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June 15, 2021
UNITED STATES
The Case for Military Justice Reform
BY ETHAN MORALES
For eight years, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has introduced the same bill in...
Voting Behind Bars: Why Incarceration Should Not Limit the Right to Vote
BY SANJANA MANJESHWAR
On March 2, as congressmembers considered the For the People Act, a bill that would...
WORLD
The Child Made Your Chocolate
BY GARRETT LAYTON
Modern Slavery Individuals at the bottom in a supply chain are often separated from the...
Trauma Such as This in Peacetime: The Story of the 2020 Belarusian Protests
BY KATHERINE BOOSKA
“I saw bruises that covered their entire bodies...I was particularly struck by a bruise on...
CALIFORNIA
Weathering the Storm: How California Needs to Adapt to Sea Level Rise
BY ERIKA HSU
The classic postcard image of beautiful wide, sandy beaches in California is under threat by...
Cash v. Climate Change: A Dangerous Mix for CA Politics
BY IZZY VINYARD
In recent years, the world has been focusing its collective policy making efforts towards combating...
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Weathering the Storm: How California Needs to Adapt to Sea Level Rise
BY ERIKA HSU ON MAY 11, 2021
The classic postcard image of beautiful wide, sandy beaches in California is under threat by climate change. Climate change is irrevocably changing the California coastline…
Cash v. Climate Change: A Dangerous Mix for CA Politics
BY IZZY VINYARD ON MAY 5, 2021
In recent years, the world has been focusing its collective policy making efforts towards combating climate change. This is largely because scientists tell us that…
Who’s at People’s Park? Mutual Aid Networks on the Rise!
BY CHARLES PALTZER ON MAY 1, 2021
  In April of 1969, the University of California purchased the site that is now People’s Park. Located just blocks away from the University of…
Kevin Faulconer: An Upset in the Making?
BY PRATIK RUNGTA ON APRIL 24, 2021
Though the 2020 election was just months ago, candidates are already gearing up for the 2022 midterm elections. This is especially true for California, where…
The Debate Around Reopening K-12 Schools in the Bay Area
BY JASMIN WYATT ON APRIL 16, 2021
Covid-19 has undoubtedly harmed our most vulnerable communities disproportionately. This effect has not just been seen on overall public health— it is also apparent throughout…
When Will California Legislation Catch Up to the Severity of Its Housing Crisis?
BY MAYA COOK ON MARCH 30, 2021
The median cost of a home in California is more than 2 times the national average at $600,000. In 2019, the state ranked 49 in…
Farmworkers: Victims of COVID-19 and Climate Change
BY JASMIN WYATT ON MARCH 14, 2021
Farmworkers are a crucial sector of the labor force who often go without praise. Despite the harsh working conditions, low wages and the increasing threat…
Prosecution of a Young BLM Activist
BY JASMIN WYATT ON JANUARY 6, 2021
San Luis Obispo (SLO) is a city on the Central Coast of California, with a population of about 45,000 people. SLO is 84 percent white…
California Fires: Mismanagement or Climate Change?
BY AMANDA KHODABASH ON NOVEMBER 19, 2020
Simultaneous with the nationwide battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, the widespread marches and riots against racial oppression, and the heated campaigning for an upcoming presidential…
Funding for California Public Education Takes Great Hit in the Wake of Covid-19
BY AVAFINN ON OCTOBER 30, 2020
When Covid-19 entered the United States, local and state California officials banded together to eradicate the spread and growth of the virus, implementing and re-assessing…
BLM Galvanizes LA Voters in Contentious District Attorney Race
BY MAYA COOK ON OCTOBER 27, 2020
The police have killed 861 people in 2020. Black Americans, despite accounting for 13 percent of the United States’ population, represent 28 percent of those…
On California’s Law and Order Initiative: Proposition 20, Featuring Eric A. Stanley
BY CHARLES PALTZER ON OCTOBER 17, 2020
“This bill is being pushed through at the same time that the people across the United States are demanding the abolition of the prison industrial…
Affirmative Action: Back on the Ballot
BY JOSHUA KAY ON OCTOBER 15, 2020
This November, one line could change California dramatically.  Proposition 16 reads simply “That Section 31 of Article 1 [of the California Constitution] thereof is repealed”. …
Proposition 22 and the Future of California’s Gig Economy
BY PRATIK RUNGTA ON OCTOBER 13, 2020
In the last few years, California has witnessed significant shifts in labor law with the rise of the gig economy in the state. Companies like…
On the Ballot: Prop 25
BY ERIKA HSU ON OCTOBER 11, 2020
Is SB10 worth the cost? This November, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on criminal justice reform and make a serious decision: should…
Boudin takes aim at the criminal justice system as SF’s new District Attorney
BY JASMIN WYATT ON AUGUST 1, 2020
Chesa Boudin, the newly elected San Francisco District Attorney, strikes a chord among many when discussing his experiences with the criminal justice system. Growing up…
Eden in Crisis: Orange County in Denial
BY ERIKA HSU ON JULY 1, 2020
The image that most Californians have of Orange County is a sprawling suburban community, framed by orange groves. That is true to an extent. First…
SB50’s Failure: Lack of Leadership Amidst Regional Divide
BY MATTHEW CREEDON ON APRIL 10, 2020
Why Can’t California Build? It is no secret that California has a monumental and expanding housing crisis on its hands. In fact, for Californians experiencing…
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Homeland: Life in the Disputed West Bank
BY NIKOLAI SCHWEBER
Israeli-Arab diplomatic breakthroughs mean little for West Bank residents August 2020 —A crowd of hundreds...
What Makes a Terrorist, What Makes an Ally
BY GARRETT LAYTON
As members of the United States, we are given a designated list of what groups...
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