August 22, 2014
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Stolen Lives. Clockwise from bottom left: Oscar Grant, Aiyanna Jones, Michael Brown, Renisha McBride and Eric Garner were African Americans who were shot and killed while unarmed.

How Many Black Boys Have to Die?

Haas Institute Assistant Director Stephen Menendian poses the question in a recent blog post following the police shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Recalling the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and young women like Renisha McBride, Stephen writes, “These deaths are not isolated incidents, but part of a larger pattern.” Read Stephen's blog.
john a. powell appeared with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! this week to discuss the recent police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, MO.

john powell: Black Communities are Overpoliced and Underprotected

Haas Institute Director john a. powell was interviewed by Democracy Now! and discussed the Ferguson, MO police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. john talks about implicit bias, the structural conditions which have resulted in the hyperpolicing of the Black community, and the connections and resonance between the infamous Dred Scott case and today. Watch john on Democracy Now!
Olivia Araiza to lead the Haas Institute's national Network for Transformative Change

Olivia Araiza is the Haas Institute's new coordinator for the Network for Transformative Change. Olivia will bring her experience as a racial justice advocate to support a new paradigm-shifting platform comprised of individuals and institutions dedicated to aligning a movement to penetrate our most pressing societal issues. Olivia previously led the racial nonprofit Justice Matters. Read more about Olivia.
Fisher v. Texas: The Limits of Exhaustion and the Future of Race-Conscious University Admissions
Haas Institute Director john a. powell and Assistant Director Stephen Menendian recently published an article in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform about Fisher v. Texas. The case involved the University of Texas at Austin and a white high school student who sued the university after not being admitted, claiming that she was more qualified than minority students who were admitted under the state's holistic admissions review. john and Stephen delve into why the Supreme Court's decision in overruling the student was important to race-conscious admissions.

Read the article and and watch videos from the recent symposium "Affirmative Action and School Diversity After Fisher v. Texas" hosted by the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Creating Anchors: Ensuring Community Inclusion Through UC Berkeley as an Institution
Haas Institute Fellow Sharanya Sriram explains the possibilities anchor institutions – nonprofit institutions that tend not to move – have to provide living wages, affordable housing and small business development opportunities.
Why Disability Justice is Important for Food Justice
Haas Institute Fellow Monica Elizondo interviews Natasha Simpson, disability fellow at the Oakland-based food justice collective Phat Beets.
Report: 'Stand Your Ground' States Have More Homicides
States with "Stand Your Ground" laws have more homicides, according to a recent report from the American Bar Association Task Force. Haas Institute Director john powell's research and personal testimony is referenced in the report, cited by Think Progress.
UC Berkeley Celebrates Troy Duster
The Haas Institute recently co-sponsored Celebrating Troy Duster, a day-long conference focused on the work of UC Berkeley sociologist and professor emeritus Troy Duster. Among others speakers, Haas Institute Associate Director Michael Omi and Professor Denise Herd, leader of the Haas Institute's Diversity and Health Disparities Faculty Cluster, moderated panel discussions. Read more on the UC Berkeley News Center.
Haas Institute Summer Fellows present housing equity proposals 
Summer Fellows Magali Duque and Sharanya Sriram presented at the Roosevelt Institute's Bay Area Policy Expo on August 19. In partnership with Causa Justa/Just Cause, the Summer Academy fellows shared housing policy proposals to ensure housing development across cities provide greater opportunities for poor communities and communities of color residing in rapidly changing areas.
New Fall 2014 Haas Institute Fellow
The Haas Institute welcomes journalist and rising UC Berkeley senior Sara Grossman as our newest Communications Fellow.
2014 Summer Fellows: The Haas Institute's Summer Fellows recently organized a field trip to Richmond, California to deepen their understanding of the ongoing struggle for equity and justice in the Bay Area. Read about their journey through Bay Area history.
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