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Was Justice Served in the Ferguson Decision? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | December 11, 2014 | 23 Comments

Was Justice Served in the Ferguson Decision? Students Weigh In

Recently the grand jury made a decision to not indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. Students discuss whether justice was served in the grand jury hearing.

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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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Should There Be a Soda Tax? Students Weigh In

Community Voices | December 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

Should There Be a Soda Tax? Students Weigh In

Recently, San Francisco voters were given the chance to vote for or against Proposition E, a proposition involving a tax on soda and sugary drinks in the amount of $0.02 per ounce. Would sugary drink tax discourage people from buying unhealthy drinks and increase people’s general health? Should such a tax be implemented around the country?

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A Look into Race & Representation within Police Departments

Civics in the Community | 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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Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities with the Police [An Illustrated Guide]

News & Civics | October 3, 2014

Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities with the Police [An Illustrated Guide]

In August, riots erupted in Ferguson, Mo. after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old. The incident underscored the importance of people knowing what their rights are when stopped by the police, and how to act appropriately during these interactions to best avoid potentially dangerous confrontations. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner explains the rules of engagement.

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Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

Do Now | May 23, 2014 | 20 Comments

Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

In April, a convicted murderer on Oklahoma’s death row was given a lethal injection. But the procedure — intended to be swift and painless — got screwed up, causing the inmate to writhe in intense pain and eventual die of a heart attack. Should prisoners convicted of the worst crimes receive the death penalty?

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Did Race Play a Role in the Trayvon Martin Verdict?

Do Now | July 26, 2013 | 64 Comments

Did Race Play a Role in the Trayvon Martin Verdict?

Unless you’ve been living in a hole for the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard by now that George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. On the night of July 13, after more than 15 hours of deliberation, the six-person all female jury announced its verdict, finding Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

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Strategies for finding a job in the sustainability sector – how did Elena Olmedo work it out?

Post-Secondary ESL | December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Strategies for finding a job in the sustainability sector – how did Elena Olmedo work it out?

Michael Pollan has written “The word “sustainability” has gotten such a workout lately that the whole concept is in danger of floating away on a sea of inoffensiveness. Everybody, it seems, is for it whatever it means.” So what does sustainability mean to you – do you think of solar panels or wind power? Buying […]

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Do Now #27: When Is It OK To Defend Yourself?

Do Now | April 6, 2012 | 52 Comments

Do Now #27: When Is It OK To Defend Yourself?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #KQEDDoNow For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now Should you have the legal right to use force – even deadly force if it seems […]

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