For Immediate Release - February 09, 2016

MCAD Co-Hosts 10th Fair Housing & Civil Rights Conference in Springfield

Featuring Civil Rights Icons Ernest Green, Jonathan Kozol

The MCAD co-convened the 10th Anniversary Northeast Regional Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference in Springfield, MA, where over 600 attendees from 22 states came together for the two-day symposium to attend trainings, plenary sessions, and network with community partners. As the largest event of its kind in the Northeast region, this conference is known nationally for providing civil rights advocates, attorneys, businesses, and government agencies an unparalleled opportunity to hear nationally renowned civil rights experts in the fields of housing, employment, healthcare, education, and criminal justice address the civil rights hot topics of the day, share best practices for compliance and enforcement, and develop new partnerships to advance collective impact. 

Chairwoman Jamie R. Williamson was the Master of Ceremonies with Commissioners Sunila Thomas George and Charlotte Golar Richie introducing keynote speakers, moderating plenaries, and leading workshops. Included among the numerous distinguished speakers were: Ernest Green, Jonathan Kozol, P. David Lopez, Carmen Ortiz, and Gustavo Velasquez. “The State of Civil Rights” plenary featured a lively panel of civil rights experts discussing the major trends and issues of Civil Rights today, in the areas of housing, employment, healthcare, economic development, immigration, education, and LBGTQ rights. Friday’s Closing Plenary, titled, “The Pursuit of Racial Equality and Healing” saw panelists discussing their participation in the dismantling of structural and institutional discrimination, providing education, creating opportunities for understanding, and promoting civil and political discourse in our communities, on the local, state, and national levels.

Sixty volunteers from over 40 organizations presented 27 workshops across two days. Participants represented Federal and state agencies and organizations from across the country including: the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (AGO), the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD), Human Rights Commissions from CT, MA, NH, NY, VT, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), City of Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity (BFHE), Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, HAPHousing, Critical Connections, Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, and Western New England University (WNE).

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