Events from PERE's networks

Below are listings of upcoming events from PERE's networks of allies, community partners, and affiliated faculty/researchers.* 

Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter @PERE_USC for updated events information.

For PERE hosted events, please click here >>


Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All Campaign Launch 4/29/15


PERE allies at The Center for Community Change, Center for Popular Democracy, Jobs With Justice, Working Families Organization, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights are embarking on a national campaign that will advance the audacious idea that every American should and can have access to a good job. 

The Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All campaign is a national economic justice initiative built on a simple, audacious idea: everyone who wants a job should have assured access to a good job that provides dignity, a voice on the job, fair wages, good benefits, and is consistent with family and personal needs and responsibilities.

Visit / for more information on the campaign and launch event on April 29, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #FamiliesFirst.


MLK Legacy March - April 1, 2015

The March is Saturday, April 4th March @3pm beginning at Olympic and Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles commemorating the 47th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles hosts Workshop: Using Public Data for Environmental Justice Analysis

February 27, 2015
VPD 116
Register here

Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles is proud to host a training on the use of public data to perform equity analysis for policy advocacy, with a focus on the impact of environmental hazards to low-income communities of color. The training will be conducted by PERE Data Analyst Madeline Wander, and will emphasize Environmental Justice Screening Methods (EJSM), a spatial data analysis tool developed by PERE that employs 30 environmental, health and socioeconomic measures to evaluate potential neighborhood health impacts as a result of environmental conditions. Lunch will be provided.

Register here >>

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Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles was founded in 2010 as an inter-degree program student organization in USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy. It has a tradition of collaborating with Price School student groups, USC-wide student groups, and local community-based organizations to bring community panels onto Price School's campus. 

2/11/15 - USC ASE Commons Event with Prof. Christina B. Hanhard

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
KAP 445

Christina B. Hanhardt is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, and the author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies.

ASE Commons is a series of Race, Power and Critical Thought discussions whose aim is to highlight the research of American Studies & Ethnicity (ASE) core and affiliated faculty and graduate students, and to build community through sustained conversation and workshops.

"In the 1990s, the AIDS activist organization ACT UP used civil disobedience to organize needle exchanges that provided clean needles to injection drug-users. An early example of “harm reduction”, this was also part of ACT UP’s effort to define their activism as on behalf of those whom they called a ‘throwaway class’ of gay people, people of color, drug users, people who exchange sex for money, and homeless people. Hanhardt explores how this movement incorporated individuals often excluded by mainstream LGBT and leftist activism, highlighting in particular the status of racialized poverty and social service provision within social movements during this period."

Download the flyer >>

Spring 2015 Events: USC Visions and Voices

Mark your calendars for these USC Visions & Voices events in Spring 2015

Food, Recreation and the Arts as Social Justice
Thursday, February 26, 6 p.m.
Annenberg Auditorium
For more info, click here.

South Los Angeles Walking Tour
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.
South Los Angeles
For more info, click here.

Learn more at USC Visions & Voices >>

Mark your calendars for PolicyLink's "Equity 2015 National Summit" in Los Angeles, October 27 - 29!

PolicyLink's Equity 2015 National Summit will be on October 27-29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Visit for more information and details.

"Dornsife Sustainability Distinguished Lecture Series" featuring Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D.


Please join PERE and Dr. Manuel Pastor in welcoming distinguished scholar, Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda for a Dornsife Sustainability Distinguished Lecture Series event here at USC.

“Leveraging Geographic Health Information Systems to Improve Outcomes for Disadvantaged Communities”

Presented by
Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan

September 16
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall  USC

Reception to follow in Tutor 526

(Cammilleri Hall is located
in the Brain and Creativity Institute–adjacent to SGM)

About the speaker:

Marie Lynn Miranda, is Dean in the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). SNRE’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, teaching, and outreach, SNRE generates knowledge, trains practitioners, and develops tools to manage and conserve natural and environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis. 

She also directs the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) which is a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper.  CEHI emphasizes the environmental health sciences and social justice components of risks borne by children in the United States and internationally.

