Acting for Justice Stories

Acting for Justice: M.L.’s Story

Housing discrimination can have a lasting impact. It can affect nearly every part of a person’s life – from where someone goes to school, to the jobs a person takes, to the state of someone’s health. This is something that M.L. has witnessed within her own family. And it is because of this that M.L. […]

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Acting for Justice: P.M.’s Story

What would you do if you were put in a position where you were expected to discriminate against certain people? Would your better angels win out in that moment, or would the necessity of a paycheck override your ideals of fairness and equality? When P.M. was put into such a position, not only did he […]

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Acting for Justice: D.W.’s Story

D.W. has always been an advocate. He is passionate about advocating to help others. For ten years, he worked as an education specialist for a government agency working with people with developmental disabilities. After the agency lost its funding, D.W. wanted to find a job that would allow him to continue to advocate for people. […]

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Acting for Justice: B.L.’s Story

In many ways, B.L.’s experience as a tester is very common for those who join the Fair Housing Justice Center’s (FHJC) Acting for Justice testing program. An actor by trade, B.L. was looking for additional income between acting roles when, through The Actors Fund, he found out about the opportunity to become a tester. And […]

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Acting for Justice: J.M.’s Story

We all have a part to play in building a better world. That is what J.M. firmly believes in. J.M. grew up in a household full of grassroots organizers. From a young age he learned that it is incumbent on each of us to, as he would say, “take what is and work to make […]

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In Memoriam – A Tribute to L.B. Williams

Dear Friends of Fair Housing,  It is with tremendous sadness that I inform you that L.B. Williams, an actor and one of the Fair Housing Justice Center’s (FHJC) testers, passed away just over a week ago. L.B. was a talented performer and beloved friend. L.B. once said that, “Change takes a long time to happen. […]

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Acting for Justice: C.’s Story

It was fall of 2009 when C. spoke with the Actors Work Program about a different kind of job opportunity. He was in the in-between state, having just finished working in a long-running Broadway show and waiting for his next acting job. Like most actors, C. had taken on all kinds of jobs to pay […]

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Acting for Justice: A.M.T.’s Story

A.M.T. knows what it is like to live in inaccessible housing. She knows what it is like to be discriminated against. And she knows what it is like to advocate for and exercise her fair housing rights, which is what makes her work as a tester for the Fair Housing Justice Center’s (FHJC) Acting for […]

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Acting for Justice: J.R.’s Story

We all have a responsibility to ensure that housing is open and equally accessible to all. We are called as citizens to make sure that all people are afforded their rights under the law. That is why J.R. works as a tester for the Fair Housing Justice Center’s (FHJC) Acting for Justice program. J.R. first […]

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Acting for Justice: K.’s Story

K. is proud to be a native New Yorker. She had always seen New York City as a welcoming place. But when she learned how pervasive housing discrimination was in this city, she jumped on the opportunity to do something about it. K. became a tester in the Fair Housing Justice Center’s (FHJC) Acting for […]

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