Today would have been 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 89th birthday

As we all take this day to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we face yet again a nation in need of healing. Though he is sadly long gone, what he left behind was indelible, and has changed for the better the lives of every American. Because of the honor and sacrifice of one man, decades of leaders have followed in his footsteps, embodying his values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, and service, themselves creating lasting change throughout their communities. 

But we know this work is far from over. We must continue to fight for Dr. King's dream, and our own -- thriving, vibrant communities where everyone feels welcome, included, and able to succeed. 

In order to do this, we must be engaged,
and we must be knowledgeable

We hope you'll join us in growing in knowledge so we can be better advocates by pickup up a copy of "THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How the Government Segregated America," and then come enjoy a keynote presentation and Q&A with the author, Mr. Richard Rothstein, at our 25th Annual Conference on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018.

In THE COLOR OF LAW, Mr. Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal level. 

To scholars and social critics, racism in our neighborhoods has long been viewed as a manifestation of unscrupulous real estate agents, unethical mortgage lenders, and exclusionary covenants working outside the law. This is what is commonly known as “de facto segregated,” practices that were the outcome of private, not legal or public policy, means. Yet, as Rothstein breaks down in case after case, until the last quarter of the twentieth century de facto paled in comparison to de jure (government-sponsored) segregation.

A former columnist for the New York Times and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, as well as a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Rothstein has spent years documenting the evidence that government not merely ignored discriminatory practices in the residential sphere, but promoted them. The impact has been devastating for generations of African-Americans who were denied the right to live where they wanted to live, and raise and school their children where they thought best.

While the Fair Housing Act in 1968 provided modest enforcement to prevent future discrimination, it did nothing to reverse or undo a century’s worth of state-sanctioned violations of the Bill of Rights, particularly the Thirteenth Amendment which banned treating former slaves as second-class citizens. So the structural conditions established by 20th century federal policy endure to this day.

At every step of the way, Rothstein demonstrates, the government and our courts upheld racist policies to maintain the separation of whites and blacks. Leading to the powder keg which has defined Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston, and Chicago. THE COLOR OF LAW is not a tale of Red versus Blue states. It is sadly the story of America in all of its municipalities, large and small, liberal and reactionary.

Purchase THE COLOR OF LAW at your local bookstore, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

We look forward to seeing you at this year's conference!
MORE INFO COMING SOON


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PUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION
At our Meet Your Legislators Day 

The Arizona State Legislature is in full swing. We look forward to providing you periodic advocacy alerts about the bills we're tracking. 

We also hope you'll consider joining us for your our annual legislative advocacy training event at the state capitol.

Meet Your Legislators Day
for Housing & Homelessness Advocates

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Arizona State Capitol Complex
Cactus Wren Room (House of Representatives)
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ

Coalition Members: FREE
Non-Members: $15.00

We look forward to bringing together experts in advocacy for this specially-focused training for housing and homelessness advocates to network and learn with other attendees; enjoy continental breakfast and lunch with remarks from legislators; sit in on a House or Senate session, or committee hearing, and participate in a meet and greet with a local elected or administrative professional to learn first-hand about the state legislative process, and how to effectively work with state legislators towards policy which works to end homelessness and provide safe, affordable homes for all Arizonans. 

This event is open to all Coalition members and supporters and is limited to 40 attendees. It is expected to fill up quickly; attendance will be limited to a maximum of two representatives per organization. >>>Click HERE to learn more and register

VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANNUAL STATEWIDE POINT-IN-TIME STREET COUNT

Help Arizona's local governments and service providers better understand how many individuals and families are experiencing homelessness in our communities in order to be better equipped to meet their needs. 

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Count is a one-night street count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in Arizona during a given point-in-time. The count includes a brief survey to identify some characteristics of people experiencing homelessness in the community. 

Get involved in a PIT Count in your community:

Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care Point-In-Time Count
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 | 5:30AM to 12:00PM
Coordinated by the Maricopa Association of Governments
Click HERE to contact a community coordinator in your area

Tucson/Pima County Continuum of Care Point-in-Time Count
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Coordinated by the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness
Click HERE to complete the volunteer application

Balance-of-State Continuum of Care Point-In-Time Count
Tuesday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Coordinated by the Arizona Department of Housing
Click HERE to contact a county lead in your area