State of Resistance

What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future

Professor Manuel Pastor's latest book, State of Resistance, looks at the last several decades of economic, social, and environmental transformations in California–and what they can tell us about the road ahead for the U.S.  

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Fighting for Climate Justice in California at the Local Level

Fighting for Climate Justice in California at the Local Level
By Manuel Pastor, November 7, 2017
Published in the Social Science Research Council "Just Environments" series


"Manuel Pastor’s contribution to the “Just Environments” series interrogates how social movement organizations, often led by communities of color, pushed for progressive reforms in California. Through a set of sophisticated tactics—including mobilizing new constituents, marshalling research, proposing new policies, and working with political figures—these organizations played critical roles in shaping more equitable and sustainable agendas. Pastor suggests the success and lessons associated with California’s story offer one path out of our current national state of racial, environmental, and economic anxiety. "

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