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  • Our objection to the continued racist conduct of the California Air Resources Board.
  • Stop Talking About the Racial Wealth Gap
    See full article here. It may seem counterintuitive, but in order to close the wealth gap, we must shift our focus from the gap itself to the policies, conditions, and systems that spawned it. By Anne Price -September 15, 2020 [The following is an excerpt from the Roosevelt Institute | Don’t Fixate on the Racial Wealth Gap: Focus
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  • Building housing — lots of it — will lay the foundation for a new future
    A massive boom in new construction would create countless jobs and help finally end the legacy of racist housing policies. By Matthew  Updated Sep 23, 2020, 7:15am EDT Please see the full article here. Share this story Share this on Facebook (opens in new window) Share this on Twitter (opens in new window) Part of The Great Rebuild Issue of The Highlight,
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  • Philanthropy, Latinos, and the Public Interest: A Time for Transformational Change
    written by Dr. Herman Gallegos When someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing. Adrienne Rich, “Invisibility in Academe” The COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have exposed
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  • American Economic Crises and the Effects on Communities of Color
    Racial poverty in the United States has existed since the founding of the country, when only white families could legally purchase and own land. However, in the past century, we have seen an accelerated increase in the racial wealth gap due to discriminating laws that prevent families of color from building wealth. Every time there’s
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  • Our letter to California officials, begging them to delay VMT
    We would like to thank you for your leadership and prompt and decisive action to protect our state and the county of Los Angeles from the COVID-19 pandemic. We applaud you for taking this threat seriously, and taking the necessary actions to prevent its rapid spread thereby reducing the impacts on our healthcare system, economy,
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  • Environmentalists, many of whom are homeowners, recommend moving forward with implementation of VMT on July 1st 
  • Kern Now Joins 4 Other Central Valley Counties in Seeking Delay of Controversial VMT Law
    Jim Jakobs   June 17, 2020 The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay implementation of a controversial state environmental law. The counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Merced have also called for a delay. Related Story: Powerhouse SoCal Agency Urges Newsom: Delay VMT Law Starting July 1st,
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  • New VMT Law is Discriminatory
    While the most vulnerable marginalized communities are suffering disproportionately from the Covid-19 pandemic, social change activists, The Two Hundred, are intensifying their efforts to mitigate the state’s growing racial wealth gap through homeownership. Jennifer Hernandez, the lead attorney for The Two Hundred and a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, has filed for a temporary
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  • President of California Air Resources Board Posts Outrageous Tweet
    Yesterday, California Air Resources Board (CARB) President Mary Nichols posted an insensitive and tone-deaf Tweet, taking advantage of the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd to push her environmental agenda. This Tweet enraged many, for good reason, as it shows that she does not really understand the needs of communities of
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  • Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Special Interest Group, The Two Hundred Target Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson With Petition for Affordable Housing Legislation
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In May 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson has introduced a bill that will prove detrimental to affordable homeownership in the state of California. SB 950, authored by Senator Jackson, will strengthen the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a law that has been dangerously used as a tool to deny people
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  • Do Housing Policies Make The Wealth Gap Worse?
    California Community Builders (CCB) has reviewed federal and California state housing policies to see if they uphold their intent to provide affordable homeownership opportunities and rentals for all, including people of color and low-income populations. We discovered that most homeowner-related benefits and opportunities are heavily weighted towards white and higherincome people, as well as those
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  • If Homeownership is the American Dream, Why Do We Mostly Build Rental Apartments?
