Lansing Defend Civil Rights Comment Party

The current administration is trying to roll-back an extremely important part of the Fair Housing Act, called the “Disparate Impact Rule.” This is an attack on housing and civil rights that could deeply impact communities of color, families with children, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

Help protect our neighborhoods from discrimination and #DefendCivilRights!

Join us on Tuesday, October 8th, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM at Sycamore Creek Church, 1919 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing MI 48910. We will meet in the Connection Cafe (to the left up the stairs from the main entrance). We will have pizza to share.

We’ll help you craft comments, tweets, and Facebook posts opposing the changes to the Disparate Impact Rule; together our voices can make a difference. Read our official comment to HUD here

Visit DefendCivilRights.org to learn more.

Let’s get to work opposing this effort to undermine our ability to enforce the Fair Housing Act.

Can’t make it?

Suggest to us a place and time to come to YOUR town before mid-October (coffee and comments? cookies and comments?). Contact Kristen at info@fhcmichigan.org.

Submit a comment now (be sure to add some of your own words) at www.defendcivilrights.org

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FHC Joins National Groups Opposing Changes to the Disparate Impact Rule

The Fair Housing Center has joined a diverse coalition of civil rights groups in a campaign to “Defend Civil Rights” aimed at mobilizing thousands of people across the country to oppose the proposed rule and sound the alarm on its widespread, harmful consequences.

Read our official comment to HUD here.

We believe that if the rule is finalized, it would be virtually impossible to challenge covert discriminatory practices by financial institutions, insurance companies, and housing providers, and open the floodgates for widespread discrimination against millions of people, particularly communities of color, women, immigrants, families with children, people of faith, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

Learn more about the campaign at DefendCivilRights.org

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Defend Civil Rights

A vital protection against housing segregation and discrimination is under attack. The current administration is attempting to rollback protections against housing discrimination by gutting a part of the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

At stake is a protection under the FHA called “disparate impact.” This protection says that lenders, landlords, and other housing professionals should choose policies that apply fairly to all persons. Some policies that seem neutral in theory can, in practice, unfairly exclude certain groups of people or segregate particular communities.  

Click here to read actual examples of disparate impact cases in specific communities.

If the changes to the FHA go through, it will have a profound negative impact on the housing choices of millions of Americans; it will damage the fabric of our neighborhoods and communities for decades to come. We must maintain the full force of our federal civil rights laws, including the Fair Housing Act, because racial and other forms of discrimination still persist.

Our office alone has taken 122 complaints since January, and we are only one of the four private nonprofit fair housing centers in Michigan. The National Fair Housing Alliance reports that more than 4 million instances of housing discrimination occur each year, and the vast majority are unreported.

We are asking you to help us fight back by commenting in opposition to the proposed changes at www.defendcivilrights.orgYou will also find facts and tools to help you form your comments on their website.

This aggressive attack on a key civil rights protection is just the latest attack on civil rights and civil liberties. We must do all we can to stop the revisions to this important law! Please submit a comment opposing the changes by October 18th.

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Comment & Cocktail Hour

The current administration just launched an attack on housing and civil rights that could deeply impact communities of color, families with children, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Help protect our neighborhoods from discrimination and #DefendCivilRights! 

Grab a drink and join us Thursday, September 5th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Tap Room in Ypsilanti, 201 W Michigan Avenue. Let’s get to work opposing this effort to undermine our ability to enforce the Fair Housing Act. We’ll help you craft comments, tweets, and Facebook posts; together our voices can make a difference.

This administration’s attack on civil rights protections could allow landlords, lenders and insurance companies to discriminate without consequences. We must fight back now!

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Date Set for 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast

Thursday, March 19th, 2020, Ann Arbor, MI.

Lisa Rice, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the nation’s only national civil rights agency solely dedicated to eliminating all forms of housing discrimination, will be the guest speaker at our 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast Event. Mark your calendars now. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon. 

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