Maya Wiley Addresses the Eviction Crisis, Recent Trials and Racial Justice, and the Role of the January 6 Committee in Combating Hate

Maya Wiley (’92), civil rights lawyer and legal analyst, authored three recent articles for The New Republic. On the necessity of enacting legislation to prevent evictions and rising homelessness, Maya notes, “The homeless are largely the evicted, and this nation has a massive eviction crisis we are failing to face down if Congress doesn’t deliver on housing vouchers and investments. Housing costs are a problem across race and states.” (“Housing Is the Great Endangered Necessity of the Build Back Better Bill,” Oct. 20). On racial injustice, growing hate, and the related trials concerning the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Kyle Rittenhouse and Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Maya writes, “The phrase ‘no justice, no peace,’ a common chant at demonstrations, is true. Race, injustice, and fear are at the heart of every single one of these trials because they are at the heart of the country. Only justice and the shared work of making it a reality promise a path to peace.” (“Three Trials, One Lesson: Race, Injustice, and Fear Still Rule,” Nov. 18). On “How the Charlottesville Verdict Can Inform the January 6 Committee’s Strategy,” she explains, “This is what makes the work of the House Select Committee investigating the causes of the insurrection, what happened that day, and how to prevent it happening again so important: It can draw a line from the Trump White House to the white supremacists that can drive a wedge between hate groups and remind many Americans—or show them for the first time—why Trumpism is fascism.” (Dec. 3).