Whose American Dream Is It? Julián Castro Weighs In

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Why you should care

Because the cycles of violence and poverty run deep.

Please join us on Saturday, July 23, in New York City’s Central Park to hear Julián Castro — in person — along with other intellectuals, artists and “trend-makers” who love good conversation, a rich mix of food and great music. Welcome to OZY FUSION FEST, and enjoy this special encore presentation.

The fourth in a series of videos from OZY’s interview with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, originally published last year.

The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore last month was only the latest in a cycle of killings, unrest and reflection — a cycle born from years of mistrust between law enforcement and minority communities. Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, Baltimore: The cases in each of these cities are unique yet linked by the sprawling and stubbornly persistent problem of urban poverty in America, and the resulting alienation of those that need opportunity the most.

How do we break the cycle and fix the deeper economic issues at work? In this final installment of our interview, Carlos Watson, OZY CEO and co-founder, asked Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro for his thoughts on how community members and policymakers can work together to reignite the American dream for everyone.



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