NJ Division on Civil Rights Sponsors May 16 The Color of Law Public Policy Forum

Civil Rights Division Works Within Office of the Attorney General to Defend Law of Discrimination

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Monarch Housing Associates in partnership with Seton Hall University Law School, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, and NJ Institute for Social Justice will host a Public Policy Forum on The Color of Law and its impact on civil rights in NJ. Thank you to Investors Bank Foundation and New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s Division on Civil Rights for their generous support of this important Public Policy Forum.

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s Division on Civil Rights (DCR) has made a generous donation of $7,500 underwrite the The Color of Law Public Policy Forum. The Division of Civil Rights joins Investors Foundation which has also underwritten the Forum with a $5,000 grant.

The Public Policy Forum keynote speaker and author Richard Rothstein will present the national research in his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, and take questions from the audience.

There is no cost to reserve your spot at the Public Policy Forum but donations to offset the cost of the event are appreciated.


Register for the Public Policy Forum

Please register today for this important event and opportunity to delve deeper into the issue of segregation. Tickets are going quickly. As of this morning two-thirds of the tickets have been purchased in less than a week. The Forum will include the opportunity to discuss how we can all work to further advance fair housing in New Jersey. The event will be held at Seton Hall Law School in Newark.

DCR is directed by Craig Sashihara who was appointed in November 2011. During his tenure, DCR has initiated over 3,000 new investigations, recovered over $11 mil. in settlements for New Jersey residents, and issued more findings of probable cause on average than at any time in the preceding two decades.

DCR enforces the Law Against Discrimination, a state law that outlaws discrimination on, among other things, housing, employment, and public accommodation.

Craig Sashihara

Craig Sashihara, Director, NJ Division on Civil Rights

Sashihara noted that the LAD is broader than the federal Fair Housing Act. “Like the Fair Housing Act, our state law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, disability, gender, familial status, and national origin. But New Jersey law also explicitly protects people who are gay, pregnant, transgender, in the military, or who rely on a housing subsidy to make ends meet.”

On the critical importance of DCR’s work, Sashihara said, “We all have the right to be treated equally in the pursuit of housing. Any person or entity that tries to deny that right—be it a landlord, property seller, realtor, homeowner’s association, or newspaper listing an exclusionary housing advertisement—will be held accountable.”

DCR provides information on Fair Housing Laws for Real Estate brokers, property buyers and renters. A letter of memorandum explains that state and federal fair housing laws apply to a wide range of housing-related activities including the advertisement, sale, rental, lease, sublease, assignment and showing of property, including open land.

At the Public Policy Form event, attendees will have the opportunity to view the traveling exhibit “Un Design the Redline.”

This Public Policy Forum is part of a series providing opportunities to engage advocates and community, faith-based and civic leaders in solutions to affordable housing issues in NJ. It follows on the success of the October 2017 forum focused on the issue of Eviction.

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

NJ Division on Civil Rights

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