State Senator Loni Hancock has, since 1971, served as Berkeley City Councilmember, Berkeley mayor (the first woman), State Assemblymember, and State Senator. She has been an unswerving advocate for social justice, public education, and environmental protection. Loni now leads the much-needed effort to reform prison practices in California. Joining us will be Congresswoman Barbara Lee, […]
As consumer spending decreases credit dries up, businesses purchase less and lay-off employees thus creating a downward economic spiral. This can only be reversed by focused and bold government action, particularly at the federal level. While the Obama administration has made half-steps towards addressing some of these problems with the Economic Stimulus package 0f 2009 and the Financial Reform Act of 2010, the basic underlying problems still persist, and unless reversed will inevitably lead to future economic shocks, chronic unemployment, and increasing income inequality.
The incredibly rapid shift in the political climate in America has brought to light an important dynamic in our nation. Just three short years ago, Karl Rove was talking about a permanent Republican majority. What can account for such a rapid turn around? What could explain how our country could shift so rapidly from one […]
Dear Secretary Bowen, We join with the ACLU in urging you to reconsider your office’s recent determination that people released from California’s prison to local community supervision under California’s criminal justice realignment are not eligible to vote. These individuals are neither in prison nor on parole, the only narrow grounds upon which California’s felony disenfranchisement […]