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Political Voice

Key Issue Update: 2020 Census

By: Dr. John Dobard, Manager of Political Voice An accurate decennial census count is crucial to ensuring fair political representation and allocation of public funds. However, Congress’ insufficient investment in the U.S. Census Bureau will have both immediate and long-term ramifications on our democracy. As of today, the Census Bureau has not received its traditional

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Civic engagement among youth, communities of color at an all-time low

By Cynthia Moreno In Vida en el valle on August 17, 2016 Civic engagement among the youth and communities of color in California continues to be worrisome. Further, disparities in political participation among Latinos and Asian Americans face the greatest inequalities in voting today. The reason experts are worried is because this is an election

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Unequal Voices, Part I

Since 2000, California has been a majority-minority state where no racial group holds a numerical majority. Yet California’s democracy does not accurately reflect that demographic reality. Several studies have documented the significant racial disparities that persist in voting in presidential and statewide elections. These studies, however, provide only a partial window into the problem of

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Starting from a Place of Knowing

On June 30 I had the chance to open up a briefing at the California State Capitol for Advancement Project’s latest research report, Unequal Voices: California’s Racial Disparities in Political Participation. This was an exciting moment that caps nearly a decade of work we have done to lift up the voices of people of color

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It’s Mostly White People Taking Part in California Politics

July 7, 2016 Nathan Collins Pacific Standard The United States is, by and large, not a very politically participatory country. Not only do Americans vote in relatively small numbers, they also don’t contact their representatives, take part in campaigns, or even talk about politics all that much. It’s also a politically unequal country, with white

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Report says Fresno Latinos among least likely to vote statewide

July 3, 2016 By Andrea Castillo Fresno Bee Despite making up the majority of the state, people of color are far less likely to have a say in California politics, and Latino voting gaps are most pronounced in places like Fresno. That’s according to a new report, “Unequal Voices: California’s Racial Disparities in Political Participation,”

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Political Divide

June 29, 2016 Alexei Koseff Sacramento Bee Step onto the red or green carpet and you might notice that women and minorities are vastly under-represented in the Legislature compared to the California population as a whole. It’s a problem that carries down through the entire political system, from voter turnout to supporting campaigns to contacting

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UC RIVERSIDE: Study shows ethnic disparity in politics

June 30, 2016 By Mark Muckenfuss The Press Enterprise Asian and Latino residents in California are far less likely to participate in politics, whether it’s voting, attending political meetings or contacting elected officials, a new UC Riverside study says. “Unequal Voices: California’s Racial Disparities in Political Participation,” a joint study by UCR’s School of Public

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Racial Disparities Pervade California Politics

June 30, 2016 By Christopher Martinez KPFA Communities of color are being left out of the political process, according to a new report on racial disparities in California politics. The study looks beyond voter registration and voting, digging deeper into other forms of political participation such as contacting public officials, attending political meetings, and supporting

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