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April 6, 2016: Turning the Page on Hate: Building Community for a More Civil Society

Presented by the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Professor Manuel Pastor

Against a backdrop of change and anxiety, some have portrayed immigrants as invaders and refugees as suspects, over-incarceration as acceptable and sharp inequalities as natural, polarization as logical, and dialogue as weakness.

How do we insist instead on bridge-building not stonewalling? How do we generate the civic – and civil – conversations we actually need to address our national challenges?

There may be no more critical time to work to build a civil society rooted in fundamental principles of respect, care, and community.

How are people working across the U.S., across lines of political, religious, and social difference? How does the “softer” side of politics—dialogue, culture, and education—link to tangible, “hard” changes in policy and in people’s everyday lives?

Join us as we explore these themes through dialogue and the arts!

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Oct. 21, 2015: "Linking Citizen Science and Social Equity to Advance Sustainability:  What's the Connection?"

Join PERE for a USC Dornsife Sustainability Seminar on October 21st, 2015.

"Linking Citizen Science and Social Equity to Advance Sustainability:  What's the Connection?"

Rachel Morello-Frosch, Ph.D. M.P.H.
Professor Environmental Science, Policy and Management and School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, October 21
3:30pm – 4:30pm lecture followed by Q & A
Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall
Brain and Creativity Institute at USC

About Professor Morello-Frosch's research:

"Policy makers and advocates are increasingly concerned about the origins and persistence of environmental health disparities across racial and class lines. Research also suggests that more unequal societies have more polluted and degraded environments, which may partially explain why more unequal societies are often less healthy.

Addressing these social equity and sustainability challenges requires interdisciplinary research that characterizes the adverse impacts of social and physical environmental exposures with particular attention to their combined effects on diverse populations. Yet, although social science research has demonstrated the adverse effects of social stressors such as poverty, discrimination, and income inequality on health and well-being, there has been minimal cross-pollination between the social science and environmental health fields.

Recently environmental justice advocates have pushed scientists to broaden lines of inquiry and undertake eco-social and community-engaged approaches to examine how inequality and chronic psycho-social stressors enhance susceptibility to the adverse health effects of environmental exposures, particularly among communities of color and the poor.

Prof. Morello-Frosch examines the scientific evidence underlying the cumulative effects and potential interactions of exposures to environmental hazards and social stressors, which have been referred to as a form of “double jeopardy, and the critical importance of using participatory methods in this research. Ultimately, community engagement in this work reshapes environmental policy in ways that improve health and that move sustainability science from an emphasis on translational research to one of transformational research."

Webinar: 9/30/15: PolicyLink and PERE National Equity Atlas


The National Equity Atlas: Data to Build All-In Cities Webinar

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

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Many American cities are experiencing an economic revival, but this rising economic tide is not translating into equitable opportunities for low-income communities and communities of color. City leaders face an urgent need to put in place policies and strategies to counter deepening inequality and build “all-in cities” where all residents—especially those who’ve long been excluded—can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

Understanding the state of equity in cities is critical to advancing this agenda, which is why PolicyLink and PERE are expanding the National Equity Atlas to include detailed data disaggregated by race, nativity, and income for the largest 100 cities. 

Please join us on September 30, 2015 for a tour of the newly release city-level data and learn how you can use it to advance policies and strategies to build more equitable, resilient, and vibrant cities.

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Fall 2015: Book Release

“Our ability to know together expands our ability to grow together.”

“Equity, Growth, Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas” is the culmination of Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor’s research on the relationship between social equity and economic growth at the metropolitan level. The authors offer lessons from the emerging realities in metro areas across the U.S. – economic challenges, income inequality, and political polarization – and offer research-driven insights on ways to link equity and growth through diverse and dynamic epistemic (or knowledge) communities.

Benner and Pastor present data, case studies, and emerging narratives on multi-sector collaborations in 11 metro regions using various strategies – such as planner-led, business-led, conflict-driven, and high-tech/high-road-centered approaches– that can be instructive for other metros seeking to address economic restructuring and bridging social divides.

Visit to pre-order the book through Amazon and to access the free e-book upon release. 

Webinar: National Equity Atlas on November 18th!

May 13, 2015

Join us for a webinar presenting the Environmental Justice Screening Method version 3.0 on May 13! At the webinar, we will highlight recent methodological improvements to the EJSM, new approaches to gauging and improving data accuracy, and the incorporation of new data on climate change vulnerability and drinking water quality. We will also compare results using regional and statewide scoring approaches, compare the EJSM to alternative screening methods (like the recently released CalEnviroScreen 2.0), and discuss future applications of the EJSM. 

