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Securing Justice Episode 8 - Three Stories About Housing and Music

Securing Justice Episode 8 - Three Stories About Housing and Music

February 17, 2022

This is the eighth and final episode in our series, and therefore we wanted to offer something special. CCEP recently hosted Betto Arcos, who is a journalist and storyteller, to recite three stories at the intersection of housing and music. A native of Xalapa in Veracruz, Mexico, Betto now lives in LA where he is a frequent contributor to KPCC and PRX Radio. He is also the author of Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio.

If you’ve been listening to this podcast all season, these stories bridge many of the themes we’ve already explored, such as identity, adversity, and the importance of community building.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org

Securing Justice Episode 7 - Reflections on Housing and Home

Securing Justice Episode 7 - Reflections on Housing and Home

December 20, 2021

This is the seventh episode in our series, which focuses on housing insecurity in California. This episode was created by two CCEP’s 2020-21 student fellows, Octavio Cuevas and Victoria Torres. As I mentioned in past episodes, each year CCEP recruits a new group of student fellows, whose coursework and research focuses on the year’s theme. 

For Octavio and Victoria’s episode on “housing insecurity”, they offer us a unique listening experience. It begins with their own meditations on the meaning of home and how housing access has shaped their lives. Then, they interview a friend and fellow student who has experienced homelessness. The student details their struggle and how it impacted their ability to learn and succeed academically. 

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org

Securing Justice Episode 6 - Racial Gaps in Homeownership, Income, and Savings (And Why They Matter)

Securing Justice Episode 6 - Racial Gaps in Homeownership, Income, and Savings (And Why They Matter)

December 13, 2021

In this episode, we share with you our final 2021 panel discussion hosted by CCEP, titled “Racial Gaps in Homeownership, Income, and Savings”, which brought together three experts on the history of housing and wealth inequality in the US, and Los Angeles more specifically. 

This conversation is special because the moderator, Alvaro Huerta, Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning and Ethnic and Women’s Studies at Cal Poly Pomona, provokes our panelists to talk about their personal experiences--experiences with housing, poverty, and racism. These personal reflections lay the foundation for a discussion about historical and contemporary forms of discrimination in homeownership and other forms of institutional oppression that perpetuate wealth inequality along racial and ethnic lines. 

Panelists:

  • Dr. Gary Painter, Chair, USC Department of Public Policy; Director, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation; Director, USC Homeless Policy Research Institute
  • Lori Gay, President & CEO, Neighborhood Housing Services Los Angeles
  • Dr. Anaid Yerena, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org

Securing Justice Episode 5 - #Cancel Rent: Digital Organizing and Collective Struggle in a Global Pandemic

Securing Justice Episode 5 - #Cancel Rent: Digital Organizing and Collective Struggle in a Global Pandemic

December 1, 2021

This episode tells a story about collective struggle during the pandemic by tuning into the ways the Healthy LA coalition navigates the bureaucratic dissonance of a call-in public comment system. It was recorded back in early 2020 and first aired on the “Digital Salon Podcast”, a project of the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative. 

In re-airing this episode, we thought we would do something a little different. We start with a brief conversation between the episode creator, Brady Collins, Assistant Professor of Political Science at CPP and his colleague, Dr. Cory Aragon, Professor of Philosophy at CPP, about the episode--what it was like to make it, what it is trying to get across, and what it means today.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org

Securing Justice Episode 4 - The Eviction Crisis on the Horizon: Rent Relief and Pandemic Recovery in California

Securing Justice Episode 4 - The Eviction Crisis on the Horizon: Rent Relief and Pandemic Recovery in California

October 18, 2021

In this episode, we share with you another 2021 panel discussion hosted by CCEP, titled “The Eviction Crisis on the Horizon: Rent Relief and Pandemic Recovery in California”. For this conversation, which I had the pleasure of moderating, we brought together three individuals leading the fight for rent relief in California, and particularly in Los Angeles. As with previous panels you’ll certainly hear some policy analysis here. However, we wanted to make sure we invited community organizers working at the grassroots level so listeners can also hear how the pandemic, and concomitant eviction crisis, is impacting the lives of tenants.

