Oregon Progressives to Attack Rent Profiteering and Racist Apartment Bans Together

As runaway housing costs continue to oppress millions of working Americans, one state hopes to address the rent crisis in one fell swoop.

After picking up a series of key legislative seats in 2018, Oregon progressives intend to remake a generations-old racist, crony capitalist housing system - in a single legislative session. Led by Speaker Tina Kotek, housing advocates believe the 2019 session presents a window of opportunity to defeat the types of entrenched interests that have created and perpetuated housing insecurity in Oregon and across the country.

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Examining Jumaane Williams's Progressive Housing Agenda

In 2018, the affordable housing crisis finally began to reshape politics in New York, which has created unprecedented momentum for progressive candidates and causes. It played an underappreciated role in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of Joseph Crowley. It fueled a spirited primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon that has pushed Governor Cuomo to the left. And, most importantly, it created a landslide Democratic majority in the State Senate that included many pro-tenant progressives.

That trend will likely continue in 2019 with the upcoming special election for New York City’s Public Advocate, vacated by Letitia James who won the election for NY Attorney General. The race is crowded (to say the least) and many in the field have carved out reputations as stanch progressive housing activists. This gives progressives a unique opportunity to flesh out a broader housing agenda and test messaging both for the universal rent control fight in Albany later in the year and in the lead up to 2020.

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data for politics #20: A #MeToo Effect? Attitudes About Gender Equality and Workplace Harassment

By Meredith Conroy (@sidney_b), Alexander Agadjanian (@A_agadjanian) and Hayley Cohen (@HayleyCohen)

Over the weekend the news broke that CBS Chairman and CEO, Les Moonves, would step down from his position, following allegations of sexual harassment and assault by several women, spanning many years. The flood of sexual harassment allegations against mostly powerful men in business, media, politics, and entertainment have largely come to be associated with the #MeToo movement, which is a movement that encourages women to publicly acknowledge or express their experiences with sexual harassment. The origin of “Me too” stems from the work of activist Tarana Burke who has worked with young women of color survivors for years; the hashtag was popularized online by actor Alyssa Milano last October.  

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