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The Round-Up Volume 24: Democracy is Trending

Communities in America and around the world are finally having conversations about what democracy means and how we can protect it.

January 28, 2021

With a new Presidential Administration firmly in place and beginning to shape policy, there’s a feeling of change in the air. While it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees as pundits project their ideas on minute-to-minute political, economic, and healthcare drama, we can’t help but zoom out to look at the big picture. 

We believe our democracy is stronger when everyone has ownership. That’s why we’re thrilled to see communities around the world reckoning with their beliefs about democracy and, most importantly, how it can be strengthened.

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Values Shared Across Borders

Democracy is trending all over the world. 

This week in Russia, we saw the largest national pro-democracy protest in recent memory as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets after the jailing of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny (drawing the attention of President Biden).

In Belarus, tens of thousands of protesters descended on the capital city of Minsk in August to demand the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko, who they called “Europe’s last dictator.” Their calls for free and fair democratic elections drew the world’s attention, and protests have continued into 2021 as demonstrators seek protections for journalists. 

And, in an ongoing conflict that erupted in 2019, pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong were arrested earlier this year by Beijing authorities. The mass arrests spurred outrage from activists and international condemnation.

Of course, all this happens with the backdrop of last year’s Black Lives Matter movement that began here in the U.S. and spread to communities everywhere. 

We’re beginning a long-awaited conversation about what democracy means, how and why it must be defended, and what our future could look like if we come together in support of it. It’s an often painful undertaking, but we believe our democracy, and the world, will continue to make the necessary push towards equality.

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Biden Administration Gives Hope

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Rhove has Landed in Dayton

The day is almost here 🚀

On February 1st, we’ll be turning renters into owners at Peak 10 apartment complexes in Dayton. Follow us on Instagram to watch live as these renters receive their first RNT!

Plus, stay tuned for our Living Legends series for Black History Month, in which our Co-Founder and CEO, Calvin Cooper, will be sitting down to interview four leaders and role models in the Columbus community. He’ll chat with them about their careers, the future of our city, and more, and we’ll be sharing their thoughts and experiences with you in celebration of Black history makers.

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In Other News

  • Curious how President Biden’s first week went? Here’s a full list of his executive actions so far, including rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and lifting the ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

  • Multifamily is certainly feeling the heat from the pandemic, but it happens to be one of the best asset classes and a preferred investment to brick-and-mortar retail.

  • Here are 7 niche property types to pay attention to in 2021, according to PropModo.

Parting Thoughts

In many ways, this young year has felt like a new beginning. 

The greatest threat to American democracy in living memory was thwarted and we turned the page to a new Presidential Administration. We begin the year with the dissemination of vaccines that may yet vanquish the coronavirus that’s so badly ravaged our communities. And now we must come together in a time of healing to focus on our future.

Through it all, we believe democracy has been and will be our saving grace. 

We should take this fresh start to think about how democracy can be strengthened and improved upon, and how we can bring opportunity and equality to all people. Everyone can use this moment to figure out how we can contribute to that progress. At Rhove, we believe our democracy is stronger when everyone has ownership. That is why we are turning every renter into an owner.

We can’t say it any better than she can, so we’ll leave you with the words of Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate.

We've seen a force that would shatter our nation

rather than share it.

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

And this effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed,

it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth,

in this faith we trust.

For while we have our eyes on the future,

history has its eyes on us.

Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate, speaking at the Inauguration on January 20th