Under One Roof: Building an Abolitionist Approach to Housing Justice

On November 6, 2020 the Furman Center and the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy on Friday, hosted a fall symposium titled, "Under One Roof: Building an Abolitionist Approach to Housing Justice."

Panel 1: Overview of Abolitionist Frameworks (12:30 PM - 1:45 PM ET)
This panel laid out the key dimensions of abolitionist frameworks and movement-building. This discussion familiarized the audience with abolitionist principles and with contemporary abolition movements, including prison and police abolition. Panelists situated both housing policy and abolition in historical contexts, and begin to explore how abolition can inform housing scholarship, policy, and advocacy.

Moderated by: 
Sheryll Cashin – Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice, Georgetown University

Jacob Faber – Associate Professor, New York University's Wagner School of Public Service and Department of Sociology
Hilary Malson – Urban Planning Doctoral Student, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Rasheedah Phillips – Managing Attorney for Housing Policy, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Read about the speakers here

Panel 2: Housing Policy Through the Lens of Abolition (2:15 PM - 3:30 PM ET)
This panel considered what it might mean to take an abolitionist lens to housing policy, research, and advocacy. Panelists examined what “housing justice” means in the context of abolition democracy; foundational conditions for and obstacles to housing justice; and where this suggests that we should direct resources today. This discussion explored both the current state of housing policy and activism and the possibilities and challenges of abolitionist mobilization in housing.

Moderated by: 
Justin Steil – Associate Professor of Law and Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amanda Andere – CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness 
Monica Bell – Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University 
Tara Raghuveer – Director, KC Tenants 
Barika Williams – Executive Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development 

Read about the speakers here.

Reading Materials:

Deborah N. Archer, The New Housing Segregation: The Jim Crow Effects of Crime-Free Housing Ordinances, 118 Mich. L. Rev. 173 (2019).

Monica C. Bell, Safety, Friendship, and Dreams, 54 Harvard Civil Rights- Civil Liberties Law Review (2019).

Monica C. Bell, Anti-Segregation Policing, 95 New York University Law Review 650 (2020).

Sheryll Cashin, Shall We Overcome? "Post-Racialism" and Inclusion in the 21st Century, Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 1694 (2011).

Jacob Faber, Segregation Exacerbated the Great Recession and Hindered Our Policy Response, NYU Furman Center's The Dream Revisited (2016).

Sophie House & Krystle Okafor, Under One Roof: Building an Abolitionist Approach to Housing Justice, N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y Quorum (2020).