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Louisville’s rental market is thriving, which means evictions are rising, too
     (LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sep. 29, 2014) -- Traditionally, Louisville has not had a renter’s culture. As the city expanded, people here tended to embrace the American dream of home ownership, suburban lawns, tax-deductible mortgage interest and the security of a solid, ever-appreciating asset.
     Then the mortgage crisis that precipitated the recession in 2008-09 changed all that. That ever-appreciating asset depreciated. Foreclosures, bankruptcies, auction sales, tight credit, unemployment, sinking job prospects and dwindling retirement accounts drove many former homeowners to turn to renting.
     And a younger generation, reaching adulthood during the recession, either can’t afford to buy a house, can’t qualify for a mortgage, or isn’t even interested. FULL STORY at insiderlouisville.com

Bellone signs bill with historic amendments to county human rights law
     (HAUPPAUGUE, NY, Sep. 25, 2014) -- County Executive Bellone was joined by human rights advocates for a bill signing to codify the recently approved amendments to Suffolk County’s Human Rights Law. The approved amendments will provide consistency between Suffolk County local law and New York State Human Rights Law and will include a process for administrative hearings in the County on all founded complaints of discrimination. “As we continue to ensure Suffolk County is a welcoming and inclusive area for all, we must ensure that all residents’ human rights are protected,” said County Executive Bellone. “I applaud Presiding Officer Gregory and all of the members of the Suffolk County Legislature for their unanimous approval of the amendments to the Suffolk County Human Rights Law. The approved amendments will put the County on parity with adopted New York State Human Rights Laws and ensure protection for all citizens.” Highlights of the proposed amendments: Military Status-protected category in all sections of the law (housing, employment, public accommodations and credit), Prohibits discrimination against people of disabilities based on their use of a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog. FULL STORY at longisland.com

Civil Rights Exhibit Recalls 1954 Louisville House Bombing, Braden Sedition Trial
     (LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sep. 23, 2014) -- A new exhibit opening this week at the Louisville Free Public Library marks the 60th anniversary of a landmark episode in the civil rights movement that happened in Louisville.
      Anne Braden in 1954 Credit Wikimedia Commons Called “Black Freedom, White Allies and Red Scare: Louisville 1954,” the exhibit is curated by the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
     Executive Director Cate Fosl says 1954 was the year that white civil rights activists led by Carl and Anne Braden bought a home on behalf of the Wades, an African American family that had been trying to locate in a neighborhood in what is now the Shively community.
     "The Wades were greeted the night they moved in with a cross burned, the front windows of their home shot out, and there was a steady campaign of harassment that included things large and small," Fosl said. FULL STORY at wfpl.org

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