New Article: “Addressing Poverty and Pollution: California’s SB 535 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund”

_DSC0530New Article: Vien Truong, Addressing Poverty and Pollution: California’s SB 535 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, 49 Harv. CR-CL L. Rev. 493 (2014).

New Article: “Opening Borders: African Americans and Latinos Through the Lens of Immigration”

New Article: Maritza Reyes, Opening Borders: African Americans and Latinos Through the Lens of Immigration, 17 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 1 (2014).  Abstract below:

African-American and Latino voter turnout during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections hit record numbers. Polls show that the immigration debate influenced Latino voter turnout and preference. Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s voiced support of comprehensive immigration reform strengthened his lead among Latino voters in 2008 and, once in office, his executive policy of granting temporary protection to DREAMers solidified his lead among Latino voters in 2012. Both elections showed the power that minority groups can exert when they vote in support of the same candidate. If the demographic changes continue as currently estimated, African Americans and Latinos will contribute in large part to the making of the United States into a “majority-minority” nation and will play an increasingly important role in local and national politics. Therefore, it is important for Americans to become more inclusive of all minority groups and to expand discussions of race relations beyond the Black-White paradigm and discussions about immigration beyond the Latino-White paradigm.

As the polarized reactions to the Zimmerman verdict showed, there is much work to be done as the people of the United States continue the project of forming “a more perfect Union.” Honest assessments of how individuals and groups interact are crucial to opening borders and encouraging exchanges beyond socially constructed boundaries, like race, and racialized politics. African Americans and Latinos often compete with each other for political representation and other resources. In addition, the political consideration of immigration law and policy includes a racial dimension that is often camouflaged, but denial and silence about this reality do nothing to move the country forward. Therefore, immigration provides an opportunity to examine race relations and the potential for inter-group coalitions between African Americans and Latinos. For this reason, this Article also explores, through the lens of immigration, the role that race may play in the attitudes of African Americans and Latinos toward each other. One of the goals of this Article is to spark a candid dialogue that promotes a better understanding of race and its impact on interactions between African Americans and Latinos in the United States.

Possible Tool for Looking at Poverty Measures: Poverty Calculator

Poverty Calculator [allows users to select what they think should be included and excluded from income and then generate info on poverty demographics].

-Thanks to Francine Lipman for the heads up on this resource which can help understand poverty measures.

New Infographic: “The Rise of Suburban Poverty”

New Infographic: “The Rise of Suburban Poverty.”  (Note: I get many requests to post infographics and this one I am posting mainly because the host page, , does seem to have interesting links.  But I am nervous about such infographic post requests — I suspect many are either class assignments which is okay, or efforts to drive up page views but not for their own sake — and not going to post many.)

Papers from the Poverty and Place Conference at UC-Davis

UC-Davis is hosting a “Poverty and Place Conference” and has posted many of the papers from that conference here, or see below:

Driving Mobility: The Role of Automobiles and Public Transit
Presented by Evelyn Blumenberg, University of California, Los Angeles
Discussed by Deb Niemeier, University of California, Davis

Download Professor Blumenberg’s Paper

‘Just Leave Me Alone’:  Social Isolation and Civic Disengagement for the Small-City Poor
Presented by Jennifer Sherman, Washington State University
Discussed by Sheryl-Ann Simpson, University of California, Davis

Download Professor Sherman’s Paper

Middle Class Poverty Politics: Making Place, Making People
Presented by Victoria Lawson & Sarah Elwood, University of Washington
Discussed by Adrienne Hosek, University of California, Davis

Download Professors Elwood and Lawson’s Paper

Placing Environmental Justice and Opportunity in Rural California
Presented by Jonathan K. London, University of California, Davis
Discussed by Tracey Farrigan, United States Department of Agriculture

Download Professor London’s Paper

Springboard or Trap?  Governance and Opportunity in Diverse Suburbs
Presented by Margaret Weir, University of California, Berkeley
Discussed by Michelle Wilde Anderson, Stanford University School of Law

Download Professor Weir’s Paper

Decades of Neglect Show Starkly as Indian Schools Cry Out for Repairs –

Decades of Neglect Show Starkly as Indian Schools Cry Out for Repairs –

New Podcast: “Economic Opportunity and Justice: The Next 50 Years”

New Podcast from the Shriver Center: “Economic Opportunity and Justice: The Next 50 Years.”

New Report: “Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium: Changes in the Prevalence, Composition, and Location of High-Poverty Neighborhoods”

CoverNew Report: Paul Jargowsky, Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium: Changes in the Prevalence, Composition, and Location of High-Poverty Neighborhoods (2013).  Abstract below:

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium, authored by TCF fellow and CURE director Paul A. Jargowsky, is the first to compare the 2000 census data with the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS), revealing the extent to which concentrated poverty has returned to, and in some ways exceeded, the previous peak level in 1990.

[NOTE: Updated figures for the 2008–2012 period are available here.]

Concentrated poverty is defined as census tracts where more than 40 percent of households live below the federal poverty threshold, currently set at approximately $23,000 per year for a family of four.

“In the USA, there are now more census tracts of concentrated poverty than have ever been recorded before, resulting in more than 11 million Americans, or 4 percent of the population, living in severely distressed neighborhoods,” said Jargowsky.

“The increase in concentrated poverty was highest in the Midwest, which experienced a 132 percent increase in the number of people living in high poverty neighborhoods, to 2.7 million; followed by the South, which suffered a 66 percent increase to 4.6 million.”

The Century Foundation/CURE report further reveals that the most significant increases in concentrated poverty occurred., not in the major cities, but rather in small to mid-sized metropolitan areas.

AALS Poverty Section Service Trip during the Annual Meeting, Jan. 5th in Washington, DC.

From the organizer of the service project of the Poverty Law and Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities sections:

For those of you planning to attend the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in January, I hope you’ll consider registering to participate in the service project that the Poverty Law and Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities sections are co-sponsoring at Food and Friends.  Food and Friends is a local organization that prepares and delivers specialized meals and groceries and offers nutritional counseling for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses.  More information about Food and Friends is available here:

Participants will prepare, portion, or package food, pack groceries, or assemble meal and grocery packages for other volunteers to deliver to Food and Friends clients throughout the District.  The organization has a really nice facility and offers a warm welcome and a well-organized, engaged experience for volunteers.

The project will be held on Monday, January 5 from 8:30am to 12:30pm.  A bus will board outside of the front lobby entrance of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 8:15am and depart at 8:30, and will return participants to the hotel by 12:30pm.  There is no additional charge to participate in the project.

The project can accommodate a maximum of 25 volunteers.  I hope that many of you will be among them!

News Article: Court Lets E.U. Nations Curb Immigrant Welfare –

Court Lets E.U. Nations Curb Immigrant Welfare –