NCRC Statement on the Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Washington, DC – Today, in response to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, NCRC’s President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement.

“We continue to have deep concerns about Senator Sessions’ record on issues of fair housing, civil rights and hate crime prevention. Senator Sessions’ record on voting rights is also alarming. Voting rights are a fundamental cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and it is imperative that the Attorney General work to ensure that all citizens have the ability to participate in the democratic process. We need an Attorney General who will protect, follow, and enforce the laws, and it is now incumbent on Senator Sessions to step up and do the people’s work for all Americans.

“NCRC extends an open invitation to Senator Sessions to meet and discuss these and other issues. We hope to build a constructive working relationship with Senator Sessions and share the civil rights concerns of communities across the country.”

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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