JANUARY 22, 2015
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Housing as Opportunity and Civil Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a critical case, Texas Department of Housing v. The Inclusive Communities Project, that could eliminate the most effective tool in fighting residential segregation and promoting equal housing opportunities. The Court is considering whether the “disparate impact” standard can be used to enforce the Fair Housing Act of 1968, a key piece of civil rights legislation. The Haas Institute co-authored and submitted an amicus brief to the Court, signed by over 60 housing scholars and advocates, in support of the Inclusive Communities Project. The brief uses maps to show the persistent segregation in the Dallas area that have been perpetuated by Texas state policies. Read more about the case in Mother Jones, Bloomberg, or the SCOTUS Blog.


Eli Moore from the Haas Institute at a Dec 18 meeting on the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay

Richmond, California residents discuss housing concerns with development of new Berkeley Global Campus

At a December working group meeting tasked with making recommendations on the new Berkeley Global Campus, Richmond residents and community advocates expressed concerns about the new development displacing long-time residents. Presenting findings from the recently released report Anchor Richmond,  Eli Moore of the Haas Institute, Melvin Willis from the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), and Christina Hernández of Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO), discussed a year-long study on potential effects the new campus could have on Richmond residents. Read more about the December Working Group meeting


On Dec. 4, the Black Student Union and allies at UC Berkeley blockaded a campus cafe for four and a half hours to demonstrate against police brutality. (Photo by Rasheed Shabazz).

Black students at Cal relate Ferguson protests to their own lives

In December, the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley organized demonstrations to protest police violence in the United States. A recent Berkeleyside article highlights both the hostile racial campus climate faced by black students as well as efforts being made to create a more inclusive campus. 

Gibor Basri, UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, said in the article that a hostile campus climate for Black students is an issue that's not new,  and reinforced that improving campus climate has been one of the top goals of the Division that he leads. A UC-wide Campus Climate Survey taken in 2013 confirmed that Black staff, students, and faculty feel the least included of any of the groups identified within the survey, Basri said. He also noted that the survey showed that most exclusionary incidents occurred between students. “People seem to think faculty to student is the issue, but that was minor compared to student to student,” he said. Basri added that faculty are still responsible for what goes on in their classrooms.

Despite obstacles on campus, student leaders also remain focused on the issues impacting the larger Black community. “It’s not just about our problems as Cal students. This is about Black people in America,” BSU co-chair Gabrielle Shuman said. “Within that, we feel it’s important to tell our stories as Black students at Cal.”  Read more in Berkeleyside or in the Onyx Express, a Black student magazine at UC Berkeley.

Professor Dacher Keltner explains ‘How Power Makes People Selfish'
In a new video, UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner explains “How power makes people selfish.” Keltner, a member of the Haas Institute’s Religious Diversity Cluster, discusses findings that show when people received power in research experiments, they act impulsive, inappropriately, and even become messier eaters. Read more. Keltner’s research was also featured in the New York Times Magazine.
Berkeley town hall examines race, police relations
One month after Berkeley police used tear gas during a protest, Berkeley City Council held a town hall meeting on police-community relations on Jan. 17. Over 200 people attended. In addition to councilmembers, panelists included elected officials and Haas Institute Director john a. powell. Read more.
How unconscious racial bias impacts job opportunities
In a recent blog post, UC Berkeley Sociology Professor Claude Fischer discusses the impact of implicit bias, or unconscious racial discrimination, on employment opportunities. He notes “audits” demonstrating that employers and landlords discriminate against Black applicants in favor of white applicants, despite the same economic or employment credentials. Fischer is a member of Haas Institute’s Religious Diversity Cluster. Read Fischer’s blog.
Income gap widens for African Americans in California 
The Sacramento Bee reports that economic disparities between white and black residents in the state have grown and the African American population shrank despite continued state population growth. "African American Californians generally are leaving the state,” Haas Institute Director john powell said. “The opportunities here – it’s becoming much less attractive.” Many Black families also lost their homes due to predatory lending during the foreclosure crisis, as reported in the 2014 Haas Institute report Underwater AmericaRead more here.


Economic Policy Assistant 
We are seeking a graduate level research assistant to support research on economic inequality and public policy in California. Learn more on our website.
Finance Research Assistant
We are seeking a graduate level research assistant to support research on development finance models and community economic development. Learn more on our website.
Communications Research Assistant
We are seeking a communications research assistant to support communications activities related to community-based partnerships. Learn more on our website.
Food is a Human Right, Not a Commodity, Experts Say

Violence and Islam: UC Berkeley Prof Examines the Question  

Nearly one-quarter of U.S. wealth owned by 0.1 percent of households  

Poverty more deadly for black Americans than white, study says

#BLACKLIVESMATTER - Read Haas Institute and UC Berkeley responses to the ongoing movement.


PROF REGINA KUNZEL: In Treatment: Psychiatry and the Archives of Modern Sexuality
Join the LGBTQ Citizenship Cluster of the Haas Institute for a lecture by Regina Kunzel. Kunzel is Professor of History and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Her most recent book, Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality was awarded the American Historical Association’s John Boswell Prize. RSVP here.

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 4-5:30 PM
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Haas Institute Associate Director and UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Professor Michael Omi & UC Santa Barbara Professor Howard Winant will discuss the revised and updated edition of their classic book, Racial Formation in the United States (2015). A reception will follow the talk. Read more about the event.


King's Evolving Dream, by john powell

The Appetite for Money Undermines Access to Legal Profession, by Syreeta Tyrell

On May 17, 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered an anti-Vietnam address at UC Berkeley titled, “America’s Chief Moral Dilemma.” His pro-peace address gathered criticism as many wanted King, the Nobel Peace Prize honoree, to stick to civil rights. Excerpts of his speech have been preserved by KPFA, apart of the Pacifica Archive, as well as a KPIX recording from San Francisco State’s University’s DIVA archive. UC Berkeley's Student Union, currently under construction, is named after King.
Photo by Helen Nestor.
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