Community Crisis: Affordable Housing

IGNITE National and UWM’s Women’s & Gender Studies Department are happy to host “Community Crisis: Affordable Housing”, an event to create dialogue about affordable housing and how it impacts everyone.

Today, many community members are facing housing instability. Affordable housing is progressively getting worse especially for poor and low income families.


Join us Wednesday, December 01, 2021 at 12pm CST for a virtual discussion about affordable housing. We will hear from Dr. Anne Bonds, Sarah Weintraub, and Savina Martin

Zoom Details:
Click here to join the event
Meeting ID: 994 4754 4028
Password: 007190


Check out the esteemed panel who will be facilitating this discussion!

Dr. Anne Bonds is Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at UW-Milwaukee.  Anne is a feminist geographer whose research interests include race and racialization, urban political economy and community development, and critical carceral studies.

She is an editor of Urban Geography, Chair of the Urban Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Co-Chair of the Critical Prisons Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) and a Senior Fellow at  the UWM Center for Economic Development.


Sarah Weintraub is a tri-chair of the Wisconsin’s Poor People’s Campaign.  She is a mother, educator and community organizer in the movement to unite the poor and dispossessed to end the interlocking injustices of systemic poverty, systemic racism, ecological devastation, and the war economy.

In particular, she draws on her family’s experience of being impacted by the broken immigration system and years of organizing for the human right to healthcare.


Savina Martin is a lifelong activist and organizer from Massachusetts.  She is an Army Veteran, and over the years has mobilized and organized around the war on drugs affecting homeless men, women, and veterans in Boston and San Diego, CA.

In 1993, she helped coordinate resources to refurbish an abandoned “Takeover” home, which today continues to provide as a refuge for homeless women recovering from addiction.  As President of the Boston Chapter, during the mid-1980’s, she helped to lead direct action efforts during the Union’s Housing Takeover Campaign.


And representing UW-Milwaukee and IGNITE National:

Dr. Melinda Brennan is the Assistant Chair of Women’s & Gender Studies at UW-Milwaukee.  She earned her doctorate in Gender Studies from Indiana University and her MA and BA from UWM.

Her transdisciplinary work operates at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and race, focusing on anti-violence activism, violence related to hate and power, and how people experience community across dissimilarly situated differences.  As a scholar and educator of the margins and on the margins, she works to increase inter-group community and activism.


Justice Grau is the IGNITE Milwaukee Fellow.  Justice is a proud first-generation student currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education at UW-Milwaukee.

Justice continually advocates for vulnerable communities in Milwaukee and is committed to understanding race, class, gender, and other equitable issues as a core of her professional work with an intersectional approach.