Indianapolis Urban League

IUL Newsletter March 2018

This feature appeared in both the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Recorder on March 15 ,2018.
David P. Hardy, founding CEO of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School,
to speak at AFC’s National Policy Summit
The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, is pleased to announce that David P. Hardy will address AFC’s National Policy Summit taking place on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3 in Washington, D.C.
Statement from John Schilling, President of the American Federation for Children:
“AFC is honored to welcome David Hardy to this year’s National Policy Summit. His leadership at Boys’ Latin has not only been inspirational, but has provided a blueprint showcasing what happens when we invest in children from diverse social and economic backgrounds.”
Statement from David P. Hardy, founding CEO of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School:
“Leading young men to tap into and experience the best of themselves through education has been and continues to be my passion. I am excited to share this passion and my knowledge with fellow education reformers at the American Federation for Children National Policy Summit.”
Background on Hardy and Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia:
Hardy founded the Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School in 2007 with the mission to provide young men of color with an education experience that would prepare them for a future of success and productivity. Ten years later, Hardy has surpassed his vision. Since 2012, Boys’ Latin has had a 99% college acceptance rate and has ensured that hundreds of young men of color have experienced a rigorous, college-prep education along with four years of Latin. Although Hardy recently retired, he’s not done fighting to ensure that underprivileged communities of color have access to a quality education.
Online registration for the AFC Summit is now open!
Complete step 1 of registration to secure your spot.
You can also make your hotel reservations today.
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National Urban League President Implores HUD Secretary to Reject Removal of Anti-Discrimination Language from Agency’s Mission Statement
WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2018) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson imploring that he reinstate in the anti-discrimination language that was recently removed from HUD’s mission statement.
In the letter, Morial states, “You have spoken of the squalid conditions of your childhood neighborhood in Boston; you have experienced first-hand the demoralizing wounds of segregation and racism, and for a time, according to your spokesman, benefitted from the safety net of housing subsidy. You must bring these experiences to bear in your responsibility to uphold the duties of your office.
“A drastic change to the department’s mission statement is a move that should not be made lightly, or in haste. Before accepting this change, you must confer with your staff in the field, and HUD stakeholders, who must live with the consequences of your actions.”
The full letter to Secretary Carson follows and is attached.
The Honorable Ben Carson
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC 20410
March 7, 2018
Dear Mr. Secretary,
It is with the utmost urgency I respectfully implore you to reject removal of anti-discrimination language from your department’s mission statement.
In signing the legislation that created the Department of Housing and Urban Development, President Lyndon Johnson said, “We must make sure that every family in America lives in a home of dignity and a neighborhood of pride, a community of opportunity and a city of promise and hope.” Without an affirmative commitment to “inclusive and sustainable communities, free from discrimination,” Johnson’s vision simply cannot be achieved.
You have spoken of the squalid conditions of your childhood neighborhood in Boston; you have experienced first-hand the demoralizing wounds of segregation and racism, and for a time, according to your spokesman, benefitted from the safety net of housing subsidy. You must bring these experiences to bear in your responsibility to uphold the duties of your office.
A drastic change to the department’s mission statement is a move that should not be made lightly, or in haste. Before accepting this change, you must confer with your staff in the field, and HUD stakeholders, who must live with the consequences of your actions.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, proposed and passed in part in reaction to the findings of the Kerner Commission: that the United States was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal,” and that the status quo would result in two separate societies: “one, largely Negro and poor, located in the central cities; the other, predominantly white and affluent, located in the suburbs.”
I fear the future envisioned by the Kerner Commission may become a reality if you allow the mission of HUD to be diluted. As the National Urban League is deeply committed to fair and affordable housing for every American, we look forward to sharing our input and assistance as your department seeks to refine its mission.
Sincerely yours,
s/Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League
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Contact: K. Kim Atterbury | katterbury@nul.org | (202) 629-5750
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National Urban League Strongly Opposes Bill That Will Erase Consumer Protections Under Dodd-Frank
WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2018) – Today, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial sent a letter to the full U.S. Senate urging they all oppose the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as the “Bank Lobbyist Act.” This bill would place low-income and borrowers of color at risk of falling prey to the same unscrupulous lending practices that caused the great recession by exempting large banks from key consumer protections implemented under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.
The full letter follows and is attached.
March 7, 2018
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator:
On behalf of the National Urban League and its 90 local affiliates in urban communities in 37 states and the District of Columbia, we write to strongly urge you to oppose S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as the Bank Lobbyist Act.
We are concerned that S. 2155 would exempt large banks from vital consumer protections implemented under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and once again place low-income and borrowers of color at risk of falling prey to the same unscrupulous lending practices that caused the great recession. The legislation would also create a loophole exempting 85% of banks and credit unions from reporting the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data, ignoring the critical civil rights enforcement role of HMDA data which has highlighted discriminatory lending patterns and trends in the mortgage industry for over 40 years.
During the financial crisis, lenders engaged in discriminatory practices with impunity, steering African Americans into unethical, predatory products that they knew borrowers could not repay. This practice of “reverse redlining” by mainstream financial institutions was a leading cause of the housing crisis. While the brunt of the crisis took place nearly a decade ago, its impact can still be felt by millions of American consumers today. African-Americans, in particular, saw their homeownership rates drop to the level before the passage of the Fair Housing Act, nearly 50-years ago. In addition, the Center for Investigative Reporting found that banks discriminated against prospective borrowers of color in 61 U.S. cities, providing evidence that housing discrimination continues today and must be monitored.[1]
Despite claims to the contrary, HMDA is not a burden on the financial services industry. In fact, banks already collect the information required by HMDA, voluntarily. We need bipartisan solutions to end pervasive discrimination in lending. Now is not the time to rollback regulations that would protect consumers against pernicious and irresponsible lending practices. We must preserve and strengthen these important protections and continue collecting the data that exposes disparities in the industry. For these reasons, we urge you to oppose S. 2155, the Bank Lobbyist Act.
Sincerely,
s/Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
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Contact: K. Kim Atterbury | katterbury@nul.org | (202) 629-5750
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