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Five decades after the Fair Housing Act, people of color are still denied access to homeownership

Five decades after the Fair Housing Act, people of color are still denied access to homeownership

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Most Americans think of racism as limited to interactions between people—in which one person targets another because of the color of their skin. Every once and a while, folks will also admit that racial hate groups exist, though there is widespread denial about how many of them are actually out there. But, collectively, we still can’t seem to wrap our heads around how institutions, policies and processes create and perpetuate structures that disenfranchise people of color. Yet, they are everywhere—and they often serve to prevent people of color from economic advancement.  A recent analysis by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Journalism found that despite laws to ban racial discrimination in housing loans, blacks and Latinos are still denied mortgage loans much more often than whit
House Republicans want to make it harder for people with disabilities to access businesses

House Republicans want to make it harder for people with disabilities to access businesses

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This week, Congress is expected to vote on a bill that would significantly weaken the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act and let businesses off the hook for failing to provide accommodations for accessibility. The ADA Education and Reform Act was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), and was recently adopted in the House Judiciary Committee. It addresses the 1990 civil rights law that protects people with disabilities when it comes to employment; access to public entities, such as transportation; and accommodations to fully enjoy businesses, such as being able to go to a hotel without barriers to getting inside. The law allows people with disabilities to file lawsuits against businesses that don’t provide reasonable accommodations, but supporters of the ADA Education and Reform Ac
56 attorneys general push Congress to help sexual harassment victims gain access to the courts

56 attorneys general push Congress to help sexual harassment victims gain access to the courts

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Attorneys general from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories wrote a letter Monday imploring Congress to make the courts more accessible to victims of sexual harassment. The letter, addressed to congressional leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), explicitly addresses legislation that would eliminate mandatory arbitration agreements between employers and victims when sexual harassment claims are made. Arbitration agreements result in behind-closed-door settlements that deny victims due process under the law. “Additional concerns arise from the secrecy requirements of arbitration clauses, which disserve the publi...