Seattle Judge Rules Justice Department Can’t Limit Legal Assistance to Immigrants
In siding with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the ruling also prevents the department from issuing cease-and-desist letters to similar organizations around the country.
Portland, Ore., Becomes First Major U.S. City to End All New Investment in Corporations
To avoid doing business with socially irresponsible corporations, Portland is willing to lose investment income—about $4.5 million a year.
Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom
A long-form article and video about the first comprehensive climate justice resolution passed in public schools, and a resulting pilot class that empowers students to be active citizens.
Defunding Police—How Antiracist Organizers Got Seattle to Listen
A long-form story about an unprecedented grassroots coalition that drew attention to the racially disproportionate effects of police spending and persuaded city officials to change course. By halting a proposed $150 million police precinct, Seattle activists have made headway in redirecting funding toward services like affordable housing and education.
San Francisco Gives Immigrant Parents a Voice Through Noncitizen Voting
The parent-led effort shows how cities can empower and protect noncitizens at a time of uncertainty for many immigrant families.
This Town Adopted Trauma-Informed Care—And Saw a Decrease in Crime and Suspension Rates
A long-form story about the trauma-informed care movement that is sweeping the nation.
University of California Next In Line To Dump Wells Fargo Contracts
The UC system is severing $475 million in contracts with Wells Fargo over, among other things, the bank’s ties to private prison corporations.
This Small Town Refused to Settle for Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed
Throughout rural America, 2.3 million people live in food deserts—areas 10 miles or more from a supermarket. After 10 years without an independent grocery store, the residents of one small town in Kansas banded together to bring one back.
“Tough on Crime” Is Tough on Kids—Will CA Voters Roll It Back?
If voters pass Proposition 57, it could ease some of the juvenile justice system’s worst get-tough-on-crime elements from past decades.
Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules
Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
8 Cities Have New Co-op-Style Black Worker Centers—And They’re Tackling Unemployment
A member-led cooperative structure empowers Black workers as they navigate challenges like discriminatory hiring practices and high incarceration rates.
The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America
Thirty percent of rural Americans have substandard housing—and it’s expensive. But these communities are finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own.
Meet the Ex-Inmate Whose Successful Prison Rehab Program Goes Beyond Drug Treatment
As California reduces its prison population by tens of thousands, the TimeList Group’s unique approach to rehab keeps parolees from going back.
Kansas Also Will Challenge Obama Transgender Directive
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced that the state will challenge in court the Obama administration’s directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, not their sex at birth.
Kansas Budget Plan Slashes University and Medicaid Funding
Facing a shortfall of more than $290 million, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a budget bill Wednesday that makes significant cuts to the state highway fund, Medicaid and higher education and trims most state agency budgets by 4 percent.
Mental Health Advocates Question Kansas ‘Step Therapy’ Bill
Mental health advocates are raising concerns about a bill passed by Kansas lawmakers that would require doctors to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones for Medicaid recipients, but lawmakers say that mental health advocates want an unfair exemption from a common practice that many insured patients face.
Kansas Governor Signs Juvenile Justice Reform Bill
The new system will keep more juvenile offenders in their homes while they participate in community-based programs that focus on anger management and other behavioral changes. A system overhaul will divert money from the construction and maintenance of jails to detention alternatives.
2 Tribes, State of Kansas Enter Into Cigarette-Sale Compacts
The compacts will prevent the state from losing $60 million in annual tobacco payments, much of which funds children’s programs such as early childhood development and reading comprehension.
Lawmakers to Consider Marijuana, Medical Hemp Bills
Democratic Rep. John Wilson, of Lawrence, never thought he’d take up marijuana as a legislative cause, but the struggles of a family in his district to get medical hemp preparations to treat their son’s seizures changed his mind. Wilson is pushing for a House measure that would allow medical hemp to treat seizures.
Mormon scolded by Christian group is at center of Kansas law
Daniel Arkell was leading a Bible study for a Christian group at Washburn University Law School in Kansas back in 2004 when the group’s president reprimanded him for saying that people’s eyes offer a glimpse into their souls.
