Thanks to the protests of more than 60,000 prisoners, the state of California has agreed to stop the use of solitary confinement in its prisons.
In one year, California wildfires have consumed almost three times the state’s five-year average of land.
The Ethnic Studies Movement started in 1968 when African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American students at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University held a strike because they wanted to learn more about the history and culture of their communities.
Since 2012, California has been suffering a major drought that has had a big impact its residents. Many have lost access to water and the area’s wildfire season has been more intense as a result.
California has recently overturned Proposition 8, a ballot vote which had banned gay marriage in the state.
Thousands of students, faculty, and workers across California joined together in the last months of 2009 to protest tuition increases and job cuts in the Univeristy of California system.