City Bricks: Report Card ProjectGiving a Voice to Neglected Communities
A civic art project, consisting of public murals and documentary film, that uses data to explore disparities in living conditions and opportunity among neighborhoods.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin
For many years, activists, policymakers and others have attempted to tackle issues of poverty related to racial inequity. This project continues the struggle by giving voice to the marginalized and educating others to better understand these communities.
With access to essential data, communities will be able to express their conditions and lack of resources to politicians. They will be empowered to take political action and advocate for enlightened policies to improve health, housing, education, jobs, economic development, safety, infrastructure and more. Having data will allow the residents of these communities to better hold their elected officials accountable.
The Rev. Dr. William Samuels speaks about the hope this project will bring to the community.
Like a citizen journalist, the City Bricks Project seeks to present facts to the public. We don’t presume to know what the solutions are. But we seek to partner with other organizations that are working toward solutions, each in their own way. If you are interested in working with us, contact us.
Murals incorporate statistics about the conditions in these impoverished and neglected neighborhoods, contrasted with affluent communities. The statistics, which will be updated with each election cycle, create a dashboard of accountability.
This film features interviews with local residents, the business community, civic leaders, and experts, who discuss neighborhood conditions and provide perspective. It challenges local and national politicians to develop policies that address the disparities and lead to greater equity in life opportunities.
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