ACLU Lens: ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Clients Urge Congress to End Racial Profiling

Yesterday, ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee in the Senate's first hearing on racial profiling in more than a decade. The ACLU urged Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act, which would ban the use of racial profiling and provide training to help police avoid responses based on stereotypes and unreliable assumptions about racial minorities.

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Romero was quoted in several news stories about the hearing, including ABC News blog, the Sun-Sentinal, The Root, Raycom News Media,, and the Orlando Sentinel. The ACLU’s work on racial profiling was mentioned in several stories as well, including CQ Roll Call and NPR, which quoted ACLU of Minnesota client Boni Rhodes-Berg. Rhodes-Berg traveled to Washington to participate in a press conference following the hearing and told the story of how she was racial profiled by Drug Enforcement Administration agents at the airport. ACLU of Michigan client Tiburcio Briceno, who also spoke at the press conference, was interviewed by several Spanish media outlets, including appearing live on Univision’s morning show, Despierta America.

The Senate hearing was also covered by McClatchy newspapers, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, BET News, the Birmingham News, among others.

Urge your member of Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act, legislation sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers, (D-Mich.).

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When my mother and I were denied by brokers to sell our home in 2009 and then we brought them to ethics board as we tried 5 more brokers.. They all had a reason.. I live in such a small town everyone knows everyone.. I have been here 20 years without anyone knowing of my illness.. Now due to Keller and Williams Kate Carson Builder Gary Young as we got our loan through HUD in San Luis Obispo and the builder of the senior complex knew the lady from HUD and my illness was disclosed to hi by people in that office as I had been with the aids network.. They are both connected..
Then we were both harassed by Ocean Oaks Senior HOA to the point we had to move which left me homeless for almost a year. My mom had to move back to her friends as he was dying . if he had not left his home to my mom as they lived together 30 years. We both would not have a home to live in. My mom who was 75 when we bought 579 Camino Mercado unit 213. in Arroyo Grande
Ca 93420.. Known area for serious Obama haters. I had an Obama sign in my window there.. I was harassed by this HOA for that. One remember even came over to tell me his thoughts on Obama. I fight daily people on my Face book. If i were a male instead of a tall 5 10 female I would be Bill maher.I own a beautiful blonde standard poodle so i am easy to remember plus my name.
My mother and I suffered from lack of sleep due to upper unit installing such bad floors as agent told them to go ahead and install the before an HOA got started but told us the Builder was not going to allow hardwood floors. He is the trustee , and on the board. So if one sales agent.. Jason Blanenship. They cut corners and built these complexes of course when real estate was just going down. Sold many at a high price and they have been foreclosed on. The two realtors.. Told every new home owner to not listen to us.. We were crazy.. as she did not disclose these bad floors after being invited up to see them. At that point the builder should have said shit... We need to let them know and pay for them to install the padding they removed. They certainly should have told us..I sent you a complaint in 2010.. many..As we took them to ethics board and they said due to illness and fabricated mental ward as i took myself to a rehab in Ventura to wean off of pain meds as I had a broken leg that year.KW brokerages lawyer Roy Odgen was non stop talk and would not let us answer any questions.. A week later we received a letter staying due to fear of illness they did not have to sell my condo..PLEASE.. This is unethical..Now Pismo Beach Board of realtors Cindy Doll told us not to hire a lawyer or we would have. She told us we would be protected by them. That was a flat our lie. They sold tapes of this meeting which was not private and in front of 30 brokers revealed my illness in this small town..3 years non stop daily, I spent writing every government agency to help us. My mother for 3 years paid that mortgage and not once was late.A retired lawyer asked to rent it to buy. We had no idea this lawyer was best friends with the builder. They ganged up on us.. They verbally insulted us. Upper unit the Goldfishers rolled a bowling ball every night down the hallway for us not to be able to sleep. I have had at least 8 people not buy this unit due to the noise once we shoed it and walked in. The HOA Gail Leaf especially never allowed us on the agenda for noise or fines for upper unit. My mother wanted to pay for new floors which would have fixed this whole mess but they kept digging a bigger mess..I was very sick that year and i guess they had no idea I am a pit bull and will not let go as it is my mother retirement years.. and she cannot even take a trip..Why did you not protect us. Obama did. I wrote him. he forwarded my complaint to Charles Huatpman and Mr Paul Smith..with HUD in San Francisco.. Now it is with Shondra Dillard -Ham in LA DFEH. #H201112-P-0431-00-PH .. Why did you not do anything. i read your web site and i am now angry..I never did anything wrong and once I called and a lady said something very mean to me on ACLU..I think this is why so many people complain about our government agencies not working.. I wrote Obama HUD is broken . He did something. Please help me to understand what it is your do. I read everything but I had the perfect case and needed help so bad it nearly killed me. My mother has suffered and guess what ? Kate Carson tried to sell us YET another unit at the same complex. Wrote it up.. We had no loan, not qualified.. She said she could never cash our $5.000 check my mom gave her.Unit 501 with no upper unit . They cashed the check the next day while my mom stood in Trader Joe's her debit card bounced.Kate Carson also got a commission.. It was not only the brokers it was American Tile company who covered up for the realtor.I have all the i called the tile company and asked them why they cashed it. They said they wondered why there was no loan. But they also said they do what the realtor tells them to do. Yes it is a mess of foreclosures and homelessness.
But we could not sell our condo. Whole different story..One agency said as I tried to sell this lady what happened she yelled at me and said maybe they did this because you are so difficult. This made me believe ACLU and HUD are all being paid off by NAR.
Obama write me twice. Last letter he said everyone has to play fair and abide by the rules.We had a Nancy tucker come here last June to do a short sale. She had not heard about us. I guess enough time went by.. We disclosed what happened and about the bad structural in upper unit. She said no problem and her company Century 21 would never do this.4 months went by.. She said it takes a year.. 3 more months. I said we have all the paper work you want. Dec 1 2011 her co worker told us nancy tucker did not want to work with us,. They can pick and choose who they want to work with and they do not choose us. Well it would have been nice to hear this sooner. As it out our unit condo into default. Now a lien on my mother sole property.. I reside with my mother..
It had been hell as she has a cat and my dog.. My mother is frugal and always saved. She has been a caring loving mother who in 1985 was told i had HIV with a year limit to get my life in order. All these years later I am still here. I was married to a man who was gay..He was in the closet. Same with my own father.I have lived an isolated life.. We had Miss Tamara Burns list this unit for 10 days. As she worked for keller and Willimas. She quit. I am sure they were not happy when she listed it and told us the agents were up to no good. . This town has 17.000 people. She works for Keller and Williams.
So many people after ethics board meeting were also selling tapes of this meeting. Is this right. Is this fair. I thought ACLU was there to protect me from this. HUD also.. I truly believe Obama should be in the news for this case.. Had it not been for him I would be lost in the garbage and time lapse... I still have not heard from shondra and what she is doing. We have very little time and i gave her in black and white what Mr Alan Williams wrote in his deposition is not do business with my mother and I. he lied. as his realtor not only did business she was trying to rip us off on another condo .. This needs to be fixed. Brokers can not get away with this kind of Discrimination..

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