Tue, Apr 23, 2024 11:30am – 1:30pm    

Fair Housing Lunch w/The Rothsteins

Hosted by Diversity & Inclusion Committee


Bessie Smith Cultural Center (220 East MLK Boulevard)


In celebration of Fair Housing Month, we are pleased to have father-daughter co-authors Richard Rothstein and Leah Rothstein to present The Color of Law sequel - Just Action: How to Challenge the Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law.

While The Color of Law lays out the history of segregated housing policies, Just Action focuses on what citizens can do in their own communities to address segregation.

Copies of Just Action are available for purchase in the REALTOR® Store, so you can read ahead of this event and bring your copy to be signed by the authors. 

Guest Speakers

Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. Rothstein is also the author of many other articles and books on race and education, which can be found on his web page at the Economic Policy Institute: http://www.epi.org/people/richard-rothstein/. Previous influential books include Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap and Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right. He welcomes questions and comments at riroth@epi.org.

Leah Rothstein is co-author, with Richard Rothstein, of Just Action, a sequel to The Color of Law. While in The Color of Law, Mr. Rothstein described how government policy created residential segregation, the sequel will describe how local community groups can redress the wrongs of segregation. Ms. Rothstein has worked on public policy and community change, from the grassroots to the halls of government. She led the Alameda County and San Francisco probation departments’ research on reforming community corrections policy and practice to be focused on rehabilitation, not punishment. She has been a consultant to nonprofit housing developers, cities and counties, redevelopment agencies, and private firms on community development and affordable housing policy, practice, and finance. Her policy work is informed by her years as a community organizer with PUEBLO and Californians for Justice, working on housing, public safety, environmental justice, and youth leadership, and as a labor organizer with the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE). Ms. Rothstein received a Bachelor Degree, with honors, in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Public Policy Degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.


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$20 Non-Members

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