Canonization of Junipero Serra Alienates Native Americans

On Sept. 24, Pope Francis stood in the Washington D.C. Basilica and made history by canonizing Father Junipero Serra, thus making the 18th century...

Inflation of Theory, Deflation of Individual

Many economists will claim no one saw the 2008 recession coming. The housing bubble grew and grew right before their eyes and few expected it to pop when it did. Maybe it was because their noses were too deep in their books on theory and ideal worlds to realize that if they weren’t critical of their surroundings, thousands of families would end up in bank-owned homes and would be forced out of them. Including mine.

Police Brutality Extends to the Classroom

Violence doesn’t belong in the classroom. But in this country, it’s becoming shockingly more common. The increase of incidents of violence in public schools have...

Prop 47 More Than a Financial Boost

Advocates for this bill have focused on the financial savings, but reducing petty crimes to misdemeanors would also give two basic rights back to a historically disenfranchised population: the right to vote and the opportunity to apply for a job without being judged for having committed a nonviolent or nonserious drug or property crime.

Privacy Unlocked

When we go home at night and close our blinds, we hope no one has the ability to see through them. We shut and...

U.S. Gets an F in Education

Public school teachers across the nation are using social media to expose the broken desks, dead rats and moldy walls that are the standards...

Lethal Injections Lawsuit Demands Transparency

On the day Clayton Lockett was sentenced to be executed in Oklahoma, something went wrong. He should have died immediately, but instead­ he suffered for 43 minutes, writhing and convulsing in pain. Eventually, one of his veins ruptured, causing him to have a heart attack and die.

Institutions Must No Longer Protect the Patriarchy

The silence is breaking across the country as sexual assault and harassment become more visible to the public. Change is on the horizon, but...

A Fine Line Between Hurt and Humor

Almost 4 million people across France rallied to support the victims of an attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine....

Take Down the Mission Bell

Columbus Day is a celebration of brutal conquest and white supremacy — one that UC Santa Cruz is complicit in by ignoring calls to...