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Asst Prof, Pomona Politics. I study protests, statistics & race: 1/ Agenda Seeding https://t.co/HQAGSfqMM9 2/ Race as a Bundle of Sticks https://t.co/PuFZmnnVcH
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Jul 30 7 tweets 3 min read
Update from Jen. I remain grateful beyond words 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 One of the more unsettling things I learned in this experience is that hospitals routinely make minimal effort to locate family. Jen was hospitalized with multiple IDs and—despite being a semi-public figure—just disappeared to us (and we called hospitals!).
May 24, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
”According to the 2018 IIHS report, pedestrian fatalities in crashes with SUVs rose more than 80 percent from 2009 to 2016.” 🤔 outsideonline.com/2411345/suvs-t… “A gunshot wound is usually a little more straightforward,” Dr. Namias says. “When you get hit by a car, it’s like multiple gunshot wounds—in the leg, in the pelvis, in the chest and abdomen, in the head.” outsideonline.com/2411345/suvs-t…
May 23, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
Just went down to the secure garage in our apartment building to attach a new ”bike reflector” that hides an AirTag in case my bike gets stolen. Too late. Despite very heavy duty chain and top-tier lock, my bike was gone. Stunned, angry and a little heartbroken. Research on LoJack, an anti-theft tracking device for cars, found it had major spillover benefits for communities in that it helped identify chopshops, the central nodes for car theft. Ironically, I’ve been wondering if AirTags might offer similar benefits for cyclists.
May 8, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
On possible closing of Indian Point nuclear power plant, the African American Environmentalist Assoc. asked: ”How many African American children should suffer from asthma in order to marginally improve the level of fish egg mortality in the Hudson River?” nrc.gov/docs/ML1430/ML… ImageImageImage As predicted: ”most of the electricity produced by the nuclear plant, known as Indian Point, has been replaced by power generated by plants that burn natural gas and emit more pollution.” nytimes.com/2021/04/12/nyr…
Apr 26, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
For the first time, the Oscars stage has a ramp. Let’s go #cripcamp Looking fabulous!
Apr 15, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
While body cams might have no effect on policing on average, it’s hard to imagine images like this of Adam Toledo with his hands up before being shot won’t move public opinion in similar ways to how DNA evidence changed attitudes about the death penalty. buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer… Image Body cams are not systemic change but they can powerfully disrupt official narratives. In this case ”prosecutors initially said as the boy turned toward the officer, he had a gun in his right hand.” Only with the video’s release has that story changed. buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer…
Apr 11, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
”Krasnik’s mayor said he worried that unless his town’s “free of L.G.B.T.” status is rescinded, he has little chance of securing foreign funds to finance electric buses and youth programs, which he said are important because young people keep leaving.”
nytimes.com/2021/04/10/wor… ”Among those who left their childhood religion, women are twice as likely as men to say negative religious teachings about or treatment of gay and lesbian individuals was a major reason they chose to leave their religion (40% vs. 20%, respectively).” prri.org/research/prri-…
Apr 4, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
New study finds “in cities where bike infrastructure was added, cycling had increased up to 48 percent more than in cities that did not add bike lanes.” nytimes.com/2021/04/01/cli… “‘It almost seems like a natural law that the more bike infrastructure you have, the more cycling you will have,’ said Sebastian Kraus, the study’s lead author.” nytimes.com/2021/04/01/cli…
Mar 28, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
“We showed strength and courage and power and commitment,” Ms. Cone said, “that we the shut-ins, or the shut-outs, we the hidden, supposedly the frail and the weak, that we can wage a struggle at the highest level of government and win.” nytimes.com/2021/03/26/obi… She helped mobilize ”a coalition of supporters among other activist groups, including the Black Panthers, who supplied hot meals to the protesters, and machinist union workers, who rented trucks to transport them when they took the fight to Washington” nytimes.com/2021/03/26/obi…
Mar 15, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
“Prior to 1990, virtually no Americans identified in public opinion surveys as non-religious. By the time we get to the year 2000, you’re talking about 14% to 15% of the population. That is a huge change.” religionnews.com/2021/03/12/all… “30 years ago, about 1 in 20 Americans had no religious affiliation. Now, it’s roughly 1 in 4.” religionnews.com/2021/03/12/all…
Mar 3, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
”By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media. Klacik, now a frequent Fox News commentator, lost to Mfume in Maryland’s 7th District by more than 40 percentage points.” washingtonpost.com/local/md-polit… ”The company that produced the viral video would take a cut. And a firm hired to promote the video, Olympic Media, would keep up to 70% of the money it generated, some of which was not disclosed in Klacik’s initial campaign finance filings.” washingtonpost.com/local/md-polit…
Feb 27, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
People talk a lot about the threat of surveillance capitalism. The remarkable research in this thread highlights another threat: massive private data collection used as a tool of control by a surveillance state. ”Federal laws regulate how agencies can use Americans’ personal information, but they do not cover private databases, and federal law enforcement has increasingly turned to them for information it otherwise isn’t allowed to collect without a court order.” washingtonpost.com/technology/202…
Feb 10, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
”Economic anxiety” arguments haven’t held up well but this is noteworthy: ”The group’s bankruptcy rate — 18% —was nearly twice as high as US public. A quarter of them had been sued for money owed to a creditor. And 1 in 5 of them faced losing their home…” washingtonpost.com/business/2021/… ”Nearly 60% of people facing charges related to Capitol riot showed signs of prior money troubles, including bankruptcies, notices of eviction or foreclosure, bad debts, or unpaid taxes over past two decades according to an analysis of 125 defendants…” washingtonpost.com/business/2021/…
Feb 8, 2021 13 tweets 5 min read
”We are now potentially dealing with a problem of *mass radicalization*. We’re not talking about the case of a few people that got themselves caught up in an extremist milieu and then radicalized. We’re potentially talking about millions of people.” npr.org/2021/02/08/964… One response to this tweet a few days ago was to dismiss the idea of ”mass radicalization.” Yes, it’s unlikely millions of citizens are going to engage in violent insurrection against the US. That definition is too narrow, though. Radicalization isn’t just about violence.
