VotingOpEd

Why you should vote

Take advantage of your right to vote in the November election

“Did you register to vote?” a female student greeted me with a big smile as I walked through the center of Sproul Hall on campus. “No,” I quickly responded as I smiled back. “Would you like to register?” she said. “It takes only about several minutes. I can help you.”
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Meritorious applicants left in the dust

Race is just one factor among many issues in college admissions process

Almost 30 years ago, after claiming he had lost a teaching position to a woman of color, Thomas Wood turned his private frustration in to a public crusade in the form of Proposition 209, a California initiative that ultimately abolished affirmative action in education, employment and contracting in the state.
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Students will finally have a voice

Measure allows students to represent themselves in city

Imagine a student on the City Council, adjudicating and legislating on key issues such as housing, sustainability and development. His or her mandate: Heed students’ voices, bring them to the city government and ensure that students’ needs are finally reflected in city policy. Such a dream may be much closer
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Measure undistricts city and only changes who draws district lines

Texas-style politics comes to Berkeley with city redistricting measure

The charter amendment Measure R doesn’t redistrict Berkeley at all. It undistricts it. A little history: District Elections were instituted in 1986 to end citywide elections for all council seats. It was a measure put forth by the conservative hills residents against the monopoly the much more progressive flatlands of
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Now is the time to make change

Veto is a setback for graduate student research assistants

Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would have given the University of California’s more than 14,000 graduate student research assistants the same rights that other UC employees have under the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act.  These rights include the freedom to form a union if a majority of
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Homelessness hits where it hurts

A look at the issue of being homeless on Southside

First they encamped a half-block away. Then, they moved closer, their flimsy mats and tattered blankets haphazardly covering them. Before blacking out from alcohol, they rock the block with merriment, obscenities and mutual contempt. That is some nights. The scene changes nightly. Sometimes they don’t show up. I live a
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Fighting to sit

Time to stand up again for your right to sit down in the city

This November, Berkeley voters will be asked to vote on whether to prohibit all of us who are not in a wheelchair or in the midst of a medical emergency from sitting on commercial sidewalks in Berkeley between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Who sits on sidewalks? At one time
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Vote yes for a safer and cleaner city

The measure does not intend to discriminate against homeless

A yes vote on Measure S Civil Sidewalks is a vote for a safer, cleaner, more inviting Telegraph Avenue. In 2011, the UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate student governments held a survey which found that 67 percent of respondents — 90 percent of whom were UC students — would frequent
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Representing what’s right

An open letter to critics of the UCSA resolution on HR 35

Last month, the UC Student Association, a coalition of the UC student governments across each campus, expressed its principled opposition to anti-Semitism but deep concern with the language of a state Assembly bill purportedly about the topic, HR 35. The concern stems from language in the bill that conflates anti-Semitism
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