October 3rd’s The Color of Law Event Showed Us What the True Character of a Community Should Look Like

Thank you to the approximately 400 people who came to October 3rd’s presentation by Professor Richard Rothstein. It was a truly powerful evening, one that we believe brought greater light to the minds of both the not yet informed and the already somewhat informed alike.

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In case you weren’t able to make it, or you would otherwise like to revisit some of what you heard, you can scroll down to find an audio recording of the evening’s proceedings.

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CCRMap_FINAL-1One San Mateo and other event co-sponsors also shared materials at the event highlighting the role of racially restrictive housing practices in San Mateo County. One poster, prepared by researcher Brandon Wofford-Asuncion on behalf of event co-sponsors, highlights examples of homes whose deeds still contain restrictive clauses today. 

[PDF of poster]

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Let us thank once more the event’s financial sponsors—the Working Families Alliance and the San Mateo County Faith Leaders’ Solidarity Network—without whose support October 3rd would have been a paltry affair indeed. A round of applause for all the co-sponsors—One San Mateo, Housing Leadership Council, San Mateo NAACP, Housing For All Burlingame, DSA, Peninsula For Everyone, Peninsula Young Democrats, Menlo Together, Faith in Action Bay Area, Tech Equity Collaborative, and Palo Alto Forward—who demonstrated the value of deep collaboration in bringing to life the multiple facets of the event. A hearty thank you to Assembly Member Kevin Mullin for introducing Professor Rothstein. Overflowing gratitude to San Mateo County Democratic Party Chair Nicole Fernandez for the difficult task of shepherding the evening through its different phases. Awe and admiration for Rev. Dr. Penny Nixon for her stirring call to action. And last but not least, a tremendous thank you to Professor Rothstein for his boundless commitment to spreading the story of enforced housing discrimination. Let it never be forgotten again.

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