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Organizing for change: How some activists are responding to police violence

Bashirah Mack ('22) reports from a pop-up protest sign exchange to the defund police campaign, Black organizers in Oakland are working hard to change the status quo.

Digital artwork of a wolf with its mouth open in a growling posture, surrounded by glitch-like effects and geometric shapes, all depicted in shades of black and dark green. This piece channels the intensity and raw emotion akin to powerful storytelling in Berkeley Journalism.

When Police Violence is a Dog Bite

Michelle Pitcher ('21) contributes to story by lecturer Abbie VanSickle on police dogs—used for officer safety but causing more hospital visits than any other use of force by police—and lack of oversight on how they're deployed.

Poster for the film "John Lewis: Good Trouble" features a portrait of John Lewis wearing a suit and tie. Above his head are the words, "Thousands of protests. 45 arrests. 33 years in Congress." Below, text reads, "Sometimes change calls for a little trouble." Created in collaboration with Berkeley Journalism.

Message from Interim Dean Geeta Anand regarding the legacy of Representative John Lewis

Interim Dean Geeta Anand pledges to renew our commitment to work tirelessly to create a more equitable school—and world.

A group of four men stand outdoors on a residential street. Three younger men, two in masks, are standing together as an older man in a black jacket speaks to them. They are near a black car with a CVS bag on the ground. Trees and houses provide the backdrop. It’s like a scene from Berkeley Journalism unfolding in real life.

In Stockton, a Powerful Program to Prevent Violence

Betty Márquez Rosales reports how gun violence, police brutality & unemployment affects Blacks and Latinos in Stockton and the devoted 'interrupter' working to keep them safe.

A U.S. map with red dots indicating locations of Black Lives Matter protests from May 26 to June 9. Overlayed images from protests in Phoenix, San Antonio, Louisville, Mishawaka, and Portland feature crowds holding signs and raising fists. Text reads "How Black Lives Matter Reached Every Corner of America” – Berkeley Journalism.

How Black Lives Matter Reached Every Corner of America

Our NYT Data Desk interns Yuri Avila, Barbara Harvey and Alex Matthews contribute reporting and research.

A smiling man in blue clothing with glasses, affiliated with Berkeley Journalism, has his arm around an older woman with short dark hair, also smiling. They stand close together in front of a neutral background.

‘My Mom Is Beyond a Superwoman’: Mother’s Day While Locked Up

KQED interviews Robin Estrin ('21) about her reporting on a prisoner with respiratory disease serving a life sentence spending Mother's Day away from his elderly mom and the COVID fears they have for each other.

A woman in a blue dress stands at a podium with a microphone, gesturing with her left hand. She is outside the CoreCivic Otay Mesa Detention Center, which is visible in the background. A container of various supplies is placed on the ground next to her, as Berkeley Journalism students capture the moment.

Medically vulnerable migrants plea for release from detention

Jess Alvarenga reports on the situation for vulnerable migrants at the Otay Mesa Detention Center with the largest outbreak of COVID-19.