"I can’t say enough about what it meant to have Public Advocates supporting our East Palo Alto community. The partnership with Facebook that you helped us secure resulted in an investment of $20 million into affordable housing for our area."
~Tameeka Bennett, Executive Director, Youth United for Community Action
Insurance redlining is a longstanding civil rights issue. And it's not a thing of the past.
In April, ProPublica found that some major insurers, eight of them in California, charge residents of minority neighborhoods as much as 30% more than residents of other areas with similar accident costs.
Public Advocates wrote to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on behalf of a dozen groups to ask for a full investigation. We are pleased that Commissioner Jones is launching an investigation in response to our letter.
But we remain concerned that the Department is doing that behind closed doors, and not making the data public. We are calling for a FULL and TRANSPARENT public investigation. It's just too important an issue to have the public see conclusions without having any basis for understanding what went into them.
We challenge the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity.
Quality Education & Financing
Striving to ensure children receive a quality education that will prepare them for college, careers and the future.
We’ve been called “the small but noisy law firm.” We take that as a compliment– as long as noisy means standing up for our clients, being willing to ruffle a few feathers and getting results way out of proportion to the size of our staff or budget.
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