Empire Logistics is a collaborative initiative to research and articulate (through online mapping, video, text and other media) the impact and ‘externalized costs’—human, economic, social and environmental — of the international goods movement industry. An initial area of focus was The Inland Empire, an area of Southern California that has been hit hardest by the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008. The Inland Empire continues to face some of the highest home foreclosure rates in the country, staggering unemployment far above the national average, a rise in homelessness, and a decline in the median wage.
This project was conceived at UC Riverside and is a collaboration with the departments of media studies, labor, ethnic studies and others at UCR.