The Road to Inequality
Paper accepted December 2019Download a PDF of this paper here. By Genevieve CarpioIn the late 2000s in the Inland Empire of Southern California, there was a rise of regional activism in protest to traffic checkpoints by which local police departments...
Climate Refugees
This report argues that a comprehensive framework for climate-induced displaced persons forced to cross international borders to be considered “climate refugees” is necessary.
Racial Segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area, Part 4
In this brief we turn to the question of the effects of segregation by illustrating the specific correlations with segregation and a variety of life outcomes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Notes on a Cultural Strategy for Belonging
The Institute’s Notes on A Cultural Strategy report outlines a cultural strategy for belonging that centers the leadership, voices, storytelling, practices, and knowledge of people and communities who are marginalized in our society.
Putting Integration on the Agenda
On October 18, 2019, Stephen Menendian and Richard Rothstein published a review of a landmark new book on racial residential segregation in the United States, examining the policy options to advance the goal of integration. Published in the American...
Roots, Race, & Place
To grasp what it will take to undo racial inequality in housing, we must first understand how it was established and perpetuated. In this newly released report, we trace the roots of the region’s racial exclusion in housing and find that racism reinvents itself, proving to be dynamic, generative, and fluid, yet also remarkably durable and entrenched.
Measuring Water and Sewer Service Affordability
September 23, 2019 By Richard Zarrella & Wendy Ake Editing and Fact Checking by Alyson M. Reimer Ann Arbor Water Tower. Photo by Dwight Burdette Section 1: Executive Summary The Context of Water Affordability In the last few years, increased...
Identity Politics: Friend or Foe?
By Alicia GarzaThe term “identity politics” was first coined by Black feminist Barbara Smith and the Combahee River Collective in 1974. Identity politics originated from the need to reshape movements that had until then prioritized the monotony of...
Ending Legal Bias Against Formerly Incarcerated People
This brief is the first part of the Bold Policy Series published by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley. Download a PDF of the brief here. Or read a web version here. What ideas exist that can rise to the scale of...
Ending Electoral Sharecropping
By Pastor Michael McBrideIn his historic 1984 speech at Tindley Temple Church in Philadelphia, Rev. Jesse Jackson declared, “Our defeats are characterized by the margin of despair and the fracture of our coalitions.” In an effort to explain both the...
2019 Othering & Belonging Conference Report
We are pleased to present this report about our remarkable 2019 Othering & Belonging Conference, which was held April 8–10 in Oakland, California. This detailed summary of the conference was produced for all who were part of its execution and success...
Racial Segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area, Part 3
In this third brief, we shift the discussion to a more technical, but no less important, matter: the measurement of segregation. As we emphasized throughout this series, racial segregation is not the same thing as racial demographics.
Municipal Banking Made Easy
By Tom SgourosJuly 9, 2019IntroductionAcross America there is a disturbing level of dissatisfaction with the banking system as we know it. Distrust of finance has a long history in the United States, but it is not beyond comprehension to imagine it...
Targeted Universalism: Policy & Practice
In an era of political polarization and fiscal austerity, policy debates too readily become trapped in a binary of either universal responses or targeted solutions.
Trusting the Leadership and Power of Latinx Communities
By Leo MurrietaIn November 2017, Make the Road Nevada (MRNV) launched its operations in the state by leading a mile-long march through the neighborhoods of East Las Vegas. The March started around Desert Pines High School, in some of the densest...

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