Securing Justice Episode 1 - Housing Justice: From Trump to Biden

Securing Justice Episode 1 - Housing Justice: From Trump to Biden

Welcome to Securing Justice, a podcast series created by the California Center for Ethics and Policy--or “CCEP”--at Cal Poly Pomona.The focus of our podcast is housing insecurity, an issue that affects millions in the United States and is particularly acute here in California. This podcast will explore housing insecurity through a variety of means--panel discussions, interviews, and creative works by faculty and students.

Our aim is not necessarily to debate solutions to housing insecurity in California--though you will find some of that here--but rather to examine the multiple ways in which housing insecurity is experienced by different groups and individuals. From artists and activists to philosophers and policy wonks, we hope to provide listeners with a varied and nuanced look at how housing insecurity affects the lives of Californians, and what we--and you--can do about it.

In this first episode, we share with you the first of what was a series of panel discussions hosted by CCEP this past semester. This discussion, titled “Housing Justice: From Trump to Biden”, brings together four panelists to discuss the role and impact of the federal government on housing insecurity under the Trump and Biden administrations. This is our most policy-heavy panel discussion, but by providing a macro-level perspective on the politics of housing insecurity policy I think it appropriately sets the stage for our later episodes that take a closer look at the lived experiences of the housing insecure. 


  • Joan Ling (UCLA, Urban Planning, and former director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica)
  • Kristina Meshelski (CSUN, Philosophy, activist with LA Tenants' Union and Democratic Socialists of America)
  • Thomas Safran (Chairman of Thomas Safran & Associates, Real Estate Developer)
  • Joe Donlin (Deputy Director, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE))

Moderated by Professor Anthony Orlando (CPP, Finance, Real Estate, & Law).

For a full video of the panel, visit CCEP's YouTube page.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit


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