Weekly Updates


February 22, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 8                      



Hello Friends,


There are two excellent events that we cannot encourage you enough to attend; especially if you are in or around Davis in the next two weeks or so. Mark your calendars now. There are the Human Rights and Humanities Week events and there is a symposium at the International House that seems like a "must attend".  


Below You will find those events and other resources and opportunities to stay informed and engaged.  


Best wishes,


The Center for Regional Change.




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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Regional Change in the News
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Upcoming Events
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
CRC Activities
We are gearing up for Human Rights and the Humanities Week from March 5th to March 9th. The CRC is cosponsoring the event along with the UC Davis Humanities Institute. The events include: a colloquium, a lecture, and symposia  scattered over the UC Davis campus. Special acknowledgement to Rachel Goldstein of the CRC for her work on this exciting week of events! For more details, click here.

Regional Change in the News

The 24 largest independent pension systems in California, including Sacramento County's, are facing a combined $135.7 billion in long-term obligations that they won't have the assets to cover, a new Stanford University report says. Find out about this looming issue by clicking here.  


As many as 700 peaceful Occupy demonstrators gathered outside San Quentin State Prison on Tuesday afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to call for prison reform. Read this entire story by clicking here.    


Nearly a century ago, Congress rashly approved a dam and an eight-mile-long reservoir called Hetch Hetchy in the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park. The purpose was to trap water from the Tuolumne River and supply it to San Francisco. Now there are efforts to investigate whether San Francisco is fulfilling its end of the deal. Click here for the story.  


In response to a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) lawsuit, a state Superior Court has ordered farmers in the Central Valley and elsewhere on the California Milk Advisory Board to answer questions about how they market the dairy industry in California. Find out more here.  


Special Reports on Regional Change
Nearly two years before the federal health reform law kicks in, 10 California counties have expanded medical coverage to more than 250,000 people who were previously uninsured, according to new state data.
They are among 47 counties participating in the state's Bridge to Reform program, which provides health coverage for low-income residents and enables them to receive free care at their local public clinics and hospitals. Find out more by clicking


Upcoming Events
city of Davis
There will be an exciting public speaking event on Thursday March 1st at the International House in Davis entitled: From Durban to Davis - Local Action Key to Tackling Climate Crisis. Members of the Cool Davis Initiative will also share exciting plans being developed for Davis in 2012 to join a Cool California city challenge to become one of the "coolest" cities in California.    


On March 8th, there will be a Symposium at the International House called, "Anthropology in the World". It will explore: Terrorism and Empire, Anthropology and the Law, and Pedagogy and Civic Life. Click here for more information on this event.  


Attend the 8th Annual Environmental Justice Symposium at UC Berkeley. The topic this year is,
"OVERCOMING INVISIBILITY: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN RURAL AMERICA". Rural communities and the environmental justice issues that impact these areas are often overlooked. They are bringing together organizers, attorneys, and community members who work in these areas to "drop some knowledge", share their experiences, and kick off what they hope will be great ongoing discussions.
Click here to learn more about this symposium.
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers


The Motorola Mobility Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Mobility, is accepting applications for the 2012 Empowerment Grants, a funding program designed to help United States-based nonprofit organizations develop mobile applications and use mobile technology that will help transform and benefit the communities they serve. The program addresses four areas of focus - education, health and wellness, community, and arts and culture. Click here for more information.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a call for proposals for its Public Health Services and Systems Research: Building Evidence for Decision-Making program. Grants will support efforts to produce evidence that can inform public health practice and policy decisions by comparing systems with change in organizational structures, legal infrastructure, financing mechanisms, and service delivery strategies to systems without changes. Click here for more details about this opportunity.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The Energy Foundation is a private grant-making foundation whose mission is to assist in the global transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Manager of Partner Relations Operations is primarily responsible for donor relations and implementing processes and systems to streamline the administrative functions of the organization. Click here for the full description.  

The UC Davis LGBTRC is hiring for a Graduate Program Coordinator. The LGBT Graduate Program Coordinator provides campus-wide programming, advocacy and resources for graduate students.To get further details about this position, click here.    


Chinese for Affirmative Action is looking for a Community Advocate.Under the supervision of the Director of Community Initiatives, the Community Advocate plays a key role in expanding CAA's membership and activating a base of individuals to strengthen their communities. For more on this position, click here