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City OKs Plan For Gas-Pump Climate Change Labels

AP | KRISTIN J. BENDER | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Some of the country's first gas-pump warning labels about climate change are coming to Berkeley, a city with a long history ...

Why the Soda Tax Is So Important

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Jeff Ritterman, MD

The Berkeley soda tax victory is a successful example of an empowered community insisting that the health of its children come before the profits of transnational corporations. If Berkeley can crush Big Soda, other cities can too. And if Big Soda can be defeated, other mega-corporations can too!

Big Soda's Grip Fizzles as Berkeley Passes a Soda Tax

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Big Soda's obscenely expensive winning streak has fizzled out. Berkeley, California has become the first city in the nation to pass a sugary drink tax specifically designed to reduce consumption.

The Soda Tax Experiment, Now Underway

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The Berkeley sugary drinks law might be the experiment that provides the evidence that would justify similar measures in other cities.

Support Soda Taxes: Avoid Premature Aging

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I was summoned to the emergency room stat. We tried unsuccessfully for more than 40 minutes to resuscitate the patient. Death by heroin overdose. T...

Think a Soda Tax Is Regressive? Try Diabetes

Andy Bellatti | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

If the well-being of lower-income Americans is so important to the beverage industry, how about ending the relentless marketing onslaught of sugar-laden and harmful products targeted right at them?

3 Platinum Tips From a Musician Mom

Destani Wolf | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Destani Wolf

When I brought my son into the world, I was overjoyed with my growing family, but undeniably confronted by what the impact of becoming a new mother would have on my career as a professional musician.

The Soda Tax Wars: Let's Help San Francisco and Berkeley Crush Big Soda

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Opponents of soda taxes say they don't work. They point to a study from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Actually, that study showed that soda taxes do work. Weak soda taxes of three percent, without any accompanying public health campaign, work weakly. But, they work. They decrease soda consumption.

Berkeley's Freedom Flame Kept Alive by New Generation of Digital Activists

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Ruairí McKiernan

While Berkeley is more progressive than many places in the U.S, it is clear that the culture of large-scale student activism has changed. Many claim the youth of today are apathetic. Others say they just engage in different ways. It may also be that exorbitant college fees play a large part in taking the radical edge out of the student population.

Unhappy People Can Rain on Anything -- Even Coffee, Pirates and Free Doughnuts!

Valerie Alexander | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Alexander

Exactly one year ago, a study came out from researchers at Beihang University in China examining more than 70 million tweets from 200,000 users on Wei...

Yes Means Yes: Breaking Down Sexual Violence on UC Berkeley's Campus

Hannah Berkman | Posted 11.16.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

The California state legislature unanimously passed a bill this month requiring universities to redefine their official definitions of consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." The bill's passing is an incredibly needed step in the right direction.

Meow Meow and Her Audience: A Vibrant Pairing at Berkeley Rep

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.15.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

She's bawdy and brash, tender and vulnerable; she's graceful and klutzy, commanding and helpless. She's a singer who hits every vocal nuance, whether serious or satiric; a high-energy dancer who could probably double as a contortionist; a comic who draws roars from pratfalls, subtle glances, punchlines and sensuality.

City Offers Free Pot For The Poor

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.05.2014 | Weird News

A California city is offering a unique benefit for low-income residents: free marijuana. Starting next summer, Berkeley residents who earn less t...

Give Them an 'E' For Effort

George Heymont | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Despite what some people think, storytelling is very much an acquired skill. Not everyone does a good job of it. Some folks are incapable of even launching a narrative.

Recording History: The 1947 Partition Archive

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

The 1947 Partition Archive gathers crowd-sourced oral history recordings through an online platform. The younger generation is being empowered to harness widely available communications technology to interview their elders.

Healing Anxiety or a Broken Heart: The Tools Are the Same

Jenine Durland | Posted 10.06.2014 | Women
Jenine Durland

I've accepted yet another invitation from my teacher, and will be heading out on a new journey, one that takes this place of love and light and suffering -- the heart center -- as a starting point, and charts the course of movement, breath, and awareness into a realm of unknowing.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

These 10 Young People Are Changing The Food System In Huge Ways

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Innovations in agriculture don't just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights.

An Unexpected Heirloom

Michele Serros | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Michele Serros

An hour? To choose a wedding dress for the biggest day of your life? Unheard of. After all, one's wedding dress symbolizes a milestone, having great potential in becoming a family heirloom.

The Institute of Mosaic Art: Where Berkeley Riffs on an Ancient Art

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.17.2014 | San Francisco
Barbara Falconer Newhall

It won't be as easy for IMA to leave its mark on the walls of its new neighborhood, Ilse Cordoni told me during a recent visit to the studio; in Berkeley there will be more bureaucratic hoops to jump through.

Aurora Revives American Buffalo With as Much Thunder as Ever

Leo Stutzin | Posted 08.23.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

David Mamet's American Buffalo and Aurora Theatre's postage-stamp stage were made for each other.

El Salvador: We Can Help Usher in a New Era of Peace with Justice

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Could we somehow take part, not in "fixing" the existing problems, but in accompanying the Salvadoran people on their journey toward a peaceful and just society?

Yagana Shah

Hugs Have Healing Power, Study Says | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.11.2014 | Fifty

Ever wonder why sometimes a hug is all you need? You can't explain it, but there's just something comforting about snuggling up to your spouse after a...

Where Does Dance Live In Our Society?

Luna Dance Institute | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Luna Dance Institute

As humans we are compelled to create, to play, to love and to communicate through movement -- after all, gesture was our first language. Dance gives us life and brings us joy and hope.

Beauty Fierce as Stars*, Groundbreaking Women Painters 1950s and Beyond at Mythos Fine Art & Artifacts

John Seed | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
John Seed

2014-05-21-johnseedimagepaint.jpg At Mythos Fine Art & Artifacts in Berkeley, co-curators Karen Zullo Sherr and Sue Steel are presenting the first of two exhibitions showcasing the works of women painters who were active in the Bay Area art scene of the 1950s.