Welcome to the UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy

The UCSB Blum Center aims to foster interdisciplinary, socially engaged research and learning about poverty and inequality, and to contribute to collective action that advances intersectional economic and environmental justice regionally, in the United States, and abroad. Established with funding from UC Regent Richard C. Blum and the UC Office of the President, it is part of a ten-campus network across the UC system.


One year after the murder of George Floyd, we have seen powerful protests, organizing, and grassroots movement building in support of racial justice, alongside calls to address systemic racism and inequity in policing and related institutions.


On the fifth, and last day of Poverty Action Week, we look at ways in which we can support essential workers after the pandemic, and how this is being done locally.

Check back regularly to find out where and when the next Pop up Discussion will take place.

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