Addressing “Anti-Indian” Historical Bias in California Public Schools Through Best Practices

Sabine Nicole Talaugon, MPP 2013 In California, K-12 public school curriculum often distorts and underrepresents American Indian history, culture, and governance. This historical bias is inherited from materials in the past that sought to justify the genocide, indentured servitude, forced relocation and forced educational assimilation of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people. Historical bias … Continue reading Addressing “Anti-Indian” Historical Bias in California Public Schools Through Best Practices

San Joaquin Valley Deserves Equal Access to Utility Services

By Patricia Black, MPP 2014 Across California, low-income communities experience restricted access to essential natural resources and public services. Nowhere in the state is this more apparent or devastating than in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Residents in areas like Bakersfield, Delano, Fresno, and the more rural areas of San Joaquin Valley face unprecedented poverty and unemployment rates, … Continue reading San Joaquin Valley Deserves Equal Access to Utility Services

The ACA Contraceptive Mandate Denies Male Responsibility in Family Planning

By Jessica Blakemore While much of the debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate is focused on the fight over religious exceptions, little attention has been brought to the fact that the mandate does not go far enough to protect women’s reproductive autonomy. While the ACA recognized the importance of family planning by … Continue reading The ACA Contraceptive Mandate Denies Male Responsibility in Family Planning

SNAP Funding Makes Economic Sense

By Jacqueline Gleason According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called FoodStamps), provides over 47 million low income people with the means to purchase food each month.  Nearly three quarters of households served include children, and roughly one quarter are the elderly or people with disabilities. … Continue reading SNAP Funding Makes Economic Sense