Each year the Greenlining Institute submits to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a report highlighting utility contracting to minority businesses. In 2006, the six largest public utilities contracted more than $1.5 billion to minority-owned businesses in 2006. This report card is an analysis of this contracting for minorities overall and to each individual minority group. The report also highlights contracting site areas that require further attention and action on the part of the utilities and the CPUC.
It is economically imperative for the University of California to meaningfully address the vast minority populations that reside in the state. A diverse career staff provides a supportive environment for UC’s diverse student population. The data for UC’s current workforce composition clearly shows that minorities and women face difficulty in penetrating the upper levels of management; career path issues must be further researched so that appropriate changes result.
The purpose of this study is to measure the role foundations are playing in empowering minority
communities to contribute to the nation’s cutting-edge public policy dialogue. This report analyzes grantmaking of the nation’s largest private foundations and California’s largest private and community foundations. It finds a tremendous disparity in giving among these foundations to minority-led nonprofits.
A deep divide presently characterizes two key progressive movements: environmental groups and civil rights advocates. The rapidly-growing “green industry” – or business that contributes to an equitable and ecologically sustainable economy – could change all this.
Historically, mainstream environmental organizations have ignored the unique issues facing low-income and minority communities. While well-intentioned environmentalists might sometimes try to recruit low-income and minority communities to their cause, rarely do they reciprocate by acknowledging the daily issues faced by minority communities like housing, crime, poverty, and low educational attainment.
Today’s news is inundated with stories of social and economic hardships that low- and middle-class Americans face, from the disheartening state of the country’s health care and public education systems, to the increasing disparity between the have’s and have not’s. In the midst of this all, many of the estimated 1.8 million1 tax-exempt organizations including foundations, public charities and other 501(c) groups seek to meet the needs of the country’s diverse populations and change those systems that seem programmed to perpetuate these problems.
On April 20, 2007, The Greenlining Institute, the Bay Area Coalition
to Increase Diversity in the Health Workforce, Pacific Public Health
Training Center, UC Berkeley Center for Public Health Practice,
and the University of California Office of the President, California
Program on Access to Care co-sponsored Checking the
Pulse: An Initiative to Increase Diversity in California’s Health
Workforce in Los Angeles.
As a consequence of artificial price inflation and excessive marketing, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry generated an all-time high $215 billion in revenue last year, making it the most profitable industry in the world. This report examines what the ten highest grossing pharmaceutical companies have done with their profits and power across three corporate practice areas; executive compensation, philanthropic giving, and marketing and advertising.
What if a cure existed for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, blindness, HIV/AIDS, and many other debilitating diseases and illnesses? Adapted into state law in the 2004, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act directs $3 billion of state monies toward stem cell research to make such cures a reality. Also, the investment into biotech is predicted to create up to 22,000 jobs on average a year. To facilitate active and informed participation, this brief raises important policy issues related to stem cell research such as: What stake do diverse communities have in California’s stem cell research program? What is the medical potential of stem cells? What policy examples can communities set to guarantee fairness in the future?
What if a cure existed for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, blindness, HIV/AIDS, and many other debilitating diseases and illnesses? Adapted into state law in the 2004, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act directs $3 billion of state monies toward stem cell research to make such cures a reality. Also, the investment into biotech is predicted to create up to 22,000 jobs on average a year.To facilitate active and informed participation, this brief raises important policy issues related to stem cell research such as: Who will receive the $3 billion in the form of grants and jobs? How will the state reap the economic benefits promised by the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act? How might the public and private industry create win-win situations to mutually profit from stem cell research?
This report serves as the second installment of the Representing the New Majority series, which examines the racial and ethnic diversity of the five-campus University of California medical school system. The first report assessed the racial and ethnic diversity of administrative and management career staff members on the UC Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco medical school campuses. This report focuses on the racial and ethnic diversity of tenure-track faculty at each medical school campus. The final re p o rt will analyze the racial and ethnic diversity of the medical student body.