2020 census is politically crucial for redistricting

As soon as the midterms passed, many California Democrats turned their attention to November of 2020. But the party ought not to forget about April — the month when the 2020 census will take place. Uncertainty, distrust and unpreparedness all threaten the accuracy and completeness of the upcoming census. The
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‘A new form of censorship’: Protect your local newspapers or they’ll disappear

NATIONAL ISSUES: Local papers are closing their doors across the country, and residents have the power to stop this epidemic

Last month, the East Bay Express laid off its entire editorial staff — except for one editor.
Unfortunately, this represents a national trends in which local newspapers in the United States are collapsing at an alarming rate, leaving many communities without essential news coverage.
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UC Berkeley must fight back against Trump’s transgender military ban

NATIONAL ISSUES: At a time when the federal government is promoting transphobia, the campus community must take concrete steps to support transgender and gender non-conforming individuals

This week, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of allowing the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military — a decision that completely dehumanizes trans individuals, depicting them as unfit and a burden to serve. So, when the Trump administration seeks to dehumanize marginalized communities, everyone must resist.
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Data show how polluters cry wolf over environmental regulations

It’s become a predictable dance. A business faces a public backlash over its air and water pollution. Government regulators step in to reduce the emissions. And industry lobbyists contend that the ensuing “onerous regulations” will force layoffs or relocation to a less environmentally friendly jurisdiction or country. But new research
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An uncertain future

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The truth is that I am unsure what comes after my graduation because my future isn’t completely in my hands. My future is tied to the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
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Former ambassador Linton Brooks discusses Trump administration’s nuclear weapons policy at UC Berkeley event

Brooks, whose decades-long career has included serving on the White House National Security Council and overseeing the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, highlighted how the Trump administration’s NPR differs from that of the Obama administration, but emphasized the great degree of continuity across the two.
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