The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, social movement building, and immigrant integration. Learn more about PERE >>
June 18, 2015
By PolicyLink and PERE
Fairfax County, Virginia is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation—but data from the National Equity Atlas finds that not all residents share in this economic prosperity. The Fairfax county profile presents data on demographic change and shows how investments in education and good jobs for communities of color are key to the county's economic future.
By Rachel Rosner and Madeline Wander
With an Executive Summary by Manuel Pastor
What role do movement networks play in social movement building? What are the conditions for innovative, values-based leadership development to strengthen cross-movement innovation and collaborations?
Linking the Lab is the result of a multi-year project— called "the Network Leadership Innovation Lab" and created by Management Assistance Group—aimed at better understanding the role and effectiveness of network leadership in movement building.
A new PERE report, #WomenCanBuild:Including women in the resurgence of good U.S. manufacturing jobs, shows how addressing the underrepresentation and wage disparities for women in transit manufacturing can be good for econonomic growth. The report presents data on the state of manufacturing, stories of women in the industry, and promising best practices.
By Jennifer Ito, Justin Scoggins, and Manuel Pastor
In coming years, tax reform will likely be on the agenda in California. Given the large-scale cuts experienced during the Great Recession and the fact that a subset of new revenue generated from Proposition 30, approved by voters in 2012, is set to expire at the end of 2016, discussions about both structural changes in the way we tax and whether such changes will yield new revenues will occupy the attention of both policymakers and the public.
One such set of discussions is concerned with revisiting the provisions of commercial property assessments ushered in under Proposition 13, which was approved by voters nearly 40 years ago. While much has been written about Proposition 13 and its effect on residential property, only limited empirical analysis has been generated with regards to commercial property.
In this brief, we build on earlier work of academics from the California State University, Sacramento and experts from Blue Sky Consulting Group and provide an analysis of ten consecutive years of county assessor data on all non-government-owned commercial and industrial property in California covering the years 2004 to 2013.
April 24, 2015
By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Vanessa Carter
Commissioned by the Generations Initiative
The nation is a-buzz about its majority multi-ethnic future. By 2044, the U.S. is predicted to become a majority-minority nation. Since 2011, the majority of births have been to people of color, and by the end of the decade, the majority of youth will be of color. But across the nation, regional stakeholders and decision-makers are asking what this means for the future. What is the impact and how should they respond?
April 22, 2015
By PolicyLink and PERE
The Bay Area is booming, but a rising tide economy is not lifting up its low-income communities and communities of color. As communities of color continue to drive growth and change in the region, addressing wide racial inequities and ensuring people of color can fully participate as workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators is an urgent priority. Our analysis finds that the regional economy could have been $117 billion stronger in 2012 had its racial gaps in income and employment been bridged.
March 31, 2015
By PolicyLink and PERE
As the Research Triangle Region undergoes a profound demographic transformation, ensuring that communities of color are full and active participants in the region’s economy is critical to its success and prosperity. This profile, produced in partnership with the Triangle J and Kerr-Tarr regional Councils of Governments and guided by a 26-member advisory committee, describes how the 13-county regional economy could have been about $20 billion stronger in 2012 absent its large racial economic gaps, and presents strategies to put all residents on the path toward reaching their full potential.
February 11, 2015
By PolicyLink and PERE
The Cape Fear region is experiencing a demographic transformation characterized by a diversifying younger population and a rapidly growing senior population that is predominantly White. To secure a thriving economy for the decades to come, the region must tap the economic potential of its growing young population. Building education and career pathways for all and ensuring young workers are prepared for the jobs of the future are key strategies for inclusive growth in the region.
February 5, 2015
We are excited to announce that Prof. Manuel Pastor was recently installed as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change. As the Turpanjian Chair, Prof. Pastor aims to connect PERE/CSII's community allies, scholars, change makers,and the university as a whole for research that makes an impact on the civil society sector.
February 4, 2015
Over the coming month, Capital and Main will feature stories, photos, infographics and podcasts to educate and inform on the rampant inequality in California and offer solutions to get the state back on track. The State of Inequality Series also features an essay by PERE Director, Prof. Manuel Pastor, along with work by New Yorker contributor Maria Bustillos, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and many others. Stay tuned for updates throughout February and follow the hashtag #StateOfInequality.
January 18, 2015
by Gabrielle Canon and Bryan Schatz
This piece delves into the history of social movements, and explores how Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and work remain important to today's Black Lives Matter movement. PERE's Manuel Pastor discusses about movement building research and what will need to happen for this one to last.
December 4, 2014
By PolicyLink and PERE
The Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina—covering 12 counties and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—is a growing region whose demographics are rapidly changing.
Communities of color are driving growth, and have increased from 20 to 33 percent of the population since 1980. Ensuring its diverse residents can participate in the regional economy and contribute to stronger job growth and broadly shared prosperity is critical for the region’s future.
December 2, 2014
By PolicyLink and PERE
Omaha-Council Bluffs has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work, and building communities of opportunity metro-wide are key strategies to shift the region towards equitable growth.
PERE Project Manager Jennifer Ito shares key lessons about co-creating movement metrics in this cover article for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s newsletter. Ito's article spotlights a case study (and forthcoming report) on the National Domestic Workers Alliance’s Strategy, Organizing, and Leadership (SOL) Initiative, and outlines ideas for the field moving forward.
By Jennifer Ito, Rachel Rosner, Vanessa Carter, and Manuel Pastor
Transforming Lives, Transforming Movement Building documents the impacts and lessons from a two-year transformative leadership and movement building program to strengthen the domestic worker movement.
