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UC Berkeley

California’s affirmative consent law isn’t actually all that radical.

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren on the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1971

How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?

The line between respecting civil liberties and protecting victims is anything but clear.

Calling out discrimination can be a slippery thing, but the shame, humiliation and powerlessness we feel because of overly aggressive policing is real.

Anti-gun activists

The Newtown tragedy was supposed to change everything about gun politics. Why it didn’t—and how reformers might still win.

Prison-reform advocates tend to focus on the plight of those behind bars. But the enforcers of this draconian system are victims as well.

The way to keep families together is to keep tearing them apart? Please.

Sex, or the fear of it, has been almost as important in the construction of this nightmare as racism.

Blogs

Finally, after thirty-five years, the Guatemalan military is being held responsible for murdering forty Mayan peasants.

January 21, 2015

We banned police from the “house of labor.” Look at them now.

January 9, 2015

Could the new civil rights movement thwart the Staten Island DA’s ambitions?

January 8, 2015

Not even the conservative media could connect the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris to #BlackLivesMatter protests in New York City… could they?

January 7, 2015

It will really hurt their feelings.

January 6, 2015

The Supreme Court justice might need to brush up on his Eighth Amendment.

January 5, 2015

Mayors Fiorello La Guardia, John Lindsay and Rudy Giuliani all survived clashes with the PBA. Bill de Blasio will too.

 

December 28, 2014

The Mendocino high school basketball teams are learning an ugly lesson in the boundaries of free speech.

December 27, 2014

Before Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed two police officers, he shot Shaneka Thompson. That matters more than law enforcement’s blame game.

December 23, 2014

We all should mourn the deaths of Liu and Ramos—but that mourning doesn't mean we become less critical of the police as a violent and racist tool of oppression.

December 22, 2014