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New subcommittee on Urban Shield should side against the program

CITY ISSUES: Berkeley City Council’s refusal to side with resident protest has ultimately failed citizens

Four days before Berkeley City Council voted to continue the Urban Shield police training program, the police officer who killed Philando Castile was acquitted by a jury of his peers. Only a week later, BPD faced new allegations of racial profiling from UC Berkeley student Ismael Chamu. In Berkeley and
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Four dicks we met at SF Pride

Too hungover and in need of caffeine to think twice about what we were doing, we automatically surrendered to the stereotypes of our demographic. Our crew — mostly white, mostly straight, and in this moment, basic as fuck, was that group emerging from the BART escalator out into the San Francisco Civic Center daylight, tinseled with rainbow flags and glitter, late for the parade, zero percent nude, with Starbucks in hand.
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Our generation can become part of the solution

NATIONAL ISSUES: Recent national and local protests are a sign that our generation will no longer allow racism and discrimination to play a role in our society.

This week, we witnessed the uproar spreading across the United States in response to the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. We firmly stand with the protestors against the injustice this decision reflects. Since the Civil Rights Movement, this
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Defending against the police

CITY ISSUES: The dialogue surrounding the police use of tasers shows citizens are paying attention to their police, which is a positive step.

It has been little more than a month since outrage swept the nation in response to the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking protests, solidarity marches, online campaigns and other actions of support.
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