Articles Posted by FCJ Editor

  • Losing Constitutional Competition

    Losing Constitutional Competition

    The new study examined the provisions of 729 constitutions adopted by 188 countries from 1946 to 2006, and they considered 237 variables regarding various rights and ways to enforce them. This is what they found: “Among the world’s democracies constitutional similarity to the United States has clearly gone into free fall. Over the 1960s and 1970s, democratic constitutions as a whole became more similar to the U.S. Constitution, only to reverse course in the 1980s and 1990s. … the constitutions of the world’s democracies are, on average, less similar to the U.S. Constitution now than they were at the end of World War II.”

  • Alameda Labor Council Vows to Fight Quan Recall

    Alameda Labor Council Vows to Fight Quan Recall

    The Delegates resolution also draws attention to the critical public safety efforts Mayor Quan is leading and highlights her success in building Oakland’s first public safety plan that unites law enforcement and schools to combine community policing efforts and targeted work with youth and families.

  • OccupySF Prepares for Direct Action Rally to Restore Education, Social Services Funding

    OccupySF Prepares for Direct Action Rally
    to Restore Education, Social Services Funding

    Local organizers declare that public education is a social good, and the cornerstone of a democratic society, a vibrant economy, and the social and intellectual development of every individual. Unwilling to rob Peter to pay Paul, the organizers believe that essential social services provide a crucial safety net for the most vulnerable members of society, and therefore serve as a measure of society’s moral standard. The broad-based coalition of members of the 99% demand that decision-makers in Sacramento tax the rich, pass the Millionaires Tax, pass the Oil Tax to Fund Education, and reject regressive taxes. Additionally, Occupy San Francisco is picking up the rising national call to forgive the student loan debt that threatens this country’s future.

  • Depleting the Seas of Fish

    Researchers studied fish populations, catch records, and ocean ecosystems for four years. By 2003, 29% of all species collapsed. It means they’re at least “90% below their historic maximum catch levels.”

  • The Federal Reserve: An Insight into the Most Powerful US Economic Body

    Initially the Congress had established three major objectives for monetary policy: maximum employment; stability of prices and interest rates in the long term being moderate. Most often the first two objectives are referred to as the dual mandate of the Federal Reserve.

  • San Francisco Legitimizes Urban Farming

    This ordinance allows properly permitted and code-abiding gardeners and farmers to sell any produce they grow directly to the public on site. Growers were previously required to haul their bounty to a third party commercial zone, like a farmers market, or sell through a distributor. The permit does not, however, allow for value-added products, such as pickles or jam, or animal products, such as honey and eggs, to be sold at garden sites in residential areas. These products can, however, be sold on production sites within commercial zones. Growers can apply for a permit through the Planning Department for approximately $350.

  • Walter Johnson, Friend of all Workers, is Dead

    Walter Johnson, Friend of all Workers, is Dead

    Mr. Johnson, a lifetime member of the UFCW, was a ferocious defender of worker rights and civil rights whose dignified bearing and droll humor never wavered. He liked to refer to members of the Media Workers Guild as “intellectuals,” but during the 1994 San Francisco newspaper strike, he was the smartest, toughest one on the picket line.