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Published March 20, 2024

The Media Buried CFER’s San Diego Housing Lawsuit – But We Won’t Be Silenced!

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While we thought cheap shots at “bloodbath” were a new low of journalism, another kind of unethical journalism is taking place in which biased reporters and media outlets intentionally choose to ignore stories that go against their collective narratives. PLF and CFER brought a lawsuit against the San Diego Housing Commission, City of San Diego and Housing Authority of the City of San Diego last week. Sadly, our proactive press outreach efforts have resulted in virtually no media coverage, other than a biased article from the Courthouse News Service.

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The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) and CFER brought a lawsuit against the San Diego Housing Commission, City of San Diego and Housing Authority of the City of San Diego last week. CFER sent out a press release to all local, state and national media outlets and followed up with many journalists regarding the story. PLF also disseminated their own presser. Sadly, our proactive press outreach efforts have resulted in virtually no media coverage, other than a biased article from the Courthouse News Service.

You would think that the media should take an interest in the story of civil rights advocates challenging a blatantly discriminatory public program in the court of law. Our lawsuit, seeking an end to a taxpayer-funded housing assistance program that excludes White applicants, is as noteworthy as, if not more than, public vandalism, celebration of Black women’s resistance, truck-wheel thefts, and ACLU’s advocacy for illegal immigrants.

Apparently, we are wrong. While we thought cheap shots at “bloodbath” were a new low of journalism, another kind of unethical journalism is taking place in which biased reporters and media outlets intentionally choose to ignore stories that go against their collective narratives.

But we are not discouraged. I have since written several articles about the lawsuit, which have been published into columns on the Epoch Times, California Insider and Minding the Campus. More importantly, we are collaborating with the PLF to build public awareness on fighting discrimination. We believe that the most powerful way to push back against media bias is to bring more cases against California public agencies that are violating the constitutional principle of equal protection. We need eyes and ears on every level to help us identify potential cases and connect with potential co-plaintiffs, so that we can defeat pernicious racial discrimination in the courtroom.

In that spirit, PLF and CFER will present a virtual event entitled “Winning Strategies to Combat Discrimination in California,” on March 26th at 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT/12:00-1:00 p.m. PDT. This is an expert panel in which we will discuss real-world cases of racial preferences, help the audience build knowledge on recognizing, exposing and challenging such practices. The event features the following speakers:

If you are interested in learning proven strategies to defend equal protection in California, please RSVP for the event and join us in a thought-provoking discussion on March 26!

Like our dear friends at the PLF and CFER’s other allies, we will not stop championing equality!


Contact:

Wenyuan Wu

wenyuan.wu@cferfoundation.org

About Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER):

We are a non-partisan and non-profit organization established following the defeat of Proposition 16 in 2020, with a mission to defend and raise public awareness on the cause of equal rights through public education, civic engagement and community outreach. In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to amend its constitution by passing Proposition 209 to ban racial discrimination and preferences. Prop. 209 requires that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” CFER is dedicated to educating the public on this important constitutional principle of equal treatment.

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