January 2011

California's Priorities
This week, I was shocked to learn that California spends merely $500,000 per year to serve our State's 200,000 homeless youth. That's only $2.50 per youth. And nearly two-thirds of California counties provide no services

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Sunday January 30, 2011 marks the first Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.  It is the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American.

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Happy Birthday Angela Davis!
Angela Davis visits the Ella Baker Center last fall. Today, we celebrate the birth of Ms. Angela Davis, a hero of social justice movements both past and present.

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Peace and Civil Rights Don’t Mix?
These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest. Dr.

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Blog for Choice Day
I have never been pregnant. But as a woman-identified person in her mid-thirties with female biology, I can't help wonder more and more about whether someday I will be. The idea of pregnancy and parenting is both thrilling and somewhat terrifying.

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I’ll come out and say it: I LOVE the American Civil Liberties Union! It was this day in 1920 that they were founded. Over the past 91 years, they have defended the rights we oftentimes take for granted.

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The Climate Negotiations in Cancun failed the people of the world. Driven by market-based solutions like Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, otherwise known as REDD, that were advocated by countries like the US, activists and community organizers from front-line and fence-line com

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The Future of College in California


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Seven years ago, Books Not Bars started calling for closing California’s youth prisons. People laughed in our faces. Literally. Even reformers who agreed in private, thought we were foolish to call for shuttering the largest set of youth prisons in the Country.

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