California’s Prop. 47 allows many individuals to change certain felonies into misdemeanors on their criminal records – but less than a quarter of those eligible have submitted their requests, and the window of opportunity could expire next year.
Everyone’s familiar with stereotypes. When you go to the movies, you see people play off stereotypes just to be funny. But a lot of people don’t realize that those stereotypes affect people in their everyday lives. I can name a couple of instances where my race and gender made my life harder than usual.
It was a gloomy Wednesday morning when I met up with about 20 people at a Peet’s Coffee in San Ramon. I had been asked to be one of the speakers at a protest outside the annual Chevron shareholder meeting on May 25. The purpose of the demonstration was to share our personal experiences with environmental and health problems that have been caused by the Chevron refineries in our backyard.