By Stephen Menendian & Richard Rothstein Fifty years ago the nation confronted a historical choice, but did not act. In 1968 a special commission— established by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate why uprisings broke out in more than 100 cities the previous year—warned that America was hurtling down a destructive path: “Our nation is moving toward … [Read more...] about Reflections on Kerner at 50: Introduction (October-December 2017 P&R Issue)
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By Justin Steil and Nicholas Kelly (in Poverty & Race Journal) After years of sustained pressure from civil rights advocates and support from across the housing and community development field, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in July of 2015 at last issued the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule. On January 5, 2018, however, HUD … [Read more...] about Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: HUD Suspends AFFH Rule that was Delivering Meaningful Civil Rights Progress (October-December 2017 P&R Issue)
By Derek Black Public school funding has shrunk over the past decade. School discipline rates reached historic highs. Large racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps persist. And the overall performance of our nation’s students falls well below our international peers. These bleak numbers beg the question: don’t students have a constitutional right to something … [Read more...] about The Constitutional Right to Education is Long Overdue (October-December 2017 P&R Issue)
By David Rammler Losses and costs of recovery from 2017 hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and wildfires in California have been estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars. As recovery efforts continue to take shape, fair housing advocates should heed the lessons of Superstorm Sandy and the New Jersey rebuilding process. The … [Read more...] about After the Superstorm (October-December 2017 P&R Issue)
By Thomas Silverstein In recent years, there has been a concerted effort by well-funded conservative interests, led by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), to pass state laws that preempt local governments from engaging in a broad range of regulatory activity and, at times, the provision of public services. The breadth of these laws is staggering, covering … [Read more...] about Combating State Preemption Without Falling into the Local Control Trap (October-December 2017 P&R Issue)