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OPINION: California’s Troubling Poverty Rate, published in the San Francisco Chronicle
By David Brady, Zachary Parolin (Blum Visiting Scholar) on
At a forum in 2017, Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley (San Bernardino County), noted that California has “the highest poverty rate in the nation.” Fact-checkers, progressives and conservatives have joined Mayes in a growing chorus calling attention to the fact that more than 20 percent of Californians lived in poverty from…
The Inland Empire Poverty Summit
The Inland Empire Poverty Summit was a conference held jointly by the UCR Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty, a research program dedicated to understanding and combating regional poverty, and CalEITC4Me, a partnership between public and private entities with the goal of spreading awareness about the EITC. The event was…
Where Are They Now?: Cassie Nguyen, 2015-2016 Big Ideas Finalist
My name is Cassie Nguyen and I am a pediatric cancer survivor. When I was 16, I learned that I had a malignant brain tumor. Cancer didn’t kill me, but, it changed my life forever. I am now 29. My attention span, memory, and physical abilities are not what they used to be. But I vividly recall the life-and-death battle that often…
Where Are They Now?: Heajin (Sarah) Kim, 2015-16 Blum Initiative Service Learning Fellow
I currently work at Liberty in North Korea - an international non-profit organization that works alongside the North Korean people… My time in South Korea through the Blum Initiative allowed me to gain the relevant experience I needed in order to land this position. Primarily, this came through the personal relationships with…