By Matthew Lardner, MPP Candidate 2018 Historically, the federal government has never included questions about sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI) in vital surveys like the US Census or the American Community Survey (ACS). Government officials depend on the information gathered from these types of surveys to deliver services to underserved and unserved communities. … Continue reading Stand Up and Be Counted: Why We Need the LGBT Data Inclusion Act
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 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 Meghan Hunt, MPP Candidate 2017 This November, Oakland will ask voters to pass Measure HH, a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. With this legislation, I am happy to see Oakland tackle this important public health issue. In communities across the Bay Area, we experience higher rates of obesity compared to the … Continue reading Keeping Up with the Joneses: Oakland’s Fight Against Big Soda
By Alysa Cisneros, MPP Candidate 2017 In the midst of an election between two of the most unpopular candidates in history, many voters are wondering how we could have done this to ourselves. Earnest supporters of Clinton or Trump really believe that it is on the merits that their candidate has persevered. But the American … Continue reading Crashing the Party: Alternative Voting Now!
By Rebecca Wegley, MPP Candidate 2017 Originally published by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), June 2016 Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act, passed by California voters in November 2014, effectively reduced the status of several low-level property and drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. While Prop 47 mandates that state … Continue reading Harnessing County Level Prop 47 Savings
By Alysa Cisneros, Senior Editor, MPP Candidate 2017 Political satire has had a substantial effect on politics. Most importantly, satire has the power to direct how the public cognizes political news and shift policy agendas and focus. Satirical mediums change along with prevalent forms of media. From lithographs, newspapers, and broadcast journalism to the Internet, … Continue reading Political Cartoons To “Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer”: Past, Present, and Future of Political Satire
By Kimberly Barbosa Soeiro, MPP 2016 This November, California’s registered voters have an opportunity to vote on a bill that will change criminal sentencing in a way that would be a step toward a more just system. Currently, under California Law, some crimes can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor at the Court’s discretion. … Continue reading Social Considerations for Prop 47