In the News

Ron Dellums

“Having last spoken to my dear friend, my brother beloved, former Congressman and Oakland mayor, Ron Dellums, just two weeks ago, I am shocked and heartbroken at his death. The dash between his birth and death portrays a man of integrity and courage, a man who became a leading progressive voice to persuade Congress on many issues.”

—Jesse Jackson on former U.S. congressman and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums (B.A., ’60), who passed away this summer (and who’s featured on the In Memoriam page of this issue’s Class Notes)
The Chicago Crusader, Aug. 2, 2018

“She brought our people to the table. She forced herself in, brought in her own chair, put it in the middle of the table, and said, ‘We’re here.’”

—Dillon Delvo, co-founder of the Little Manila Foundation, on Professor Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Filipino-American activist and author, who died this summer at the age of 45
The California Report, Aug. 17, 2018

Dawn Mabalon standing at Little Manila historic site

Boots Riley

“You have to have something that you’re more passionate about than your art. There’s no reason to do art for art’s sake.”

—Former SF State student Boots Riley speaking to current students at a campus screening of his politically charged satire Sorry to Bother You
East Bay Express, July 4, 2018

“I thought, ‘This is my life. This is what it’s going to be like. It’s going to be very violent.’ And I was going to have to become something I wasn’t to survive — a violent individual.”

—Michael Mendoza (B.A., ’16), who today serves as policy director for the nonprofit Anti-Recidivism Coalition, on his first day in prison as a teenager convicted for involvement in a gang shooting
The Chronicle of Social Change, Aug. 14, 2018

Michael Mendoza with his late grandmother