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Recently a new city ordinance has taken place in Fresno, CA. This city ordinance is a ban on homeless people from standing on medians and asking for money. The Fresno City Council gave tentative approval to the measure at it’s meeting. Yet nonprofit communities can go and receive a permit which validates them to do the same. The Council passed a 6-1 vote that made this ordinance valid. Under […]
The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference ended in a large controversy because of a meeting which was held and attended by only 26 of the 192 countries in attendance. These countries in attendance, which happen to be the more wealthy and powerful, consisted of the U.S., Russia, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and others such as Ethiopia, […]
The Investigative Sociology project at Sonoma State University (SSU) and Media Freedom Foundation are conducting a study on the commonalities of law enforcement related deaths in the United States. We are seeking to conduct telephone interviews with individuals in families of people who have died in a law enforcement related incident within the past twenty years. Students […]
Cyber Charter Schools have been expanding in numbers in the United States since 2003. Over 190 schools are now labeled as Cyber Charter Schools. These schools are being called “21st century learning” which advocates for a more technology based and student-centered curriculum. Cyber Charter Schools are being used as a way to undermine teachers and in particular teacher […]
President Obama is in support of a national database that will hold the DNA of all people who get arrested on suspicion of a felony or gross misdemeanor. It is important to note that the DNA will be taken (usually swabbing the inner cheek) from all people who are arrested, not just people who are convicted. […]