Politics & public policy

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Ready to have a say in your future? Make sure you’re registered to vote.

As you gear up for the 2020 school year, don’t forget a critical item on the back-to-school checklist: making sure you’re registered to vote.

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Black athletes and the fight for racial justice

UC Berkeley women’s basketball coach Charmin Smith reflects on recent professional sports strikes and how collegiate athletes can make a difference.

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End of affirmative action at UC hurt Black, Latinx students, study finds

More than 1,000 students per year were deterred from applying to the UC system — but most would have been admitted, the study says.

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The window is closing to fill out the census. Help your community get its fair share.

With the census set to be completed September 30, time is running out to make sure you get counted — and get the services you deserve.

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An incomplete victory

The 100th anniversary of women's right to vote is coming up — but not all women benefited.

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Historian’s new book traces three generations of suffragists

‘Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote’ is timed to celebrate the centennial of women’s right to vote.

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Excluding undocumented immigrants from stimulus funds cost $10 billion in economic activity

Undocumented workers and their families contributed more than $1.6 trillion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2018.

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California child care system collapsing under COVID-19, Berkeley report says

The decline of child care creates risks to the state economy that require government intervention.

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California youth fired up to vote in 2020, new poll finds

New UC poll looks at the attitudes, concerns of a growing segment of the voting public.

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Five years ago, love won. Here's how research helps make progress possible

In 2015, the Supreme Court upheld a right to marriage for gay couples in Obergefell v. Hodges. One of the key elements to winning this battle was research — particularly one UC researcher's groundbreaking study in the 1940s that showed being gay was not a mental illness.