Black Lives Matter
We stand in solidarity with those fighting for an end to racial injustice
Interboro stands in solidarity with those fighting for an end to racial injustice and unequivocally declares that Black Lives Matter. We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans who have been killed by police.
We commit to leveraging our abilities as architects, planners, and researchers to make cities more welcoming and accessible for everyone. This requires grappling with how our cities, neighborhoods, and profession have been and continue to be shaped by White supremacy.
We and other professionals who help shape the built environment can and must take direct actions through our work to combat and remedy these injustices. A simple yet important first step is to renew our commitment to listening, to fostering open and honest dialogue among diverse groups of people, and to creating spaces where such dialogue can occur. Genuinely participatory processes are essential to interventions that address anti-Black racism in the built environment.
We would also like to use this opportunity to acknowledge six organizations we have had the honor to work with who do the critical, not-always-glamorous labor of dismantling racist systems as they relate to housing, education, and the public realm. We encourage others to learn about and engage with them, whether that means collaborating, donating, or finding volunteer opportunities.
ERASE Racism works to expose forms of racial discrimination in housing and education in LongIsland and the New York tri-state area. It advocates for laws and policies that eliminate racial disparities and reports on how structural racism and segregation affect the region. The organization is currently doing the invaluable work of fighting HUD rollbacks of “civil rights” protections inhousing under the Trump Administration.
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is a grassroots thinktank advancing the interests ofBlack people in Baltimore City. Its programming includes policy research, advocacy, and community organizing. LBS holds events, hosts a podcast, and comes out with comprehensive reports about how existing policy reinforces White supremacy, pointing towards more just institutional arrangements and community control.
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC) seeks to end housing discrimination in the Greater St. Louis area and surrounding communities inMissouri and Illinois. It educates housing providers, local government bodies, and the general public on fair housing laws; investigates illegal practices; and supports enforcement actions against those who have discriminated illegally. If you or someone you know have experienced discrimination in looking for a place to live -- EHOC is there to help free of charge.
Innovators for Purpose works with youth in Cambridge, MA, especially from under-resourced and under-represented populations, to discover and learn about art, design, and humanities with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The group’s multi-disciplinary approach allows students to connect with local businesses and institutions and develop new mindsets and skills in a supportive environment.
The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a civil rights law and policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to promote research-based advocacy strategies to address structural inequality and disrupt the systems that disadvantage low-income people of color. PRRAC’s current work focuses on the areas of housing, education, and environmental justice, with a focus on developing actionable policies to overcome the mechanisms that continue to reproduce historical patterns of racial segregation.
The Sweet Potato Project recruits young men and women in North St. Louis, a predominantly Black community, and involves them in a year-long program focusing on agriculture, marketing, sales, and self-sustainability. Started by a local community activist and journalist, Sylvester Brown, the project provides an opportunity to earn money and job training while furthering community-level agricultural and economic practices.