Rightwing power grab renders Supreme Court illegitimate
In Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization an illegitimate, radical, rightwing court overturned half a century of settled law established by Roe v. Wade to advance a political agenda. But why do I refer to the current US Supreme Court as...
Launching the transatlantic Democracy & Belonging Forum
June 15, 2022: Today, OBI is thrilled to launch its first global initiative, the Democracy and Belonging Forum, a new network for civic leaders in Europe and the US who are committed to countering pernicious polarization and democratic degradation by...
Equity 2.0? What is Targeted Universalism and How Does It Address Inequality?
This is an excerpt taken from this May 2022 webinar in which OBI Director john a. powell explains the concept of Targeted Universalism. This excerpt was originally published here. Transcript john a. powell: What happened in terms of the application...
Overcoming Toxic Polarization
This law review article published in the Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality, authored by OBI Director john a. powell, explores the nature of the problem of toxic polarization and what we must do about it. It argues that bridging is necessary but...
All Policy is Health Policy
Where we live shouldn’t determine the length or the quality of our lives. We all belong in communities whose conditions allow us to live the healthiest lives possible. These conditions include stable housing, access to quality healthcare, jobs with...
Podcast: Cultures of Care ep. 2 | Naima Green and Rich Medina
Welcome back to Cultures of Care, a special new miniseries from Who Belongs? hosted by Evan Bissell and Giovanna Fischer. This series celebrates people that practice collective care in unconventional and insurgent ways. In this episode, we speak with photographer Naima Green and DJ Rich Medina.
Podcast: Cultures of Care ep. 1 | Nicki Jizz and Kristina Wong
We're debuting Cultures of Care, a special new miniseries hosted by Evan Bissell and Giovanna Fischer that celebrates people who practice collective care in unconventional and insurgent ways. This episode, we speak with drag queen Nicki Jizz and comedian Kristina Wong.
Six Actions to Make Belonging Real in Tech
What would it take to collectively own our data? How could we regulate the environmental impact of resource-intensive technologies? These are just some of the big questions about technology facing us on a global scale. In our 2021 landscape scan on...
Belonging despite the state of exception
The processes of belonging and othering often appear together, as distinct vectors of the same historical moment or process, as alternative social struggles for recognition.
21st Century Racial Residential Segregation in the US
On April 21 Equity Metrics Director Samir Gambhir gave an overview of his program's research on racial residential segregation in the United States as part of the University of California Office of the President's Confronting Racism speaker series...
Video: Teaching for Racial Equity & Housing Justice Curriculum Launch
This April 21 Zoom event marked the launch of a set of more than two dozen curriculum and resources on teaching for racial equity and housing justice, designed in collaboration with Bay Area teachers. Coming out of a two year-long project in...
Curriculum & Resources: Teaching for Racial Equity & Housing Justice
People are increasingly familiar with redlining and gentrification as processes that produce racially unjust conditions in housing. But these on their own are not enough to understand the deeply rooted policies and practices of racial exclusion that...
Exclusionary Zoning and Community Resources in Greater Los Angeles
Background Our recently released report, Single-Family Zoning in Greater Los Angeles, examined the pervasiveness of single-family zoning in counties within the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region. The analysis uncovered a...
Analyzing Belonging in Our Communities
Since 2020, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has devastated our communities. COVID-19 has not only impacted physical health of individuals, but it has also impacted our mental health through fear, anxiety, and the need to social distance...
A rebellious brand born in Barcelona sways the weight of language
The seas off the coast of Spain are starting to warm up, and in a day of calm seas, migrants set out to Europe, packed tightly into light boats called ‘cayucos’. It is a difficult trip, but one worth it...

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