Our Ethics

The Rights Stuff is an organization committed to delivering its content in an accessible format, so that readers and the wider community can best view and interact with our content. Sometimes, that part of our mission involves utilizing services and platforms that involve allowing digital metadata to be collected from a third party other than the reader or our organization.

In the interest of informed transparency and respect for the personal metadata and user privacy of our online readers, we’ve created this list of service providers and platforms that we utilize or link to directly through the use of plugins. This list may not be exhaustive, as not every third party has open and accessible user data policies that outline the services and platforms which they in turn build on. Click on each company’s name to be directed to their privacy policy.

  • Google – The Rights Stuff uses the Gmail service for email purposes, and the Google Domains service for web hosting. We also have a Google Translate plug-in enabled in the interest of accessibility.
  • WordPress – Our website theme, template and plug-ins are directed through WordPress.
  • Twitter – In order to build conversations around the pieces that we publish, we provide link embedding through Twitter’s API.

The Rights Stuff acknowledges and respects indigenous peoples as traditional stewarts of this land. We recognize that non-indigenous people are occupying stolen land in an ongoing genocide that has lasted centuries. 

The Rights Stuff recognizes that UC Berkeley sits on the territory of Huichin, the ancestral and unceded land of the Muwekma Ohlone, the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community, including members of The Rights Stuff, has, and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868

By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and our responsibility to stand with indigenous communities in protecting their land and culture from further devastation. 

Additionally, while we promote a variety of perspectives both in our staff articles and guest contributions, our publication will be principaly guided by this quotation:

We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.

Robert Jones Jr.