New Article: Wendy A. Bach, Flourishing Rights, forthcoming Mich. L. Rev. Abstract below:
Flourishing Rights reviews Clare Huntington’s Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships, recently published by the Oxford University Press. This review explores the way that specific issues at the heart of the relationship between poor families and the state affects Huntington’s thesis and proposals. The review largely applauds the book but concludes that a robust form of rights protection, when combined with the impressive policy arguments Huntington marshals, might actually make real the audacious idea that everyone has a right to flourish.
Op-Ed on Notarios: Liz Keyes, Protecting and serving U.S. immigrants – Baltimore Sun, Nov. 24, 2014.
New 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: 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.
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.” (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.)
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
‘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
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
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
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