john a. powell presents before the World Health Organisation
Download OBI Director john a. powell's PPT here. A global webinar was held on 31 August 2022 to: Shed light on the injustices and systemic discrimination that people of African descent often face and its impact on health; Describe how processes of...
Taking Stock: Visioning Beyond the Refinery
Richmond, CA has been called a "refinery town" because of the widely-felt presence of Chevron's oil refinery in the city. But what is the actual web of relationships between the oil refinery and the Richmond community?
We Can't Have Climate Justice Without Global Justice
On August 16, 2022, US President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The IRA is the largest explicit investment for mitigating climate change in federal history, and a concerted effort to mitigate the pronounced economic pressures faced by Americans...
Affordable Housing as Local Reparations for Black Americans: Case Studies
This case study report seeks to illuminate the activism, parameters, and intended outcomes of city programs for property redress as a form of reparations.
Introducing our inaugural Global Senior Fellow
We are proud to announce that author, poet, and public intellectual Báyò Akómoláfé has joined the Democracy & Belonging Forum as its inaugural Global Senior Fellow. In this role, Bayo will act as the Forum’s “provocateur in residence”, guiding Forum...
Answering the Call to Build Equitable Housing
On August 11, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian participated on a panel organized by SPUR on the legacy of housing discrimination in the Bay Area, and discussing the new statewide policy to purge racially restrictive covenants from housing deeds.
Video: The 'Perfect' Baby?: The Dangers of Gene Editing in Assisted Reproduction
Gene editing technology like CRISPR may have potential to treat diseases, but does editing future generations go too far? In this August 9 event, we heard renowned bioethicist Françoise Baylis, reproductive justice activist Nourbese Flint, and...
California Zoning Atlas
The California Zoning Atlas is an ongoing project to produce zoning maps and analyses for every region and municipality in the state of California. The goals of this project are, firstly, to document with greater precision than before, and raise...
Understanding 'Replacement Theory'
Most Americans probably encountered the insidious notion of "replacement theory" for the first time in the wake of the horrific mass murder of 10 African Americans in Buffalo, New York in May. The shooter targeted a Black neighborhood for reasons...
The Pervasiveness of Islamophobia in the United States
This report was submitted in July 2022 to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in review of the US government’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
Othering and Belonging in a Europe in crisis
In the age of the politics of emotions, the feeling of belonging has a lot to do with individual experiences. Confidence in the future, or the perception of lack of opportunities, can be a determining factor in a citizen’s relationship with their community...
Exclusionary zoning covers 77 percent of Sacramento region
Seventy-seven percent of residential land in northern California's Sacramento region is reserved for single-family housing, according to this new study.
Single-Family Zoning in the Sacramento Region
Introduction The authors would like to thank Othering and Belonging Institute graduate student researcher Shahan Shahid Nawaz for his invaluable assistance in helping build the repository of municipal maps that made this analysis possible as well as...
Cash for Californians
Introduction To meaningfully advance economic justice, we must enhance existing government systems and create new supports targeted to residents most impacted by inequality. In 2019, more than one in three California residents was considered poor or...
Engineering For Perfection
Download a PDF of this report. CRISPR and other methods of gene editing have captured the public imagination, spurring countless lectures, articles, and think pieces about how this technology can shape humanity. Many of these conversations are...

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