Download the event flyer (PDF) > >


2013 - 2014 Academic Year Events


May 2014

May 15
The UCLA Labor Center is celebrating 50 years of worker justice at their annual banquet! More info >>

May 16
California State Parks and Recreation Commission’s
Public Forum on Improving Park Access for Underserved Communities

9 am to 4 pm - Friday, May 16, 2014
Casa Italiana, 1051 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Hear from park experts and practitioners about strategies, best management practices and lessons learned by exemplary programs to increase and improve access to park facilities among underserved populations."

For more information call: 916-653-0524 or email:

View event flyers (in English, en Español) >>


May 22
CLUE-LA's 11th Annual Giants of Justice Breakfast
"The Hammer of Justice, A Song of Love"
St. Anthony's Croatian Catholic Church
712 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Honoring: Laphonza Butler, Soledad Garcia, Anthony Ng; Lifetime Achievement Award: Deacon Guy Wauthy; Key Note Speaker: Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño;

For more information, please contact CLUE-LA >>

April 2014

April 18
Students of Color and Allies Policy Forum (SCAPF) of USC is hosting a forum for graduate students working on policy, planning, development, and social work.  Professor Manuel Pastor will be the keynote speaker for the event which seeks to create a space to learn about and discuss issues of race, class, and social justice. 

Event details on their Facebook page »


April 25
The Los Angeles Business Council is holding its 2014 Sustainability Summit on California Energy and Water Policy. More info »

Featured event: March 10, 2014 - Parks Forward meeting on urban park access

Public Health & Park Access Work Groups

March 10th, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm
Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown
at USC Ballroom Center
3540 South Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90007

PERE invites you to an upcoming Parks Forward public meeting on March 10th in Los Angeles to improve urban access to parks and workforce opportunities within the state parks for underrepresented communities.

Made up of experts and thought-leaders (including PERE's Professor Manuel Pastor), Parks Forward is an independent commission charged with conducting a wholesale assessment of California's state parks system. It is designed to address the financial, operational, and cultural challenges facing State Parks to ensure the system's long-term viability.

The Parks Forward Commission has been meeting both as a whole and in sub-groups to address specific issues (such as finances, partnerships, and public health). A key issue raised repeatedly by Commissioners and the public is the need to improve effective access to parks, particularly in light of the state's changing demographics.

Parks Forward Commissioner Manuel Pastor will be facilitating the March 10th meeting with attendees including:

  • Michael Woo, Parks Forward Commissioner (former member of the L.A. City Council) and Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona;
  • Elva Yanez, Commissioner on the California Park and Recreation Commission;                                   
  • Robert Garcia, The City Project;
  • Alina Bokde, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust;
  • Dan Knapp, Los Angeles Conservation Corps;

This meeting will include discussions among Commissioners, experts, and the public on how best to improve urban park access and provide workforce opportunities to those who are currently underrepresented in the state park workforce.

This is a unique opportunity to lift up both what you value about parks and what you would make better – and we urge you to consider attending.

Download the agenda >>

An additional meeting on parks access will take place in Northern California on March 14th, from 1:00pm - 3:30pm at the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704.)

March 2014

March 7

"Latinos, Environmental Justice & Climate Change" is a panel at the University of Illinois' Great Cities Insitute featuring Rachel Morello-Frosch, Adrianna Quintero, Rafael Hurtado Jr., and Manuel Pastor.


March 8

Join USC Professor Ange-Marie Hancock (former CSII Associate Director) for a book signing and talk on March 8th about her book, "Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics."

This event will be hosted by Paula and Barry Litt, Manuel Pastor, and Carol Wise at the Liberty Hill Kirshbaum Conference Room from 10am to noon. 

For details and to RSVP, contact 323-556-7204 or by March 6. 


March 10

Join Professor Pastor at the Parks Forward's Public Health & Park Access Work Group - free public meeting

March 10th, 2014 from 10 am to noon
Radisson Hotel Los Angeles at USC Ballroom Center
3540 South Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90007


March 11

If you're attending Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' 2014 National Conference in Los Angeles, check out Manuel Pastor's talk on March 11th, based on the PERE report "Transactions, Transformations, Translations: The Metrics of Movement Building." »


(Please note: These listings are intended for informational and educational purposes only, and do not necessarily imply endorsement by PERE.  Please contact the sponsoring organizations directly for further questions or information. Thank you.)

For information on PERE's events, click here >>

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