PRO/CON is a non-partisan debate series designed to better inform public discourse on ballot measures and current issues. supplies experts from both sides of the issue and a neutral moderator to facilitate discussion and reinvigorate the art of critical thinking.


Cannabis for Chronic Pain: A Proven Prescription for Using Marijuana to Relieve Your Pain and Heal Your Lifeby Rav Ivker Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall of Marijuana in Americaby Emily Dufton Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabisby Nichole Graf The Cannabis Revolution: What You Need to Knowby Stephen Holt How to Smoke Pot (properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting Highby David Bienenstock Legalizing Marijuana: Promises and Pitfallsby Margaret J. Goldstein Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Knowby Jonathan P. Caulkins Sacred Bliss: A Spiritual History of Cannabisby Mark S. Ferrara Weed: The User’s Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuanaby David Schmader Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Businessby Christian Hageseth Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Womenby Cheri Sicard Saltwater Cowboy: The Rise and Fall of a Marijuana Empireby Tim McBride Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuanaby David J. Casarett Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in Americaby Bruce Barcott Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High, From Vietnam to Legalizationby Roger A. Roffman A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibitionby Alyson Martin

Water Desalination

Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and ProsperityBy Sandra Postel Connecting the Drops: A Citizens Guide to Protecting Water ResourcesBy Karen Schneller-McDonald A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water CrisisBy Seamus McGraw Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty WorldBy Judith D. Schwartz Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital ResourceBy David L. Sedlak Let there be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water Starved WorldBy Seth M. Siegel Water and the Future of Humanity: Revisiting Water SecurityBy The Gulbenkian Think Tank on Water and the Future of Humanity Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human SurvivalBy Michael E. Webber The Price of Thirst: Global Inequality and the Coming ChaosBy Karen Lynnea Piper Eat Less WaterBy Florencia Ramirez Water Policy for Sustainable DevelopmentBy David Lewis Feldman Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly, and the Politics of ThirstBy Diane Raines Ward The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twentieth CenturyBy Alex Prud’Homme Water and the California Dream: Historic Choices for Shaping the FutureBy David Carle Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet ForeverBy Maude Barlow Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water CrisisBy Brahma Chellaney

Rent Control

High-Risers: Cabrini Green and the Fate of America’s Public HousingBy Ben Austen Other People’s Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever MadeBy Charles Bagli Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own UsBy Alyssa Katz Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American CityBy Matthew Desmond Poverty, Politics, and Profits: The Housing Crisis(DVD, 2017) Gimme ShelterBy Mary Elizabeth Williams Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make it in New York CityBy Brandon Harris Renter’s RightsBy Janet Portman


Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican MigrationBy Ana Raquel Minian The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What it Means to be AmericanBy Laura Wides-Munoz Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western DemocracyBy Sasha Polakow-Suransky A Hope More Powerful than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss and SurvivalBy Melissa Fleming There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American ImmigrationBy Ali Noorani Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland SecurityBy Todd Miller The Distance Between UsBy Reya Grande In the Country We Love: My Family DividedBy Diane Guerrero United States Immigration and Citizenship: Allan Wernick’s Guide to the LawBy Alan Wernick How Many is Too Many?: The Progressive Argument for Reducing Immigration Into the United StatesBy Philip Cafaro Forgotten Citizens: Deportation, Children and the Making of American Exiles and OrphansBy Luis H. Zayas Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented ImmigrantBy Jose Angel N. Undocumented: How Immigration Became IllegalBy Aviva Chomsky A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration StoryBy Tom Gjelten We Wanted Workers: Unravelling the Immigration NarrativeBy George J. Borjas Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and its LegacyBy Katherine Benton-Cohen Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump EraBy Jorge Ramos Immigration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees, and America at its BestBy Susan E. Eaton

Civil Discourse (n.) – Defined by John Locke as engaging in dialogue to enhance public understanding. Unlike inflammatory & polarizing political debates of today, civil discourse requires respect for opposing views, modesty, and avoids antagonism and hostility.