“Artivism” Gets A 21St Century Makeover

In an era of rising art and activism around police bias, criminal justice reform, and equal opportunity, veteran “artivists” are being joined by new voices telling fresh stories and organizing for change.
Alan Jenkins

Two Major Victories for Fair Housing

It’s a rare moment when two branches of our federal government take major steps to expand opportunity for all Americans. But, with relatively little fanfare, that’s what’s happened over the last few weeks in the critical area of housing.
Alan Jenkins

Why Now Is The Time To Tackle Poverty

Every couple of generations, the stars align to create the potential for monumental, transformative social change. It turns out we're in just such a moment when it comes to tackling poverty in the United States.
Alan Jenkins

Julian Castro Must Now Uphold Fair Housing

One of Juliàn Castro’s first official acts as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should be to make concrete the Department’s duty to promote fair housing throughout its programs and activities.
Alan Jenkins

Why the Sterlings Matter

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling doubled down on bigotry this week, disparaging NBA icon Magic Johnson for his HIV-positive status. But his racist remarks were no anomaly.
Alan Jenkins

Measuring What Matters

We measure a lot of stuff in our society. But it’s rare that we try to measure our progress in achieving the American ideal of opportunity, especially when it comes to our nation’s young people.
Alan Jenkins

More Progress, and Peril, on the Home Opportunity Front

Earlier this month, a Senate committee released a discussion draft of legislation to overhaul the nation’s housing finance system. It’s a good time to take a closer look at America’s longer-term progress on home opportunity.
Alan Jenkins

The Land(scape) of Opportunity

It’s the rare occasion when a significant social challenge is raised up in rigorous economic research and almost instantly answered by a creative and dynamic public policy response.
Alan Jenkins

Calling on Congress to Advance Home Opportunity

In tough times, there’s some good news on the housing front. In slow but meaningful steps around the country, decisionmakers are adopting key elements of the Compact for Home Opportunity, […]
Alan Jenkins

A hero’s on the way!

Change is coming to the most important government agency that most Americans never heard of. For many months, a broad coalition of housing, consumer protection, and civil rights groups has been calling on President Obama to replace the acting head of
Alan Jenkins

Home Opportunity at a Crossroads

Home Opportunity is at a crossroads, and with it the American economy. Misconduct by banks, inadequate rules, and lax enforcement have cost 4 million families their homes since the financial […]
Alan Jenkins

It’s Time to Debate Home Opportunity

For months I’ve been part of a chorus of voices calling on the presidential candidates to talk about home opportunity.
Alan Jenkins

An Open Letter to the Candidates: We Need Housing Solutions

Last week, a coalition of housing, civil rights, and consumer protection groups issued an open letter to President Obama and Governor Romney asking what they would do, specifically, to address the housing crisis in America, and seeking a meeting to share best practices from around the country.
Alan Jenkins

Gabby, Ryan, and Home Opportunity for All

Even Olympians are, alas, not immune from America’s homeownership crisis. The Associated Press reported this week that the parents of U.S.
Alan Jenkins

Progress and Peril on Home Opportunity

Dramatic developments this month have underscored our nation’s progress, as well as our continuing peril, when it comes to Home Opportunity—the deeply held American ideal that everyone should have access to an affordable home under fair conditions.
Alan Jenkins

Raiding Opportunity

The ink’s barely dry on the historic settlement of “robo-signing” and other abusive foreclosure practices by five big banks.
Alan Jenkins

No More Excuses on Relief to American Homeowners

One by one, the excuses have fallen. Yet Edward DeMarco, acting head of FHFA, the agency that runs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, still fails to offer the most effective relief available to American homeowners struggling with mortgages held by those entities.
Alan Jenkins

Racial Discrimination by Banks is Worsening the Foreclosure Crisis

Is there a house in your neighborhood that everybody hates to walk past? You know, the one with broken and boarded up windows, trash left to gather on the lawn, and grass so overgrown it’s becoming a habitat for rodents? If you have a house like that in your community, you know it’s more than ju...
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On Foreclosures Too Little But Not Too Late

The Obama administration and states around the country have taken important steps in recent months toward putting American homeownership and financial security back on track. But it’s clear that more ambitious solutions are needed.
Alan Jenkins

Honoring Justice

On March 1st, I had the honor of speaking at the memorial service for civil rights hero and respected jurist Judge Robert L.
Alan Jenkins

A Hero for Justice

On January 3rd, America lost one of the greatest champions of equal opportunity and human rights that our nation has ever known.
Alan Jenkins

Supporting Muslims at Christmas

Like millions of American men, my Christmas list includes a bunch of power tools and do-it-yourself gadgets. (I’ve been hinting to my wife for weeks that the power sander on […]
Alan Jenkins

The Occupy Movement Focuses on Foreclosures

As the Occupy movement enters its third month, it is moving into a new phase. Colder weather in the north, combined with aggressive push back from city officials around the […]
Alan Jenkins

Lip balm you can believe in

If you have any doubt that the Occupy movement is changing the American culture and capturing the imagination, check out this ridiculous ad for Mabelline lip balm in which supermodels […]
Alan Jenkins

What 21st Century Democracy Looks Like

Those who say they don’t know what the Occupy Wall Street protestors want fail to understand the nature of this quintessential 21st century movement. It is true that they have […]
Alan Jenkins

Our Modern Family

On Sunday, the sit-com Modern Family won a well-deserved five Emmy awards, including one for best comedy series. I’m a fan of the show, but can’t help thinking that it […]
Alan Jenkins

Progressives Taking Charge

The President has shown a talent for slowly but surely moving public opinion in the right direction on crucial policy points, then inexplicably giving those points away to his political […]
Alan Jenkins

Why Conservatives Cant Afford Government Default

As the deadline nears for national default if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, the two parties appear deadlocked over ending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, which Republicans […]
Alan Jenkins

Executive Action on Jobs

Conservatives in Congress and their echo chamber have backed President Obama, and the American people, into a dangerous corner.  Private sector job creation is desperately needed for our national recovery […]
Alan Jenkins

The Myth About Myth Busting

So I’m trying to convince my wife that we should raise chickens in our back yard—it’s a suburban Green Acres thing, you might not understand. She has been, shall we […]
Alan Jenkins

Mixed Results on Jobs and Opportunity

New job numbers released last Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics included some welcome news. The national unemployment rate dropped to a two-year low of 8.8% in March, with […]
Alan Jenkins

Bad Ideas Running Aground

Over the last year, right-wing politicians introduced a slew of bills in Congress and multiple states that purported to address the problem of illegal immigration. The proposals ranged from replicating […]
Alan Jenkins

Chance and Change

This month, as protests swept the Middle East and toppled strongmen in Egypt and Tunisia, thousands of American adolescents rushed to see rising teen pop star Greyson Chance in concert. […]
Alan Jenkins
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