social justice

In the immortal words of Howard Beale, the TV anchor played by Peter Finch, in the classic film Network,  “Things are bad, they’re worse than bad. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore. Things have got to change.” If you are feeling that way you’re not alone. In facing adversity some choose to do nothing and sit on their hands, others rise to the moment and resist.

Emerging from the economic consulting and the tech sector, Jaime B. Hansen aims to inspire and empower women through videos, speaking and speaking out; her latest book is Expanding the Conversation.   

Grants Boost Food Stamp Use at Farm Markets

Oct 7, 2015

There are 4.4 million food stamp recipients in California, and the participants in that program, now known as Cal Fresh are now able to use their benefits at many local farm markets. A new series of federal grants is out to expand those opportunities.

  It took some time for the use of electronic CalFresh cards to become easy and widespread in California, says Martin Borque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center in Berkeley. But that use was accelerated by some carefully negotiated measures to hold costs down.

Sonoma County’s Climate Change Vulnerabilities

Mar 12, 2015

Limiting the extent of climate change remains a priority for Sonoma County. But we should be preparing to live with it, too. A new report examines the hazards that need to be addressed.

  Deanne DiPietro, another co-author of the Climate Ready Sonoma County report, is a climate change scientist with the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative. She hopes that this new document will help people to be more pro-active and feel a bit more hopeful about the future.

Locals heading for Oakland Climate March

Feb 4, 2015

 Thousands of people from all over California are preparing to converge in Oakland Saturday to show their support for more aggressive measures to combat global warming. And Sonoma County will be well represented among them.

    For Denny Rosatti, Executive Director of Sonoma County Conservation Action , the biggest worry--among many--about fracking is it's potential impact on California's groundwater reserves.

The Case for Abolishing Prisons

Mar 7, 2014

 It’s hard to imagine a society without prisons —especially in contemporary California -- but that’s exactly what Steve Martinot has been doing. He’s the author of a short book titled “The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment” that makes a case for such a change. Bruce Robinson talked with him to understand his reasoning.

ACLU Suggests Citizens REview Board Standards

Dec 26, 2013

  As the Task Force appointed by County Supervisors to study the creation of a citizen review panel to examine the use of deadly force by Law Enforcement officers, the local chapter of the ACLU has offered its support, and some recommendations. That’s the focus of The Exchange today.

Santa Rosa March for Andy Lopez

Oct 29, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  One week after 13-year old Andy Lopez was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy, a huge crowd marched through central Santa Rosa Tuesday in protest. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson was there.

Another march and demonstration, calling for Justice for Andy Lopez, has been set for Wednesday afternoon in Roseland, beginning at 5 pm.