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New webinar series: The History & Power of Real Estate

GCAAR is hosting a new webinar series highlighting its commitment to continuing the conversation about racism, particularly as it relates to real estate. Our goal is to generate a healthy discussion around the history of our nation’s legislative barriers on homeownership based on race - and how those barriers are still affecting today’s society. 

October 26: History of Lincoln Park

On Monday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., GCAAR and DCAR will continue their History and Power of Real Estate series with Dr. Miriam Bunow, Education & Outreach Manager of Pearless Rockville, to discuss the development of Lincoln Park, its context in Montgomery County History, and significant homes/individuals/sites within. Register today!


September 21: Mapping Segregation in D.C.

On Monday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m., Sarah Shoenfeld, co-owner of research firm Prologue DC, lead the webinar “Mapping Segregation in D.C.,” focusing on the development history and racial context of the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood, as well as legal challenges that emerged from it. In case you missed it, stay check out the webinar recording!



August 20: Race & Real Estate Context & History

To kick off the new series, on August 20, GCAAR and the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® presented the first webinar, "Race and Real Estate Context & History."

To set the stage for the rest of the series, 2020 GCAAR Secretary Harrison Beacher and Nicole Canole, East + Ivy CEO discussed the book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”* by Richard Rothstein. Take a look at the slide deck and replay recording!



Below are a few links to resources that were covered during the discussion.

Links which contributed to this talk:

  1. Learning from Urban Redevelopment’s Failures to Build a More Inclusive DC
  2. D.C. Looks To End 'Outdated' Urban Renewal Plans As Part Of Housing Development Strategy
  3. Urban Renewal: The Story of Southwest D.C.
  4. Examining the Black-white wealth gap

Point of view videos to assist with understanding: 

  1. Talks to help you understand racism in America
  2. The little problem I had renting a house
  3. Apple TV movie "The Banker"
  4. Maggie Anderson “My Black Year” Discussion on Black Economics


Books: 

  1. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  3. How to Be an Antiracist  by Ibram X. Kendi
  4. The Fight for Fair Housing by Gregory Squires’ 
  5. The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn


BONUS READING:  

  1. Real Estate Agents Investigations
  2. A New Show About Neighborhoods Facing Gentrification Offers a Cautionary Tale
  3. How Real Estate Segregated America
  4. A history of slavery cannot be ignored — even in real estate
  5. Book Review: "Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership"
  6. How slavery flourished in the United States
  7. Urban Wire  Housing and Housing Finance
  8. The New Deal as raw deal for blacks in segregated communities
  9. Racial wealth inequality: Social problems and solutions
  10. Testbed for the Redlining Archives of California's Exclusionary Spaces



    June 14, 2020

    A special message from GCAAR President Danai Mattison Sky

    “I truly hope that what we see playing out around us continues to open our eyes to the problems, to the solutions and to how we can promote and make change together. May we all make leading with compassion and empathy a priority.” 

    I said this on June 2, as our nation began on its transformative path toward advocating for racial and social justice and equality in a way that history has never seen. 

    There is no question that all Americans are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Racism has no place in our society. As REALTORS®, our Code of Ethics reinforces this in governing us to treat people fairly and equitably as we serve our communities. 

    Today—on Juneteenth—GCAAR is joining the country in celebrating the symbolic end of slavery, while also taking the opportunity to make sure the conversation doesn’t end here. 

    At GCAAR, we exist to serve our members, which includes providing education to encourage professional and personal growth. So we’ve compiled this webpage comprising information about Juneteenth and suggestions for small steps you can take to make a big difference in the midst of this societal awakening.

    I encourage you to review this new resource page and share it with others. Let’s all take this opportunity to understand our current environment and re-commit to the core principles that make us “Who We R.” Together, we can create positive change as we continue to promote equal treatment for all.

    Danai Mattison Sky
    2020 GCAAR President

    Happy Juneteenth!

    This day is celebrated annually on June 19th, commemorating the end of slavery in America.

    The holiday dates back 155 years. On June 19, 1865, a band of Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas and were greeted with the news that the enslaved were now free, and that the war had ended. This news was delivered over two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued on January 1, 1863.

    We’ve put together a resource guide to help you celebrate and honor the importance of the day.

    1. Learn more about this important day in America’s history. Official Juneteenth Site

    2. Celebrate Juneteenth by supporting Black-owned Businesses across the country or in your neighborhood. Official Black Wall Street

    3. Learn more about art created by African Americans, such as the Miss Juneteenth film. Watch Miss Juneteenth

    4. Juneteenth is often referred to as “Freedom Day.” Learn more from How Stuff WorksHow Stuff Works Juneteenth Episode 

    5. Learn more about the African American minds behind some of the most common objects in our lives.History Stories 

    6. Listen to Lift Every Voice and Sing, a song which has been deemed by many to be the “Black National Anthem.” Lift Every Voice

    7. Want to enjoy a book about Juneteenth? Learn more from this Juneteenth reading list. Juneteenth Reading List

    8. Juneteenth celebrations can’t be stopped by COVID-19. Here are a few examples of how to take your celebration virtual:

    9. Take this time to learn and reflect on this historic day and how we can continue the celebration of African Americans in our communities.


    June 2, 2020

    Special Statements from your REALTOR® Associations

    As the nation reels from the events happening across our country, GCAAR, in coordination with our National Association of REALTORS®, wants to share these thoughts with you. 

    “I truly hope that what we see playing out around us continues to open our eyes to the problems, to the solutions and to how we can promote and make change together. May we all make leading with compassion and empathy a priority.”

    2020 Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® President Danai Mattison Sky
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    Statement from the National Association of REALTORS®

    "The shocking, senseless death of George Floyd is tragic. Our deepest sympathies are with the Floyd family and other families who understand and feel this pain and grief. Our neighbors in the communities where we work and live across America should feel safe and free from discrimination.

    "As longtime champions of fair housing, equality and inclusion are among NAR's most cherished values. NAR is committed to leading the way on policies that address racial injustice and that build safe and inclusive communities. Building the future begins with equal access to housing and opportunity for all.

    "We appreciate all you do as REALTORS® to listen, learn, and work with others to be a part of the solution. As leaders in your communities, America's 1.4 million REALTORS® are active participants in promoting equality, inclusion, and acceptance. We welcome your input and thoughts on how we can improve our communities together."

    Vince Malta, president, National Association of REALTORS®