Blog: The Geography of Islamophobia
November 8, 2017 By Rhonda Itaoui 2017 Summer Fellow Just months after the brutal murder of American Muslim Nabra Hassanen, who was assaulted and killed in June 2017 in Virginia, it has become more urgent than ever to interrogate the exclusion of...
Blog: Ensuring Fair Shares of Housing Across Local Jurisdictions
By Heather Bromfield and Eli MooreCalifornia has been in the national headlines in recent months because of its bafflingly high housing costs, which are unaffordable even to some of the highest income earners. In the Bay Area, where a booming tech...
Haas Institute contributes to new book on racial inequality
A new book critical to understanding racial inequities in the United States was released earlier this month and includes a chapter co-written by Haas Institute Director john a. powell and Director of the Just Public Finance program Wendy Ake. The...
Blog: Why They Keep Coming - Understanding the Far-Right's Motives
Sept. 25, 2017 While much of the coverage of this month’s visits by right-wing provocateurs to the UC Berkeley campus, where we are located, focuses on the line between hate speech and free speech, another question remains: Why are they coming...
Blog: What Can We Learn from Other Western Nations on Matters of Speech?
Sept. 25, 2017 From nearly all vantage points, the United States stands apart from its peers in the West for its lax legal treatment of hate speech. As noted in one New York Times article, “What much of [the] West bans is protected in [the] US.”...
Blog: Revisiting 'Dog Whistle Politics'
Sept. 22, 2017 The basic mechanism of what Berkeley political scientist Ian Haney Lopez calls “dog whistle politics” is simple: call upon the anxiety or fear of minorities that already resides not-so-far beneath the surface, divide class interests...
Blog: Canada should welcome America's Dreamers
September 19, 2017 By Irene Bloemraad and Ratna Omidvar This commentary is reposted from The Globe and Mail in Canada, where it originally appeared in February 2017. We are now witnessing the casualties of new United States policies arriving at...
Blog: With or without DACA, we must prosper
September 6, 2017By Kemi BelloAt many times over the past eight months (and longer), this country has stood on the edge of the precipice of our values as we asked ourselves what truly "makes America great."From the travel ban on Muslims, the...
Blog: Can White America forgo the comforts of a racist legacy?
September 6, 2017 Condemning the events in Charlottesville is an easy act for a society that wants to believe it is post-racial. While shock may result as a natural reaction, this event, and others like it, should not come as a surprise. Astonishment...
Blog: Which side are you on?
August 21, 2017 The murder of Heather Heyer and the injury to 19 other peaceful protestors by a neo-Nazi terrorist in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 marked a tragic new low in U.S. history. A virulent, violent strain of racism, misogyny...
Blog: Hate and hurt in America - On Charlottesville
Like many people, I am deeply bothered by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend. I give my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to those who went to Charlottesville to stand up for decency, fairness and equality, who put their beliefs...
Blog: American History - Beyond A Selective Remembrance
Yesterday on the fourth of July many celebrated US history, or at least part of it, while others were thinking about the many parts we are inclined to ignore. We are a country deeply divided in the way we look at our history. There are some Americans...
Blog: From Domination to Prosperity - How Do We Get There?
By Jordan LuftigMay 31, 2017Halfway through the event “From Domination to Prosperity: Building an Economy Where We All Belong,” john powell, the director of the Haas Institute, asked Sabeel Rahman and fellow panelists a question that went to the...
Blog: Why We Need New Leaders to Fight for Belonging
Zahra Billoo is the Director of the SF Bay Area Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We spoke with her about her work with CAIR, current challenges facing the larger social justice movement, and how the Othering and Belonging...
Blog: For Undocumented Communities, Fear and Anxiety on the Trump Agenda
March 7, 2017 Barely one month into the new administration and President Trump has already demonstrated he is willing to make good on some of his most dangerous campaign promises. Immigration raids from Los Angeles to Atlanta, coupled with a...

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