Kansas Lawmakers Scrutinize Sexual Education
Under a bill that the House Education Committee approved last month, Kansas public schools would be required to get parents’ consent before students could enroll in sex education courses.
The firearm industry’s trade association launched a national effort in several Republican-led legislatures over the past year seeking to restrict discrimination by financial institutions. Gun retailers and manufacturers say they’ve experienced discrimination, but banks and insurance companies say that the initiative is a solution in search of a problem.
Kansas Among Several States Looking to Ban Sanctuary Cities
As presidential candidates are considering the feasibility of walls that would span the borders, Kansas is one of about a dozen states around the country that are taking a stance on immigration reform.
Women’s Wear Distracts State Lawmakers
Although women only fill 24.5 percent of the state legislature nationwide, lawmakers have proposed dress codes for female colleagues, interns and conferees.
Is San Francisco’s Pension Fund Connected to Private Prisons?
The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS), the city’s $21 billion pension fund, is no stranger to demands that it invest “responsibly.” Now some activists are alleging that San Francisco’s investment in Wells Fargo also funds private prisons.
Developmentally Disabled People Face Losing Access to Services as Closures Hit
KQED (republished by NPR on 12-04-2015)
California was once known as a pioneer state for spearheading community-based alternatives to state run institutions for people with developmental disabilities. But in the wake of The Great Recession, more than $1 billion in state budget cuts and frozen provider rates has threatened the system. Now California spends less on services for the developmentally disabled than any other state in the nation.
Dark corner of China’s rise: A surge in trafficking of children
The Christian Science Monitor
Some 250 million Chinese who work in distant industrial cities often entrust their children to relatives. Child traffickers have exploited their vulnerability, leading to calls for further reform of China’s rigid household residency system.
Second Chances: An Ex-convict’s Path to Higher Education
Ralph Spinelli spent most of his life robbing until he served ten years in prison for an attempted restaurant robbery. Now at 74, he is pursuing a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and recently published a book about his two prison terms. Having changed his own life, Spinelli is now trying to bring about an even more spectacular transformation: reforming the California prison system.
WHO Declares Ebola a Global Public Health Emergency
The World Health Organization declared that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a public health emergency of international concern, requiring global coordination in order to prevent further spread, but did not recommend any restrictions on general trade or travel.
King of the Underworld: See San Francisco’s Columbarium Through the Eyes of Its Caretaker
The Columbarium is the last remaining nondenominational place of interment within San Francisco’s city limits. The man who presides over it is 58-year-old Emmitt Watson, The Columbarium’s caretaker and historian.
Astronomers Are Closer to Understanding Dark Matter
Observations of galaxy clusters are providing clues about the most elusive substance in the universe
Malaysia’s Highest Court Upholds Ban on Christians Using the Word Allah
Disappointed Christians decried creeping Islamization as a threat to their religious freedom.
Racist Insurance Commercial Draws Outrage in Hong Kong
An insurance commercial in Hong Kong has been deemed as racist by advocates of domestic workers and prompted outrage on social media.
Japan Finally Bans Child Pornography
After years of international pressure to tighten loose laws, many say the new legislation is a step in the right direction, despite an exception for explicit anime and manga featuring children
Hong Kong’s Marking of Tiananmen Is a Rallying Cry for Chinese Democracy
China’s freest city marked the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre with a solemn and dignified vigil that reflected the continued resonance of the student protesters’ original aims.
Tiny Sheep: UC Berkeley Researchers Use Electricity to Herd Cells and, Potentially, Speed Up Healing
A group of researchers used galvanotaxis, a process that uses electric currents to direct cells, to herd a group of epithelial cells in different directions. the discovery could help speed up the healing of a wound, reduce scarring, grow organs, and guide cancer research.
