How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Reshaping Metropolitan America

For nearly two
decades, progressives have been dismayed by the steady rise of the
right in U.S. politics. Often lost in the gloom and doom about American
politics is a striking and sometimes under analyzed phenomenon: the
resurgence of progressive politics and movements at a local level.
Emphasizing "regional equity," unusual alliances of labor, community
and even business groups have been built around issues of community
benefits, housing affordability, and access to transit.  Drawing on a
wealth of case studies as well as their own experience in the field,
Pastor, Benner, and Matsuoka point out the promise and pitfalls of this
new approach and argue that what they term social movement regionalism
can offer an important contribution to the revitalization of
progressive politics in America.


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Note: The authors are active advocates in the urban sustainability movement, focusing on non-motorized transportation in low-income urban areas. As mixed race women of color, we believe that we are in a unique position to bridge the advocacy communities trying to better conditions for the urban poor and for the environment. In this series, we […]

Ready to Join the Fight for Safe Streets in Your Community?

Following up on the success of the 12th Annual River Ride, and the ongoing success  of its regional partnership program; the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition looks to recruit local Livable Streets advocates to fight for safe streets in their communities.  The new Neighborhood Bike Ambassador program seeks to educate and empower cyclists to fight […]