Why I am a Feminist

By Jonathan Uriarte For the past couple of weeks several events in my daily life have reaffirmed my strong beliefs in fairness and justice towards women, particularly those who are most disadvantaged. It first started with a visit from a human rights activist to my Political Science seminar on the same topic. Her first question to our small group was, “why are you interested in human rights?” My first instinct was to answer, because I am a Political Science major and I’m focusing on in...
More

The Soda Tax in CA?

For the past three summers, Mayor Gavin Newsom encouraged San Francisco citizens to go "Soda Free."  Earlier this year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other high-sugar beverages in New York City. The State Legislature of Hawaii just killed a soda tax bill this last week. Countless other mayors and state legislatures tried similar plans, but none have succeeded in passing any such law. I hope that AB 669, a penny-per-ounce soda tax bill introduced in the C...
More

The Republican Re-Definition of Rape

Republicans have once again made their true priorities clear. They're here to muck up the political waters by introducing incredibly divisive legislation designed to restrict a woman's access to abortion.  Over the last few days, there's been a media firestorm around what many have been calling a "redefinition" of rape. Under the GOP definition, only "forcible rape" would have been exempt from the federal ban on abortion funding, as if to suggest that rape isn't always forcible. I gues...
More

Why Immigration Reform has become the new Catch 22

A couple of days before the disastrous midterm elections, President Barack Obama sat with comedian John Stewart and discussed the success and failures of his administration during his first two years in office. When Stewart referred to healthcare reform (affectionately named by Republicans as “Obamacare” and the highest achievement claimed by the 111th Congress led by Democrats) as “timid,” we saw the President react with a defensive tone and small dose of indignation. Healthcare reform was not ...
More

The New 2010-11 Cal Dems Board!

On April 29th, the members of the Cal Berkeley Democrats elected their new board: President: Daniel Osborn Vice-President: Maxim Levet Membership Director: Christy Stanker Communications Director: Anais LaVoie Political Director: Molly Peterson Finance Director: Jonathan Uriarte Smart Ass Editor-in-Chief: Zoe Kornberg Tech Director: Klein Lieu And of course, our Cal Dems Mascot: Tom Hughes On May 8th, the new Cal Dems Board appointed: Events Director: Emily K...
More

January Endorsements

On January 28, 2010, the Cal Berkeley Democrats endorsed four bills, ballot initiatives, and policy positions regarding both state and federal government. Members voted unanimously to support AB 656, the California Democracy Act, an end to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. AB 656 would place a 9.9% “severance” fee on oil companies, which drill in our lands and profit from our resources. Currently, California is the only oil-pro...
More

Nate Silver: The Health Care Elevator Pitch

Nate Silver addresses criticism from the left and makes another great argument for health care reform. His elevator pitch: Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln are probably willing to sign off on $900 billion in public subsidies so that poor and sick people can have better access to health care. Is there really no way we can make this work for us? Another noteworthy passage: But that money isn't really going to poor people -- it's going to Cigna! Then there's an argument I have much less symp...
More

Mills Health Care Forum

On December 7, Cal Dems Robbie Bruens and Nik Dixit spoke at a health care forum hosted by the Fem Dems at Mills College. Robbie discussed his work with Organizing for America, and the moral case for health care reform. Nik discussed the policy and politics behind the legislation in Congress. Watch excerpts of their presentations: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoAmNXjNpbM httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laN2UmEYdGo
More