The Intersectional Failures that COVID-19 Exacerbates: Learned Lessons on Building a Housing Equity Movement - Metropolitan Planning Council

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The Intersectional Failures that COVID-19 Exacerbates: Learned Lessons on Building a Housing Equity Movement

December 10, 2020, 10 to 11:30 a.m. CT

This is a past event

Online via Zoom

Hosted by: Enterprise, Metropolitan Planning Council

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With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, global uprisings against racism and climate disasters, we recognize that we cannot address these issues in isolation and must forge partnerships that grapple with all of these crises.

The panelists in the past three speaker series taught us that we have the power and agency to create a more intersectional movement toward housing justice that reflects our intersectional identities. Our final conversation will weave together insights from the different movement sectors that we learned about in our past three conversations. We will bring our panelists back together for a conversation about designing solutions that work for all of us and casting a vision for what’s possible that addresses the root causes and intersections of the housing system, immigration rights, and criminal justice.

We invite the panelists and audience to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing housing crises that it exacerbated drive us to repair the harm in our communities and build intersectional movements in which no one is sacrificed nor left to shelter in place without shelter.

Thank you to our event sponsor, National Equity Fund

This event is presented by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Enterprise Community Partners


Iván Arenas is an Associate Director at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago which supports engaged research that aims to increase society’s understanding of the root causes of racial and ethnic inequality and create research-based policy solutions. Trained as an anthropologist and architect, his research focuses on how social movements use creative art practices to establish solidarities beyond the state. Iván is active as a member of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Chicago United for Equity, the Pilsen Housing Cooperative, and the Chicago ACT Collective. He has an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Anthropology from Columbia College of Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.


Delrice Adams is a social service and public health administrator with over 25 years of experience in both non-profit and local government. Her areas of expertise include grant writing, program development, community and stakeholder engagement, and policy and planning implementation. Delrice serves as the Executive Director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC), where she is responsible for overseeing the public safety agenda for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Previous to joining the county, Delrice worked for the Chicago Department of Public Health Office of Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health. As an Administrator with Public Health she oversaw the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) portfolio of Restorative Justice and Violence Prevention Initiatives for the office and coordinated multiple community partners and stakeholders as a committee lead for Healthy Chicago 2.0; the City’s 5-year Strategic Plan. Delrice is a current Chicago United for Equity (CUE) fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Andy Kang is Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. Andy joined Advancing Justice | Chicago in 2011 after serving as a staff attorney at the Legislative Reference Bureau, a non-partisan State agency that provides legal advice to the Illinois General Assembly regarding the drafting of legislation. During his tenure with Advancing Justice | Chicago, Andy served as one of the lead negotiators for the Illinois TRUST Act and co-led the successful advocacy effort to bring Automatic Voter Registration to Illinois; co-led successful efforts to strengthen Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance; he serves on the steering committee of the Just Democracy Illinois coalition; and oversees Advancing Justice | Chicago’s non-partisan poll monitoring operation in Illinois. Andy currently is board president of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and board chair of Asian American Midwest Progressives. He serves as co-chair of the NAPABA’s immigration committee and sits on the advisory board of KABA Chicago. Andy was previously a member of the Committee on Equality, Equity, and Opportunity for Governor JB Pritzker’s transition team and also served as co-chair of the Good Governance Committee for Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s transition team. Andy received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jawanza Malone is the newly-designated executive director for the Wieboldt Foundation. In his former role as the executive director for the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Jawanza led the community organizing campaigns that led to a historic community benefits agreement for the Obama Presidential Center in protecting low-income and working families from displacement, while ensuring the creation and preservation of affordable housing; and the ongoing effort to repeal the statewide prohibition on rent control, and to avoid the ensuing mass eviction crisis looming ahead. Jawanza's background in community organizing and program development has led him to work in both the public and private sectors, philanthropy, and with communities on five continents. Jawanza seeks to live in accordance with the Kenyan proverb, "Treat the world well for it was not given to you by your parents, it was lent to you by your children."


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