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April 27th 2018 Quad Cities Fair Housing Symposium - Celebrating 50 years of the fair housing act

Quad Cities Fair Housing Symposium

“Community in Action”

Celebrating 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act

Friday, April 27, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

River Center
136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, IA
Arkansas/Platte/Wabash/Wisconsin rooms (2nd floor of the south building)

 The Fair Housing Act turns 50 this year, and the Davenport Civil Rights Commission is commemorating the anniversary with a fair housing symposium on April 27, 2018 at the River Center in Davenport!  The theme for the symposium is “Community in Action.”  Informative sessions will include a history of deliberate government-imposed residential racial segregation in metropolitan areas nationwide, engaging topics on the themes of  Neighborhoods and Eliminating Bias, and Housing and Opportunity, and conclude with a live jazz performance of “Black Music in the Fight for Civil Rights.”

Presented by Davenport Civil Rights Commission

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The Fair Housing Act turns 50 this year, and the Davenport Civil Rights Commission is commemorating the anniversary with a fair housing symposium on April 27, 2018 at the River Center in Davenport!  The theme for the symposium is “Community in Action.”  Our keynote speaker is Richard Rothstein, whose critically-acclaimed book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, was published last year.  The Color of Law is an explosive, alarming history that finally confronts how American governments in the twentieth century deliberately imposed residential racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide.   The keynote will be followed by two symposium tracks: Neighborhoods and Eliminating Bias, and Housing and Opportunity.  Each track has three sessions.  The symposium will conclude with a live jazz performance of “Black Music in the Fight for Civil Rights” by Dr. Damani Phillips.

This event is open to anyone!  Each attendee will receive an Action Toolkit to effectuate change, including a copy of The Color of Law, durable printed resource materials on fair housing law and how to create communities of opportunity, action items, and more.  The sessions will also count for CLE credit for attorneys and CEU’s for social workers, teachers and REALTORS®.

Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m., the keynote and sessions are from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and the jazz performance is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The fee for the symposium is $35 ($15 for Students), which includes refreshments and snacks, and a box lunch, as well as the Action Toolkit.  The jazz performance costs $15, which includes two beverages. 

 
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For out of town attendees, there is a limited number of rooms at the Hotel Black Hawk, 200 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, IA for Thursday, April 26th under the name of FairHousing50 at a rate of $93 not including tax. Please call Samantha Ott at (563) 484-5906 to make a reservation under this room block. Please make your reservation early.

If you have questions or if the registration fees are a hardship, please contact Keirsten Anderson at kanderson@ci.davenport.ia.us , 563-326-7888, or TTY 563-326-7959.

Agenda

Fair Housing Symposium “Community in Action”

Friday, April 27, 2018

Agenda Overview

8:30 a.m.              Refreshments and Registration

9:00 a.m.              Keynote Speaker - Richard Rothstein

9:35 a.m.              Audience Q&A

10:05 a.m.            Book signing 

10:30 a.m.            Break

10:45 a.m.            Session One

12:15 p.m.            Lunch & Network

1:00 p.m.              Session Two

2:30 p.m.              Break

2:45 p.m.              Session Three

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.    Jazz Mixer– “Black Music in the Fight for Civil Rights”

 

Agenda Details

 

8:30 a.m.              Refreshments and Registration

9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Richard Rothstein 
Rothstein’s critically-acclaimed book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America was published last year.  The Color of Law is an explosive, alarming history that finally confronts how American governments in the twentieth century deliberately imposed residential racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide.  For reviews and more information about the book, click here.

9:35 a.m.                    Audience Q&A

10:05                          Book signing 

10:45 – 12:15 p.m.   Session One

Track 1:  Neighborhood Trauma (A panel of Dr. Kit Evans-Ford, Ronald Davis, Anne McNelis, and Katy Strzepek; Moderated by Rev. Dwight Ford)

Residents can directly experience trauma as the result of events that occur in their neighborhoods, or experience multigenerational trauma as a result of membership in specific cultural groups.  This session will teach community members and professionals in all areas how to recognize, acknowledge, and help heal the trauma that residents have experienced.

Track 2:  Segregation in Housing -- Disparate Impact after Inclusive Communities  (Jack Cann, Housing Justice Center) ​

Under the disparate impact analysis, seemingly neutral government action can be challenged if it has a disparate impact on certain populations.  After the Inclusive Communities case, disparate impact liability in Fair Housing cases will be more widely used to challenge actions resulting in the displacement of communities.

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.         Lunch & Network

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.           Session Two

Track 1:  Intersection of Segregation in Housing and Education and Outcome For Youth (Jerry Foxhoven, Department of  Health and Human Services)

Neighborhood characteristics such as a decline in economic security , high rates of youth crime and juvenile detention, increased exposure to law enforcement and prison settings, and diminished opportunities for interaction with positive role models and needed institutional resources  can negatively affect adolescent health, development, and well-being.  Segregation in housing and education amplify these characteristics.  How do we improve the outcome for impacted youth?

Track 2:  Fair Lending: Predatory Lending, Legal Updates and Trends (Steve Tomkowiak, Attorney and Counselor at Law)

--Legal updates in fair lending under the principal fair lending laws such as Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1870, Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Fair Housing Amendments Act, and state and local laws, and key sources of evidence.

--Legal updates in predatory lending in areas such as fraud claims, telemarketing, advertising, credit repair, and origination, servicing and foreclosure.

--Fair lending and predatory lending issues on the horizon:  increasing home ownership for persons of color, and addressing disparities in lending and household wealth.

 

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.           Session Three

Track 1:  Sex stereotypes, Classism, Economic Privilege, and Racism (A panel of Latrice L. Lacey, Dr. Kit Evans-Ford, and Rev. Dwight Ford)

This session is an examination of how inequalities based on sex stereotypes, classism, economic privilege, and racism have been codified by law, even after the passage of remedial legislation. Structural inequalities have perpetuated biased policies and practices which are ingrained in American society. This session will help us identify the affected systems and work on dismantling the structural inequalities within them.

Track 2:  Community Reinvestment Act:  Creating Opportunity (Rebecca Johnson, NCRC)

Banks are critical community partners and can be a catalyst for change in your neighborhood, particularly when public resources shrink. This workshop explores how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) can be used to increase reinvestment in your communities. Find out how banks are rated on CRA exams and how you can influence that rating. Learn how to perform a quick data analysis on a bank’s performance and how to comment to federal regulators on bank merger proposals.

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   Jazz Mixer

“Black Music in the Fight for Civil Rights” (Dr. Damani Phillips)

University of Iowa Music Professor Dr. Damani Phillips and his combo will use musical performance to illustrate his discussion of the influence of Black music on the civil rights movement.

All events are in the River Center, 136 E. 3rd St, Davenport, IA, in the Arkansas/Platte/ Wabash/Wisconsin rooms (2nd floor of the south building)

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