Madison in the Sixties – December, 1963 – Shirley Abrahamson helps Madison make civil rights history. In 1963, racial discrimination in housing was perfectly legal in Wisconsin, and very real; only about 27% of the city’s rental units, and 12% of the houses for-sale, were available to nonwhites. The city didn’t even have a meaningful […]
Fifty-one years ago today, Madison made civil rights history with the strongest open housing ordinance in the state. Here’s Stu Levitan with this week’s Madison in the Sixties. Madison, September 26, 1967 Four years after adopting the state’s first fair housing ordinance, Madison moves to fix a glaring weakness in that landmark legislation—its […]
50 years after the passage of the “Fair Housing Act of 1968” and housing discrimination is still an issue. William Tisdale, President/CEO of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, and Alison Ahlgrim, Program Services Coordinator of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison, talk about the issues.
Although not as blatant as 50 years ago, housing discrimination still exists, whether consciously or unconsciously. Alison Ahlgrim and Kori Peragine talk about the activities of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison and its parent organization, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council.
The ACLU sent the Madison Police Department a letter urging the department to change the way it works with landlords to police rental housing, suggesting some practices may violate federal law and standards. The city has been slow to issue an official response. A staff attorney for the ACLU says what happens next will depend on MPD’s response.