Equal Justice Under Law

 

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Stopping Home Banishment

 
 

This kind of wealth-based banishment scheme is unconscionable discrimination.

In 2015 the City of Newark, Arkansas passed an Ordinance, forbidding anyone within the city limits from residing in a mobile home or trailer worth less than $25,00. The next year the same heinous ordinance popped up in the City of McCrory who placed a banishment on homes worth less than $7,500. Those whose homes do not qualify must either move outside the City limits or pay fines of up to $500 per day.

There has never been a more important moment in American history to fight against the criminalization of poverty. In a free society, there should be no place for any kind of wealth-based banishment.

No one should fear being chased out of their hometown simply because they are too poor to afford a more expensive residence. At a time when civil rights feel under attack in this nation, this settlement is a victory for everyone who values individual dignity.
— Phil Telfeyan, Executive Director
 

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