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NBC News, June 18, 2020
“Over the moon!”: DACA recipients celebrate Supreme Court decision
Oscar Hernandez, 31, got DACA in 2013. He was able to get financial aid, earned a Master’s in business and is the first DACA student to graduate from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. This week, Hernandez started a residency in general surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “When I got DACA it sort of felt like a liberation,” Hernandez said.

MarketPlace, June 15, 2020 (Audio)
Who got those PPP loans? The government doesn’t want to tell.
Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, thinks there are a couple of other things at play. “Part of this bill is they left it a lot up to banks. And it’s possible that they just don’t know where the funds went,” Baradaran said. “It’s possible that they do know, and they don’t want us to know.” We do know where some of the money went — to big names like Shake Shack and Potbelly, which pledged to return the loans. But we only know that because they’re publicly traded companies.

Orange County Register, June 15, 2020
Supreme Court lets California’s immigrant ‘sanctuary’ law stand
Annie Lai, an attorney who helps run UC Irvine’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, said Monday’s Supreme Court decision should give states and local governments some confidence that they’re legally entitled to enact more measures to protect immigrant rights. Advocates who believe the California Values Act didn’t go far enough by not protecting undocumented immigrants as they’re released from state prisons, for example, already have their eyes set on broader changes. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Ms. Magazine, June 16, 2020
Madame Speaker, It’s Not Just Confederate Statues That Should Go. Start with Justice Taney.
Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law writes, “Yet, for me, as a constitutional law scholar, the most troubling of the busts and statues at the Capitol is that of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney. The bust honors the judge whose opinion in the landmark Dred Scott v. Sandford case teemed with racial animus, legalized white supremacy, and further instantiated into law a violent disregard for Black life.”

The Daily Kos, June 15, 2020
Fatphobia: Where it comes from, why it happens, and how it hurts women of color the most
“Thin people have a variety of privileges,” said Sabrina Strings, [UCI assistant sociology professor], author of the book Fearing the Black Body, the Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. “However, for women, and especially women of color, it’s critical to remember that [thickness] often trumps thinness.” … Regardless of its origins, white people aren’t the only ones guilty of being fatphobic. However, Strings said “there has historically been less pressure to maintain a slim figure in the Black community.”

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