March 31, 2009
Eduardo M. Peñalver on Squatters
March 26, 2009
New York Times: Cities Deal with a Surge in Shantytowns
Drug Testing Beneficiaries of Unemployment or Welfare Funding
-Thanks to Darren Hutchinson for the heads up. E.R. email@example.com.
March 24, 2009
New Book: Corey S. Schdaimah, Negotiating Justice
A new book of interest: Corey S. Schdaimah, Negotiating Justice: Progressive Lawyering, Low-Income Clients, and the Quest for Social Change (2009). Amazon link here. Overview below:
-Thanks to Kaaryn Gustafson for the heads up! E.R. firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 19, 2009
Conference: Color of Wealth 2009 Policy Summit | March 23-24, 2009 | Washington DC
To learn more about the racial wealth gap, please download the Executive Summary, "Laying the Foundation for National Prosperity. The Imperative of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap.".
March 17, 2009
CALL FOR PROPOSALS The New Anti-Poverty Advocacy: Constructs, Strategies, and Tactics
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The New Anti-Poverty Advocacy: Constructs, Strategies, and Tactics
Section on Poverty Law; Association of American Law Schools; Annual Meeting Program, January 2010; New Orleans, Louisiana
The recent pronounced shifts in American politics and economics intensify the need for sustained reflection, as we consider how to shape legal activism, scholarship, and policy-making against poverty. The re-emergence of the Democratic Party in national politics and the renewed support for government action simultaneously create openings for activists and advocates and invite caution. Similarly, the failures of the American banking system, massive government deficits, and the continued restructuring and globalization of the U.S. economy cause great misery for those at the bottom and present opportunities to press for fundamental and progressive reform. It remains unclear whether this period is one in which power will be redistributed downward and outward to poor and working people or whether the defining values and hierarchies of the political economy in the last thirty years – variously labeled neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, or free market fundamentalism – will be reinforced.
The Section on
Poverty Law seeks participants who might approach this complex and
contradictory moment from differing vantage points and using diverse methods of
analysis but with a shared sense of purpose and opportunity. Proposals may focus on new developments in
the areas of access to justice, legal advocacy, and law reform and
policy-making. Proposals may integrate
intersecting legal frames, such as corporate law, criminal law, critical race
theory, environmental law, family law, feminist theory, immigrants’ rights,
international human rights, and labor and employment law. The Section will give special attention to
proposals that include consideration of the post-Katrina experience in
of interest should be no longer than 1 page.
We will remove all references to the name and affiliation of those who
submit proposals prior to review.
Presenters will be selected on or before
Please send statements of interest as an email attachment to Bernice Cohn at email@example.com. Questions should be directed to Sameer Ashar, Chair of the Poverty Law Section, at 718-340-4180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Thanks to Sameer Asher for all his hard work on this! E.R.
March 16, 2009
New Poll on Economic Mobility and the American Dream from the Economic Mobility Project
From the Economic Mobility Project:
In early 2009, the project commissioned a national survey and series of focus groups to provide a more accurate picture of how Americans view their own economic mobility and to better understand how their perceptions square with the reality of the project’s data. The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies, seeks to answer questions such as: What defines Americans’ experience with mobility? What do we believe are the key determinants of our, and others’, mobility? How do our perceptions and perspectives on mobility differ as we look to the near future, as well as over generations, and how has this changed?
The results, released March 12, 2009, reveal that despite the current economic crisis, a strong and uniquely American undercurrent of optimism shines through. Americans believe in the their ability --- and the ability of their children --- to get ahead. Resoundingly, Americans place greater importance on ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to improve their economic standing over reducing inequality. The report provides clear insights into how the American public views the factors, institutions, circumstances and values that may aid or impede their path to future economic success. In doing so, it offers valuable perspectives for elected officials, advocates and policymakers committed to ensuring that the fundamental economic bedrock of the American Dream remains solid for generations to come.
March 12, 2009
Americans' Household Wealth Falls by Trillions - NYTimes
Of note: Vikas Bajaj, "Household Wealth Falls by Trillions," New York Times, March 12, 2009 (does not include this year's stock market declines).
March 10, 2009
Call for Papers and Panels: LatCrit XIV, Oct 1-4, 2009, American University (DC)
LatCrit XIV is being hosted by American University Washington College of Law on Oct. 1-4, 2009. The theme of this year's conference is: OUTSIDERS
INSIDE: CRITICAL OUTSIDER THEORY AND
THE POLICYMAKING OF THE NEW AMERICAN REGIME. The conference also includes the LatCrit/SALT Junior Faculty Development Workshop. The complete call for papers/panels is here.
submit your panel and paper proposals through the online process at the LatCrit
website (www.law.du.edu/latcrit/index.htm) no later than MONDAY, APRIL 27,
-Note: By way of full disclosure, I am a member of the host school's LatCrit committee. E.R. email@example.com
March 7, 2009
Article of Interest: "Laboratories of Destitution: Democratic Experimentalism and the Failure of Antipoverty Law"
New Article of Interest: David A. Super, Laboratories of Destitution: Democratic Experimentalism and the Failure of Antipoverty Law, 157 U. Penn. L. Rev. 541 (2008). Abstract below:
March 6, 2009
CLASP: Stimulus Package and Poverty
CLASP has a brief, 5-page, "Preliminary Summary of Key Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Aimed at Improving the Lives of Low-Income Americans," Feb. 13, 2009. It quickly runs through the funding streams in bullet points.
-Thanks to Susan Bennett for the Heads Up! E.R. firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2, 2009
Article of Interest: "Americans' Social Policy Preferences in the Era of Rising Inequality"
A new paper posted of interest: Leslie McCall, "Americans' Social Policy Preferences in the Era of Rising Inequality," available here. The abstract is below:
Although inequality in the United States is high by both historical and international standards, standing in some cases at pre
Rising income inequality has been a defining trend of the past generation, yet we know little about its impact on social policy formation. We evaluate two dominant views about public opinion on rising inequality: that Americans do not care much about inequality of outcomes, and that a rise in inequality will lead to an increase in demand for government redistribution. Using time series data on views about income inequality and social policy preferences in the 1980s and 1990s from the GSS/ISSP, we find little support for these views. Instead, Americans do tend to object to inequality and to believe government should act to redress it, but not via traditional redistributive programs. We examine several alternative possibilities and provide a broad analytical framework for reinterpreting social policy preferences in the era of rising inequality. Our evidence suggests that Americans may be unsure or uninformed about how to address rising inequality and thus swayed by contemporaneous debates. However, we also find that Americans favor expanding education spending in response to their increasing concerns about inequality. This suggests that equal opportunity may be more germane than income redistribution to our understanding of the politics of inequality.