[Humanist] 30.705 a legislative attack on geospatial information

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 705.
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  [1]   From:    "Sara A. Schmidt" <saschmidt8 at gmail.com>                  (32)
        Subject: HR 482 and SB 103 - attack on geospatial information,
                antiracism work, and affordable housing

  [2]   From:    "Sara A. Schmidt" <saschmidt8 at gmail.com>                   (4)
        Subject: additional


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        Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2017 22:10:11 +0000
        From: "Sara A. Schmidt" <saschmidt8 at gmail.com>
        Subject: HR 482 and SB 103 - attack on geospatial information, antiracism work, and affordable housing


If this hasn't already been posted to Humanist, I think it should be.

Sara Schmidt

---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: Jack Jen Gieseking <jgieseking at gmail.com<mailto:jgieseking at gmail.com>>
>Date: Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:27 PM
>Subject: [DHCAUCUS] FYI: HR 482 and SB 103 - attack on geospatial information, antiracism work, and affordable housing
>To: DHCAUCUS at listserv.umd.edu

Dear DH colleagues,

Colleagues and I just posted this collaboratively written email to various geography lists. Please help us get the word out and encourage @the_AAG to take action.

With you,
Jack

**

Dear Geographers,

We are writing to bring your attention to the US HR 482 and SB 103, which are an attack on the collection, storage, and distribution of geospatial information, antiracism work, and affordable housing (see below). The text of the bill <https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/482>, “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017,” will nullify HUD's 2015 “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” report to "have no force or effect," and does so by eliminating the data to support social change.

In other words, the bill stands at odds with the pursuit of knowledge about human geography, including census data. The bill would prohibit a significant amount of the work we do on race, racism, and fair housing in the US, as well as GIS research more broadly, all of which thwart work towards social justice. A key section reads as follows:

SEC. 3. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.

We encourage feedback, wisdom, and action among our respective lists, AAG specialty groups, other collectives and collegial relationships, and the AAG leadership. We ask you to share word about this bill with colleagues in other disciplines and on social media, using the hashtags #datarefuge and #datarescue when doing so to connect this issue to larger issues of public data and public data collection erasure, obfuscation, and elimination. We also encourage US citizens to reach out to your congressional representatives or to organize from afar in solidarity to stop this bill. Full links to the Senate and House bills are below.

Thanks to Euan Hague for bringing this to the CRIT-GEOG list's attention, and for Reed Underwood's response.

Onward together,
Jack Gieseking, Trinity College
Emily Mitchell-Eaton, USCS
Hector Agredano, CUNY Graduate Center
Elizabeth R. Johnson, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Naomi Adiv, Portland State University
Ryan Burns, University of Calgary

--
Jen Jack Gieseking
Assistant Professor of Public Humanities
American Studies Program, Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT  06106
www.jgieseking.org


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        Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2017 22:31:58 +0000
        From: "Sara A. Schmidt" <saschmidt8 at gmail.com>
        Subject: additional

I just noticed this message which lists some additional organizations for individuals to contact and should note that I would also suggest that American citizens should call or write their senators and representative regarding this bill.

Sara A. Schmidt

---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: Jack Jen Gieseking <jgieseking at gmail.com<mailto:jgieseking at gmail.com>>
>Date: Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:29 PMwww.jgieseking.org

Edit: the American Association of Geographers is @theAAG. Also, the AAA, AmerSA, ASocA, AoIR, MLA, AHA, and so on can use encouragement as well!

--
Jen Jack Gieseking
Assistant Professor of Public Humanities
American Studies Program, Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT  06106
www.jgieseking.org


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