Racial Justice and Equal Economic Opportunity

  • Bank of America, et al v. City of Miami (United States Supreme Court, 2016). The NCLC, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Impact Fund, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, filed an amicus brief supporting the standing of the City of Miami to assert discrimination claims against Bank of America and Wells Fargo under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The brief argues that standing under the FHA extends to municipalities not directly targeted by discrimination. Noting that racially discriminatory lending practices are a major cause of this country’s residential segregation, the brief asserts that the FHA was designed to address the systemic problems associated with such segregation and to permit cities to seek redress for injuries caused by discriminatory practices.

About NCLC's Racial Justice and Equal Economic Opportunity Project: 
Exploitative financial practices have drained wealth and resources from families and communities of color. The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) works at the national and state levels to protect these families' pocketbooks and rebuild their wealth so that they can survive and thrive in the U.S. financial marketplace.

From NCLC's groundbreaking anti-discrimination litigation and public policy advocacy, training and support for attorneys and other advocates, and public education, we are committed to building economic security for vulnerable families of color so they can achieve the American Dream.

Free Racial Justice Webinars

Check out NCLC's series of webinars on Rebuilding Wealth and Economic Opportunity in Communities of Color. The series focusses on restoring economic opportunity and preventing discrimination in communities that were decimated by the foreclosure crisis and the Great Recession. Listen to past webinars or sign up to be notified of future webinars. Topics include:

  • Minding the Gap: Using the New Racial Wealth Audit to Measure the Impact of State and National Policies on the Racial Wealth Gap
  • Discrimination in the Manufactured Housing Industry: An Inside Look at Abusive Lending and Collection Practices by the Nation’s Largest Mobile Home Company
  • Credit Scores and Credit Reports: Problematic Uses and How They Worsen the Racial Economic Gap
  • Weblining and Other Racial Justice Concerns in the Era of Big Data
  • Aging into Poverty: Economic Insecurity among Older Adults of Color & LGBT Elders
  • The Role of Broadband in Rebuilding 
  • Wealth and Opportunity in Communities of Color
  • For-profit student loan lending
  • Mortgage lending

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