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
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
New 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.
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: http://www.foodandfriends.org.
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!
New Book: Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries (Helena Alviar García, Karl Klare & Lucy A. Williams eds. 2014). From the publisher:
Since World War II, a growing number of jurisdictions in both the developing and industrialized worlds have adopted progressive constitutions that guarantee social and economic rights (SER) in addition to political and civil rights. Parallel developments have occurred at transnational level with the adoption of treaties that commit signatory states to respect and fulfil SER for their peoples.
This book is a product of the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP), a global consortium of judges, lawyers, human rights advocates, and legal academics who critically examine the effectiveness of SER law in promoting real change in people’s lives. The book addresses a range of practical, political, and legal questions under these headings, with acute sensitivity to the racial, cultural, and gender implications of SER and the path-breaking SER jurisprudence now emerging in the “Global South”.
The book brings together internationally renowned experts in the field of social and economic rights to discuss a range of rights controversies from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Contributors of the book consider specific issues in the litigation and adjudication of SER cases from the differing standpoints of activists, lawyers, and adjudicators in order to identify and address the specific challenges facing the SER community.
This book will be of great use and interest to students and scholars of comparative constitutional law, human rights, public international law, development studies, and democratic political theory.
New Article: Timothy M. Mulvaney, Progressive Property Moving Forward, 5 Calif. L. Rev. Cir. 349 (2014). Abstract below:
In response to Ezra Rosser’s article, The Ambition and Transformative Potential of Progressive Property, 101 Calif. L. Rev. 107 (2013), Timothy Mulvaney expresses more confidence than does Rosser in property’s potential to serve a role in furthering a progressive society. If property is to serve in this role, however, Mulvaney suggests it is important to redesign and reinterpret property in accordance with three themes-transparency about property rules’ value-dependence,humility about the reach of human knowledge and the mutability of our normative positions, and a concern for the socioeconomic identities of those affected by resource disputes-that underlie a broader set of writings than Rosser considers within the contours of “progressive property scholarship” and on which he offers some very preliminary impressions.
-Editor’s Note: Not only do I think Tim Mulvaney’s article is very fair in the critiques it gives of my article, but it addresses an issue that is very important and that I continue to wrestle with (my next article focuses on it); namely, is property a good place to look for answers to poverty and inequality. So a big thanks to Tim for this response article!
New Article: Pamela Cardullo Ortiz, How a Civil Right to Counsel Can Help Dismantle Concentrated Poverty in America’s Inner Cities, 25 Stan.L.& Pol’y Rev. 163 (2014). Abstract below:
This Article addresses the challenge of concentrated poverty and suggests that the creation of a civil right to counsel can be a powerful opportunity to enhance low-income inner-city neighborhoods, to empower those who live there, and to create new opportunities, new choices, and socio-economic mobility in our cities. It will explore several strategies that have been proposed for improving neighborhood conditions and promoting mobility and discuss the potential legal strategies that might be employed by poor residents in advancing these strategies.