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Inland manufacturing closes out 2021 strong, according to CSUSB’s Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis
IE Business Daily
Jan. 7, 2022
The Inland Empire’s manufacturing sector grew for the 16th consecutive month in December.
The region’s purchasing managers index last month was 55.5, down slightly from November but still above the baseline 50 that determines growth or reductions, according to data released this week by the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at Cal State San Bernardino.
“Inland manufacturing, and the Inland economy, have continued a trend of steady growth for more than a year,” said Barbara Sirotnik, institute director and a co-author of the report, in a statement. “But with inflation, labor shortages, and supply chain disruptions causing problems on the national and local levels, that could turn around at any time.”
Read the whole article at "Inland manufacturing closes out 2021 strong."
The internet has been a catalyst for extremism, says CSUSB professor
Wisconsin Public Radio
Jan. 6, 2022
A year after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Wisconsin and national-level experts on domestic terrorism, including Brian Levin, criminal justice professor and founding director of California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, spoke at an event in McFarland on causes and responses to the problem.
Levin noted how hate crime rates have risen in Wisconsin in recent years and said the internet has been a catalyst for extremism.
“What we have seen is online social media has been a significant contributor to connecting isolated folks who have grievances into an elastic reservoir of grievance, where extremism at various strata, at various depths and various expanses has been allowed to grow and fertilize across the country,” said Levin.
Read the whole article at "'We need to keep the vigilance up': Wisconsin panel on domestic terrorism looks at roots causes, responses to issue."
Criminal justice professor says incidents of hate are often underreported
The San Diego Union Tribune
Jan. 7, 2022
Brian Levin, director at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said hate crime data can be difficult to parse and is not necessarily accurate because incidents of hate are often underreported and some law enforcement agencies differ in how they document hate crimes.
For instance, 30 years ago Levin, who is also a criminologist and civil rights attorney, wrote a brief for the U.S. Supreme Court that mentioned victimization surveys of Los Angeles County schools, surveys that measure reported and unreported victimizations rather than exclusively crimes reported to law enforcement.
Less than half the schools completed the survey, but the number of incidents reported still eclipsed the totality of hate crime reports Los Angeles law enforcement received that year.
“We know there is massive underreporting of bullying to begin with, and that is certainly true of hate crimes as well,” said Levin, adding young people are often overrepresented among hate crime victims.
Read the whole article at "As hate targets San Diego schools, community approach is needed for tall task."
CSUSB professor quoted about political violence in America (video)
Jan. 7, 2022
Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed in a segment about the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.
“When you look at this, about a third of Americans say that political violence is justified and we’re seeing it now while it is tilting much more with regard to the hard right,” he said. “This kind of stuff can cross fire lines.”
Watch the whole segment at KCBS-LA (CBS).
CSUSB professor interviewed about the Southern Californians involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack (video)
Jan. 7, 2022
In a news segment about the notable Southern Californians who are facing charges for their participation in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack last year, Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said California was the fifth most common place that people came from of all these 700 defendants.
“We are at one of our most significant times of polarization that we’ve seen in decades,” he said.
Levin says the data shows increased activity by hate groups in California during election years. He fears during this midterm election year there could also be some problems.
Watch the whole segment at "Jan. 6 Capitol attack: Notable Southern Californians facing charges."
Criminal justice professor shares thoughts about the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection (audio)
Jan. 6, 2022
Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed about the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection, calling many of the factors a “perfect storm.”
“There are people who are vulnerable, particularly during the pandemic – you really had the perfect storm. More people online, more people experiencing personal stress, family estrangement, income uncertainty, inability to connect with people in the social way that we usually do – these kinds of stressors created a polarization, a fracturing, a tribalism.”
Listen to the whole segment at "One Year Later: The Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection."
Punishments for participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection have been “relatively low,” says CSUSB professor
CBS Los Angeles
Jan. 6, 2022
In a clip of the streaming event “January 6: One Year Later,” focusing on the 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection, CSUSB Professor Brian Levin, director for the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was asked if he thinks the punishment for some of those who participated in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol have been too harsh. He says the sentences have been “relatively low.”
Watch the whole clip at "CBSNLA Town Hall: Brian Levin."
‘Our democracies are only as strong as the trust and the work we put in them,’ says CSUSB professor (audio)
Jan. 6, 2022
In a radio interview, CSUSB Professor Brian Levin, director for the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, discusses the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection and political violence.
“I think the insurrection, if it taught us anything, is it our democracies are only as strong as the trust and the work we put in them. And raising the fist, as mythological as it sounds, does nothing to pass a vote, it does nothing to aid a survivor, nor does it change a policy,” he said. “We have to have people of nonviolence.”
Listen to the whole segment at KCSB-FM.
CSUSB professor discusses hates crimes and the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection (video around 16:49)
Jan. 6, 2021
In the live streaming event “January 6: One Year Later,” Brian Levin, CSUSB professor of criminal justice and director for the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, brought up the rise of hate crimes and the dangers of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.
“You don’t just have to look at the continuing rise in threats against members of congress; this is affecting school boards, it’s affecting public health officials and educators, obviously at a lower-level, but these are acts of intimidation which erode our pluralistic democracy and they are going to be punctuated by different types of violence,” Levin said during the special.
Watch the whole segment at KCAL.
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