city. Recently, WISH-TV featured Milt in a story on the legacies of Black businesses in Indianapolis.

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