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File #: 200721    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/10/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/10/2020
Title: Recognizing and honoring Rue Landau for her incredibly impactful work as Executive Director of both the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and Fair Housing Commission, and congratulating her on her new career in academia as the "Beck Professor" at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Signature20072100
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Recognizing and honoring Rue Landau for her incredibly impactful work as Executive Director of both the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and Fair Housing Commission, and congratulating her on her new career in academia as the "Beck Professor" at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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WHEREAS, For the past 12 years, Rue Landau, Esquire has served as the Executive Director of both the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Fair Housing Commission (FHC); and

WHEREAS, Landau was first appointed to lead the PCHR and FHC by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2008. Landau was reappointed and remained serving as Executive Director of both Commissions under Mayor Jim Kenney. Prior to her appointment in these roles, Landau served as a senior attorney in the Housing Unit of Community Legal Services; and

WHEREAS, PCHR is Philadelphia's civil rights agency and is tasked with enforcing the City's Fair Practices Ordinance. The agency also investigates complaints of discrimination and violations of civil rights law, in addition to resolving community conflicts. The FHC is Philadelphia's agency charged with enforcing the Philadelphia Fair Housing Ordinance, and also addressing unfair rental practices in housing and other landlord-tenant related disputes; and

WHEREAS, Under Landau's leadership, both agencies worked tirelessly at expanding Philadelphia's Fair Practices Ordinance and Fair Housing Ordinance to add protections that improved the lives of Philadelphians, including wage equity, fair chance hiring for individuals with criminal records, and "good cause" eviction protections; and

WHEREAS, Landau's career and service to the Philadelphia community has been marked with numerous awards, including the Equal Justice Award from Community Legal Services (2020), the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Division (2019), the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award on behalf of the PCHR...

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