Feb 7, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
”Microhousing allows people to live in places they’d otherwise be priced out of; but Seattle’s policies thwart this low-cost home type.” The city has mostly ”killed off congregate housing as a source of more affordable market-rate homes.” sightline.org/2021/02/04/whe… via @danbertolet It’s not just Seattle that uses zoning regulations to restrict access to affordable, market rate microhousing. Los Angeles could benefit enormously from better zoning policy, too. See this thread summarizing a paper on the benefits of micro-units for LA.
Feb 6, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Talking about racism is not the same as saying something racist. The meaning and power of statements also depends on their content, context and intentions of the speaker. Patterns matter, too. There may be more here than we know but, by those criteria, this is not proportionate. A decade ago Harry Reid was in hot water for saying Sen. Barack Obama had better chances of winning the presidency because he was “light-skinned” and didn't speak with a ”Negro dialect.” Then as now, I argued for looking at content, context and intention. theroot.com/why-michael-st…
Jan 30, 2021 9 tweets 5 min read
Striking how the outside-the-system vigilante wing of the far-right are being arrested and charged with serious crimes while inside-the-system elected officials who encouraged vigilante violence are living their best lives & have faced almost no social or political consequences. What’s the professional price for endorsing violence against your political opponents and calling deadly school shootings ”‘false-flag’ operations”? A seat on the House education committee and continued support from many big donors. georgiarecorder.com/2021/01/28/big…
Jan 28, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
”Observers commented on the jarring mixture of symbols: Christian crosses & Jesus Saves banners, Trump flags & American flags, fascist insignia & ‘Camp Auschwitz’. Some saw apples & oranges. But it was really a fruit cocktail: White Christian Nationalism.” nytimes.com/2021/01/28/opi… What distinguishes Christian nationalism from traditional doctrine? ”Christian nationalists use a language of blood and apocalypse. They talk about blood conquest, blood sacrifice, and blood belonging, and also about cosmic battles between good and evil.” nytimes.com/2021/01/28/opi…
Jan 28, 2021 9 tweets 5 min read
”Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys are part of a trend of Far Right organizing that departs from explicitly White nationalist contemporaries, and often fuses antiracist language into otherwise nationalist, misogynistic, libertarian & xenophobic platforms.” escholarship.org/content/qt1q86… ”When asked to respond to antifascists’ charge that Patriot Prayer is racist, Joey Gibson, [who is Japanese-American] said, ‘Why is it we have way more [people] of color than they have?…I am darker than 90% of those people that are calling me a racist.‘” escholarship.org/content/qt1q86…
Jan 10, 2021 22 tweets 8 min read
To make sense of the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol, many folks have analogized to military conflicts like the War of 1812. A better analogy is rooted in our long history of racial authoritarianism. This wasn’t war, this was a lynch mob. 1/ 👇🏽 Reuters News Pictures Editor @jimbourg tweeted “at least 3 different rioters at the Capitol say they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor.” 2/ mediaite.com/news/trump-rio…
Jan 9, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
Example of pattern @kathleen_belew details in superb book Bring the War Home: radicalized veterans become embedded in networks — often linked to white power movement — and take up arms against their own government. Expect more in days to come. newyorker.com/news/news-desk… How did Ashli Babbitt become radicalized?

“Over the past 5 years, a potent MAGA online subculture appears to have transformed this former Obama voter, who turned to Trump over a dislike of Hillary Clinton, into a QAnon follower ready to storm the Capitol” bellingcat.com/news/2021/01/0…