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Thoughts from your Black colleague

Marco Lindsey, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Haas School of Business | June 3, 2020

If you read no further, understand this: Black Lives Matter = if anyone kills a Black person, their punishment should be the same as if they killed someone from any other race.

Chaos or community? Where do we go from here?

Charles Henry, professor emeritus, African American studies | June 1, 2020

Unlike the sixties, we instantly see footage of Ahmaud Arbery shot while jogging, Amy Cooper playing the victim, and the public execution of George Floyd. The assault on the senses is constant and relentless, exacerbated by Internet trolls and foreign interference. And, a president who daily rubs nerves raw as he misleads and incites.

Illusions of consent and COVID-19-tracking apps

Paul Schwartz, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology | May 21, 2020

COVID-tracking apps help identify parties with whom a COVID-infected person had contact. The apps do so by drawing on information about the location of a person’s mobile phone and its proximity to other devices. Experts, including the Bloomberg School of Public Health at John Hopkins, view this technology as a necessary boost to manual contract … Continue reading »

COVID: Arguing About the Invisible

Stephen Maurer, Adj. Em. Prof. of Public Policy | May 7, 2020

Democracies are only as good as voters’ ability to see and judge for themselves. That’s why we’re at our best when citizens experience the issues firsthand. Like the economy. Political strategists have made a fortune telling clients “It’s the Economy, Stupid.” And they’re right. After all, most voters are bound to know someone who’s out … Continue reading »

The clash over shelter-in-place rooted in slavery

john a. powell, director, Othering & Belonging Institute | May 4, 2020

The frightening demonstrations occurring outside state capitol buildings across the country in which right-wing hardliners are demanding governors lift shelter-in-place orders present a danger that goes far beyond immediate public health concerns. What we’re witnessing in fact threatens to dissolve whatever social cohesion we’ve managed to maintain as a country and ignite a new civil … Continue reading »

The COVID Crisis: What Next?

Stephen Maurer, Adj. Em. Prof. of Public Policy | April 24, 2020

This past month Americans did something great and good and remarkably non-partisan. We changed the COVID disease’s infectivity – the dreaded “R0”. And we did it by an act of will. Very few politicians or journalists will admit this. The habit of finding fault – or more precisely, rival political parties to blame – is … Continue reading »

If immigrants are not protected from COVID-19, everyone will suffer

Irene Bloemraad, professor of sociology | April 21, 2020

Even though the virus is blind to people’s citizenship or visa status, immigrants can be especially vulnerable to infection, serious illness, financial hardship, and hateful discrimination. To mitigate the dangers that immigrants face — and the repercussions for everyone in the United States — we need more public-private partnerships.

Is California a nation-state?

Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy | April 17, 2020

Of all the American states, California is best-equipped to be a country by itself with its large territory delimited by ocean, mountains, and desert, and it has a disproportionate impact on the rest of the world as the fifth largest economy.

Bernie, Jesse and the Democratic Party

Charles Henry, professor emeritus, African American studies | April 10, 2020

I recently had an exchange with a Bernie Sanders supporter who had read my book on Jesse Jackson’s two presidential campaigns. It forced me to think of the similarities and differences between Jackson’s efforts and those of Sanders. The similarities are fairly obvious. Both ran campaigns to force the Democratic Party to shift to the … Continue reading »

As millions of students turn to online education, the FCC must implement bold changes to close the digital divide

Brandie Nonnecke, Founding Director, CITRIS Policy Lab | April 1, 2020

With confirmed cases of coronavirus on the rise in the US, over 100,000 schools have closed, disrupting the education of over 55 million students. While many schools are turning to online instruction, the millions of students who fall into the “homework gap”— those who lack broadband access at home — risk falling further behind their … Continue reading »

The Supreme Court could work remotely during coronavirus crisis – and build rapport with citizens

Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law dean | March 20, 2020

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court announced that it was postponing the oral arguments scheduled for the weeks of March 23 and March 30 due to the coronavirus. But there was another alternative: It could have conducted the proceedings by remote technology and allowed the public to watch. There is precedent for postponing oral arguments. On … Continue reading »