Two brothers, Jeremy and Benji Levine, founded Inclusive Lafayette on June 15, 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd by law enforcement officers and the ensuing protests. They wanted to fight for social justice, but they didn’t know how they could most effectively get involved. Reflecting on their upbringings, Jeremy and Benji recognized that they grew up in an exceptionally white, wealthy area (Lafayette) with a limited supply of affordable housing.
A number of other community members quickly joined and became founding members of IL. Alison Hill, Chris Mickas, Nicole Wan, Tobias Bodine, John Kalil Tess Olsson, Casey Lee, and Gabe Newman became the founding board of Inclusive Lafayette, the architects of the organizations core strategies and structure.
The connection between housing and discrimination is well established (see above FAQ question “How are housing policies and racial discrimination connected?”), yet no organized movement to support affordable housing development existed in Lafayette before IL began. In fact, the most powerful political groups in Lafayette opposed housing development, often spreading malicious misinformation in the process. So we set out to fill the void with Inclusive Lafayette, an organization dedicated to promoting affordable housing development as well as civil conversation based on evidence from reputable sources. Building a better world starts at home.