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2013 - 2014 Academic Year

Please join PolicyLink and PERE on November 18, 2014 for a free webinar tour of the National Equity Atlas and learn how you can use this unique new data and policy tool to advance inclusive growth in your community. 

The National Equity Atlas is a first-of-its-kind online resource for data and policy ideas to build an equitable economy -- in your region, state, and nationwide.

Speakers include: 

  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
  • Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Manuel Pastor, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
  • Jennifer Tran, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley
  • Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer (CEqO)/CEO, Partnership for Southern Equity


Join us on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
12-1 pm PST / 3-4 pm EST


(Even if you cannot attend, please register to get access to the recording of the webinar.)

Discussion with co-author, Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, about her recent book, Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World



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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Leavey Library Auditorium (in the basement), USC
Books will be sold at the event and light refreshments will be served.

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

October 23, 2013

2:30 PM

Kaprielian Hall, Room 445, University of Southern California

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Making Change, Making Meaning: Demographic Shifts and the Role of the Arts

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern (9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Pacific)

2012-2013 Academic Year

Friday, June 14, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

At Americans for the Arts annual convention Jim Messina, the man behind the successful reelection campaign of President Barack Obama, and Manuel Pastor, acclaimed demographer and community empowerment expert, kick off an overarching topic of the 2013 convention: messaging and storytelling. Learn different strategies to help us inspire others and transform how we talk about the arts.

Watch the Live Webcast of this session!

Equity, Demography and the Future of the American Economy

New Organizing For a New America: How to Make Electoral Organizing Count for Long-term Base Building

April 10, 2013

Advancing equity — just and fair inclusion into a society in which everyone can participate and prosper — has often been viewed separate from, or even opposed to, efforts to foster economic competiveness and efficiencies in the marketplace.

This webinar makes the case that in light of the nation's demographic transformation, pursuing strategies that create more inclusion are no longer only moral imperatives—they are economic ones. Presenters will share the latest on the demographic shifts changing the country and outline emerging research that makes the case that equity-driven growth and business development are fundamental to the nation's economic future.

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President Obama & Marriage Equality Politics with Ange-Marie Hancock

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | 12 – 1:30pm
USC Doheny Library, Room 240

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The Hands That Feed Us: Turning the Tables on the Corporate Food System

Thursday, November 1, 2012 | 12 - 1pm
USC Tutor Campus Center, Room 351/352

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Webinar: Cooling the Planet

World Food Day, Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 6 - 8pm
Downtown Labor Center, 675 S. Park View St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

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2011-2012 Academic Year

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
12 noon EST/9am PST

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From the Ashes: The 1992 Civil Unrest and the Rise of Social Movement Organizing

Power Concedes Nothing: A Book Discussion with Connie Rice

Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 9am - 5pm
USC Davidson Conference Center

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ASE Commons: A Series on Race, Power, and Critical Thought

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 4 - 5:30pm
USC Annenberg, Geoffrey Cowan Forum (Room 207)

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Webinar: Transactions – Transformations – Translations: Metrics that Matter for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Fall Semester 2011

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2010-2011 Academic Year

Thursday, October 25, 2011 | 1 - 2:00pm EST/10 - 11am PST

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The Future of Social Justice Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation with Rev. Adam Taylor

Workshop: The Science of Screening—Implications for Implementing Climate Change Mitigations and Green Zone Development

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 5pm - 6:30pm
Fuller Seminary
, Payton 101
135 North Oakland Street, Pasadena, CA 91182

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Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice

Friday, December 3, 2010

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2009-2010 Academic Year

Thursday, December 2, 2010 | 4 - 5:30pm
USC Leavey Library Auditorium

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A Conversation with Author Nina Revoyr

From Complex Inequality to Complex Solidarity: Inclusion & Democracy in the US Labor Movement, featuring Dorian T. Warren

Monday, March 1, 2010 | 3:30 - 4:30pm
USC Waite Phillips Hall, Room 301

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PERE Open House and Reception

Monday, February 22, 2010
12 - 1:30pm
USC Taper Hall, Room 420

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Climate Justice Research in California: Where are We? Where Do We Need to Go?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 4 - 6pm
USC Jefferson Building, Room 102

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Financial Haruspicy, Eco-Market Mandarins & Resistance on the Road to Copenhagen & Beyond, featuring Michael Dorsey

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, featuring David Bacon

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 12pm
USC Jefferson Building, Room 124

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2008-2009 Academic Year

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 | 4pm - 5:30pm
USC Hedco Neurosciences Center, Room 100

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Immigrant Integration and the American Future: Lessons from and for California

  • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
  • 950 W. Jefferson Blvd., JEF 102
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1291