We're excited to announce the release of our 2020 Annual Report, documenting OBI's key research work, public events, and major activities that took place last year. Despite the enormity of challenges we collectively faced in 2020, we are proud to have contributed to the efforts responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, ongoing police violence against Black communities, worsening housing inequity in the Bay Area, and the pivotal 2020 election. In addition to responding to major events, we also invested greater resources in long term initiatives, such as our new program in Europe. Click through our interactive report to learn more about the work we accomplished.
Happening Now! Join us for our day-long O&B Summit
We've just kicked off our virtual summit to begin a day of connection and big ideas for building a world based on belonging. Designed as both a learning space and a caring space, we are gathering to discuss what we face in terms of both threats and opportunities in our work to secure more fair, more just, and more inclusive societies. It's not too late join! Click here to access the summit here!
ICYMI: How invisible preference undermines America
Earlier this month we hosted a livestream event with the authors of Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America, Stephanie M. Wildman and Margalynne Armstrong. They were in conversation with Director john a. powell about why understanding “privilege” is so critical to justice movements. The event was moderated by Adam Ryan Chang. Visit this page for a recording and transcript of the event.
Bay Area teachers: Apply to our summer fellowship on race & housing
Help us spread the word about our second annual fellowship for teachers designed around the theme of race and housing in the Bay Area. This program examines the region’s histories of racial dispossession and housing, the geographies they have created, and current policy and organizing work around housing justice. Learn more about the fellowship.
Race, Distrust, and California's Tax-Confidence Gap
This month we publicly released a report developed last year that examines the seemingly contradictory views of California voters on taxing corporations. Check out the report here.
Other OBI updates
In the news:
- Associate Director Denise Herd was interviewed on KQED in a program, titled, "L.A. Mayor Proposing Basic Income Pilot Program," as well as in this Berkeley News interview, titled, "Derek Chauvin’s defense is grounded in centuries of dehumanizing Black bodies."
- Assistant Director Stephen Menendian joined vice-mayor Lori Droste on KALW's "State of the Bay" program for a discussion on the equity underpinnings and challenges of zoning reform in Berkeley.
- Faculty scholar Jonathan Simon was interviewed in this article by The DailyCal, titled, “Equal access for victims of police violence act passes in CA Senate committee,” and this Berkeleyside story, titled, “The Sit List: 5 artistic and activist events for the spring.”
- The Institute's 2020 Inclusiveness Index has been covered or cited in a handful of news articles, including this Hawaii Public Radio interview with co-author Elsadig Elsheikh, this article by the DailyCal with Stephen Menendian, this Arizona radio interview with author Samir Ghambir, and many others.
- Faculty scholar Henry Brady was interviewed in this article by Newsweek, titled, “Gavin Newsom Recall Primed to Backfire on California Republicans.”
- Faculty scholar Rachel Morello-Frosch was featured in an article by Grist, titled, “One researcher’s quest to quantify the environmental cost of abandoned oil wells.”
- Faculty scholar Cristina Mora’s book, Making Hispanics, was featured in an article by The New York Times Magazine, titled, “My Child’s Egg Donor Is Latin American. Does That Make Him Latino?”
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