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Care About Ending Racism? Look To Your Local Zoning Board

Jun 25, 2020

Protests against police brutality have put systemic racism in the spotlight. But how do the written and unwritten rules in communities perpetuate racial inequality?

This hour we take a look at how town zoning rules keep out affordable housing and cause racial segregation to persist in Connecticut. Connecticut Mirror reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas joins us and we talk with  housing officials and lawmakers.

We want to hear from you, too. Have you participated in protests against racial injustice in your town?

What role should suburban residents take to housing segregation in our state?


  • Jacqueline Rabe Thomas - Reporter for the Connecticut Mirror. She has written about housing segregation for the Mirror and Propublica
  • Crystal Carter - Simsbury resident; her story was profiled in Separated By Design from Propublica
  • Karen Dubois-Walton - President of Elm City Communities, the Housing Authority of New Haven
  • Senator Saud Anwar - State Senator representing East Hartford, Ellington, East Windsor and South Windsor; he is the co-chair of the Housing Committee in the Connecticut General Assembly