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Chris Collins and honest graft

Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy | August 15, 2018

By: Henry E. Brady and Kay L. Schlozman Representative Chris Collins, who represents a district between Rochester and Buffalo in upper New York State, has been indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of insider trading. He has already decided not to seek re-election this November, although he will finish out his current term. If he … Continue reading »

Beyond mass incarceration: felony convictions and economic opportunity

David Harding, David Harding | August 13, 2018

When it comes to employment, a felony conviction is more damaging than imprisonment. Criminal justice reform advocates have rightly celebrated recent victories that will reduce the use of money bail. For example, New Jersey eliminated almost all cash bail last year, and recently more and more cities are doing so. Yet the significant harms created … Continue reading »

Looking for Malcolm

Charles Henry, professor emeritus, African American studies | August 8, 2018

    A popular theory of Black Nationalism (broadly defined) contends that during periods of relative racial harmony in American history, Blacks are welcomed into mainstream society. However, during periods of racial hostility when doors of advancement are shut, Blacks retreat to their own institutions and organizations. According to the theory there have been at … Continue reading »

Psychology Department members cite research against family separations

Ann Kring, Professor and Chair of psychology | July 12, 2018

The Department of Psychology created a “Positive Action Team” during the 2017-2018 year to create public facing statements affirming our Department’s mission and values. In response to the ongoing crises with family separations, the team drafted the following open letter which is also posted on our Department website. See  here. UC Berkeley Department of Psychology Statement … Continue reading »

What comes next? Janus v. AFSCME

Sara Hinkley, Associate director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment | June 27, 2018

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME in favor of the plaintiff, a local government worker who asserted that being required to pay fees to the union at his workplace violated his first amendment rights. This ruling has been anticipated for years (a similar case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, was deadlocked … Continue reading »

What is at stake in Supreme Court ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME

Ken Jacobs, chair, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education | June 22, 2018

Co-authored with Sarah Thomason Monica Ruiz grew up the daughter of immigrant farmworkers in the Central Valley. Despite their hard work under grueling conditions, her parents struggled to make ends meet with the low wages they were paid. Monica joined her parents in the fields as a teenager and could have continued on a similar … Continue reading »

The slow rise, sudden fall of the G-7

Daniel Sargent, associate professor of history | June 14, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders at the G-7 summit, including President Trump, in Canada on June 9, 2018. The end times have come and gone for the West over 70-odd years, but it is difficult these days, to escape the sensation that the dusk really is falling. A changing light casts long shadows … Continue reading »

Trump’s lawyers say Mueller can’t touch him. Is the president really above the law?

Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law dean | June 12, 2018

A flurry of statements by President Donald Trump and his lawyers are stunningly reminiscent of a comment attributed to Louis XIV: “L’etat, c’est moi” — “The state? I am the state.” In early June, a memorandum from Trump’s lawyers to special counsel Robert Mueller became public and it contended that a president cannot commit the … Continue reading »

Who was Robert Kennedy?

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | June 8, 2018

There was no Saint Bobby. Robert Kennedy was a hawk not a dove, particularly with respect to his role in U.S.-Latin American relations. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, it was RFK who convinced his brother that a blockade would not be as effective as an invasion of Cuba. Relations between JFK and Bobby with Martin … Continue reading »

How to talk (and not to talk) about school shootings

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | June 7, 2018

Yes, as we all know, we have been here before. Twenty years ago, the nation was shocked by the Columbine High School shooting. On June 1, 1999, the day after the massacre, President Clinton gave an impassioned speech in the Rose Garden in which he announced a national campaign against youth violence. The campaign was to mobilize businesses, volunteer organizations … Continue reading »

Trump can’t block you from his Twitter account, but you can block him from yours

William Turner, Lecturer in media studies | May 31, 2018

Last week a federal judge in New York decided that President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking individuals from his Twitter account who criticized him or his tweets. Trump admitted he barred the individuals from access to his tweets and from commenting on them because of their political opposition to Trump’s positions. Judge … Continue reading »

It’s time to raise wages for care workers

Ken Jacobs, chair, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education | May 29, 2018

If you have children, you have likely struggled to find affordable quality childcare. Many of us face the same struggle seeking home care for a loved one or ourselves. In both cases costs to consumers are often out of reach while wages for workers are too low to retain a trained, stable workforce. Ballot initiatives this year … Continue reading »

Three works about inequality converge on similar policy agenda

Stephen Menendian, assistant director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | May 24, 2018

In a span of three months in 2017, three Richards— Reeves, Florida, and Rothstein—published three well-received books on inequality in America. Each work begins at starkly different origin points, but end at remarkably similar conclusions. The consensus policy agenda developed by the three Richards suggests not only the unfinished business of past generations, but also … Continue reading »

Free speech on campus: an exchange

R. Jay Wallace, professor of philosophy | May 21, 2018

On May 10, columnist Megan McArdle published a blog post for The Washington Post about the recent release of the report of the Berkeley Commission on Free Speech. As co-chair of the commission, I responded to McArdle’s post in an email, resulting in the following exchange, which I’d like to make available for those interested in the … Continue reading »

Why we must continue to fight for fair housing, 50 years on from nation’s Fair Housing Act

Stephen Menendian, assistant director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | April 11, 2018

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act. The final major legislative accomplishment of the Civil Rights Movement, this act was preceded by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. President Lyndon B. Johnson pushed for an “open housing” law several years before, but … Continue reading »

Vilified by Trump, DACA youth getting an ICEy reception across the country

Bruce Fuller, professor of education and public policy | April 5, 2018

This commentary is cross-posted from Education Week’s Commentary section, where Fuller regularly exchanges views with Lance Izumi. America’s high schools rarely offer a warm cocoon for our youths, secluded from pressing social ills. Neighborhood disparities deepen wide gaps in learning. The cowardice of pro-gun politicians leads to bloodshed inside classrooms. President Donald Trump chose Easter … Continue reading »

MLK: an enduring and great teacher

john a. powell, director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | April 4, 2018

This is cross-posted from the Haas Institute Blog of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. This week people all across the world are pausing to acknowledge the incredible life and the tragic death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I always deliberately include the “Reverend” in his title as we … Continue reading »