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Manuel Pastor
Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). His most recent books include Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation can Learn from America's Metro Areas (UC Press, 2015; co-authored with Chris Benner), Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America's Metropolitan Regions (Routledge, 2012; co-authored with Chris Benner) and Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future (W.W. Norton, 2010, co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh). Dr. Pastor received the 2012 Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year from the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles, and he currently holds the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.

Entries by Manuel Pastor

Why Immigrant Integration Matters to Preventing Another San Bernardino Tragedy

(13) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 11:31 AM

Co-authored by Manjusha P. Kulkarni

Southern California residents Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik--who killed fourteen people in San Bernardino last December--were South Asian and Muslim. In our respective roles as the executive director of the South Asian Network (SAN), a community-based organization serving South...

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Who Speaks for California Latinos on Climate Change?

(8) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:33 PM

In a recent column, urban analyst Joel Kotkin takes to task Kevin de León, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate, for supporting policies to address climate change. Kotkin's argument: by pushing for ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and restrain our dependence on...

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One (Economic) Argument for ONE California

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 12:31 PM

The state legislature will soon be considering "ONE California," a budget proposal to extend a modest $20 million to qualified nonprofits to help immigrants enroll in administrative relief programs announced by the President (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA], DACA-extension, and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans [DAPA])...

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Los Angeles Proposes a Higher Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:36 PM

In 1987, I was a newly minted Ph.D. economist when I was asked by a group of community organizations in Los Angeles to analyze a proposal to increase California's minimum wage above the federal level. I reviewed the existing research and then testified to the state's Commission for Economic Development...

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The Color of Carbon: How the EPA Clean Power Rule Could Help Communities of Color

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 11:14 AM

The EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan drew praise from environmental advocates who have long hoped that Washington would finally take action to limit greenhouse gas emissions and address the threat of climate change. Criticism, perhaps predictably, came from a combination of climate change deniers, coal-reliant communities worried about potential...

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Are Latinos Really Turning White?

(31) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Writing for The New York Times, Nate Cohn recently reported that more Hispanics are identifying as white. The piece -- which even includes a cute graphic in which a (presumably Latino) man steps from one square to another, miraculously becomes white, and then rises up to the sky...

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Republicans: Don't Worry About the Votes of the Unauthorized, Fear the Power of Their Citizen Kids

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:18 PM

With pressure rising and the president pushing, the Republican leadership just released its principles for immigration reform. Among the ideas was one many observers had expected and feared: creating a process of legalization for undocumented adults that includes "no special path to citizenship."

Actually, it will be...

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Why Citizenship Matters: Getting to the Bottom Line

(58) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 9:26 PM

This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to participate in a half-day workshop on immigration reform sponsored by the AFL-CIO and the Economic Policy Institute. Held at the AFL-CIO's headquarters in Washington, DC, the focus of the session was on why a roadmap to citizenship for...

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Immigrant Integration Is American -- and Key to Reform

(24) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 11:13 AM

In 2006, the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania passed one of the nation's most stringent anti-immigrant laws, barring unauthorized immigrants from obtaining services or renting property as well as declaring English the official language and requiring local employers to check immigration status. Today, the city is home to the...

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Nurturing Naturalization

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 4:38 PM

With the sequester threatening economic stability and gun advocates and opponents squaring off for a battle, it seems increasingly likely that the only policy area where Democrats and Republicans may agree this year is immigration reform -- and now even that seems chancy.

Democrats, of course, promised change and...

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Can You See It Now?

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 5:06 PM

Election night chatter was all about race. Pundits and commentators on all the major networks, from ABC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox were marveling that President Obama had once again lost the majority of the white vote and still won the election.

Can you see it now? America has changed....

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New Americans, New Voters, New Politics

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 1:57 AM

After the first Presidential debate in Denver, two things became clear.

The first is that Romney won, Obama lost, and the race just got tighter. With President Obama's dispirited performance and Governor Romney's assertive stance, the President's presumed cushion has shrunk and every single vote counts - particularly in the...

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A New Economic Growth Strategy for the Election Year: Integrate Immigrants

(11) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 4:48 PM

This election season, I have a suggestion for strengthening our economy that might not be something typically heard on the campaign trail: immigrant integration. Yes... you read that right.

A recent analysis -- the California Immigrant Integration Scorecard -- conducted by my team at USC's Center...

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House Republicans Bury Their Heads in the Demographic Sand

(96) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 2:27 PM

With Census data confirming that non-Hispanic white parents produced less than half of all births from July 2010 to July 2011, we are getting that much closer to what demographers have called a "tipping point:" the year 2042, when the non-white population becomes the majority throughout the United States.

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What's Going on?

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 10:08 AM

If you were anywhere on or near the streets of Los Angeles twenty years ago this week, the unsettling sights, sounds and acrid smells of civil unrest are fastened to your memory like few other events.

We both remember where we were at the exact moment we learned that...

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By the Numbers: Business, E-Verify and the California Economy

(28) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 5:32 PM

If someone tried to force you to pay $312 million for a faulty product, you'd probably be upset.

That is exactly why the business community has joined with labor and civil rights organizations in asking California Governor Jerry Brown to sign a piece of legislation called the "Employment Acceleration Act...

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California Dreaming

(67) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 3:05 PM

California Republicans are rightly worried about their future in the state. Even as the GOP tapped into the national Tea Party zeitgeist and achieved a stunning victory in mid-term elections, the party received a shellacking in California, one delivered, in large part, by a growing Latino electorate concerned about the...

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Make a Mess, Clean It Up

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 11:34 AM

If a company makes a mess, it should be responsible for cleaning it up. And if that mess has long-term impacts on the economy, the environment and public health, then the company has a responsibility to invest in the recovery effort. It's the right -- and fair -- thing to...

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Who Loses if California's Climate Law is Halted?

(23) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 4:35 PM

No doubt you've heard the warnings -- the melting ice caps and rising sea levels, the extinct polar bears and extreme weather conditions. From pop culture movies like The Day After Tomorrow, to the tireless work of advocates like Al Gore, the discussion around climate change has often focused on...

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The Climate Gap: Is Federal Climate Policy Doing Enough to Narrow the Disparities for People of Color and the Poor?

(26) Comments | Posted May 30, 2009 | 11:48 AM

Most scientists agree, and most Americans now concur, that climate change is real and could pose devastating consequences for our nation and our children's future. Last week, our research team released a report revealing an equally real and urgent problem: the "Climate Gap" -- the often hidden and unequal harm...

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