Washington Bureau Newsletter
Washington Bureau Newsletter (Test)—
|June 3, 2015
In this Issue:
The Debate Heats Up on ECAA | Is Technology the Answer? | Policing in the 21st Century-What’s the Strategy? | HUD Settles with Associated Bank| Relevant Articles and Updates |
Will Every Child Achieve? A Call to Action on ECAA
Last week Roll Call published an op-ed co-authored by Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, and leadership from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). These civil rights leaders banded together to make additional public statements against the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECAA) in its current form.
Senate Holds Hearing on Use of Body-Worn Cameras by Police
Coordinated by the Washington Bureau, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial provided a written statement for the hearing record to Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. In his statement, President Morial expressed his qualified support of body-worn cameras by law enforcement as an important component of a multi-faceted strategy to address the ongoing pattern and practice of racial and discriminatory treatment of African Americans by law enforcement.
In effort to bring landmark change to the persistent breakdown of police-community relations, in particular communities of color, Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League submitted a statement for the hearing record to the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on “Policing Strategies for the 21st Century.” President Morial addressed his statement to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) and members of the committee reminding them of the urgency of reforming the nation’s system of policing across the country, citing the need for a comprehensive and bold approach.
HUD Settles with Associated Bank on Accusations of Discrimination
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an agreement with Associated Bank to settle a disparate impact case out of court for approximately $200 million. The settlement, the largest redlining complaint brought by HUD against a mortgage lender based on the Fair Housing Act, alleged that Associated Bank discriminated against qualified African American and Hispanic applicants by denying their applications based on race. The settlement demonstrates the importance of the disparate impact standard, which must continue to be a remedy for parties who have been discriminated against in the housing market.
Relevant Articles and Updates
New RADD Report
The National Urban League in partnership with CLASP, Excelencia in Education, the College Board, and the Committee for Economic Development released a new higher education report: The Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) Consortium for the Reform of Federal Student Aid Grants and Work-Study: Our Agenda for Reform with support from by the Bill and Gates Foundation.
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