FEB 3, 2016
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Structural Racism in Flint

In a widely-shared piece last week exploring how structural racism contributed to the ongoing public health crisis regarding the water in Flint, Michigan, our Assistant Director Stephen Menendian wrote that for residents trapped in the neighborhood suffering from toxic water, it is more than a denial of resources. "Living in concentrated poverty exacts a tax on residents who suffer it—with more crime, less peace of mind and emotional safety, and fewer amenities and community resources." Read Stephen's analysis on the crisis in Flint

This blog was also picked up and posted by the LA Progressive and Authority Health. screenshot

Haas Institute Joins Group of National
Orgs to Launch and Support New Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Commission

Twelve organizations who comprise the W. K. Kellogg Foundation's "America Healing Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative" joined the Foundation last week in supporting the launch of a new Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) commission. Members from the partnership, a cohort of leading national organizations dedicated to racial equity and healing, expressed their individual and collective support of the new project. In a statement regarding the new commission, WKKF noted that one of their  major steps in pursuit of racial equity was "an unprecedented Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise that will help communities across the United States embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in a hierarchy of human value—racial hierarchy." The TRHT campaign urges people all over the country to participate. One tool available to the public is, where anyone can go to submit a video on how to transform our stories in order to advance racial healing and equity.

Hilary HoynesHilary Hoynes Featured on White House Panel on Child Hunger

Our Economic Disparities cluster chair Professor Hilary Hoynes participated in a panel at the White House last week on child hunger. Hoynes and co-panelists discussed how hunger harms children across the country, as well as the role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other core nutrition programs in helping ensure that American children have the resources they need to survive and thrive. The research of Hoynes was referenced in a recent press release from the White House on the subject. "Why SNAP Matters," written by Hoynes, explains why SNAP is such a powerful anti-poverty tool and its significance in how we understand food security, poor health, and poverty outcomes. Read the White House missive and download Hoynes' research on this subject. 

Ian Haney LopezHow Populists Could Talk about Racism

Ian Haney-López, director of the our new Racial Politics program, co-authored an article for The Nation magazine last week offering a different lens through which to view populist candidates such as Bernie Sanders. Haney-López argues that more of the focus should be on how racism affects us all, rather than just talking about how it affects one particular group. "Far from speaking only to people of color, the promise of the Sanders campaign is that his unabashed class message can win back white voters. Here he is in a bind. Many white people deeply sense that, from police killings to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim tirades, our politics remain poisoned by racism." Read the article.

Alternative Solutions for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Flag, Creative Commons LicenseIn a new longform piece examining the Puerto Rico financial crisis, our Just Public Finance Program Manager Wendy Ake writes, "Puerto Rico remains subjected to the colonial power of the US and the finance system... Inspired by the wave of municipal bankruptcies following 2008’s financial crisis, not only has Congress not provided help, but has also tried to create structural barriers that would incapacitate its ability to do anything at all." Ake explains the challenges that Puerto Rico faces and offers insight into what alternative solutions would require. Read "What Puerto Rico Needs: Our Collective Concern and Alternative Solutions." 

Haas Institute 2016 Summer Fellowship Program 
Now Accepting Applications 

Our Summer Fellowship program is a fourteen-week paid internship that will run this year from May 19 to August 18, 2016. Students and non-students with educational backgrounds from community college to doctoral degrees are welcome to apply. Summer Fellows are expected to work on one of a wide range of projects relating to marginalized groups and transformative change, and issues related to race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and class. Compensation is based on educational degree. 

Learn more about the Fellowship and how to apply. Applications are due February 12, 2016.

George Breslauer

Haas Institute Religious Diversity research cluster member George Breslauer received the 2016 Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education.This award "recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary and distinguished contribution to the advancement of higher education." Congratulations George!
john a. powell at Thrive East Bay

"There is never, never a justification that makes sense to hate someone. And there's never, never anything wrong with loving someone," said Haas Institute Director john a. powell in a new video released by Thrive East Bay, featuring a talk john gave at Thrive on what "Othering" entails and how it works toward the detriment of all. Watch the video here.
Flo Kennedy flyer

Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical
Lecture by Sherie M. Randolph of the University of Michigan
Intro by UC Berkeley professor Ula Taylor
4:00–6:00 pm
Multicultural Community Center
MLK Jr. Student Union Building
UC Berkeley
Sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender
This event is open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
Wisdom 2.0
Director john a. powell will be speaking at Wisdom 2.0 on February 21. The conference, which draws over 3,000 attendees, explores the merging of wisdom and technology.
Marriot Marquis, San Francisco, CA
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