In collaboration with trainers from generative somatics (gs) and Social Justice Leadership (SJL), the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) took a cohort of 60 domestic workers and organizers through an intentional process of transformation that integrated political somatics practices with leadership skills for organizing and building power.
November 5, 2014
The November 2014 issue of the Health Affairs journal includes an article by PERE's Manuel Pastor and Rachel Morello-Frosch around the theme of "Collaborating for Community Health." Pastor and Morello-Frosch called for "public health to reconnect to urban planning in ways that emphasize the impact of place on health and that address fundamental causes of poor health, such as poverty, social inequality, and discrimination."
October 22, 2014
How much could the economy benefit from racial inclusion? How can we put tools and data into the hands of community leaders and policymakers who want to help build an equitable economy for all?
This research brief by PolicyLink and PERE estimates the economic boost of racial inclusion for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the nation. One key finding was that the national economy stands to grow $2.1 trillion every year from racial equity. As part of this research, PolicyLink and PERE also developed a new interactive website, the National Equity Atlas.
October 23, 2014
The L.A. Times' Gail Holland wrote a great piece covering a recent State Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality event in Los Angeles where PERE's Manuel Pastor presented demographic research.
Holland featured some of Pastor's key points on closing the gender wage gap, including: raising the minimum wage, creating more affordable housing, and providing relief for women without immigration documentation.
October 14, 2014
By PolicyLink and PERE
Estudio: urge dar más oportunidades educativas y laborales a hispanos en sureste de Texas - by Álvaro Ortiz, La Voz de Houston
October 7, 2014
ABC7's Elex Michaelson interviewed Manuel Pastor in a piece looking at the context of local poverty and Mayor Garcetti's proposal to increase the L.A. minimum wage.
September 25, 2014
This semester we are thrilled to welcome four new team members. Learn more in their profiles below:
Research Assistants: Kristie Hernandez and Walter Thompson-Hernandez >>
Undergrad Assistants and Interns: Paxton Hall and Chrystal Li >>
September 2, 2014
Following Mayor Garcetti's Labor Day announcement of a minimum wage increase proposal, PERE's Manuel Pastor looked back at a previous wage increases provides analysis from a broader perspective.
June 27, 2014
This op-ed by Manuel Pastor and Rachel Morello-Frosch that brings health and equity concerns to the forefront of the debate on the EPA's proposed "Clean Power Plan Rule." They offer a compelling analysis through a climate justice and public health lens by pointing out how lowering greenhouse gas emissions (and their toxic co-pollutants) can yield immediate health benefits for communities of color.
We are excited to welcome three new staff members:
We also have a group of new (and continuing) graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and interns this summer.
Read our grad student profiles >>
Read our undergrad student profiles >>
by PolicyLink and PERE
The newest regional equity profile in partnership with PolicyLink, "An Equity Profile of Southeast Florida" shows how communities of color are driving the region's population growth, and how addressing racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity can lead to inclusive economic growth for all.
April 24, 2014
"Sharing Solar's Promise: Harnessing LA's FiT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity" is a joint USC PERE/UCLA Luskin Center study conducted on behalf of the L.A. Business Council Institute. This report discusses the benefits of investing in solar equity "hot spots" and how high-need and high solar potential communities can spur economic growth and foster environmental sustainability.
We hosted a discussion and book party featuring co-author, Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, on a recent book, Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. She discussed organizing strategies and how organizers can engage middle class communities in movement building for social change.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
USC Leavey Library Auditorium
February 2014 -April 2014
PERE partnered with KCET Departures for a compelling series of web articles exploring what transportation equity means for Los Angeles and its residents.
Based on the research from our report, "An Agenda for Equity," this series featured guest writers and neighborhood stories from organizations creating their vision of the Next L.A.Learn more about our L.A. in Motion series >>
By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Anthony Perez
In this report, PERE featured the early years of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative, and offered a narrative to support efforts to shape its future. PERE created three-part storyline linked together by an overarching concept of "Just Health"—a vision for California centered on equity.
by Jennifer Tran and Sarah Treuhaft
Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model is a joint report from PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) which documents the costs of racial inequities and the work under way to address these disparities in the state.
By Jeffrey O. Sacha, Jared P. Sanchez, Ange-Marie Hancock, and Manuel Pastor
A Foot in Both Worlds: Institutionalizing Progressive Community-Engaged Research Centers within Universities explores the relationship between universities and the public through the recent development of progressive community-engaged research centers (PCERCs).
By Vanessa Carter, Manuel Pastor, and Madeline Wander
An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County put forward a framework for how investing with equity can lead to more sustainable economic growth for a region. PERE's research and narrative demonstrates why equity matters at every stage of transportation planning and development.
October 23, 2013 at USC Kaprielian Hall, Room 445.
By Juan D. De Lara, Ph.D.
Juan De Lara, PERE affiliate researcher, released a new report on the needs of blue-collar warehouse workers and their families in the midst of economic recovery.
By Manuel Pastor, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Jim Sadd
This article appeared in the August 2013 issue of EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA; www.awma.org).
To obtain copies and reprints, please contact A&WMA directly at (412) 232-3444.
BHC Youth Program Inventory Survey 2013
By Veronica Terriquez and Abdiel Lopez
An All-In Primer: Demographic Change and the Economic Imperative of Equity
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
By Manuel Pastor, Gihan Perera, and Madeline Wander
By Manuel Pastor and Michele Prichard