Entries by webteam

Shining a Powerful Light on Social Injustice

By Stan Paul and George Foulsham In one of the poorest neighborhoods of Chicago, an African-American mother and her children face eviction amid a patchwork landscape of foreclosed and empty dwellings. Across the globe and in another hemisphere, South African shack dwellers face the constant fear of eviction, violence and police brutality in the post-Apartheid […]

David Simon: The Great Divide in the ‘Two Americas’

By George Foulsham Fractured. Rigged. Tragic. David Simon uses those words often as he describes what’s become of America, or, as he puts it, our “two Americas.” Simon, a former police reporter for the Baltimore Sun who left the paper and became a successful television screenwriter and producer, was the capstone of the two-day inauguration […]

Urban Color-Lines Event Challenges Racial Segregation

Scholars, artists and activists gathered Feb. 4 and 5 for the launch of the new Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. The launch event, “Urban Color-Lines,” took place on the UCLA campus as well as in the Japanese American National Museum. The two-day event was inspired by the work of W.E.B. Dubois, and the issue […]

UCLA Luskin Professor Ananya Roy Has a ‘Clear Mandate’ for Social Justice

By Stan Paul On day one of teaching her first UCLA undergraduate course, “Democracy and Inequality,” award-winning scholar, author and teacher Ananya Roy wasted no time getting right to a key point. Roy wanted to convey to students that “unprecedented forms of income inequality currently afoot in the United States have been produced through policies,” […]