john a. powell

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john a. powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He is the executive director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He is a professor of law and of African American studies and ethnic studies at the University of California–Berkeley, and holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion.

The Housing Crisis: How Did We Get Here? Where Do We Go?

In early October 2008, The Kirwan Institute hosted a national summit on subprime lending, foreclosure, and race. We didn’t know it when we were planning the event, but a series of unfolding economic events spurred by our nation’s housing crisis would have our government contemplating a $700 billion financial sector bailout on the eve of our convening.