Director powell featured on John Oliver show
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently aired a segment on the history of housing discrimination in the United States. The segment includes an excerpt from a documentary featuring OBI Director john a. powell talking about the infamous wall that was constructed 80 years ago, in 1941, to separate black and white neighborhoods in Detroit. Watch the clip here.
Should Non-citizens be Allowed to Vote in Local Elections?
Assistant Director Stephen Menendian authored a new piece on the question being debated in some cities about whether or not non-citizens should be able to vote in local elections. A radical idea? Not so much, Stephen explains. He writes: "Non-citizens were regularly permitted to vote in the antebellum periods and even the colonial periods. Specifically, white male non-citizens were permitted to vote in more than 22 states and territories in the 19th century. It was not until later in the 19th century and into the 20th century ... that states began to tether voting rights more closely to citizenship status." Read this article here.
Chih-Wei Hsu is a GIS and Visualization Analyst at the Institute's Equity Metrics program where he supports local and statewide projects related to zoning, segregation and fair housing issues. His past research and public policy work have focused on access to energy services and transportation infrastructure.
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