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State of Affairs, Cal-State Faculty Call for Reforms to Improve Racial Justice Across System, Parenting in the Time of Quarantine




SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California State Capitol on March 13, 2019 in Sacramento, California. Newsom announced today a moratorium on California's death penalty. California has 737 people on death row, the largest death row population in the United States.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California State Capitol on March 13, 2019 in Sacramento, California. Newsom announced today a moratorium on California's death penalty. California has 737 people on death row, the largest death row population in the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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State of Affairs

Governor Newsom issues new guidance for schools looking to reopen this Fall. Meanwhile, as coronavirus cases continue to rise, many people are asking if both Newsom and mayor Eric Garcetti reopened too soon.

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Cal State Faculty Anti-Racism and Social Justice Reforms 

The Cal-States are some of the most ethnically and racially divers​e universities in the country, 38 percent of CSU employees and 60 percent of CSU students are people of color. Thus earlier this month, the union that represents the faculty across all those schools released a report this month titled: “Anti-Racism and Social Justice Transformation Reform Package.” The report includes reforms such as requiring all Cal-State students to take an ethnic studies course to graduate (which is tied to AB1460, a bill that has passed in the CA Senate and Assembly, but Governor Newsom has yet to sign into law) and offering free tuition to Black and Indigenous students, among other things. To learn more about these steps for racial justice we spoke to one of the leaders of the faculty union. 

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Parenting in the Time of Quarantine

Throughout the pandemic we’ve been talking about how to parent in the era of COVID. Today we’ll meet a couple of professors from Lehigh University who were so frustrated with trying to simultaneously work from home while also parenting their two kids -- who, of course, are also stuck at home-- that they did a self-experiment. The result is laid out in the op-ed titled “Yes, balancing work and parenting is impossible. Here’s the data.” Suzanne Edwards and her husband Larry Snyder co-wrote it for the Washington Post.

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Chad and JT on Masks 

Since the start of the pandemic, we've been hearing from countless experts —epidemiologists, sociologists and even an FBI hostage negotiator— about the reasons why some people just refuse to wear mask, despite the evidence that face coverings can help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But one group we haven't heard as much from are the maskless, themselves. Well, the comedic duo behind the YouTube video series "Chad Goes Deep" got an earful when they took to the streets of Huntington Beach to hand out free masks. We discuss their viral video "Solving the Mask Shortage in Huntington Beach".

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