Housing: The Other Civil Rights Movement


As protests against police misconduct rage on, another civil rights movement is quietly gaining momentum: The right to counsel in eviction proceedings.
News Story (NATIONAL, New York)

Victoria Bekiempis
Newsweek
December 11, 2014
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Civil Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), Public Justice Center (PJC), National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC), Stanford Law School


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Tens of thousands across the country have taken to the streets demanding reform to a justice system they feel protects police more than the people they serve and routinely violates the constitutional rights of minorities and low-income citizens.

As these protests rage on, another civil rights movement is quietly gaining momentum: The right to counsel in eviction proceedings.