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VIDEO: Racism, Plutocracy, and the 2020 Election

Center for Research on Social Change Colloquia Series: Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley

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Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has exploited social divisions—and racism in particular—to win power, and then has ruled primarily on behalf of the ultra-wealthy. No one better symbolizes the conjoined dynamics of racism and plutocracy than Donald Trump. In this lecture, Prof. Haney López lays out the history of dog whistle politics and Trump’s place within it. Then he suggests a clear way forward. Haney López recently co-led a national research project focused on developing the most effective political rejoinder to strategic racism as a class weapon. The research demonstrates dog whistle politics can be defeated.

Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas Symposium

It's been one year since this symposium which featured nearly 30 leading activists, scholars and scholar-activists from Brazil and the U.S.—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the African continent. CRSC was pleased to co-sponsor this event and is happy to announce that the LUTA Initiative’s website ( is now live! Here you will find more information about their ongoing initiatives and a comprehensive archive of the symposium – with info on individual events, photos, and panel videos.

Racial and Political Attitudes in California

Professors Cristina Mora and Tianna Paschel, CRSC affiliated faculty members, have received a second year of funding from the Russell Sage Foundation for their project, California Color Lines: Racial and Political Attitudes in the Age of Precariousness. This mixed method study was originally funded with an ISSI seed grant.  The project leverages the political and geographic diversity of California to analyze how Californians make sense of race and class in the present context of increasing economic precariousness and political polarization. Using survey data and interviews with Californians from different regions, Mora and Paschel also investigate how place shapes the economic and political experiences of belonging and exclusion.

CRSC-Affiliated Professor Franklin Zimring Wins Top Criminology Award

Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring has won the top international honor in criminology, the Stockholm Prize. Noted among his accomplishments cited by the award committee were his books, Crime is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in America (with Gordon Hawkins) and The City That Became Safe. Professor Zimring joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 1985. He shares this award with Duke University economist Philip Cook, who earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. The full story is here.

Bipartisan Support for Immigrants among California Voters

CRSC faculty affiliate G. Cristina Mora is quoted in an LA Times piece about recent polling that found that a majority of California voters from both parties agree that immigrants make the US "a better place to live."

College Expectations and Enrollment Outcomes

Tolani Britton, Assistant Professor of Education and CRSC affiliated faculty member, has a new article, “The Best Laid Plans: Postsecondary Educational Expectations and College Enrollment in Massachusetts,” in the Journal of Higher Education. Based on an analysis of public school students’ college expectations and eventual enrollment, Britton found that while in general, college expectations are a good predictor of enrollment, both Black and Latinx students are less likely than their White peers to have college enrollment outcomes that mirror their expectations, after controlling for academic preparation

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Conference CFP: Mobilizing Across Housing Injustice

Abstract due: October 1, 2019

CRSC is proud to co-sponsor "Power at the Margins II: Mobilizing Across Housing Injustice," which will take place March 12-14, 2020, at UC Berkeley. Academics across the social sciences and humanities have long worked to theorize the people, spaces, and politics of the fringes of traditional housing. Homelessness, eviction, squatters’ rights, and the right to land all find their way into fruitful interdisciplinary scholarship, much of which links these struggles to broader questions of citizenship, governance, and exclusion. Meanwhile many of the same root problems motivate housing activists around the globe. These community organizing struggles create grounded, pragmatic critiques and strategies, as activists deploy popular education to empower those immediately affected and often situate their work within broader social justice movements, including labor, criminal justice, environmental, immigration, ethnic, racial, and caste struggles. Please read the Call for Proposals if you are an academic or organizer interested in sharing your work at the conference.


Ford Foundation Recognizes Travis Bristol

Travis J. Bristol, CRSC affiliated faculty member and Assistant Professor of Education received a 2019 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Professor Bristol gave a talk at CRSC last year on “Moving Beyond Recruitment: Supporting and Retaining Black Male Teachers.”

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