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Dom Apollon

Dom Apollon
Dom Apollon Dominique, Research Director, is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., American Government, 1996), and received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2003.  His dissertation, “Relieving the Toxic Burden?: Race, Hazardous Wastes, and the Politics of the Environmental Justice Movement” examined the distribution of toxic wastes in the state of California from 1989-1999, as well as the corresponding grassroots political activity and participation.  Dom has taught undergraduate seminars on the politics of race/ethnicity at Stanford University and Santa Clara University, and served as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Bakersfield, where he taught courses on U.S. Constitutional Law, Introductory American Politics, Environmental Politics, Congress, and the Presidency from 2004-2007.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Dom served as program coordinator for the 1999 Stanford University Conference on Race, “African Americans: Research and Policy Perspectives at the Turn of the Century,” and has presented research at conferences and institutions of higher learning in Albuquerque, NM, Chicago, IL, Des Moines, IA, New Haven, CT, Pomona, CA, and Riverside, CA among other U.S. cities.  He has participated in public forums and discussions on state elections, civil rights, civil liberties, environmental degradation and policy, and youth political mobilization.  An alumnus of the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (1995), he was also an award-winning opinion page columnist at The Cavalier Daily newspaper in Charlottesville, VA.

Dom currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Quentin Prison-based non-profit organization California Reentry Program, and has volunteered for other Bay Area non-profits such as GRID Alternatives, Habitat for Humanity - San Francisco, Rebuilding Together (Midpeninsula), and StreetLaw for Youth (Stanford Law School chapter)

Black People Voted on Election Day, Too, By the Way

by Dom Apollon on November 20 2012, 10:44AM

An NAACP poll points to interesting trends: widespread support for marriage equality and the DREAM Act; shaky support for Democrats beyond Barack Obama.

Topics: Election Returns, /NOW, Politics

'My First Thought Was, Run!' Share Your I Could Be Trayvon Story

‘My First Thought Was, Run!’ Share Your I Could Be Trayvon Story

by Dom Apollon on March 26 2012, 9:50AM

Trayvon Martin’s story triggered horrific memories for many black men in particular. Dom Apollon was moved to share his own frightening experience with being considered threatening, and created a Tumblr inviting others to do the same.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Colorlines.com Survey: A People of Color Majority? Meh, So What?

Colorlines.com Survey: A People of Color Majority? Meh, So What?

by Dom Apollon on August 24 2011, 10:19AM

Despite all the fuss in media and politics about the coming non-white majority, most people don’t care about it one way or the other. However, those who are concerned are far more vocal about their fears.

Topics: Colorlines Surveys, Immigration

Colorlines.com Survey: What Explains Racial Disparities?

Colorlines.com Survey: What Explains Racial Disparities?

by Dom Apollon on August 15 2011, 10:03AM

In a national survey, we asked people why the American Dream turns nightmarish for many people of color. Big majorities blame class. But whites are more likely to point to individual initiative, while blacks in particular see race as a problem.

Topics: Colorlines Surveys, Economy

What's Racism? That's Harder for Youth to Answer Than You Think

What’s Racism? That’s Harder for Youth to Answer Than You Think

by Dom Apollon on June 16 2011, 9:25AM

In a series of focus groups, young people of all races struggled to describe the ways in which institutions and social structures produce racial disparities.

Topics: Colorlines Surveys, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Don't Call Them

Don’t Call Them “Post-Racial”—How Young People Actually Think About Race

by Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 2:41PM

A three-part series in which Dom Apollon breaks down the findings from a series of focus groups with Millennials on everything from Barack Obama to criminal justice.

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Don't Call Them

Don’t Call Them “Post-Racial.” Millennials Say Race Matters to Them

by Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 10:05AM

Results from focus groups with dozens of multiracial young people show in-depth conversations about race generate far more nuanced ideas than mainstream polling has suggested.

