A project of URBAN HABITAT PROGRAM
Race, Poverty and the Environment (RP&E) is Urban Habitat’s national journal of social and environmental justice, founded in 1990.
To read the latest issue of RP&E, visit: http://www.urbanhabitat.org/rpe
RP&E is an essential tool for research in environmental justice history and a window into the future for progressive organizers nationwide.
The journal has a wide-reaching, extremely diverse readership that includes grassroots activists, students and academics, progressive policymakers, and philanthropists. Topics that RP&E has addressed this year include racial discrimination in the foreclosure crisis, arts and culture as an economic development strategy, and national campaigns led by low-wage workers that combine job-site organizing, government policy initiatives, and public education.
Movement Building: Local hire. Over the last 12 months, RP&E has tracked regional policy campaigns such as local hire initiatives in San Francisco, “transit-oriented development without displacement,” and implementation of California’s green house gas emissions legislation. Our articles were used in outreach to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in support of Supervisor John Avalos’ local hire legislation.
National Outreach: Critical information and analysis to new audiences. A 10-page centerfold on the emerging transportation justice movement in the Bay area helped crystallize the civil rights framing for Urban Habitat’s Transportation Justice program, strengthening its outreach on a national level. National labor newsletters, Bay Area region news websites, and national magazines, such as colorlines.com and newamericamedia.org, picked up the journal’s coverage, thus bringing critical information and analysis to new audiences.
Print-Web-Radio Collaboration: New production partners. In 2010, RP&E launched print-Web-radio collaborations forged with local and national outlets with production facilities in the Bay Area region. On our first show, commemorating RP&E’s 20th anniversary, we interviewed Urban Habitat co-founder Carl Anthony about the origins of the Environmental Justice movement and its future trajectory. We have since podcast speeches and interviews with movement thinkers such as john a.powell, Grace Lee Boggs, Immanuel Wallerstein, and James Lawson.
Research and Education
RP&E’s growing online research collection of publications from community-based organizations and academic institutions gives readers additional in-depth background on key policy issues such as transportation justice, land use, and equitable economic development. RP&E’s online news tracking feature provides timely, updated information on these same issues to allies and the public, while also building Urban Habitat’s capacity to identify and contact reporters and editors in the Bay Area and beyond.
Extending Our Reach: Cross-platform coverage. Looking ahead to 2012, RP&E will continue using radio and print journalists to create cross-platform coverage of stories on topics that the journal covers. In addition to local radio broadcasts of our fully produced, multiple-sourced segments, RP&E is developing capacity to reach more stations through collaborations with ongoing and prospective production partners. RP&E’s quarterly newsletter now helps keep us in touch with readers between print issues and builds audience for our podcast series. In 2012 we will be utilizing this feature to bring attention to Web-only stories that follow up on print coverage. Online, RP&E serves roughly 1 million pages annually and 25,000 visitors monthly. It has a print circulation of 3,000. The editor of RP&E since 2006 is B. Jesse Clarke.