Beyond Sacred Ground: Housing Discrimination

Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, online

How can Bay Area churches understand and confront housing discrimination in this area? This forum addresses the history of racial covenants, especially as they relate to housing in Pleasant Hill, CA, but with lessons for anywhere in the Bay Area.  We will also discuss factors contributing to modern day housing discrimination and historic and current movements to repair the damage caused by bias in the real estate and financial industries. Inspired by their participation in the Sacred Ground curriculum, members from the Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill are hosting their second of four forums addressing various subjects about race in America.  

For this forum on housing, we are pleased to welcome the following panelists:

Johnicon George, president of the Tri-Valley NAACP and CEO of Icon Connects, a staffing firm focused on helping disenfranchised African American communities hit hard by the pandemic.  George grew up in the Bayview – Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco where he operated the first black owned bookstore.  He is active in the local business community and his church in Fairfield. 

Bill Martinez, the principal of Martinez and Associates, a real estate valuation firm located in Vacaville California. He has been appraising real property since 2005 and holds a California Certified General Appraisal license. He’s also a candidate for the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. He has worked on appraisal assignments requiring a high level of certainty including litigation support and valuation of partial interests. Martinez is working on a white paper on housing inequity for the Brookings Institute and Ashoka Foundation, which is a means for housing reparations for African Americans.

The Rev. Natosha Reid Rice, minister for public life at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Ga. Before joining All Saints’, Rice served as the Associate Pastor for Women’s Ministries at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Her ordination was in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and she received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Government with honors from Harvard/Radcliffe College. Prior to joining Habitat, she practiced law in the commercial real estate practices of Alston & Bird LLP, in Atlanta, and at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City. 

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A recording of the previous excellent forum, Building on Sacred Ground: Immigration and Refugee Rights in Today's World from September 25th, is available for viewing by clicking here.