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An October 2015 environmental justice report by the Center for Regional Change (CRC) at UC Davis illustrated that minorities were pushed to outer neighborhoods like Oak Park, Del Paso Heights and south Sacramento during the 20th century through discriminatory land-use policies like racial covenants in housing deeds, which explicitly blocked properties from being sold to African-Americans, and "redlining," which refers to the federal government's denial of mortgages based on race and ethnicity. A concept that has become known as "environmental injustice" soon flourished. The term refers to the idea that low-income neighborhoods and communities of color are saturated with environmental hazards and "systematically excluded from decision-making" that could prevent or mitigate their effects," Jonathan London, director of the CRC, wrote in a March 6 op-ed for the Davis Enterprise. To read full article, CLICK HERE.
The UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences (ISS), in partnership with the Center for Regional Change, has awarded six research and travel grants for the 2016-17 academic year to social science students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The grants were made to outstanding students from the Community Development Graduate Group, Geography Graduate Group and the Ecology Graduate Group. The CRC is pleased to partner with ISS to leverage support for social science graduate students. Congratulations to all of the recipients! To see the full list of recipients, CLICK HERE.
California's online voter registration system was a major factor in the recent registration surge leading up to the state's primary election registration deadline. A new policy brief recently released by the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) examines the use of online voter registration across the state by geography, race, age, income level and party affiliation. To review the brief, CLICK HERE.