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The Redress Project: The New Movement to Redress Racial Segregation (NMRRS) is a campaign focused on local organizing and citizen activism. In short, the NMRRS is a coalition of ordinary citizens taking extraordinary, direct action to redress racial segregation.
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The Color of Law demolishes the “de facto” myth that residential
segregation arose naturally as the result of private activity and demonstrates that the racial boundaries of every metropolitan area are the ongoing result of racially explicit federal, state, and local policy, supported by actions of banks, realtors, and developers.
Initially inspired by the book’s reception and influence, a group of
national civil rights leaders have come together to launch The Redress Project: The New Movement to Redress Racial Segregation (NMRRS).
The theory of NMRRS is that the policies to redress racial segregation are well known; what is missing are local bi-racial and multi-ethnic civil rights groups of ordinary citizen activists who will engage in direct action to create the political atmosphere where private and public initiatives to redress segregation become imperative. This is where NMRRS comes in to become this bridge.
Ultimately, NMRRS campaigns to:
• Improve the resources of low-income segregated neighborhoods,
• Resist massive displacement from uncontrolled gentrification,
• Create housing opportunities for economically and racially diverse populations in segregated white neighborhoods, and
• Stabilize desegregation in neighborhoods where it exists (control suburban white flight).
Who’s Already In
- Michael Ansara, former executive director of Massachusetts Fair Share
- Janell Byrd-Chichester, director of NAACP-LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute
- Maria Echaveste, president and CEO of the Opportunity Institute
- Debra Gore-Mann, president and CEO of the Greenlining Institute
- Rev. Amy Laura Hall, Professor at Duke University Divinity School
- Damon Hewitt, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
- Jeffrey Hicks, REALTOR® and past president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers
- Cashauna Hill, a civil rights lawyer, executive director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, and board member of the National Fair Housing Alliance
- Olati Johnson, professor at Columbia University Law School and chair of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council
- Betsy Julian, civil rights lawyer and founder of the Inclusive Communities Project of Dallas
- Amanda Lankerd, CEO of the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® (MI)
- Noerena Limon, senior vice president of public policy and industry relations at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Brokers
- Tiffany Manuel, founder, president, and CEO of TheCaseMade, a social justice leadership training organization.
- Josie Mooney, partner at Democracy Partners and director of organizations at People’s Action
- Kori Schneider-Peragine, senior administrator of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council’s Inclusive Communities Program
- Natosha Reid Rice, global diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at Habitat for Humanity International, and minister for public life at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta
- Mary Richardson-Lowry, executive committee chair for The Chicago Community Trust
- Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, and a senior fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Nureed Saeed, community activist, interior designer, and owner of NU Interiors
- Ted Shaw, former president of the NAACP-LDF, and director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
- Phil Tegeler, executive director of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council
- Sarah Watson, associate counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
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The First Steps
NMRRS is presently creating the infrastructure for the national effort. It has hired a program development director to establish an internet domain, create a website, give NMRRS a social media capacity, and develop administrative financial capability. It presently has a mailing list of over 15,000 individuals who have expressed interest in the effort and who will be invited to purchase memberships in NMRRS once it publicly launches. NMRRS is now beginning a search for a national organizing director to initiate a small number of local committees and then later, when NMRRS is ready to scale up, hire, train, and supervise four regional organizers who will support and guide local committees.
Currently, NMRRS is seeking to raise funds to allow the organization to launch and run a series of local organizing pilots. For the launch, we are seeking $500,000 to support the organizing director, a research director, and four organizers. Our immediate goal is to secure $150,000 in funding so that we can bring on the organizing director, produce the necessary collateral materials to support fundraising, choose initial target communities, design the initial campaigns and recruit local organizers. We will then need to secure commitments for the. remaining $350,000 to be able to successfully launch.
During its launch and proof-of-concept phase, the NMRRS is fiscally sponsored by the Greenlining Institute, a 501(c)3.
How You Can Help
Your (and your organizations’) donations are vital at this stage to reach the goal of $500,000. Please complete the contact form below to donate $1000 or more. The NMRRS is fiscally sponsored by the Greenlining Institute, a 501(c)3.
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If you believe your organization needs a deeper educational dive, then book one of the NMRRS leaders to speak at your next event. Please complete the contact form below.