Occupy: Flash Mob Politics or Social Movement?

Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., comments on "One of the most interesting and entertaining phenomena of this political season... the so-called 'Occupy' trend." "Started a few weeks ago by a group generally referred to as Occupy Wall Street, people have been gathering at city halls, corporate headquarters, and other institutions of power across the United States to protest a wide range of social and economic ills...."

Frank Gilliam FrameWorks blog on "Communicating Place-Based Initiatives"

The concept of “place” has become an important touchstone for advocates of transformational social change. A series of government initiatives all fall under the rubric of place-based models. Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., discusses this in is latest FrameWorks blog. View the latest post at:

“What Dominant Frames Conceal: Inequality and Civil Unrest”

Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., in a Frameworks Institute blog, comments on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent statements: “…the research literature firmly supports the finding that there is a strong correlation between high levels of income inequality in a society and civil, social, and political unrest. So why hasn’t his warning resonated with the American public?

“Say if Ain’t So! Higher Education Reform in California”

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., discusses Californians’ perceptions of higher education and the public research university in a Frameworks Institute blog. In “Say if Ain’t So!

Don Shoup on ExpressPark featured a conversation with Urban Planning Professor Donald Shoup about downtown L.A.s'  new ExpressPark system.

Mental Health Care Profession Sees Gender Imbalances

The mental health care is a profession increasingly dominated by women, giving rise to concern that some men in need of help may go without. The New York Times recently covered this issue, addressing therapy concerns for men as the field tends to be dominated by what researchers call "feminization." More about psychology and these trends can be read here.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Racial Equity Conference - Day 2

A post from Waiyi Tse, Executive Project Manager, UCLA Luskin:

The Aspen Institute defines structural racism as “the system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations and other norms often work in reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequities in every key opportunity area, from health, to education, to employment to income and wealth.”

W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Racial Equity Conference - Day 1

A post from Waiyi Tse, Executive Project Manager, UCLA Luskin:

Greetings from Asheville, North Carolina. I’m at the “America Healing: Building the Field and Connecting the Leaders” conference representing UCLA Luskin. “America Healing” is the racial equity initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which is a generous supporter of the School’s Social Justice Initiative.

Fraudulent Use Disabled Parking Placards Exploding Allowing Civic Revenues Through Crackdowns

"It does sort of invite this corruption and is a disservice to other motorists" - Michael Manville

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