Jesús Felipe Sierra López poses for a photo in front of his home (Madi Bolanos:KQED)


Wednesday March 6, 2024

03.06.24Carlos Aguilar

To fight rising rents, lawyers are helping clients buy their mobile homes

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Jesús Felipe Sierra López poses for a photo in front of his home (Madi Bolanos:KQED)

This story is about California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) and their clients. CRLA is a ChangeLawyers Legal Aid grantee.

After years of fighting rising rents, a group of mostly Oaxacan farmworkers in Fresno County have done the seemingly impossible: purchased their mobile home park from its corporate landlord.

The group officially closed escrow on the park Thursday.

Previously called Shady Lakes Mobile Home Park, it will now be known as Nuevo Lago Mobile Home Park. The park will be run by a board of directors, made up of residents. Each household will have a small ownership interest in the park, which will be operated as a limited equity housing co-op. They’ll be able to make decisions about how much rent to charge, park finances and operating rules.

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Federal Judge rules that 55 year old minority business agency discriminates against White people

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The exterior of the United States Department of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. (Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post)

A federal judge in Texas has ordered a 55-year-old federal agency created to help minority-owned businesses to open its doors to every race, siding with a group of White plaintiffs who argued that the agency discriminated against them.

In a 93-page opinion rendered Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Mark T. Pittman ruled that the Minority Business Development Agency’s presumption that businesses owned by Blacks, Latinos and other minorities are inherently disadvantaged violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. He permanently enjoined the agency’s business centers, which have assisted minority-owned businesses in accessing capital and government contracts, from extending services based on an applicant’s race.

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The judges who base their jurisprudence on Christian Nationalism

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Justice Tom Parker in 2006 (Jamie Martin : AP)

Not long before Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker issued an opinion citing the Bible as the basis for declaring that frozen embryos are people, he was a guest on a YouTube show hosted by a self-described prophet named Johnny Enlow. Parker’s appearance on such a program reveals a lot about the rising political power of the country’s fastest-growing Christian movement.

Over the years, Enlow has written about how “a government can potentially function as a virtual theocracy” if leaders faithfully listen to God. He is a top promoter of the idea that Christians need to assert dominion over “seven mountains” of life—government, business, family, education, media, religion, and the arts. In recent months, he has said that Donald Trump could be justified in calling for “revolution” and interviewed a former Army major who runs an Idaho tactical-weapons training camp billed as being for “Christian men who believe the times warrant a high standard of firearms readiness.”

Now Enlow was introducing Parker as another “asset,” a “fellow Kingdom lover.” He invited the 72-year-old judge to talk about how God had called him “to the mountain of government.”

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