Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nan Alamilla Boyd commented for an Oct. 24 Bay Area Reporter article about the GLBT Historical Society's research project on San Francisco’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history. "The Friends of 1800 sparked this idea of the importance of preserving not just buildings but land-marking areas that were of importance and crucial to LGBT history," Boyd said. "A historic context statement really tries to create a guide to the historical narrative that can frame the way people make decisions about land-marking so it is not random."
Associate Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan wrote an opinion piece in the Oct. 26 issue of The Sacramento Bee about the proposed prohibitions on BART strikes. "First, a strike ban would almost certainly not improve the situation at BART, and it might make it worse," Logan wrote. "Second, a strike ban is wrong in principle for the Bay Area. The right to strike is an issue of fundamental personal liberty. In a free country such as ours, except for the most compelling reasons, people should not be forced to work against their will."
Growing community wealth
On Oct. 28 The Wall Street Journal reported on the Cesar E. Chavez Institute's study of the Mission Access Fund's lending circles services, which found that participants in the program improved their credit scores, reduced debt and increased savings. The $600,000 JPMorgan Chase grant to the Mission Access Fund will help replicate the program in communities throughout the U.S. and enable the development of financial education resources. Lending Circles help individuals in underserved communities to support each other by lending and borrowing money together.
Expanding artistic outlets
Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies Jillian Sandell's help establishing First Friday Shorts, a film series highlighting the work of young Bay Area filmmakers in partnership with The New Parkway Theater in East Oakland, was reported in an Oct. 30 East Bay Express article. "First Friday is so much about showcasing the rich diversity of arts in Oakland. But there hasn't been much film," Sandell said. "Film can be a really great way that youth are able to tell their own stories using their own visual language."
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