The final event of the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference was our Awards Gala, held in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott. The gala is always a highlight of the Conference as attendees put on their best and enjoy hearing from some of our community’s most ardent leaders.
Every year, there are more than four million incidents of housing discrimination that occur in the United States. Yet these incidents are tremendously underreported, particularly within the Latino community. A new NCLR and Equal Rights Center (ERC) report, “Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics,” takes a closer look at the housing experience of Hispanics in three Southern cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas. Although the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on national origin, our investigation reveals that Latinos continue to face adverse or differential treatment when trying to buy or rent a home.
The federal government’s failure to pass any kind of meaningful immigration reform has encouraged states and municipalities to act as immigration regulators and craft their own misguided anti-immigrant policies. State laws such as Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 and Alabama’s even more egregious H.B. 87—both of which effectively codify racial profiling—have stoked a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment that affects all Latinos regardless of citizenship status. As a result, all aspects of life have been affected by this increasingly hostile environment, in particular Latino families’ equal access to housing.
The second day of the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference comes to a close. Rita Moreno’s speech at the Latinas Brunch was clearly the highlight of the day. Below are others from that event and the various workshops from the day.