Endowment for Equal Justice: Housing Justice
On February 16, 2021, Director john a. powell gave a talk on Housing Justice as part of the Endowment of Equal Justice's six part series on racial justice, "Let's Talk about (In)Justice."
The Law and Significance of Plessy
The decision in Plessy v. Ferguson looms large in our nation’s historical memory, but it is both more significant than we generally appreciate and less so.
New Research Exposes the Enduring Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson and ‘Separate but Equal’ 125 Years Later
With implications for Biden administration’s efforts to address systemic racism, the studies examine and propose solutions to address racial inequities in American education, housing and rule of law.
Video: Exclusionary Zoning in the Bay Area: Research and Findings
Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented the Institute's recent groundbreaking research on the harmful effects of restrictive zoning in the San Francisco Bay Area in this panel organized by SPUR on February 2, 2021.
Health Equity and the Circle of Human Concern
On February 1, 2021, Institute director john a. powell and staff researcher EJ Toppin published an article in the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics.
john a. powell contributes to new volume on Black history
Ninety scholars, among them OBI Director john a. powell, contributed to a volume just released on the history of Black people in the United States, beginning with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Virginia in 1619.
Podcast: How ICE uses tech to target immigrants
In this episode of Who Belongs? we hear from Jacinta González, an organizer with Mijente, a non-profit which leads campaigns to educate and organize around issues concerning immigration, detentions and deportations.
Co-Creating and Leading: Moving Forward a Society of Belonging in a Time of Othering
On February 3, 2021, Institute director john a. powell delivered a keynote address for the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s Leadership Learning Series.
Blog: Workplace surveillance harms essential workers
Studies found that working for Amazon, Lyft, and Uber can be harmful for worker health, with workplace surveillance emerging as a key culprit in pushing workers into mental and physical health distress.
Muslim Ban rescinded, but other Islamophobic laws remain
The Othering & Belonging Institute welcomes President Biden's rescission of the infamous Muslim Ban, but urges that much more be done to reverse the proliferation of anti-Muslim policies at the federal and state levels over the past two decades.
Bridging and Belonging: A Responsibility and Inheritance of the Dream
On January 18 2021, Director powell addressed students, faculty and communities at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Banquet which has been a Thurston County tradition for more than 30 years.
We honor King's legacy by building a country where we all belong
Today is a day to reflect on the life and lessons of the Rev. Dr. King. In my family we usually have cake and play happy birthday by Stevie Wonder as part of the acknowledgement. King’s birth was indeed a gift to the world and to our nation.
Video: Creating the Conditions for Belonging and Breathing in a Toxic Environment
In this “Beyond the Great Unraveling: Weaving the World Anew" conference, john a. powell delved deeply into the complexities of civil rights and liberties, structural racism, poverty, housing, racial and ethnic identity, inclusivity, spirituality and social justice, as well as the needs of citizens in a democratic society.
Blog: Trump's eleventh-hour blitz to preserve the racial order
As the country continues to make sense of the storming of the US Capitol last Wednesday, the Trump administration is engaged in another form of deluge—an ongoing torrent of last minute regressive rules to lock into place right-wing policy priorities before the president’s last day in office.
Podcast: Storming the Capitol and the dilemma of Trumpism
In this episode of Who Belongs?, we hear from three thinkers and members of the OBI faculty — john a. powell, Ian Haney López, and Emnet Almedom — on the situation unfolding in the wake of the Washington D.C. riots.

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White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality

Join author Sheryll Cashin for a book talk about her recently-released White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality, followed by a conversation with john a.

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