US Refugee Resettlement Under Attack
Following the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, 30 US governors demanded that President Obama stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees to their states. Unsurprisingly, federal judges have ruled these demands unconstitutional. Since then...
2016 is the Year of Identities
This post is reprinted from a letter he penned for our Fall 2015 newsletter that was published in May 2016. THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA as the nation’s first African American president was heralded by many as the beginning of a new post-racial...
Housing Segregation Undergirds the Nation’s Racial Inequities
This was originally posted on the Economic Policy Institute blog. In June, the Supreme Court rescued the Fair Housing Act from a claim that it prohibited only overt discrimination—where a government body announces that it is enacting a housing policy...
This Changes Everything: The $15 Living Wage and Connectedness
Small talk. It is the great pleasure of life whether it is across the dinner table with old and new friends or with the server at your favorite place. It can start with a simple question, “What’s good tonight?” By the end of the evening, we are all...
On Whiteness: Perspectives from Haas Institute Staff and Scholars
In response to the questions What does it actually mean to be “white”? Is there a white identity? And does it come with a set of benefits that others don’t get?" If white privilege is a real thing, what should that mean for everyone about how we...
Unequal Rates of Poverty and Access to Care Play a Role in Widening Health Disparities
America’s alarming racial disparities have come to the forefront of our national consciousness in recent years, at least partly thanks to the activism of the Black Lives Matter movement and increased media coverage of racial inequality.
Scalia's Blind Spot
For more than a generation, our highest Court has been firmly controlled by Republican appointees, with many seminal cases decided by the Court’s most moderate Republican appointee, a baton handed off between Lewis Powell to Sandra Day O’Connor to...
Leap Forward so Every Worker is Paid a Living Wage, Fight for $15!
It’s Leap Day. You ready to Leap Forward? You think we can dramatically improve life for those who heretofore have been held back?I understand why you wouldn’t think it possible. For two generations, we’ve been convinced there is not enough to go...
Harper Lee to Ta-Nahesi Coates: Race in literature in 2015
Two of the most important books on race released in 2015, the exhumed novel, Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee’s sequel to the award-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates’ long-form letter to his teenage son, Between the...
Structural Racism in Flint, Michigan
On January 16, 2016, President Barack Obama signed an order declaring a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan.[i] It was not because of a tornado or hurricane, flooding or landslides, as was the case in South Carolina or Mississippi a few weeks...
What Puerto Rico Needs: Our Collective Concern and Alternative Solutions
January 8, 2016 In a sign of severe political and financial upheaval, and after years of ongoing economic instability, Puerto Ricodefaulted on $174 million this week — a portion of the country's total debt measured at $74 billion. “It’s very simple,”...
Racing into the Future
December 31, 2015 Dear friends, "Identity"—Dictionary.com's "Word of the Year"—was undoubtedly one of the most popular topics of 2015. As what has been called "the year of identity" draws to a close, issues of race remain at the forefront of our...
What Trump Gets Right
Photo Credit: Taz + Belly, Creative Commons License By john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society How does one make sense of a U.S. presidential candidate calling for the banning of Muslims entering the country...
Condemning Donald Trump is Not Enough
Islamophobia is contingent upon the construction and reification of a homogenized Muslim “other” who should be viewed suspiciously, scrutinized, dehumanized, and excluded from “our” societies.
Rent Control: The Key to Neighborhood Stabilization?
September 09, 2015 By Miriam Zuk Whoever thought rent control would be making a comeback after 30+ years? Especially in California, a state that essentially ended the ability of jurisdictions to apply strict rent controls with the passage of the...

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