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09 Dec 2023

Regulating Votes and Stifling Democracy 

Back in the 1980s, our current attorney general, Jeff Sessions, called the Voting Rights Act a “piece of intrusive legislation.” The British Conservatives argue that regulating elections more tightly enhances democracy. Under a guise of promoting free and fair elections, actions like these are restricting ...

Localizing Global Initiatives 

One-third of the food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted according to the United Nations. Yet to meet food demand levels by 2050 based on current trends, global agricultural production will have to increase by 60 percent, relative to 2005 rates. “Certainly, changing climates...

Across the World, Across the Classroom 

Delegates from Asia passionately debated China’s territorial claim of the South China Sea in Engineering Classroom 192. Next door, the General Assembly drafted a resolution on drone warfare. Across in Baskin Classroom 169, 12 figures from American history held a Crisis Committee planning session for...
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Discussing the French Elections 

French voters took to the polls on April 23 for the first of two rounds of voting for the presidential election. Voters chose from a list including far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Socialist Party candidate Benoît Hamon, Republican candidate François Fillon, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and...

Protecting Liberty and Justice for All 

When President Donald Trump first announced the now-halted travel ban on seven Muslim-majority states and an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, the popularity of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) skyrocketed to new heights. Despite usually raising about $3.5 million in a year, the ACLU...

More Than a March 

Signs waved in the air, bearing messages in protest of President Donald Trump’s administration and support of women’s rights. Protesters marched down Pacific Avenue on March 8, reminiscent of the scenes in downtown Santa Cruz after the inauguration in January. But this time, the fuchsia...

Activism Under a New Administration 

 Professor Emerita Angela Davis, CNN political commentator Van Jones and social activist and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter Alicia Garza are a few of the past speakers whose pictures were projected on stage at the UC Santa Cruz Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Benjamin Jealous, former CEO...
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