National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Field Hearing Agenda - Houston, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Continental Room, 3rd Level

Westin Oak Towers

Houston, Texas

Commissioners:

Okianer Christian Dark, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the Howard University College of Law

Gordon Quan, Houston, Former Mayor Pro Tem and Chair of the Housing Committee for the City of Houston

Guest Commissioners:

Charles McMillan, President-Elect of the National Association of Realtors

Moderators:

Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

John Payton, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

John Payton, President and Director-Counsel of the

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Statements from Commissioners

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Panel 1: Racial Discrimination in the Post-Katrina Era

Cathy Cloud, National Fair Housing Alliance

James Perry, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

Reilly Morse, Mississippi Center for Justice

Judith A. Browne-Dianis, Advancement Project


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Planning for Inclusive Communities: Failures and Successes


Daniel Bustamente, Greater Houston Fair Housing Center

David Kahne, ACLU of Greater Houston

Demetria McCain, Inclusive Communities Project


4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Public Comment Period

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Comments


Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law