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THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER                                                                                                             

 The New Normal?

While the nation tries to shake itself free from a natural crisis which has claimed in excess of 100,000 lives, we will have to come to grips with the realization that until we have a vaccine for Covid-19; we are going to have to learn how to live in a new “Normal”. That means people of color, because of our socio-economic situation, will have to be especially careful if we want not to fall ill to this virus. A crowd lingered after the memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Thursday.So now,in addition to Covid-19, we are still grappling with that same old, four hundred year old problem of racism. “We” know its ALWAYS been there. Its been cleaned-up, polished-up, and "lurking"in the “Down Low”; but we knew! When other folk talk about having “That Talk” with their son’s; “That Talk” takes on a whole new dimension with "Our Folk”. True, video has, indeed, been somewhat of a “Game Changer”. But even with video, equal treatment is still not a “Slam Dunk” for us. I absolutely hate the “rioting", "burning", and destruction of other people’s property that  went on. It pained me to see a Black business owner, with tears running down his cheeks, watch is life savings go up in flames! That ,by the way, could be said for ANY business owner! While we may live in the Villages or comparable nearby communities, we know that we are not that far removed from those neighborhoods. Most of us were raised in those neighborhoods! The great separator for everyone is education; and here again access is unequal.Education is the key to a truly "New Normal".

                                                                THIS IS WHY WE PAY IT FORWARD WITH OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM...

We Care- AL Jenkins-President       



A DIVERSE representation of residents from the community alone with members from:The Sophisticated Gents,The African American Club,The Spanish American Club and the Villages Rotary Clubs held a vigil at Sumter Landing within the Villages. Approximately 400 were in attendance.

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    Rumford Act - California Fair Housing Act - (1963-1968)

    The California Fair Housing Act of 1963, better known as the Rumford Act because of its sponsor, Assemblyman William Byron Rumford, was one of the most significant and sweeping laws protecting the rights of blacks and other people of color to purchase housing without being subjected to discrimination during the post-World War II period.  It was enacted in in response to weaknesses in earlier fair housing legislation in California and evolved from a larger civil rights struggle that emerged over the movement to create a permanent Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC) at the state level between 1946 and 1959.

    In California, activists called for a fair housing law stronger than measures passed in 1959 and 1960. The California campaign paralleled similar movements in Washington, Michigan, and Ohio. The Rumford Act called for an end to racial discrimination in all public and private housing in the state and immediately met opposition in the California legislature.  Republican legislators exempted most forms of private and single family housing before the bill was finally passed on September 20, 1963.  The new law made illegal discrimination in public housing and in all residential properties with more than five units.

    Despite the exclusion of the vast majority of the homes occupied by Californians, the California Real Estate Association (CREA) immediately launched a repeal campaign.  Exploiting the growing hostility toward all liberal social programs and promoting the call for “property owner rights,” the CREA-led effort resulted in the Proposition 14 referendum on November 3, 1964, which saw a 2-to-1 vote in favor of repeal of the Rumford Act.

    Despite the vote, the Rumford Act was restored in 1966 when the California Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 14 was illegal. A year later, the U.S. Supreme Court strengthened this ruling stating that Proposition 14 violated the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which “prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental of property.” Before the battle over fair housing in California heated for another round, the U.S. Congress, in 1968, enacted the National Housing Act, which specifically prohibited housing discrimination by race, color, creed, and national origin.

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