.Letters & Guest Essays

Feb 2, 2022

Not Just Idle Fear: Jim Crow wails in anguish

“The concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.” Even if Mitch McConnell’s viral gaffe last week is as innocent as he claims it to be, the stench of something deep—the unexamined racist fear and...
Sep 29, 2021

Close the Justice Gap: Put legal aid in reach of all Californians

To close the civil-justice gap, we need to change how the legal system operates. The best and brightest law students are lured to “big law”—huge firms that deal primarily in corporate work and pay their associates huge amounts of money. These young lawyers are told that they’ll have a chance to work on pro bono projects—helping clients on the wrong side of the civil justice gap at no cost to the client. But this is rarely the case.
Sep 15, 2021

Mills Must Explore Options

"Frankly, I’m unsure if the crucial decisions about the future of Mills are being made because of incompetent leadership or because the administration has something to gain from the closure. In either case, the approach is unacceptable."
Mar 30, 2021

Safety in Numbers

Journalist Katrina Fadrilan reflects on the difficult and painful legacies internal and external conflicts reflected in the recent spate of attacks on Asian Americans and the history of racial violence that has led to this point.
Feb 3, 2021

Close the Gaps

When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office, it marked the first time in American history that Californians held two of the three highest offices in the federal government. No, President Biden is not from...
Jan 27, 2021

In the Fast Lane

As the East Bay awaits a vaccine for the Covid-19 pandemic, efficient public transit is more urgent than ever. Many East Bay residents rely on public buses to get to their essential jobs, doctor's appointments and grocery...
Dec 2, 2020


Conflicted Interests Her conflicts have been a fact for many years (NAACP Leader Resigns, News, Nov. 25). Her Board, and local NAACP leaders in California, turned a blind eye, or failed in their duty to oversee what she...
Jun 17, 2020


Anti-Racist Reading List Thank you, D. Scott. This is a great list, and I have a number of these books. Karen Seneferu Via East Bay Express Water's Not the Issue Well, there it is, the sad truth about surface water and groundwater...
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