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Supreme Court Decision Could Be Crucial to Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

Supreme Court Decision Could Be Crucial to Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

By Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 9:59am
In 1999, Tiffani Alvera was violently assaulted by her husband in their Oregon home and had to be hospitalized. After she provided a copy of the restraining order she obtained to her property manager, her landlord ordered her to vacate the apartment within 24 hours. The eviction notice held her responsible for the violence committed against her, stating: "You, someone in your control, or your pet, has seriously threatened to immediately inflict personal injury, or has inflicted personal injury upon the landlord or other tenants." Her landlord refused to remove only her husband from the lease and instead sought to evict the entire household. Ms. Alvera filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Will the Supreme Court Demolish An Iconic Civil Rights Law?

Will the Supreme Court Demolish An Iconic Civil Rights Law?

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 10:16am

We began this week by celebrating the 85th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth, but today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in an important case that could knock down a crucial racial and economic pillar of justice built during the…

Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

By Sandra Park, ACLU at 3:24pm

Last year in Norristown, Pa., Lakisha Briggs' boyfriend physically assaulted her, and the police arrested him. But in a cruel turn of events...

From the Fair Housing Act to Ferguson: Where You Live Impacts How You're Policed

From the Fair Housing Act to Ferguson: Where You Live Impacts How You're Policed

By Larry Schwartztol, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 1:08pm

In less than 24 hours, the Supreme Court will hear a case that will define the future of decades-old legal protections against discrimination by landlords and banks against renters and homebuyers. The decision could have far-reaching consequences for…

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…

ACLU of Kentucky Celebrates Victory in Vicco

ACLU of Kentucky Celebrates Victory in Vicco

By Amber G. Duke, Communications Manager, ACLU of Kentucky at 10:19am

A small town in eastern Kentucky is making some big news. Vicco, Kentucky adopted a fairness ordinance, meaning one that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based upon a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation…

The Racial Wealth Accumulation Gap and Why  ACLU is Suing Morgan Stanley for Racial Discrimination

The Racial Wealth Accumulation Gap and Why ACLU is Suing Morgan Stanley for Racial Discrimination

By Greger Calhan, Legal Fellow, ACLU, Racial Justice Program at 8:07am

This month, the Urban Institute joined an emerging consensus of researchers and social scientists...

New HUD Rules Target Stereotyping of Domestic Violence Victims

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:34pm

Tanica Lewis and her children were evicted from their apartment after her ex-partner, Reuben Thomas, broke in while she was at work. Her landlord decided that Thomas was her "guest" and held her responsible for his property damage, despite the protective…

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Racist Cover Dismisses Housing Discrimination Against Communities of Color

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Racist Cover Dismisses Housing Discrimination Against Communities of Color

By Robert Hunter, Legal Assistant, ACLU, Racial Justice Program at 12:38pm

To illustrate its cover story about the housing market’s recovery in Phoenix, last week’s Bloomberg Businessweek cover depicted four black and Latino caricatures with obscenely exaggerated features, celebrating in a house filled with cash. You…

Concord Slammed the Door in My Face Because I Wanted to Protect My Children

Concord Slammed the Door in My Face Because I Wanted to Protect My Children

By Hope at 10:01am

My name is Hope. I am survivor of domestic violence. To protect myself, I fled from my husband and changed my name and social security number. I have sole custody of two children from this abusive relationship. I never changed my children's names or…

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