The Fair Housing Act (FHA) was ratified in 1968 to ensure marginalized and minority communities have equal opportunity access to safe, stable housing. It has been the strongest protection against unjustified and discriminatory housing practices, both overt and covert. In the fifty years since the FHA was enacted, exclusionary housing policies may be more difficult to distinguish, but sadly are still in effect.
Due to the racial discrimination and oppression that still exist here the latest data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports the state at 50%. Geographic location and race and ethnicity are the two most important factors that shape a child’s risk.
A delegation from Ann Arbor’s Temple Beth Emeth traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s 2019 Consultation on Conscience. This 3-day conference attracted over 1,000 Jewish leaders from across the country and addressed social justice issues including immigration, criminal justice reform, gun violence, reproductive justice, and the rise of anti-Semitism and white supremacy.
Michigan has a lot going on!
About 500 people came to the U-M Diag on Tuesday to protest the recent spate of anti-abortion legislation in state legislatures. The rally was a success by anyone’s standards. To cheers and applause, Senator Jeff Irwin spoke of the importance of fighting for the right to control our bodies.
As we hail our once pristine planet, it’s important to note that damage to its environment—to its waterways, air, and land—takes its worse toll on the poorest people. As Niranjan Dev Bharadwaj writes, “ Soil erosion, land degradation and deforestation lead to a decline in food production along with a shortage of wood for fuel contribute to inflation.”
If you are concerned about what can and should be done to win the 2020 election, check out the video of Mark Grebner at Sunday’s PEG meeting.
The Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program is a free six-week, twelve-part webinar course, covering all aspects of grassroots campaigning. This program seeks to expand the skills of progressive activists and volunteers, by ensuring that comprehensive training is free and accessible for Democrats all over the country. Register by Noon on Sunday!
What is the #EqualityAct? 🏳️🌈 "The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law—including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and several laws regarding employment with the federal government—to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The…
Thank you Rep. Dingell and every other Representative who voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act. This Act holds employers accountable for discriminatory behavior and helps workers in their ability to challenge pay discrimination. #equality #equalpay House Passes Paycheck Fairness Act to Raise Women’s Wages in Michigan, Across the Country WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House…