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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 >>

 


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New PolicyLink/PERE website: The National Equity Atlas!

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.

We found that the national economy stands to grow $2.1 trillion every year from racial equity, and that every region in the country would gain millions per year – from $287 million in Springfield, Missouri (the lowest potential gain) to $510 billion in Los Angeles (the highest).

As part of this research, PolicyLink and PERE also developed a new interactive website called the National Equity Atlas to put this research and data to use. The site is chock-full of visually compelling maps, charts, and other great data tools at the metro, state, and national levels.

Learn about the National Equity Atlas site and download the brief >>


PERE News and Announcements

Media: L.A. Times cites PERE research on gender wage gaps in California


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.

Read the full story >>

Publication: Houston-Galveston Regional Equity Profile

Video: Manuel Pastor on ABC7 Eyewitness News commenting on poverty, jobs, and plan to raise the L.A. minimum wage

 


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.

Read the full story and watch the clip >>

Welcome new PERE/CSII researchers and students

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 >>

Media: L.A. Times on the CalEnviroScreen and the state's cap-and-trade program debates

 

September 23, 2014

PERE Director, Manuel Pastor was quoted by the L.A. Times' Tony Barboza on the current debate about California's plans to distribute the state's cap-and-trade program funds.

Read the full story >>

Photo Credit: L.A. Times

Guest blog: "All Together Now?: Inequality & Growth in US Metro Areas"

September 11, 2014

Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor posted a new guest blog for the Institute for New Economic Thinking's website.  In their piece, "All Together Now?: Inequality and Growth in US Metro Areas", Benner and Pastor analyze the links between equity and sustained growth, with new research and a new frame.

Read on for more insights > >

Media: L.A.'s Proposed Minimum Wage Increase: Prof. Pastor urges consideration of "the research and the record"

September 2, 2014

Following Mayor Garcetti's Labor Dayannouncement of a minimum wage increase proposal, PERE's Manuel Pastor looked back at a previous wage increases provides analysis from a broader perspective.

Read the full op-ed >>

Event: At #EndingPoverty in L.A. event with Tavis Smiley, Manuel Pastor highlights issues of concentrated poverty

July 3, 2014
USC News

USC's feature story by Lizzie Hedrick covers a panel discussion hosted by the Tavis Smiley Foundation to address poverty in Los Angeles. At the event, Manuel Pastor was invited to speak on a panel about racial disparities and the effects of concentrated poverty in L.A. County.

Read more >>

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

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.

Read the full article  >>

PERE Announcement: 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.

Read our grad student profiles >>

Read our undergrad student profiles >>

Op-ed: Prof. Manuel Pastor's buzzworthy piece "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 related 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."
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 the full article >>

Publication: 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.

Learn more and download the report >>

Publication: 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 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.

Learn more and view/download the full report >>

PERE Event: Book Party - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We hosted a discussion and book party featuring co-author, Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, on arecent 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

Web Series: "L.A. in Motion" - PERE and KCET Departures features L.A. stories of transportation equity

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 >>

Publication: "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

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.

Learn more and download the report >>

Publication: "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. 

Learn more and view the report >> 

Publication: "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).

Learn more and view the report >>

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Publication: "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 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.

Learn more and view the report >>

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PERE Event: Building Coalitions for the 21st Century: Radical Transformative Politics in North Carolina

October 23, 2013 at USC Kaprielian Hall, Room 445.

PERE Affiliate Publication: Prof. 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, released a new report on the needs of blue-collar warehouse workers and their families in the midst of economic recovery.

Learn more and view the report >>

 

Media: PERE's Environmental Justice Screening Method is featured in 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 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.

 

Publication: Youth Evaluation research brief released by PERE Affiliate, Veronica Terriquez

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

 

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

 

Publication: PERE and Florida New Majority release new report highlighting how organizers in Florida integrate voter mobilization into long-term organizing

April 2013
By Manuel Pastor, Gihan Perera, and Madeline Wander

Learn more and view the report >>

 

Publication: 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

April 2013
By Manuel Pastor and Michele Prichard

Learn more and view the report >>

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