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CSUSB report: Inland Empire manufacturing starts 2022 on a high note
IE Business Daily
Jan. 19, 2022

Inland Empire manufacturing appears to be in good shape heading into 2022. The sector just recorded its 16th consecutive month of growth in December, according to the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at Cal State San Bernardino. That’s not a record, but it’s an impressive run, particularly considering that it includes the worst of the pandemic, which exploded in the United States in 2020.

A 16-month winning streak leading into the new year is reason for optimism. An even bigger reason might be that the worst of the global supply chain crisis, which was brought on primarily by a shortage of workers caused by the pandemic, might be behind us.

“It does seem like the supply chain issues are working themselves out, although it’s happening very slowly,” said Barbara Sirotnik, director of the institute and a co-author of the monthly purchasing managers index. “We’ll be able to assess that a lot better in six months, but right now it does seem to be getting better, and that’s huge.”

Read the complete article at “Inland Empire manufacturing starts 2022 on a high note.”

CSUSB professor quoted in editorial about violence directed at faith groups
The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Jan. 18, 2022

An editorial about vandalism directed at various houses of worship and violence against faith groups included a quote on the topic from Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. The editorial said, “Faith communities across the U.S. are experiencing acts of vandalism, arson, desecration of sacred objects and violence not seen since an anti-Muslim backlash following the terrorist attacks in 2001. No faith tradition appears to be immune.”

“Levin connects these acts to a growing distrust of civic institutions,” the editorial said.

“Speaking with Axios Today, Levin says: ‘The communal institutions, which hold us together traditionally … are held in low esteem relative to decades prior…. So when there are disputes or questions about authority, there’s always a place for someone … to be scapegoated.’”

Read the complete article at “Editorial: Faith communities and violence, lessons learned.”

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