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Thursday, November 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Innovative Collaboration to Further Community Self-Determination

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The built urban environment is the product of policy decisions that have intentionally discriminated, and have had the effect of discriminating, against African Americans, immigrants, the working class, and other “undesirables.” While more than 50 years have passed since the passage of civil rights legislation, low-income individuals throughout the country continue to live out this discriminatory legacy. ABLE continues to rethink its housing and community economic development practice to bring innovative legal tools to support our client community. The result is a community lawyering service delivery model attempting to ensure our legal practice is responsive to client needs. This panel will discuss community-driven work to open a worker- and community-owned grocery store in a neighborhood facing food apartheid and how the Community Reinvestment Act was used as a tool to assist our client negotiate with a large area bank to obtain funding to support the neighborhood's revitalization plan.

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Matt Currie

Managing Attorney, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
Matthew Currie is a managing attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, a nonprofit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self-reliance, equal justice, and opportunity... Read More →

Amaha Sellassie

Instructor in Sociology & Director of the Center for Applied Social Issues, Sinclair Community College
Amaha Sellassie is a peace builder, social healer, freedom fighter, and lover of humanity. He is an instructor in Sociology and director of the Center for Applied Social Issues at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Amaha is also the president of the Gem City Market Board... Read More →

Aisha Sleiman

Staff Attorney & Joseph R. Tefalski Fellow, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
Aisha Sleiman is a staff attorney and the Joseph R. Tefalski Fellow at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in its Toledo office. She represents community- and neighborhood-based groups to ensure equitable access to community development and advocates for development opportunities for... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Nicolet B 5th Floor