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California news and analysis from The Nation
June 1, 2021
In California, a Case of Black Land Loss Is Finally Being Made Right
Charles and Willa Bruce, Black landowners in Manhattan Beach, lost their land to eminent domain in 1924. Nearly 100 years later, it’s being returned to their living descendants.
May 28, 2021
Housing Alone Won’t Solve California’s Homelessness Problem
Without mental health services, drug treatment programs, and job training for ex-prisoners, California's most vulnerable population will remain at risk.
May 21, 2021
The Blue Welfare State
With its new budget proposal, California could be poised to go down the social-democratic route taken by most Western democracies three-quarters of a century ago.
May 17, 2021
Exhuming California’s St. Francis Dam Disaster
The unrecognized past of America’s newest national monument presents a chance for us to better understand our present environmental challenges.
May 17, 2021
The California Prosecutors Who Want to Keep People Out of Jail
In the state that once pioneered the punitive
policy, a coalition of recently elected district attorneys is pushing back against mass incarceration.
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May 14, 2021
Tragedy and Hope on the Western Front
The imprisonment of Iraqi refugee Omar Ameen and the prospect of humane redistribution of wealth show California both failing and aspiring to its political promise.
May 10, 2021
The UC System’s Policing Expansion Belies Its Stated Commitment to Racial Justice
The license for the rise of the law-and-order campus dates back to President Richard Nixon and
The Report of the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest
Robin D.G. Kelley
David Theo Goldberg
April 30, 2021
Red Carpet at the Picket Line
As Hollywood’s aristocracy convened for the Oscars, laid-off hotel workers were protesting to get their jobs back.
April 23, 2021
The American Addiction to Violence
While a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murder earlier this week, that verdict alone, though so desperately needed, was woefully insufficient.
April 16, 2021
Climate Migration Has Come to the United States
After living through a spate of record-breaking wildfires, some Californians are opting to leave the state.