DECEMBER 10, 2015
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At the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, we vehemently denounce hate, whether it comes in the form of speech, physical acts of violence, or policies that are aimed to exclude any individual or group. Following a week where we have witnessed appalling and extreme hate-filled speech from politicians whose messages have been amplified through national media channels, and following recent heartbreaking acts of violence across America, a massive wave of people and organizations from diverse background is standing up publicly to defend our country's most essential values. Below is an excerpt from the #WeAreBetterThanThis campaign, which we are signatories to, which ran a full-page ad in today's New York Times. Find out more and sign on here.

We grieve the many lives that have been lost or painfully transformed in recent weeks through extreme violence. 

And we are appalled by the surge of divisive rhetoric that sows the seeds of more violence to come.

A dangerous time of hatred, violence, and suspicion is rising in America—whether aimed at Arab and Muslim Americans, women and the places we seek health care, Black people, immigrants and refugees, or people just going about their daily lives. This tide is made more dangerous by easy access to guns.

When has hate ever led to progress? Is this really what we want America to be?


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Passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Threaten Core Democratic Principles

The formation, scale, and scope of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the full text of which was finally released in November after years of top-secret negotiations, exemplify how corporate-driven and US-backed privatization of the world economy will continue to diminish the rights of the public sphere and threaten core democratic mechanisms. In a new statement published this week, the Haas Institute argues for upholding three key principles in analyzing the threat that the TPP poses: democratic participation, transparency, and public accountability. Through these channels, we can identify the best ways to challenge the trends of deregulation and extreme privatization. The Haas Institute calls upon advocates, scholars, and communities to swiftly organize and mobilize innovative and effective ways to investigate and challenge the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the possible harms that will be inflicted upon our society if it were to be passed by Congress.

Former Mayor of Oakland Jean Quan to Serve as Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute

Jean QuanThe Haas Institute is pleased to announce that Jean Quan, former Mayor of Oakland, will be joining us as a Senior Fellow working with our Government Alliance on Race and Equity program. Jean will focus on initiatives such as developing a training on the use of data in police reform, and supporting the development of local government cohorts that are explicitly advancing racial equity across California. Jean also brings 12 years as a member of the Oakland School Board and has contributed to pioneering legislation on issues ranging from equal language access to green initiatives. Haas Institute Director john a. powell noted, “Jean's depth of experience as Oakland's first female mayor, and the first Chinese-American female mayor of a major US city, will add valuable perspective to our work engaging with government officials and staff on advancing racial equity.” Read the full statement here.

Exploring Policy Models to Make Community Benefits Work

On December 2, the Haas Institute hosted a workshop, “Making Community Benefits Work,” in Richmond. The workshop, which explored policy models for achieving community benefits, was attended by 30 community, city, non-profit, university and foundation leaders, and was designed to inform planning and policy related to the development of the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay. “Community benefits as a policy is a critical subject area because it creates an accountability system between the developers, lead agencies, and those communities directly affected by the project,” said Eli Moore program manager with the Haas Institute. Read more about this event.


Contracting for Equity CoverThe Government Alliance on Race and Equity released a new report last week co-published with the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Author Tim Lohrentz produced this issue paper on a topic familiar across governmental jurisdictions—contracting and procurement. Download Contracting for Equity.

Facts & Findings from the US Farm Bill Report cover
"Facts and Findings" is a new research brief that accompanies our research report The US Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the United States Food System. Download this new tool on addressing major structural barriers in the US food system. Download and read both reports on our Farm Bill Report web page
The White House has released a new report on the long-term benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), citing the research of two of our faculty cluster members, Hilary Hoynes and Enrico Moretti. Read the full report here.
UC Berkeley recently hosted a panel discussion about the lessons to be learned from the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Six panelists gave their views including Haas Institute Religious Diversity research cluster member Saba Mahmood, and Diversity and Democracy research cluster member Christopher Kutz. Watch the video of this event. 
Monday, Dec. 14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO

A Conversation on Race and Belonging with john a. powell
Hosted by Communities Creating Opportunities. Information on tickets here.
Friday, Jan. 1
Learning Cohorts (Minnesota): Advance Governing for Racial Equity
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity, in partnership with The League of Minnesota Cities, will launch a new cohort of governmental jurisdictions that are systemically focusing on advancing racial equity. Learn more.
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