It’s worth mentioning that although this panel discussion was held several months ago, the issue is still very relevant today. The pandemic, while subsiding, is not over. And despite the funding for rent relief programs allocated to cities in the American Rescue Plan, renters remain vulnerable and an eviction crisis still looms on the horizon.

Panelists:

Moderated by Brady Collins, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona and Faculty Fellow with CCEP. 

For a full video of the panel, visit CCEP's YouTube page.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org

Securing Justice Episode 3 - Moving Forward in Affordable Housing: The Role of Architects

Securing Justice Episode 3 - Moving Forward in Affordable Housing: The Role of Architects

October 4, 2021

In our third installment of Securing Justice, we share with you an episode created by one of CCEP’s 2020-21 student fellows, Itzia Salinas Cortes. To better understand the role that architects can play in addressing housing affordability, she interviews Jim Broeske, an architect with 40 years of experience working in Southern California. In their discussion, they talk about the ways in which building codes and design standards pose unique challenges to architects working in affordable housing construction, as well as creative solutions that architects--and cities--should consider to overcome them. 

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org

 

Securing Justice Episode 2 - Representations of Place, Home, and Security

Securing Justice Episode 2 - Representations of Place, Home, and Security

September 20, 2021

In this episode of Securing Justice, we share with you a second panel discussion hosted by CCEP, titled “Representations of Place, Home, and Insecurity”. For this conversation, we invited three creatives--a filmmaker, a visual artist, and a theater maker--whose creative work somehow examines these themes in Southern California. The impact of art and artists on the city is a widely studied topic, and something that any urban resident has probably seen or felt in their day-to-day lives. For this reason I think listeners outside of California will still find this conversation relevant to their own experiences. 

Panelists:

  • Jeremiah Hammerling: Emmy-award-winning documentary filmmaker, who has worked on a number of projects including City Rising for KCET.
  • Alvaro Marquez: a visual artist and educator whose interdisciplinary practice integrates print-making, fiber art, installation, and sculpture.
  • Marike Splint: a theater maker, Fulbright Scholar, faculty member in the Department of Theater at UCLA, and she specializes in creating work in public space that explores the relationship between people, places, and identity.

Moderated by Professor Rennie Tang, a designer, educator, and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at CPP, whose research interests include kinesthetic engagement in urban landscapes, intergenerational playscape for health and wellbeing, and choreographic spatial practices.

For a full video of the panel, visit CCEP's YouTube page.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org

Securing Justice Episode 1 - Housing Justice: From Trump to Biden

Securing Justice Episode 1 - Housing Justice: From Trump to Biden

September 6, 2021

Welcome to Securing Justice, a podcast series created by the California Center for Ethics and Policy--or “CCEP”--at Cal Poly Pomona.The focus of our podcast is housing insecurity, an issue that affects millions in the United States and is particularly acute here in California. This podcast will explore housing insecurity through a variety of means--panel discussions, interviews, and creative works by faculty and students.

Our aim is not necessarily to debate solutions to housing insecurity in California--though you will find some of that here--but rather to examine the multiple ways in which housing insecurity is experienced by different groups and individuals. From artists and activists to philosophers and policy wonks, we hope to provide listeners with a varied and nuanced look at how housing insecurity affects the lives of Californians, and what we--and you--can do about it.

In this first episode, we share with you the first of what was a series of panel discussions hosted by CCEP this past semester. This discussion, titled “Housing Justice: From Trump to Biden”, brings together four panelists to discuss the role and impact of the federal government on housing insecurity under the Trump and Biden administrations. This is our most policy-heavy panel discussion, but by providing a macro-level perspective on the politics of housing insecurity policy I think it appropriately sets the stage for our later episodes that take a closer look at the lived experiences of the housing insecure. 

Panelists:

  • Joan Ling (UCLA, Urban Planning, and former director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica)
  • Kristina Meshelski (CSUN, Philosophy, activist with LA Tenants' Union and Democratic Socialists of America)
  • Thomas Safran (Chairman of Thomas Safran & Associates, Real Estate Developer)
  • Joe Donlin (Deputy Director, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE))

Moderated by Professor Anthony Orlando (CPP, Finance, Real Estate, & Law).

For a full video of the panel, visit CCEP's YouTube page.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org

 

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