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Members of the Biden Administration That Have Called California Home

Biden has appointed several Californians to key jobs in his administration to help secure the homeland, preserve healthcare, boost the economy and improve education.
 Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks on stage at the Chase Center before President-elect Joe Biden's address to the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

What a Vice President Kamala Harris Means for California

The Golden State will gain a strong ally in the White House and new national influence with a Californian as Joe Biden’s second-in-command.
A man waves a Biden flag from his car as people take to the streets in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, 2020 to celebrate Joe Biden and the Democratic Party's victory in the 2020 presidential election. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
Reporter Roundup

Fireworks, Rainbows and Pot-Banging: Here's How L.A. Is Reacting to a Biden-Harris Win

In Los Angeles, the news of the Biden-Harris win was met with jubilation and relief, both in the streets and on social media.
Demonstrators gather in front of the United States Supreme Court, where the Court is hearing arguments on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - DACA. | Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
City Rising

How Youth Activism Has Shaped American Democracy

These activists are part of a long history in America, stretching back as far back as the 1830s (and likely beyond), of youth challenging and transforming our democracy. Here is a look at some of those movements.
Californians for Justice youths at the beach and playing in the water. It is a rare experience for many to just be able to relax since many are juggling multiple responsibilities created by social and economic systems. | Californians for Justice
City Rising

Building Youth Power Through Healing: How Healing is Critical to Youth Organizing

Youth organizations are not just protesting or mobilizing; they are increasingly and consciously working self-care and healing as a form of political resistance.
Rally against Prop 187 with American and Mexican flags waving | Still from "187"

Civil Rights Leaders and Students Who Laid It On the Line for Immigrant Rights

The campaign against Proposition 187 was a call to action for many people from all walks of life. For those with years of legal training, it was signal to use their training to support the immigrant community. For students, it was an awakening.
Over 400 high school students walked in unity to the OUSD school board meeting the morning of Monday, March 4th, 2019 following the contract agreement between the teachers union and school district. | Courtesy of Youth Together
City Rising

It Takes “The Town” to Fight for a Quality Education: Oakland and The Challenges Ahead for Public Schools

Improving the quality of education in Oakland public schools has been an ongoing uphill battle. In recent months, there have been significant wins, but due budget cuts and the current global pandemic, there are several looming threats.
(L-R) Youth leaders Jacob "Blacc" Jackson, Joshua Ham and Christian Flagg | Courtesy of Brothers, Sons, Selves
City Rising

What Can California Learn from Restorative Justice Practices Taking Place in its Schools?

Restorative champions say that the model reduces suspensions and engagement with law enforcement while increasing the sense of community and safety on campus. They say this type of change is possible not only for schools but also for cities and states.