    March 28, 2018 Read the full article at Urbanize Los Angeles Homeownership has long been considered a part of the American dream, and the government has spent decades developing laws to promote and incentivize it as a practice. As so many Californians are housing insecure during our current affordability crisis, ownership is a way to
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  • Why We Oppose SB 950
    Letter to California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson To Senator Jackson, Re: SB950 is the new redlining  Homeownership is called the American Dream. Why do you author legislation that denies this dream to families of color?  Do you hate us? We care for your children, we clean your homes, we mow your lawns, we wash your
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  • Virtual Town Hall with Assemblymember Robert Rivas 05/01 2PM
    Assemblymember Robert Rivas represents the Salinas Valley. As someone who has grown up in farmworker housing, he understands the need to address the severe shortage of quality and affordable housing for farmworker families. We’re excited to invite you to a discussion with Assemblymember Rivas on his work to support farmworkers and build essential housing in
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  • A Housing Quagmire
    April 12th, 2020 Read the full article at The LA Times By Liam Dillon and Andrew Khouri Over the last month, millions of Californians have lost their jobs because of orders to stay at home and close nonessential businesses to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Both tenants and landlords have faced sudden
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  • Affordable Homeownership For Minorities: The Next Civil Rights Battleground
    February 15, 2020 By John Gamboa and Robert Apodaca Now that the Governor and Legislature have begun to tackle the housing crisis, it’s time to face a more fundamental problem that could haunt the Latino majority in California for generations to come. That problem is the dying American Dream of homeownership, which has been the
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  • How California’s environmental rules deprive minorities of housing opportunities
    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Orange County Register: How California’s environmental rules deprive minorities of housing opportunities BERKELEY, CA— The Orange County Register is the latest news organization to call out new regulations by the state that are inherently racist and disproportionately impact minority communities, depriving them of housing options and keeping more families in
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  • Housing Coalition Sues State of California Over New CEQA Regulations That Inflate Home Prices, Hurt Minorities
    SAN BERNARDINO, CA. (Dec. 18, 2019) – The Two Hundred, a coalition of civil rights and community leaders, filed a lawsuit today asking the San Bernardino Superior Court to invalidate new administrative rules under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because they illegally discriminate against minority homeownership. The civil rights lawsuit (attached) names the state Office of
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    The Two Hundred’s Film Gets Prize for Documenting Historical Roots of  The Homeownership and Wealth Gap Between Whites, Minorities BERKELEY, Ca (Nov. 1, 2019) The Two Hundred’s short film “Redlined, A Legacy of Housing Discrimination” has won the Grand Festival Educational Documentary Award at the 28th Annual Berkeley Video and Movie Festival. Blending historical footage
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  • The Truth of the Environmental Movement
  • BizFed Institute to Address State of Latino Housing and Importance of Growing the Latino Middle Class
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 22nd, 2019) – BizFed Institute (BFI), in partnership with the California Latino Economic Institute (CLEI), and The Two Hundred, are pleased to announce a regional forum titled “State of Housing for Latinos in LA”. A strong Latino middle class is crucial to the economic prosperity of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
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  • Where is California Going?
  • San Jose State University Seminar
  • Why is California’s Diversity Not Reflected in the Environmental Groups at All Levels?
  • The Next Civil Rights Battleground
    September 20, 2019 By John Gamboa and Robert Apodaca Now that the Governor has signed into law a historic rent-control measure and a bill fast-tracking local government approval for residential developments, it’s time to face a more fundamental problem that has been exposed by California’s affordable housing crisis. That problem is not about how to
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  • Increasing Homeownership or Housing?
  • Attaboy Steyer!
  • Letter to Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer
    August 28, 2019 Dear Mr. Steyer: Our communities applaud you for your unrelenting support in the battle to protect the Earth and combat global warming. Your efforts, as reflected in your current Presidential campaign, have been an inspiration to all persons of color, who are disproportionately harmed by the effects of climate change. We are
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  • Letter to CARB Chair, Mary Nichols
    On August 27th, members of The Two Hundred sent a letter to Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The purpose of this letter was to request a meeting between The Two Hundred and CARB to discuss the disproportionate impact that CARB’s new scoping plan has on California’s most vulnerable communities.
  • The Two Hundred’s 2019 Retreat
  • Let’s Connect!
    June 25, 2019John Gamboa I write to make three important corrections, and one clarification, to Howard Miller’s June 13 column, “Tectonic legal plates: climate change and housing in California.” First, the plaintiff/petitioner in this civil rights lawsuit is The 200, and includes distinguished civil rights leaders in our state’s African-American, Asian, Pacific Islander and Latino
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  • Karma Time
    Karma Time Food for thought …. Berkeley’s legacy of redlining is over 100 years old …. so, it’s no great surprise that NIMBYism and CEQA thwart UCB housing …. karma perhaps …. will millennials pay the price for these sins? …. who knew single-family homes weren’t the ideal …. we have a housing crisis, we agree,
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    June 13th, 2019Howard B. Miller This is about one of the most important cases in California you haven’t heard of. As public and political leaders are moving the tectonic plates of California land use law with statutes and policies dealing with climate change and housing, there is a largely unnoticed trial court case in Fresno
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  • SB 50 in limbo?
    SB 50 in limbo? Food for thought ….SB50 is banished to the realm of the undead…. long live SB 50…. cities fear loss of control…. but lack the will…. bitter medicine perhaps…. looky how things have changed…. a zip code look at our housing crisis…. an interactive exposé…. cities triple down on fees…. supply and demand
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  • Changing Times?
    Changing Times? Food for thought ….Is the world turning on its axis …. CEQA, the once saintly untouchable law is being challenged …. worse yet, it is being reined in by the courts …. the enlighten collective consciousness of rational thinkers has taken hold…. can it be …. and proposition 13, the third rail of
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  • Redlined Video Premiere
    Redlined Video Premiere On Monday, March 11th at 5:00 PM at Cafeteria 15L in Sacramento, The Two Hundred held a legislative reception releasing our video Redlined, a Legacy of Housing Discrimination. The event was cosponsored by the California Legislative Latino Caucus, the California Legislative Black Caucus, the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, the California YIMBYs, and
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