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The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) just released a new research report "As California Goes, So Goes the Nation? U.S. Demographics and the Latino Vote." This report presents new CCEP research that addresses how demographic change in the U.S. is impacting the nation's political landscape. The 2012 general election generated considerable discussion about the current and future demographic make-up of the U.S. electorate. Much of this attention focused on how growing numbers of U.S. Latinos might generate a larger share of Latino voters, and what their influence might be on the political process. How Latinos vote, how often they vote, and how that vote will grow in the coming years has significant implications for both national and local politics, potentially remaking the nation's "red-blue map," and giving Latinos a greater voice in the political decision-making process. This report provides a detailed overview of the U.S. and California's changing population composition, while also documenting the historical and current racial and ethnic disparities in voter turnout present within our electoral system. The report examines the following research questions: What has been the impact of Latino population growth on the political landscape in California and the U.S.? How do California Latino voters differ from U.S. Latino voters? And what impact will Latinos play in the 2016 U.S. election and beyond? To review this report, click here.
On December 4, the Center for Regional Change co-sponsored "Giving Law Space: A Legal Geography Symposium" at the International House in Davis. The event brought together scholars and students from UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, as well as community members from around Northern California, to address the manifold conflicts and social hierarchies that have been, and remain to be, engendered through spatial expressions of law. The day-long series of talks and discussions focused on ways to re-frame the traditional public/private binary in an effort to identify and deconstruct socio-spatial marginality; rurality, environmentalism and definitions of race and class; the extensive use of misdemeanor offenses in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area to produce and reinforce racially encoded urban space; the function of law in creating racialized spaces in colonial and post-colonial Nairobi; the merger of image and law to structure racial hierarchies in cities; and the role of institutional water reclamation in the dispossession of Native Californian land and sovereignty. Speakers included: john a. powell, the Robert D. Haas Chancellor's Chair in Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley; Lisa Pruitt, UC Davis School of Law; Jodi Rios, UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary and African American Studies; Bettina Ng'weno, UC Davis African American & African Studies; Tarecq Amer, UC Davis Human Ecology; and, Beth Rose Middleton Manning, UC Davis Native American Studies. Co-sponsored by: Center for Regional Change, UC Davis School of Law, Davis Humanities Institute, Institute for Social Sciences, California Communities Program, and Native American Studies' Yocha Dehe Endowed Chair.