Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law with Leah and Richard Rothstein

Date: June 7, 2023

On June 7, 2023, authors Richard Rothstein and Leah Rothstein discussed their new book, Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law.  

Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods, however, because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto—the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights. The Color of Law demonstrates, however, that residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy. Just Action describes how we can begin to address this, providing dozens of strategies local groups can pursue to redress segregation in their own communities. By starting with achievable local victories, we can build a national movement that can remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape. 


  • Leah Rothstein, Co-Author of Just Action
  • Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute; Author of The Color of Law; and Co-Author of Just Action

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET, 9:00–10:00 a.m. PT

Where: Economic Policy Institute, 1225 I St. NW, Suite 600