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Everything You Wanted to Know About A Grand Jury (But Were Afraid to Ask)

News & Civics | December 11, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About A Grand Jury (But Were Afraid to Ask)

A New York grand jury in early December voted to not criminally charge a white police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. The decision came just 10 days after a Missouri grand jury declined to charge Darren Wilson. Here is an effort to explain a process that’s been thrust into the spotlight over the past two weeks, but remains pretty vague: the Grand Jury.

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The Race Gap in Bay Area Police Departments

News & Civics | December 4, 2014

The Race Gap in Bay Area Police Departments

Circles in the map below are scaled according to the number of sworn officers in each police department. As shown in the blue legend at bottom, the shade of each circle indicates the size of the race gap between the police force (sworn officers) and the population; the darker the circle, the larger the gap.

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How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

News & Civics | November 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

Childhood obesity has skyrocketed in the last 30 years, making the need for healthier eating habits an important matter. This past week, students were asked, “How can schools make lunches more appealing to teens?” Check out their responses.

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Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls? Students Weigh In

News & Civics | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls? Students Weigh In

Today, there is a lot of controversy on whether one should be required to show ID at voting booths. But why? Many feel the ID requirement is put in place to prevent minorities and financially indebted U.S. citizens from voting at the polls.

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Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

News & Civics | November 19, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it’s far from just California’s problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation’s agriculture.

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Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

News & Civics | November 18, 2014

Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

Remember when U.S. immigration reform seemed like it was finally in the cards? That was so 2013. But now that the Republicans have won control of the Senate, the issue may soon resurface, with a stronger possibility of a bill making it through both chambers of Congress.

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On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

News & Civics | November 17, 2014

On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

Despite ongoing conservative opposition to the raising the federal minimum wage, recent initiatives in individual states, both blue and red, have had overwhelmingly success. Check out this interactive explainer to learn more.

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The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

News & Civics | November 10, 2014

The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

In case you weren’t paying attention, this was a big week for the Republican Party. On Election Day, the nation swung decidedly to the right. Here’s a map that illustrates voter turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, shown as a percentage of each state’s voting-age population.

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The Youth Vote is Important for Democracy to Thrive

News & Civics | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Youth Vote is Important for Democracy to Thrive

This past week, students were asked why it is important for young people to vote; what issues would influence their vote the most, and how can the youth influence the outcome of an election? Check out their responses

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A Look into Race & Representation within Police Departments

News & Civics | October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Look into Race & Representation within Police Departments

A lot of news stories recently have focused on race and law enforcement. Should the members of a police force reflect the larger population they serve?

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