Oklahoma Halts Executions After Botched Lethal Injection
The lethal injection of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett went so awry Tuesday that officials halted another to investigate what went wrong
The Writing on the Wall: It’s Graffiti Versus Murals in San Francisco and Oakland. Either Way, Street Artists Win
02-26-2014 (Cover story)
Oscar Davalos began tagging when he was 12 years old. He and his friends would sneak out at night armed with cans of spray paint, scrawling their names on walls throughout East Oakland.
Singing the Climax: A New Musical Theater Company Launches with a Show About a Nymphomaniac’s Lawsuit
He read a short blurb about “The Cable Car Nymphomaniac,” a story about a 29-year-old woman who sued Muni for $500,000 in 1970 for a cable car accident that injured her six years earlier. She claimed that after she hit her head on a pole, she developed an insatiable sexual appetite that prompted her to have sex with more than 100 men.
Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline: examining arrests among black male students in OUSD
An investigative piece about the school-to-prison pipeline in Oakland, California. It also features an infographic that breaks down the race of arrestees in 2013.
Nwe Oo provides a voice for Burmese refugees in Oakland
Nwe Oo, a Rakhine Burmese refugee based in Oakland, is an advocate for human rights and adamantly speaks out against domestic abuse.
“The Griots of Oakland” exhibition and book features the voices of young black men
AAMA and Story For All recruited five young men from the ages of 14 to 18 to serve as the conduit for the voices of over 100 black males throughout the city.
Town hall meeting discusses Common Core math standards
With the goal of creating an understanding of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a town hall meeting was held at Claremont Middle School on Monday evening. The meeting concentrated on the new math standards and aligning middle school classes with CCSS.
Oakland California Youth Outreach takes on gang violence
Along with providing support to youth in need, OCYO also leads ‘Oakland Gang Awareness Trainings’ to give insight on the trends of gangs to professionals who work with at-risk teens in Oakland.
Education conference shines light on multicultural teaching
Standing beneath a blue and red banner, Angela Davis, the political activist, scholar and author, gripped the sides of the podium as she spoke emphatically to the hundreds of audience members at the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) convention on Saturday evening in Downtown.
Reading Partners encourages students to love literacy
A junior at Bentley High School in Lafayette, Bauman began tutoring over a year ago when he joined Reading Partners, a non-profit organization that provides literacy tutoring for at-need children in first through fifth grade. “I feel like I’ve always just been consuming, so I’m looking for ways to give back to the community,” Bauman says.
‘Think China’ flies Oakland students to Beijing to break cultural barriers
Antoine was one of 13 African-American students from the Bay Area, including 11 from Oakland, who traveled to Beijing and Shanghai from July 13 to 27 as part of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. Developed in 2009 to increase the visibility of American students in China, particularly minority students, the “Think China” trip was the first Northern California delegation to participate in the China-U.S. Study Exchange program for high school students.
New School Lunch Waiver Seen as Hurdle for Hungry Kids
For the first time in the Oakland Unified School District’s history, parents of all low-income children eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch must apply for the program by February 6 — or the system could lose government subsidies for the next school year.
Oakland Adult Education Programs Lose Funding
Adult education programs in Oakland Unified School District have shrunk from a once-broad menu of courses to a program limited to general educational development (GED), tech education and family literacy classes.
Ceaseless Exploration: The Skateboarding Scene in Shanghai
Whether it be a new construction zone, the smell of meat barbecuing on the street corner or the bright neon lights that illuminate the marble plazas beneath them- the combination of sounds, sights and smells in Shanghai define its urban life. Skateboarders are granted a view of the city that is imperceptible to most.
The 2012 Eco Art Exhibit
Time Out Shanghai
The ubiquity of garbage and its inherent connection with humans remains an unexplored topic amongst even the most forward thinking of consumers. Like a disparaged offspring, human waste is ignored and discarded by its creators.
The Final Stretch of An Emotional Tour: “Can I have Some Mohanik!?!?”
Last Sunday night, 150 rock fans shook off their umbrellas and entered the smoky, dark and cavernous Yuyintang with a look of anticipation in their eyes. Purple and red lighting exposed the porthole windows and the splattered paint along the walls.