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In the News: 8 books to help us re-imagine populism and privilege [reading list]

The 115th American Political Science Association Annual Meeting’s theme is “Populism and Privilege”, a look into the populist movements around the globe. The meeting features scholars from around the world with the intent on speaking about this topic. In doing so, they have prepped the public with a list of books that focus on the...

In the News: Planning reform, private sector innovation key to fixing housing market: Gary Painter

“The institutions that control housing market in California are broken, and the pain is widespread,” is how Gary Painter begins his Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Daily News. As apart of the SoCal Policy Forum, Gary highlights some of the reasons why California has a housing crisis. Decades-long policies of development-restrictions accompanied by increased price...
By Gary Painter |

In the News: Three major hurdles to fixing California’s housing crisis

California’s housing crisis cannot be solved only with dollars. Although Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signed state budget allocated $2 billion in new spending for the state’s housing and homelessness crisis, there are additional measures needed to undo the impact of decades-long legislative and regulatory constraints. The article, a result of the SoCal Policy Forum, notes that...

In the News: A growing number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are calling Trump a ‘white supremacist.’ Here’s why

Many presidential candidates have labeled President Trump a “white supremacist”, but these voices have grown after the El Paso shooting which specifically targeted Latinos. His anti-immigrant rhetoric may be inciting racists given how the El Paso’s shooter released a hate-filled manifesto that closely mirrored Trump’s language. "We have not seen a credible major party candidate,...
By Joseph Ceballos-Roig |

In the News: The Health Needs of Undocumented Older Adults

In The Health Needs of Unodcumented Older Adults: A view on health status, access to care, and barriers , the report focuses on the health of the older undocumented Latinxs by completing a study in the IE. The results show as all older adults face weakened health conditions, their status and other barriers prevent them...

In the News: Building Industry Association of California CEO Jeff Montejano Named to SoCal Policy Forum Group of Experts

Southern California News Group and the Center for Social Innovation have created the SoCal Policy Forum in an effort to elevate policy discourse in the Southern California region. The inaugural group of policy experts has also been extended to Building Industry Association of Southern California’s (BIASC) CEO Jeff Montejano. The platform will work to enhance...

In the News: Center for Social Innovation launches regional platform for public discourse

The Center for Social Innovation at UCR has partnered with the Southern California News Group to create the SoCal Policy Forum, an online platform that will host the opinions of experts on a wide array of issues. Each month a new topic will be unveiled and each of the 34 contributors will have 300 words...
By Tess Eyrich |

Announcement: SoCal Policy Forum launches

“In an effort to elevate policy discourse in the region and bring down the usual silos, the Southern California News Group, in partnership with the Center for Social Innovation, UC Riverside (CSI-UCR), is launching the SoCal Policy Forum.” Many times it is difficult to gather everyone to the table to discuss the many issues involving...
By The Editorial Board at Redlands Daily Facts |

In The News: The rising clout of Indian-Americans

Our nation’s capital continues to see growth in diversity with respect to some of the most highly coveted positions in our country being occupied by diverse groups of people. Kamala Harris is currently in the midst of challenging for the nomination of the Democratic Party and The Economist highlights the growing success the Indian-American population...

In the News: Hollywood Doesn't Fully Represent Asian Americans Yet

The spotlight on actors in Hollywood movies has been shiftly lately with movies such as Black Panther. It has created a movement where it provides a platform for a typically underrepresented communities. Progress has also been made for the Asian American community with blockbuster movies such as The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians, Always Be My...
By Bettina Makalintal |

In The News: Indian Americans, a rising political force, give $3 million to 2020 presidential campaigns

Indian Americans are a growing political force, donating more than $3 million to 2020 presidential campaigns. With just over 1% of the population, more than two thirds of those donations have gone to Democratic candidates with Sen. Kamala harris of California whose mother was born in India; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a practicing Hindu,...

In the News: What happened when they told me, 'go back to your country'

President Trump recently went on a Twitter call out four non-white congresswomen for critiquing America by asking “why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.'' In response, Karthick Ramakrishnan wrote an opinion article on CNN that details his struggle with growing up in his...

In the News: New Illinois Laws aimed at ICE are ‘a firewall against Trump attacks’ on immigrants, Pritzker says

The Illinois state legislature has prevented a local county and village from completing a contract with a private company who was planning on housing Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees. The Center for Social Innovation’s Co-Director of the Civic Engagement Group, Francisco Pedraza, states “What you are seeing is the different levels of government - federal,...

In the News: Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Googled most in California ahead of first debate

UC Riverside Political Scientist Karthick Ramakrishnan cautioned people not to read too much into Google trend data and only consider it alongside other information, including survey data, campaign contribution data and how much candidates are spending on advertising. Read article here

In the News: Want to see California on the rise? Look inland

People typically correlate the Golden State to the cities and landmarks surrounding the coast. The attention is driven towards places like the Bay, Hollywood, and Disneyland. A new coalition of Inland California counties is aiming towards changing that narrative. Inland California Rising, co-founded by CSI’s Karthick Ramakrishnan, united nearly 200 leaders from Inland Southern California...

In the News: California’s inland region key to statewide vitality

Inland California, comprised of the Inland Empire and Central Valley, have always been overlooked when comparing itself to Coastal California. This is quickly changing as the long serving industrial and agricultural backbone of the state are becoming the employment, innovation, and opportunity center of the United States. Riverside hosted the second regional summit between leaders...

In the News: Redlands residents encouraged to participate in the 2020 census Publisher: Redlands Community News

Residents of Redlands and the Inland Empire are being urged to participate and engage in the 2020 Census. The census efforts reached San Bernardino as the Regional Implementation Workshops concluded at San Bernardino Valley College. California authorities are noting that census participation is key to government funding and political representation. Karthick Ramakrishnan details how undercounted...

In the News: Asian Americans could be the group most affected by the census citizenship question.

CSI Director Karthick Ramakrishnan quoted in a story about 2020 Census challenges facing Asian Americans. Read article here
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