With hope that these tragedies propel you into action rather than paralyze you, I share these resources with the goal of dismantling racial oppression in all its forms.
Five things the City of Austin can do to reduce landlord discrimination against housing voucher holders
Sounds like Los Angeles has this problem also under Mayor Eric Garcetti, but ten times worse because of the corruption of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Department.
Readers will recall that, at the behest of the Austin Apartment Association, the Texas Legislature passed and Governor Abbott signed into law a bill that prohibits Texas cities from enacting anti-discrimination protections for citizens who rent apartments using Housing Choice Vouchers. (The legislature did grant an exception giving cities the power to protect veterans who use vouchers from landlord discrimination.) The legislation was a reaction to a fair housing ordinance unanimously adopted by the Austin City Council last year.
As we approach September 1, when the state law takes effect and Austin’s source of income protection ordinance will no longer be enforceable, it’s time to consider ways to mitigate the racial and ethnic segregation that voucher discrimination creates.
In hearings before the Legislature, representatives of the Austin Apartment Association repeatedly testified that they had alternatives to Austin’s ordinance, different ways to protect…
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I will be posting helpful information and links about Los Angeles Rent Control and the city department of building and safety code enforcement and permit complaints.
I encourage the public to submit comments about their experiences with the city Rent Control as well as any experiences with code enforcement.
Some say the fires may have the cause of city code enforcement inspectors who failed to require proper documentation before issuing construction permits. City employees of the housing department who allow unauthorized construction need to face discipline. Some say Los Angeles government needs federal intervention because Los Angeles government officials cannot handle their own housing discrimination problems. One opinion: “We don’t have intentional bigots, but we have smart creative people systematically engaged in biased behavior.” Quote from Kapor Klein.
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California Unruh Act:
(b) All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.
This section of the United States Code, Â§ 1981, is based on section one of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
“All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses, and exactions of every kind, and to no other.”