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A Call to Invest in Community Power: Lessons from 10 Years of California Climate Investments for the State and the Nation
The California Climate Investments (CCI) are turning 10. After a decade of investments and nearly $10 billion implemented throughout the state, is CCI delivering on its promise? Does it drive benefits to environmental justice communities that are the most vulnerable to pollution, have the fewest resources to adapt to climate change, and the least political power to attract these dollars? Do these communities feel the impact of these dollars? In this report done in partnership with The Greenlining Institute, ERI’s research team strives to answer these questions, particularly in light of unprecedented federal funding for climate investments.
Catalyzing Community-Centered Redistricting for Racial Equity: Lessons from Fair Representation in Redistricting
Catalyzing Community-Centered Redistricting for Racial Equity: Lessons from Fair Representation in Redistricting is an important read for those who care about the future of our democracy—and want to find ways to get involved in redistricting. For the 2021-2022 redistricting cycle, a set of philanthropic leaders formed Fair Representation in Redistricting (FRR), a strategy to support historically excluded and under-represented communities to be active and influential players in advancing fair redistricting in states across the country.
This report describes FRR strategies and core investments, highlights the successes and challenges of catalyzing a community-centered approach to redistricting, and offers recommendations. The punchline: While a strong foundation was laid in this recent cycle, much more is needed to achieve fairer processes and outcomes. We recommend that FRR become a sustained collaborative to build upon the emerging field of community-centered redistricting it has seeded and to pair its support for the one- or two-years of line drawing with ongoing efforts to bring governing power back to the people.
Data and Analysis to Power Social Change
At ERI, we ask the hard questions about equity and deliver accurate and credible numbers with narratives. We lead with optimism and provide data and analysis to support social, racial, economic, and environmental equity. Our work is grounded in research to create new narratives, systems change, and a more equitable approach to power and justice.
Rigorous and relevant research
ERI’s California Immigrant Data Portal
The portal is a resource and progress tracker for immigrants and those serving immigrant communities across the state of California. This website presents data and case studies that can be used to better understand and promote the well-being of immigrants, their families, and their communities.
Solidarity Economics is a book, project, and partnership created by the Institute for Social Transformation, the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz and USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute. We work in collaboration with social movements for economic, racial, and environmental justice to push forward a more unifying economic narrative that centers on the voices of marginalized communities.
The National Equity Atlas
The National Equity Atlas is America’s most detailed report card on racial and economic equity. The Atlas is a collaboration between PolicyLink and USC Equity Research Institute to equip movement leaders and policymakers with actionable data and strategies to advance racial equity and shared prosperity.
Danielle Deane Ryan
Meet Danielle Deane Ryan, Climate and Energy Justice Fellow at The New School and a climate equity, clean energy, and philanthropy leader. She emphasizes the vital role of ERI’s mentorship in empowering individuals and partners in fostering strong collaborators to build power and drive change: “Prof. Pastor and his team have generously mentored so many people, including me, that are working to be better allies in the fight towards environmental and economic justice.”
Dr. Hajar Yazdiha
Meet Dr. Hajar Yazdiha, Assistant Professor of Sociology and affiliate faculty at USC ERI. Dr. Yazdiha sheds light on how ERI has been a leader in community-engaged research. This model has in Dr. Yazdiha’s words,“… help[ed] us rethink what it means to be scholars who are public-facing and who are scholar activists.”
Meet Victor Narro, Project Director and Professor of Labor Studies at the UCLA Labor Center. As an ERI Advisory Committee member, renowned activist & educator, Victor shares his first hand experience of how ERI’s data has been an indispensable tool, empowering his daily policy work and fostering collaborations with passionate organizers.
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