Law & Disorder

Affordable Housing Profiteering; SCOTUS Unanimously Moves No-Fly List Case Forward; Plus Resistance in Residence Artist Reginald Edmund

We have a dramatic lack of affordable housing options, but for decades, federal policymakers have stripped away public resources. One problematic result is a privatized, market-driven orientation to affordable housing through what are called Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties. A new report says that policymakers must act to rein in corporate profiteers by increasing accountability that ensures affordable housing, with dignity for all. That report is called The Failure of For-Profit Affordable Housing — and How Tenants Are Organizing for Change, and it was written together by Urban Habitat and the East Bay Community Law Center. We’re joined by Michael Trujillo, a staff attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center and a lead researcher on the new report.

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Then, after taking a trip out of the country, leaving his home in Portland, Oregon, to visit Sudan in 2010, Yonas Fikre was approached by FBI agents who tried to recruit him as a government informant. Most likely because he refused the FBI’s advances, he was arrested, tortured, and interrogated, and then placed on a No Fly list. He was stuck outside the US for 6-or-so years. That story is itself appalling, and we’ll hear it in more depth in just a moment, but, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled with a full consensus – a 9-to-0 decision, that the government must allow Yonas Fikre to pursue a court case in which he claims that being on the official No Fly list caused him reputational harm and violated his due process. The FBI argued that since they took him off the list, the case was moot. Essentially, the Supreme Court ruling admits that the FBI’s No Fly list can continue to be interrogated in court. Joining us to discuss the case is Justin Sadowsky, a trial attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR. CAIR is the organization that brought Fikre’s lawsuit and successfully argued it in the Supreme Court. Justin, our guest, co-wrote many of the briefs in that case.

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This week’s Resistance in Residence Artist is playwright, filmmaker, dramaturg, and film director and producer Reginald Edmund.

Today’s episode featured music by Michael Louis. Check out more of his music here:

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