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Organizing for Justice in Baltimore: Maryland Communities United and the Struggle for Public Housing

At 6:00PM on Wednesday, September 14th in the SSW auditorium, the Wednesday Evening SOWK 631 classes are honored to host John Comer, Co-Director and lead Organizer of Maryland Communities United and residents from a number of public housing projects. We will learn about their work in holding the Housing Authority of Baltimore City accountable for implementing the National Housing Act of 1949's goal of "a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family."

The lecture is open to the public. This is one of the most effective and exciting grassroots organizing efforts in Baltimore. We will have an opportunity to explore the intersectional work of Communities United, addressing injustice in race, gender, and class relations. This forum is an opportunity to engage with issues such as the service-advocacy/micro-macro practice dialectic and how social workers can make concrete our commitment to social justice among our neighbors. Please address questions to jsinger@ssw.umaryland, and watch for future events in the Wednesday Evening SOWK 631 series. For a bibliography on the history of public housing organizing in Baltimore, please email Jeff.

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