Topics: Colorlines Surveys, Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

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A “Mixed-Race” Nation Isn’t the Same as a Post-Race One

by Dom Apollon on February 4 2011, 9:59AM

Dom Apollon explains what a buzz-making New York Times story left out.

Topics: Schools & Youth

The Constitution Is Just Words, Until We Give Them Meaning

The Constitution Is Just Words, Until We Give Them Meaning

by Dom Apollon on January 7 2011, 10:59AM

And all the tea party-inspired grandstanding in the world won’t change that fact, says Dom Apollon.

Topics: Politics

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

by Dom Apollon on September 3 2010, 12:04PM

Massachusetts just became the second state to “ban the box” on job applications in both the public and private sector.

Topics: Criminal Justice

You Can't Fix Juvenile Justice and Ignore Race

You Can’t Fix Juvenile Justice and Ignore Race

by Dom Apollon on July 16 2010, 12:31PM

It’ll take more than a cost-benefit analysis to stop locking up so many black and brown kids.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Looking Back on Four Weeks of World Cup Mania

Looking Back on Four Weeks of World Cup Mania

by Dom Apollon on July 10 2010, 11:23AM

Africa got screwed. Team USA tore my allegiances. Europeans blamed immigrants for losing (shocker). The refs blew it. And better Spain than the Netherlands.

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Elena Kagan is No Thurgood Marshall

Elena Kagan is No Thurgood Marshall

by Dom Apollon on May 12 2010, 12:00PM

Obama’s second Supreme Court nominee clerked for one of history’s greatest racial justice champions. You wouldn’t know it by looking at her career since.

Topics: Elena Kagan

Obama Plans to “Shame” Banks, But Offers No Help for People Drowning In Their Mortgages

by Dom Apollon on December 9 2009, 3:36PM

Unsatisfied with all the foot dragging this country’s major mortgage lenders have been doing with its beleaguered home loan modification program, the Obama administration last week announced that it plans to begin “shaming” lenders who aren’t being responsive enough to…

Topics: Economy

Sotomayor’s Summer Schedule

by Dom Apollon on June 12 2009, 12:00PM

The hearings start July 13. Here’s what the nominee (and the rest of us) can expect.

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Looking Beyond the Supreme Court on Voting Rights

by Dom Apollon on April 29 2009, 10:56AM

As you may have heard, lawyers on opposing sides of a slew of critical civil rights cases have been arguing before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court lately. Last week our nation’s closely-split high court heard what they call…

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Investment Opportunity!: Countrywide Alumni Profiting from Economic Crisis Now Seek Investors

by Dom Apollon on March 4 2009, 6:37AM

The New York Times is reporting today that alumni from Countrywide Financial — one of the chief culprits of the greed-fueled subprime mortgage debacle that largely sparked our current global economic crisis — are now profiting from the purchase of…

Topics: Economy

Assessing Racial Equity Impacts in the Stimulus - Part II (Education)

by Dom Apollon on February 5 2009, 4:29PM

The figure above shows that if the House stimulus package passes, the District of Columbia, which is 2/3 people of color, is likely to receive a good chunk of change for school modernization in comparison to the rest of…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Racial Justice Advocates Get in Gear at “Driving Change” Panel

by Dom Apollon on January 20 2009, 1:31PM

“The Alliance for Justice held a panel discussion, “Driving Change - The Role of Activists During the Obama Administration” yesterday at UDC’s campus. And while, people of color were given mostly passing reference by the panelists and audience questions, there…

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How to Accept It’s a Post-Racial Society (a.k.a., How You Can Learn to Stop Making Excuses, Throw Away All Your Race Cards and Accept We Are Living in a Post-Racial Society)

by Dom Apollon on November 11 2008, 3:28PM

If you’re like me, you justifiably shed tears at the incredible symbolic power unleashed this week when Americans chose Barack Hussein Obama to be our 44th president. Moreover, his victory speech rightfully reminded us after eight years in the Bush…

Topics: Politics

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