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Volume 51, Number 15   December 1, 2003         

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California's Jews chronicled
A book about the history of California Jews co-edited by Marc Dollinger, who holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman endowed chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, was prominently featured in the Nov. 14 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. The book highlights lesser-known aspects of Jewish history such as the influence of women, the efforts of Jews to help the Japanese interned during World War II and the story of how Gold Rush adventurers worked at assimilating into Bay Area society. "Much of (this California history) is omitted from most of what you'd call general history books of Jewish history, which really means New York Jews," says Dollinger.
Read the full San Francisco Chronicle story.

After the fall of Baghdad
International relations professor Sanjoy Banerjee wrote a column in the Nov. 10 issue of India Currents describing the fragile relationship between the U.S. and Britain over the war in Iraq. If Prime Minister Tony Blair falls out of power, Britain will move away from the American camp and much closer to the mainland European position, says Banerjee. He added that for the first time in the last half millennium there is a growing bond between France, Germany and Russia. France has played the bad cop toward America in Iraq diplomacy while Germany and Russia have played the good cops, but their objectives are virtually identical. If Britain becomes at least an outside supporter, this European coalition will emerge as a strong counterweight to American power, certainly in the economic and diplomatic dimensions, and even to a modest extent in the military dimension, Banerjee concludes.
Read the full India Currents story (also published in New California Media).

Help is on the way for nursing shortage
The ongoing shortage of nurses in the Bay Area will get a shot in the arm thanks to a $110 million donation by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, according to a story in the Nov. 19 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. The foundation's nursing initiative will expand nurse training programs at universities and also help identify the specific nursing practices that improve patient care. In the University's School of Nursing, more than 400 people applied for 90 slots in the nursing bachelor's degree program, and another 200 applied for 50 openings in the school's career-change program. "Our waiting list doesn't really exist, because we just turn people away. It's killing us," said the school's director Beatrice Yorker. "Here we've been dying to get qualified applicants into nursing. Now we have all these people who want to come in, and we don't have room for them."
Read the full San Francisco Chronicle story (also publishedin the San Jose Mercury News).

Garden of Remembrance
The University's Garden of Remembrance, a memorial recognizing Japanese-American students sent to internment camps during World War II, was featured on the Nov. 8 episode of Henry's Garden, a television program on KRON 4-TV. Designed by renowned Japanese-American artist, teacher and former camp internee Ruth Asawa, the garden and waterfall are located between Burk Hall and the Fine Arts building. "Ruth's concept was that she wanted the historical documents, without any interpretation, to be placed in the garden so students at the Garden of Remembrance can have a place to reflect and learn," said Carole Hayashino, associate vice president of university development.
Read the KRON-4 TV story.

Minimum wage increase good news for immigrants
In the Nov. 6 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Murphy, director of the Urban Institute of San Francisco State University, commented on how the passage of Proposition L, the minimum wage proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot, will benefit minorities and immigrants. "People of color are disproportionately represented in low-wage jobs in the city, so any increase in the minimum or living wage would probably benefit by definition low-income residents, and therefore impact neighborhoods of greater poverty and low-wage income the most," said Murphy.
Read the full San Francisco Chronicle story.

The future of "queer"
Caitlyn Ryan, director of adolescent health initiatives at the Cesar Chavez Institute, was recently quoted by various news outlets, including ABC News, Yahoo News, the Boston Globe, and The (Lakeland, Fla.) Ledger, on how people use and understand the word "queer." According to Ryan, who is conducting a long-term survey of gay, lesbian and bisexual youth and their families, queer will slowly lose its negative connotation. ''It will take a long time to transition into common use in middle America," she said, adding the use of the word queer is most common among college students and young adults in their 20s but rarely used by gay men and lesbians older than 40 or among people who aren't white.
Read the full stories.

Challenging U.S. human rights violations since 9/11
The Nov. 7 issue of the Berkeley Daily Planet profiled Ann Fagan Ginger, activist, attorney and lecturer in global peace studies. Ginger is also founder and director of Berkeley's Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute which played a leading role in documenting human rights abuses and chronicled events such as the Free Speech Movement. "The Institute and I as a human being have been around a long time, and I am convinced that since 9/11 we have seen the worst violation of civil rights of my lifetime -- and that includes the McCarthy period," she said.
Read the full Berkeley Daily Planet story.

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