The theme for Fit for King 2013 was Disparate Impact: A Vital Tool for Building Equity. Disparate impact analysis is an established legal doctrine that civil rights advocates use to help enforce laws like the Fair Housing Act. Disparate impact arguments usually rely on statistical analysis to demonstrate that a policy that may seem facially neutral actually has a disproportionate effect on a protected group of people. Disparate impact analysis is a vital tool for civil rights advocates to have in their quest to build equity. However, the concept has seen recent challenges, including a renewed attack on the concept by the banking industry. Fit for King 2013 explored the use of disparate impact as a tool in the areas of criminal justice, education, and housing.
The celebration was on Friday, January 18, 2013 and was a huge success! The conference occurred at the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center, 2045 Lakeshore Drive. After the conference, we were joined by many attendees for a Fit for King Cocktail Reception and an opportunity to mingle with presenters, GNOFHAC staff and fellow attendees. Entrance to this gathering was only $50 and included an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and great conversation. All money raised went towards supporting future programs of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.
If you missed Fit for King 2013 or forgot your folder, check out the conference materials and presentations here:
- The Fit for King 2013 Conference agenda
- The Fit for King 2013 Speaker biographies
- Biography of Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Professor Lani Guinier
- Homeownership Protection Act
- GNOFHAC Federal Policy Platform
- GNOFHAC State Policy Platform
- ACLU North Carolina Racial Justice Act
- Kids Rethink New Orleans Organizational Background