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In the Trenches for Democracy

By Tom Kertscher

One attorney’s path to the front lines

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Trump’s claims notwithstanding, U.S. elections are more secure than ever 

By Tom Kertscher

Elections expert David Becker says voters should have full confidence in the 2024 presidential vote.

Courtesy of Diana Foster

What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortions?

By David Silverberg

‘Genius’ grantee Diana Greene Foster has devoted her career to answering the question.


Marshawn Lynch Acts Like an Actor

By the editors at California magazine

… and other Berkeley movies, books, and entertainment

National Gun Violence Awareness Day Press Conference / Courtesy of Jesse Gabriel

‘A very big deal’: Proposed legislation would tax California gun sales to fund violence prevention

By Leah Worthington

“I joined the gun violence prevention movement because of school shootings like Uvalde and Parkland. Shootings that left me terrified to go to school. Shootings that left me worried that I was going to be the next headline."

San Quentin / Pat Joseph

Stuck in the Middle

By Glen Martin

Kevin Sawyer is a man of many parts. He's a certified commercial and residential electrician. A trained paralegal. A skilled guitarist and pianist. He's also an inmate at San Quentin State Prison serving an indeterminate life sentence for burglary and sexual assault.

Courtesy of Emilie Raguso

On the Story: Emilie Raguso Covers Berkeley’s Crime Beat Like No One Else

By Margie Cullen

When news first broke that a human skeleton was found hidden under a building on Berkeley’s Clark Kerr campus, Emilie Raguso was horrified.

Margaret being sworn in as a judge as her mother and daughter look on (Courtesy of the Fujioka family)

Her Honor: Judge Carries Lessons Handed Down From Heart Mountain

By Martin Snapp

On January 11, 2017, Margaret Fujioka ‘79 took the oath of office in the Rotunda of Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland as the first Japanese American woman Superior Court judge in Alameda County. She was flanked by her proud mother, husband, and children, but her thoughts turned to two people who weren’t there: her late father, Yoshiro “Babe” Fujioka, and his hero, his big brother Teruo “Ted” Fujioka.

A New EPA Rule Targets Tailpipe Emissions

By Leah Worthington

Ten days before Earth Day, on April 12, the Biden administration announced plans to significantly curtail vehicular emissions through unprecedented regulations that, if finalized, would mark a turning point in the electrification of everything from passenger vehicles to big rig trucks.

Inflation Reduction Act Marks U.S.’s Biggest Investment in Fighting the Climate Crisis

By Leah Worthington

Last August, as Californians faced a deepening drought, Pakistan battled devastating floods, and the FBI captivated the world with its dramatic raid of Mar-a-Lago, a landmark piece of legislation snuck its way into federal law.

Patrick Welsh

The Legacy of Berkeley’s I-House

By Margie Cullen

Meet five notable alumni who made waves in their fields

Dhingra with Planned Parenthood advocates on the north steps of the state capitol building (Washington State Legislature)

Berkeley Alumni Led a Historic Effort to Safeguard Reproductive Freedom

By Margie Cullen

When a judge in Texas issued his ruling invalidating the FDA’s approval of abortion pill mifepristone on April 8th, Karen Keiser ’69, MSJ ’73 was outraged.