Decades of explicitly racist housing laws and industry practices produced suburbs that excluded people of color and created generational wealth for white families. Today--more than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act--many high-opportunity suburbs remain segregated. What would an inclusive suburbia look like and how do we get there?
Join us for an important conversation about the past, present, and future of California’s suburbs. Learn about how you can help to dismantle segregation by pushing to “Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” in your community’s housing plan (i.e., Housing Element). Get the playbook to deliver on the promise of Fair Housing.
About our Panelists:
Manny Escamilla is a historian, archivist, and urban planner who grew up in Orange County. He currently works as a planner for the City of Oakland. Manny holds two Master’s degrees from UCLA: a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from the Luskin School and a Master's of Library and Information Science in Archival Studies.
Nadia Aziz is the Housing Directing Attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, where she leads groundbreaking housing litigation and policy advocacy. Her work includes fair housing litigation that asserted the right of Section 8 voucher holders to reasonable accommodations for additional bedrooms. Nadia graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2007.
Rashi Kesarwani is a public sector management consultant and a Councilmember for the City of Berkeley. Rashi seeks to create a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable community and helped spearhead an effort to eliminate exclusionary zoning in Berkeley. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
The panel will be moderated by YIMBY Law Housing Element Coordinator and Seaside Councilmember Jon Wizard.