Op-Ed

We Need to Stop Normalizing Gun Violence

As my generation has grown up, we have had to bear witness to more and more reports of gun violence—like the school shooting Friday in Santa Fe, Texas.

This is an issue so many people stand for, because it comes down to one basic thing: safety.

My Generation Won’t Accept Empty Promises on Gun Violence Legislation

As a youth advocate, it’s my personal responsibility to help fix forms of injustice where I see them. I will be using my voice, along with other youth to stop gun violence, whether by participating in national walkouts to get Congress aware of our concerns or by badgering our representatives for comprehensive reform. If our representatives disregard us because of our age and supposed lack of knowledge, then we’ll know who to vote out when we turn 18.

The Silent Faces of Homelessness are People with Severe Disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are among those who need affordable housing—and they’re much less likely to find it. We believe that people with I/DD should have the same human and civil rights to choose from the broadest range of home, workplace and communities supports and settings.

California’s Budget Should Support Efforts to End Domestic Violence

With the constant stream of tragedies stemming from domestic violence people often ask, “What could have been done to prevent this from happening?”  The reality is that a staggering 5.78 million Californians experience domestic violence every year. Domestic violence homicides in public places put entire communities at risk of harm. And yet, we know much can be done to prevent these deaths which devastate families and communities.

Are We Asking the Wrong Question About Medi-Cal?

Health care advocates are always working on ways to make sure Medicaid is around to help people living in poverty. This is a good thing, but I also think it’s important to ask: Why do so many people require Medicaid? Why are so many people living and working in poverty? Why are we not working on more ways to lift people out of destitution?

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