APR 21, 2016
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The National Conversation on Women's Reproductive Rights & Reproductive Justice

"Don't take away my birth control" sign held by protestors. Courtesy of ADAM FAGEN / CREATIVE COMMONS VIA FLICKR

Rachel Morello-FroschRachel Morello-Frosch, a Diversity and Health Disparities cluster member, was recently quoted in an article on the Daily Californian about the California's state Board of Pharmacy adopting a 2013 law permitting women to obtain birth control from a pharmacy without a doctor's prescription. However, it has not yet been implemented at pharmacies near the UC Berkeley campus. Morello-Frosch noted, "the law is significant for increasing accessibility by allowing women to get contraceptives in a timely manner and with fewer steps," according to the article. However, the cost of obtaining the birth control could be a burden on low-income women. Morello-Frosch also said, "Regardless of whether or not they need a prescription, for them, the big barrier is cost of the actual form of birth control.” Read the article.

Melissa MurrayLGBTQ Citizenship research cluster member and Faculty Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley Melissa Murray was among several Berkeley Law scholars to file multiple amicus briefs for the upcoming US Supreme Court case, Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt. The outcome of the case will have a significant impact on the reproductive and abortion rights for women nationwide. Murray noted, "Laws that unduly target access to reproductive health services compromise the dignity of women and impair their ability to participate in society as equal citizens." Read the article.

We Too Belong: Building Power at the Intersection of Immigration and Incarceration

12:00 Noon – 5:00 pm

David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room 
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

We Too Belong Poster
Join us next Tuesday for We Too Belong, a half-day, interactive event to discuss and share best inclusive practices in immigration and incarceration law and policy. Attendees can look forward to gathering in community with thought leaders, advocates, activists, scholars, cultural activists, and student groups. The event will serve as the public launch of the Haas Institute's new publication: We Too Belong, A Resource Guide of Inclusive Practices in Immigration &  Incarceration Law and Policy. Event is free and open to the public, but please get advance tickets as space is limited. This event is wheelchair accessible.

Evidence Shows that Redistribution Programs Like SNAP Help the Poor

Hilary Hoynes"Evidence shows that programs promoting better neighborhoods, schools, sufficient food supply, health care and education in the lives of poor children, have the best chance to ameliorate poverty in the long run," noted an article on the Huffington Post, which referenced new research by Hilary Hoynes, chair of the Economics Disparities research cluster. Hoynes' research regularly focuses on federal entitlement programs such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

In new research from Hoynes and her colleagues, the article noted, "Hilary Hoynes et al., focused on the effect of the food stamp program (FSP), now called SNAP, on the general well being of a sample of adults born between 1956 and 1981 and their mothers. The estimates show that FSP significantly reduced “metabolic syndrome” (conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes) and promoted good health among adults. The FSP also significantly increased economic self-sufficiency among mothers." Read the findings of Hoynes's new research.

Creating a Sense of Belonging in Graduate Student Work

Darren Arquero Video ResponseDarren Arquero, Haas Institute Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, recently recorded a video response to questions from UCHRI’s Humanists@Work about the nature of graduate student work and experiences, and how they can be changed for the betterment of the student. One of the purposes of the video was to offer perspectives on how the nature of academic work can change, and what roles people must play in order to change them. Arquero talks about the value that graduate students create beyond scholarly work, and how to create a sense of belonging that honors that work. Watch the video

Stephen Menendian at Fighting Exclusion Housing Panel/Photo Credit: Rasheed ShabazzFighting Exclusion with Innovative Approaches to Fair Housing Law

On April 4, we kicked-off Fair Housing Month by co-sponsoring Fighting Exclusion: Innovative Approaches to Fair Housing Law. The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA) and the American Constitution Society at Boalt Hall also co-sponsored the panel discussion, which addressed possible court remedies to land use practices that exclude people based on race or income. 

Stephen Menendian, the Assistant Director of the Haas Institute, discussed the reality of racial segregation in the United States, noting that African American households remain as segregated from white households as they were in 1950. Menendian explained that a diverse set of actors worked to maintain racial segregation, including the federal government, private mortgage lenders, real estate lenders, and local governments. Read more about this event

Doubly Bound: The Costs of Issuing Municipal Bonds coverHow We Can Fix America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

"Most civil infrastructure in the US is built under the auspices of state and local governments, and, because such projects typically provide benefits over several decades, it makes sense to build them with borrowed money. Thus the municipal bond market is the logical place to finance these projects, especially in today’s era of ultralow interest rates," wrote Marc Joffe in a new opinion piece on The Fiscal Times. Joffe authored the Haas Institute research brief Doubly Bound: The Cost of Issuing Municipal Bonds, through the Just Public Finance program. Joffe notes that it's the perception of risk that scares investors away from municipal bonds. "Exaggerated risk perceptions translate into higher financing costs and less liquidity—stunting the municipal bond market." Read the article. Read Doubly Bound

American Amnesia & The Future of the Republican Party

Paul Pierson, co-author of the newly released American Amnesia and Economics Disparities cluster member, recently wrote about the current election season and the future of the Republican party for the New York Times. It is often spoken in the media that the potential election of Donald Trump could break, or at least permanently change the Republican party as it is currently known. However, in the article, Pierson and co-author Jacob S. Hacker don't believe that this could happen. In the article, he points to a long history of other game-changing political events, and how the party has survived despite these occurrences. Pierson notes that "deeply-rooted dynamics" allow the party to not only continue to exist, but thrive, even when their candidate of choice is not elected. Read the article.
7th Annual Islamophobia ConferenceAPR. 22–23

7th Annual Islamophobia Conference

The conference’s theme, Islamophobia: Has a tipping point been reached?, is both a question for researchers and a statement reflecting the pervasiveness of bigoted discourses that problematize the category, Muslim and Islam in civil society.  More information.
APR. 25, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Midwest Convening on Racial Equity

Chicago, IL.

The Center for Social Inclusion, the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), and Communities United are pleased to announce a Midwest Convening on Racial Equity in Chicago. Register now.

APR. 29, 6:00 – pm 8:30 pm

16th Annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Alumni House, UC Berkeley

Lavender Graduation is an end of year celebration honoring UC Berkeley’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer graduating seniors, graduate students, and allies. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the end of the academic year at Cal. Please fill out the registration form, before Wednesday April 20th at 11:59 pm, to let us know you are attending. It is particularly important for us to know the number of graduates so we may have a count for the rainbow tassels, your name will not appear on the program if you fill out the registration form after April 20th.  All graduates and guests must complete the registration form. 

Keynote Speaker:

Alex Randolph, Class of 2006 and Trustee, City College of San Francisco

Faculty Address:
Russell Robinson, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley 

Young Alumni Remarks:
Jae Henderson, Class of 2012 

If you have any questions, please contact Billy Curtis at or call (510)643-0788.

john powell at Humboldt State FlyerMAY 5, 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Giving Birth to a Society in Which Everyone Belongs

Humbodlt State University presents free public talks with Professor john a. powell of the Haas Institute.
Two Locations: 
Arcata: 1:00 pm HSU Goodwin Forum
Eureka: 6:00 pm HCOE Sequioa Conference Center, 901 Myrtle Ave

This event offers free Spanish language interpretation. 
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