Blog: Dangerous Liaison: Democracy and Charisma in India and the Philippines
January 15, 2020By Walden BelloThe widespread protests in India against a citizenship law that many feel is the first step in the legalization of the inferior civic status of Muslims has drawn critical attention globally to the Hindu nationalist BJP...
Blog: Fair Housing and Affordable Housing are Not the Same Thing: The Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Integration
January 8, 2020On January 7, 2020, the Trump administration launched another attack on integration. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new federal rule that would significantly redefine and roll back Obama-era...
Tackling Public Health Possibilities and Misconceptions in Rural America
Haas Institute scholar Mahasin Mujahid considers rural communities the “neglected frontier” of the public health field.
Blog: Is Trump the most racist president we've had?
I have been asked lately, more than a few times, whether our current president is the most racist president in the history of this country. But this is the wrong question.
Blog: Disparate Impact Liability is the Best Remedy for Structural Racism
October 22, 2019By Stephen MenendianIn 1968, Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act, the nation’s first open housing law. This critical piece of legislation not only prohibited racial discrimination in housing, but sought to reverse decades of federal...
Blog: Tools for Building Our Narrative Infrastructure: Curriculums for Training and Popular Education
Building a powerful progressive infrastructure in California involves aligning various types of organizations and networks around a common set of values, a shared analysis and vision, and a strategic narrative.
Blog: Kashmir and Palestine share the struggle for self determination against colonial occupation
August 12, 2019By Zainab RamahiAs a Kashmiri living in North America, I have been to Kashmir some twenty times. I have experienced the instability, power outages, curfews, and closures that are a cruel part of everyday life, and witnessed massive non...
Blog: The road not taken: Housing and criminal justice 50 years after the Kerner Commission report
August 7, 2019By Stephen Menendian and Richard RothsteinLast year, on the 50th anniversary of the “Kerner Commission” report, the Economic Policy Institute, collaborating with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of...
On Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton: A call to recognize our shared humanity
By john a. powellWe are in national mourning after a horrific week in America of mass murder. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who have been killed and our hearts go out to the communities forever transformed by these acts of...
Blog: Responding to Racial Demagoguery
July 30, 2019By Stephen MenendianPresident Donald Trump attacked four Congresswomen on July 14 in a Twitter tirade that culminated in a call for them to go back to countries they “originally came from” to “fix the totally broken and crime infested...
Blog: Revived debate over school busing highlights deepening racial segregation
By Richard RothsteinJuly 9, 2019When Senator Kamala Harris told former Vice President Joe Biden “that little girl was me,” she evoked a mostly-forgotten era, a half-century distant, when federal courts mandated busing of black children to schools in...
Blog: Tensions over Reparations Expose Crisis of National Identity
The question of reparations for African Americans has entered the political discussion in a way it has never before. A number of candidates for the Democratic nomination for the presidency have publicly declared their support for a reparations plan...
Blog: The Troubling Elimination of Puerto Rican Public Schools
Escuela Luis Santaella, a shut down school outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico.By Eli Moore and Dalia YedidiaJune 12, 2019Nearly half of the public schools in Puerto Rico have been closed in just nine years, an unprecedented elimination of public...
Blog: Reforming anti-Tax Prop 13 is a Racial Justice Issue
With an amendment to Proposition 13 on California’s ballot in 2020, the conversation around the measure’s impact and its potential reform is intensifying. Understanding how Prop 13 not only resulted in exacerbating inequality, but in some ways welcomed it—by those who stood to benefit from public disinvestment—helps underscore the urgency of its reform.
Blog: The 1966 Hunters Point Uprising in “the San Francisco America pretends does not exist”
Riot police draw guns on residents during 1966 riots on 3rd Street. Photo: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library By Nirali BeriThis week, Haas Institute Assistant Director Stephen Menendian and Senior Fellow Richard Rothstein with Coblentz...

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