By Rick Rivera, MBA/MPP Candidate 2018 The Long Haul: How the Jones Act Impedes Puerto Rican Recovery Efforts (and What You Can Do About It) I’ve turned a corner. In the days leading up to and shortly after Hurricane Maria, I had faith that loss of life would be minimal, given that Puerto Ricans have … Continue reading The Long Haul: How the Jones Act Impedes Puerto Rican Recovery Efforts (and What You Can Do About It)
By Professor Robert Girling, Adjunct Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Mills College Over half a million Americans are currently being kept alive by dialysis machines that make them virtual captives for hours at a time each day. Meanwhile over 120,000 patients are waiting for a transplant but only about 17,000 kidneys are available … Continue reading iRAD: A Life-Saving Innovation in the Fight Against Kidney Disease
By Miguel Dwin, MPP Candidate 2018 Prior to 2011, individuals convicted of a felony offense resulting in a sentence of more than one year would serve time in state prison. The state prison term was followed by an additional period on state parole supervision under the state Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO). However, under … Continue reading AB 109 – Are State Inmates Really Better Off in County Jails?
By Rick Rivera, MBA/MPP candidate 2018 Welcome to a new year with the Policy Forum. We are so glad to be back, reorganized and energized after a long summer hiatus. While, as a student-led publication, we’re closely tied to the academic year, a large part of why we’ve been gone so long is the transition … Continue reading The Dog Days Are Over: a Letter From the Editor
By Molly Curley O’Brien , MBA/MPP candidate 2019 At the Republican Convention in July, President Donald Trump declared that “on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.” On President Trump’s 100th day in office, his safety restoration project has a long way to go. Flanked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump is pushing a new … Continue reading A Matter of Trust: Community Policing in the Era of Trump
By Shanalee Gallagher, MPP candidate 2018 Brittany Maynard was a 29-year-old woman who took social media by storm in 2014 when she publicly shared her choice to die on her own terms. She did this in the hope that others could have the same option. In the months before her death, she strongly advocated for … Continue reading Roadblocks, Red Tape, and Dignity: Policies for Ending a Life
By Meghan Hunt, Mills MPP ’17 and all around nasty woman Fighting Trump is as much about keeping up with what’s happening as it is about hitting the streets. If his whirlwind of executive actions has your head spinning, then these five tools are for you. Get the best information at your fingertips so you … Continue reading Five Tools You Need to Track Trump
By Rick Riviera, MBA/MPP Candidate 2018 The closest I’ve come to crying since November 8th was watching Last Week Tonight’s five-minute montage of people describing all the ways 2016 has been horrible (besides the election), followed by John Oliver dynamiting a giant 2016 sign in an empty stadium . It was a catharsis that I … Continue reading Public Policy Still Matters – Where Can We Go From Here?
By Melanie Burgarino, MPP Candidate 2017 In the Bay area, everybody has something to say about the housing crisis. Who is to blame? I’ve got the quick and dirty answer, it’s the NIMBY, and Obama’s got my back on this one. “Not In My Backyard,” or “NIMBY,” is jargon used by planning and policy nerds … Continue reading Don’t be a NIMBY, be a YIMBY