Civil disobedience necessary for animals’ rights, freedom

World-renowned humanitarian and vegetarian Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Where did we go wrong? Billions of people claim they love animals and stop a couples times a day to consume the carcass
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Closure of Alta Bates Hospital endangers community health

Sutter Health plans to shut down Berkeley’s only acute-care hospital, Alta Bates Medical Center, one mile from the UC Berkeley campus and the beloved birthplace of thousands of area residents, including many in the UC Berkeley community. If you are a UC Berkeley student, your health and wellbeing are at risk
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Defunding Black Panther research infringes on academic freedom

There’s nothing surprising about the federal government’s attempts to stifle the legacy of the Black Panther Party. However, the fact that those attempts have a direct effect on the staff and students of UC Berkeley, is troubling to say the least. In late spring of 2017, the National Park Service
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Student workers deserve more complete picture of union benefits

As current and former Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) at UC Berkeley, we are replying to a recent campuswide email from the UC administration regarding GSR unionization. Sent by Graduate Division Dean Fiona Doyle on Oct. 23, with the subject “Message Regarding Union Representation for Graduate Student Researchers,” the message responded
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Under eyes of the law, homeless people lack right to exist

We may think that the U.S. Constitution provides us with inalienable rights and equal protection under the law. But the truth, as Judge William Alsup made clear Tuesday in a hearing about evicting homeless people from the otherwise-unused land BART owns in South Berkeley known as “Here There,” is that
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In times of uncertainty, targeted communities must mobilize online

On Oct. 18, a rule by the Department of Homeland Security, which allows the department to collect social media information of every immigrant in the United States, regardless of documentation, went into effect. This rule would also affect U.S. citizens who happen to interact with immigrants online by rendering their
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