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The USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, social movement building, and immigrant integration.  Learn about PERE >>

 

Latest PERE News

Prof. Pastor interviewed on NBC TV's "News Conference" Show on Child Migrant Crisis

Prof. Pastor interviewed on NBC TV's "News Conference" Show on Child Migrant Crisis

NBC TV reporter Conan Nolan spoke with Dr. Manuel Pastor on the "News Conference" show on July 6th.  In this seven minute segment, Dr. Pastor outlines the multiple, complex causes of violence causing children and families are fleeing Central America at unprecendented rates. 

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"The Color of Carbon: How the EPA Clean Power Rule Could Help Communities of Color"

"The Color of Carbon: How the EPA Clean Power Rule Could Help Communities of Color"

June 27, 21014

The latest op-ed in the Huffington Post 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."

Pastor and Morello-Frosch offer a compelling analysis of the proposed Rule's effects through a climate justice and public health lens. The authors point out that lowering greenhouse gas emissions—and their toxic co-pollutants—can yield immediate health benefits for communities of color.

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Meet our new team members

Meet our new team members

We are excited to welcome three new staff members: 

Lauren Portillo, Administrative Assistant;  Pamela Stephens, Data Analyst; and Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, Data Analyst.

We also have a group of new (and continuing) graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and interns this summer.

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Prof. Manuel Pastor's buzzworthy op-ed "Are Latinos Really Turning White?"

Prof. Manuel Pastor's buzzworthy op-ed "Are Latinos Really Turning White?"

May/June 2014
Prof. Pastor's recent Huffington Post blog post stirred up quite the buzz on Twitter, in the blogosphere, and in The New York Times blog, The Upshot.
In this new op-ed, Prof. Pastor infused some much needed "data reality" into the public discourse which followed an earlier NY Times blog by Nate Cohn titled, "More Hispanics Declaring Themselves White." (May 22, 2014) 
In his op-ed on May 29th, Prof. Pastor argued that:

"...a more nuanced understanding of the data and the questions being asked would probably lead one away from a breathless conclusion that a new and fundamental shift in Latino assimilation is occurring."

Read Manuel Pastor's full article on The Huffington Post >>

 

 


PolicyLink and PERE's Regional Equity Profile for the Southeast Florida Region

PolicyLink and PERE's Regional Equity Profile for the Southeast Florida Region

June 2014

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.

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New USC PERE/UCLA Luskin Report: "Sharing Solar's Promise: Harnessing LA's FiT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity"

New USC PERE/UCLA Luskin Report: "Sharing Solar's Promise: Harnessing LA's FiT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity"

April 24, 2014

"Sharing Solar's Promise: Harnessing LA's FiT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity" is a a joint USC PERE/UCLA Luskin Center study conducted on behalf of the Los Angeles Business Council Institute. This report discusses the benefits of investing in solar equity "hot spots" in LA and how focusing on high-need and high solar potential communities can spur economic growth, foster environmental sustainability, and create social equity in the workforce.

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Join PERE for a Book Event on Wednesday, April 16th

Join PERE for a Book Event on Wednesday, April 16th

We're hosting a discussion and book party featuring co-author, Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, about her recent book, Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World.  Join us to learn more about new 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 (in the basement)

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"L.A. in Motion" - A PERE and KCET web series on transportation equity

"L.A. in Motion" - A PERE and KCET web series on transportation equity

February 2014 through April 2014

PERE has partnered with KCET Departures for a series of 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 features guest writers and neighborhood stories from organizations creating their vision of the Next L.A.

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There's Something Happening Here... A Look at The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative

There's Something Happening Here... A Look at The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative

February/March 2014
By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Anthony Perez

PERE tells the story of the early years of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative, and offers a narrative to support conversations and 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.

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Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

March 2014
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.  The report addresses:

  • Minnesota’s demographic transformation, describing current and future demographic shifts;
  • How racial and economic inclusion will help Minnesota grow and compete, explaining why equity matters for all Minnesotans;
  • How to implement equitable growth in Minnesota through policy priorities that achieve shared prosperity;

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A Foot in Both Worlds: Institutionalizing Progressive Community-­Engaged Research Centers within Universities

A Foot in Both Worlds: Institutionalizing Progressive Community-­Engaged Research Centers within Universities

December 2013

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).

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An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County

An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County

November 2013
By Vanessa Carter, Manuel Pastor, and Madeline Wander

An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County puts forward a framework for how investing with equity can lead to more sustainable economic growth for a region, and highlights why equity matters at every stage of transportation planning and development.

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Building Coalitions for the 21st Century: Radical Transformative Politics in North Carolina
PERE Affiliate, Juan De Lara, releases new research on blue-collar warehouse workers

PERE Affiliate, Juan De Lara, releases new research on blue-collar warehouse workers

September 2013
By Juan D. De Lara, Ph.D.

Juan De Lara, PERE affiliate researcher, releases new report highligthing the needs of blue-collar warehouse workers and their families in the midst of economic recovery.

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PERE's Environmental Justice Screening Method is featured in the August edition of EM Magazine

PERE's Environmental Justice Screening Method is featured in the August edition of EM Magazine

Screening for Justice: Proactive Spatial Approaches to Environmental Disparities

By Manuel Pastor, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Jim Sadd

This article appears 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 1-412-232-3444.

 


Youth Evaluation research brief released by PERE Affiliate, Veronica Terriquez

Youth Evaluation research brief released by PERE Affiliate, Veronica Terriquez

August 2013
BHC Youth Program Inventory Survey 2013
By Veronica Terriquez and Abdiel Lopez

 


Manuel Pastor comments on a new book by PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress in a recent Webinar

Manuel Pastor comments on a new book by PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress in a recent Webinar

An All-In Primer: Demographic Change and the Economic Imperative of Equity

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

 


PERE and Florida New Majority release new report highlighting how organizers in Florida integrate voter mobilization into long-term organizing
On the 21st Anniversary of the Los Angeles Civil Unrest PERE releases the full-length version of  L.A. Rising: The 1992 Civil Unrest, the Arc of Social Justice Organizing, and the Lessons for Today's Movement Building
Manuel Pastor in Poder Magazine's Top 100 Green Leaders

Manuel Pastor in Poder Magazine's Top 100 Green Leaders

April-May 2013 

Like plants peeping up here and there in spring, the green economy is growing and blooming nationwide. Across sectors and professions, Latinos are leading the way. Two of the hottest issues in the United States today are the significant growth in the Hispanic population and the increased emphasis on green issues. Less publicized is what is happening at their confluence: more Latinos are playing important roles in environmental issues than ever. PODER’s Top 100 Green Latinos recognizes the pioneers of this new frontier.

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