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Rachel
Goodman

Rachel Goodman is a Staff Attorney at the Racial Justice Program of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she litigates cases relating to economic justice issues, particularly discrimination in housing and lending.  She has also contributed to RJP litigation concerning racial profiling and the school-to-prison pipeline. She has previously served as a Karpatkin Fellow and a Legal Assistant on the Racial Justice Program.  Outside of the ACLU, she clerked for the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, III, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale College and of New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Fellow.

Will Justice Scalia Be the Savior of the Fair Housing Act?

Will Justice Scalia Be the Savior of the Fair Housing Act?

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 5:08pm
Going into this week's argument in Inclusive Communities Project, a Supreme Court case that will determine the future of the Fair Housing Act, all eyes were on Justice Kennedy. It's often Justice Kennedy who casts the deciding vote in cases about the strength and breadth of civil rights laws. As those of us in the courtroom waited for the justices to take the bench, we were eager to hear what questions he would ask.
FTC Needs to Make Sure Companies Aren’t Using Big Data to Discriminate

FTC Needs to Make Sure Companies Aren’t Using Big Data to Discriminate

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 2:45pm

The ACLU filed comments today with the FTC urging it and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate whether big data is being used in online marketing in ways that are racially discriminatory. If companies are in fact engaging in this…

Plaintiff Shoshana Hebshi

Making Flying While Brown Safe Again

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 3:31pm

When Shoshana Hebshi boarded Frontier Flight 623 on September 11, 2011, she was heading home to Detroit Metro Airport from a visit to her sister in San Francisco. She couldn't have foreseen that being seated next to two other brown-skinned people would…

Communities of Color Remain Underwater While the Tide Rises

Communities of Color Remain Underwater While the Tide Rises

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 2:07pm

The housing price tide may be rising, but it's failing to lift up many in our communities of color.

That's because lots of homeowners in these communities are underwater, meaning they purchased homes during the real estate bubble and now owe…

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Honoring Dr. King by Working for Economic Justice

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Honoring Dr. King by Working for Economic Justice

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 11:55am

This week, as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, you’ll hear a lot, as we usually do, about the heroic work he did to move America past the era of state-enforced racial segregation.  Mainly, we remember Dr. King as a prophet of…

Communities of Color Face Unexpected Foe in Foreclosure Prevention

Communities of Color Face Unexpected Foe in Foreclosure Prevention

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 11:09am

Millions of Americans are still suffering the effects of the subprime mortgage meltdown. More than four million homeowners have been foreclosed upon already, and nearly 11 million are "underwater," that is, they owe more on their mortgages than their…

YOLO: So Why Was a Texas Prankster Suspended When There Were Better Options?

YOLO: So Why Was a Texas Prankster Suspended When There Were Better Options?

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 1:28pm

Kyron Birdine, a high school junior in Arlington, Texas, didn't see much point to taking an extra standardized test...

Growing Inequality Hobbles Communities of Color

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 7:51am

In an ideal world, a rising tide really would lift all boats. But we know it doesn’t work like that. And, as a new report shows, when the tide goes out, not every boat is equally likely to get stranded.

The median wealth of…

Why Men of Color Aren’t Graduating From College

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program & Swati Prakash, Racial Justice Program at 7:17pm

Let’s be straight when we talk about why it is men of color aren’t graduating from college.

It’s true, as this week’s College Board report notes, that just one in four African-American or Native-American men, and one…

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