CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Sept. 22, 1999
Homelessness, fair housing, issues for public discussion
Oct. 4 at UI Law School
IOWA CITY Traditionally, law schools, colleges
and universities nationwide celebrate the first Monday in October with programs
to honor persons working to promote social justice and civil liberties. On
Monday, Oct. 4 the University of Iowa College of Law will hold a public discussion
on homelessness and fair housing from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fourth floor student
lounge at the Boyd Law Building.
Iowa City City Councilor Karen Kubby and Nancy Stensvaag,
of Habitat for Humanity, Iowa City Chapter, are among the guests scheduled
to join the social issues discussion, says Lois Cox, law professor and an
organizer of this year's event.
Homelessness and fair housing aren't solely urban
issues, Cox says.
"Locally, there is a largely unseen homeless population.
Iowans also have problems with housing discrimination and access to housing
appropriate for their families. Most of us enjoy our comfortable homes. This
is an opportunity to reflect that not everyone has that luxury and to discuss
what we can do about it," Cox says.
First Monday, so-named to coincide with the day the
U.S. Supreme Court Justices return to the bench following summer recess, is
a program of the Alliance for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based association
of civil rights, environmental, women's, children's, mental health and consumer
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability
who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please
contact the College of Law at 335-9060.