Why our experiences cannot be discounted

Only in Berkeley does a bake sale incense the masses, spur yet another protest and garner national media attention. I’ve devoured dozens of cookies and cupcakes in my lifetime, but never before have they motivated me to discuss race, politics and education with my peers. On Thursday evening, the Berkeley
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What are rights without remedies?

Imagine the following scenario: a UC Berkeley administrator doesn’t care for a particular student group -— say, the Cal Students for Liberty — and decides to pursue trumped-up disciplinary charges against the organization’s active members. The university official even goes so far as to submit false evidence against our young
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What does the coalition stand for?

This summer, following the July Regents Meeting ­— at which student fees were raised by another 9.6 percent — a group of students, workers and faculty began meeting to renew our shared fight for public education and against the evisceration of the UCs. Since then, we’ve held large social gatherings
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Knowing tenants’ rights: Be aware of screening fees

We all know that looking for housing off campus is stressful, time-consuming and costly. From searching in a very competitive market and paying high rent, to finding roommates and moving and unpacking, the last thing on your mind is the fees that you pay just to fill out an application
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“Out-gunned”: campus response to protest

The 2011 UC Berkeley Deans and Chairs Retreat, held on Aug. 18, featured a presentation by the administration on the topic of campus activism — what the past few years have taught and what the recent tuition hike and other policy and administrative changes might augur for this academic year.
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Working to support undocumented students

Many leaders and organizers in support of the movement towards equality in education went to Sacramento Monday to urge Gov. Brown to continue to support the California Dream Act, specifically AB 131. As a co-chair of Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education at UC Berkeley, I work to support the undocumented students that have
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How the DREAM Act may be a mirage

Assembly Bill 131, the second half of the so-called “DREAM Act,” is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Despite its name, it offers little more than a mirage to the students it promises to help and a nightmare to the citizens whose hard-earned dollars will be used to fund
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Renewing a sense of national unity

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the vast majority of today’s college students were still in elementary or middle school, far too young to grasp the full implications of a terrorist attack against the United States, yet old enough for that day to live on in our memories as a
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