"Whites only" pool in 2009?

Jul 01 2009

Sixty-five children from a largely Black summer camp in Philadelphia were turned away from a swimming club in the suburbs because of their race. The camp had a contract to use the Valley Swim Club's pool for the summer. Once the club realized the kids were Black, it canceled their membership.

A "Whites only" pool in 2009 should not be tolerated. Please join us in publicly condemning the Valley Swim Club's discrimination, and calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether the club violated federal civil rights laws.

UPDATE: More than 90,000 ColorOfChange members called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate. Within weeks, the DOJ launched an investigation and later filed a lawsuit against the club. Valley Swim Club was eventually forced to shut down as a result of financial pressures stemming from a class action lawsuit and investigations into its behavior.

This campaign has concluded.

Areas: Human Rights