Tag Archives: California

Oh yeah, guns…..

The sniper murders in Dallas provide another chance to think about what legal access to firearms in the United States should look like. The demonstrators included individuals legally and openly carrying weapons. Apparently, even with good intent, this was of … Continue reading

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Problematic allies and UC tuition

University of California students don’t want their tuition to increase.  I saw the protests outside the Board of Regents meeting and on my campus, and I heard the students in my classroom explain just what an extra 5 percent might … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Day, 2014

The parking lot is deserted at the University of California, Irvine today; it’s a holiday to commemorate Cesar Chavez, and really, the farmworkers movement and Latinos in California.  I’m reposting my Cesar Chavez blog below. There’s one additional wrinkle this … Continue reading

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Korematsu Day, institutionalizing commemoration

Korematsu Day is celebrated today, and I repost the entry from the first Korematsu Day in 2011. The formal inclusion of commemoration in our calendar is a mixed blessing.  On one hand, it marks a terrible period in our nation’s … Continue reading

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Massive hunger strike in California prisons

An astonishing 30,000 prisoners in California prisons have refused meals.  The Corrections Department doesn’t call it a hunger strike until 9 meals have been missed, but what’s going on is pretty clear. A hunger strike reflects commitment and desperation; prison … Continue reading

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Defectors and dissident elites: rifts in the campaign against gay marriage

When David Blankenhorn changed his mind about same sex marriage, the New York Times was eager to give him space on its op-ed page to explain why.  Blankenhorn has been a stalwart in the battle against gay marriage, testifying as … Continue reading

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Who’ll Occupy education?

Protests against tuition hikes and program in public education and service cuts have become more frequent and more intense as state budgets have tightened.  It’s awful everywhere–and worse in California (e.g. ), where an old tradition of the state supporting … Continue reading

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