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Education Reform

Democratic Presidential Nominee

Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Take on the Moneyed Interests?

Robert Reich: The candidate could also call for busting up Wall Street’s biggest banks and thereafter limiting their size; imposing jail sentences on top executives who break the law; cracking down on insider trading; and, for good measure, enacting a small tax on all financial transactions in order to reduce speculation.

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Elections and Campaigns

Draft Condoleezza Rice

Why Condi Won’t Run

Nia-Malika Hendrson: The ‘Draft Condoleezza Rice for [fill in the blank office]’ movement will never ever die. And with an open Senate seat in California in 2016, the unquenchable desire among Republicans for candidate Rice has an actual office that she could run for in sight.

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Animal Rights

Pony Rides Dispute

In the Name of Free Speech: Winograd Fights Back — UPDATED

Marcy Winograd: Thursday, in the late afternoon, I filed my anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss a meritless law suit challenging my right to express my OPINION that tethering ponies, butt to nose, to a metal carousel, forcing them to walk in circles on concrete for 3.5 hours is abusive.

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The Body Politic

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Does Your Workout Have Legs?

Treva Brandon Scharf: Everything above your waist is immediately eye-catching, but how about what’s in your pants? Quads, glutes, and hamstrings are all crying out for love and attention too.

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Immigration Reform

Immigrant factory workers

Fair Trials for Undocumented Immigrants

Jennie Pasquarella: Last Friday, a California appeals court brought us one step closer to ensuring that the protection of our laws – including the constitutional right to a fair trial and an impartial jury – extends to everyone.

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Labor

TSA Workers

Riding for the Homeland Security Ranch

Larry Wines: Congressional absolutist dumbbells are quite literally playing with fire. Temper-tantrum babies. And they’re not much different from kids playing with matches in the hayloft, with barrels of lamp oil and a lot of nervous livestock in the barn.

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Economic Justice

Rule by the Rich

Inequality: What’s the Big Deal?

John Peeler: The only way our economy can produce equal opportunity for every person is through a systematic policy of redistributing wealth from the rich to the unrich. Our failure to do that in recent decades has put us on the road to plutocracy.

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Progressive Issues

homeland security funding

Homeland Security Funding: You Got This One Wrong, Senator Reid

Larry Wines: We are disgusted because Congress is filled with payola-taking, temper-tantrum-throwing, self-absorbed babies who demand regular infusions of pablum from their fat-cat owners, pablum they then regurgitate down the bscks of the rest of us.

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Law and Justice

Police Building Community Trust

Retired Peace Officers Bend Washington’s Ear on Building Community Trust

Cheryl Dorsey: This multi-cultural group of retired and former police officers met with Rep. Jackson Lewis of Texas, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, to share and discuss their varied personal experiences with regard to institutionalized racism and the state-sponsored murders of all Americans

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Comey & Bratton Serve A Weak Tea

Peter Laarman: What the speeches most represented was the standard white perspective that we have problems due to the “legacy” of slavery rather than due to what anti-racism activist Frank Joyce more accurately describes as a “living, breathing organism of the present.”

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Los Angeles

Fixing Voter Turnout

Let’s Put Voting Machines in In-N-Out Burger

Joe Mathews: The very thing that makes politics and governance in L.A. so confusing—all the different governments and elections in 88 cities, 150 or so school districts, and hundreds of special districts—makes this a great place for experimenting.

Dying Communities

Dying Communities, Forgotten Memories

Rudy Acuna: A community allows us to build strategies for analysis, for action and for change. Examining political and economic factors from the concrete base of the community allows for development of more effective strategies for change.

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Featured Events

ACLU Gentrification

Oxy ACLU Panel on Gentrification

Join the Occidental Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in collaboration with the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills chapter, Highland Park Neighborhood Council, La Raza Coalition, and the ASOC Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fund for our first forum of the semester on gentrification.

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Gay Rights

Pope's Transparent Views on Transgenders -- Rev. Irene Monroe

Pope’s Transparent Views on Transgenders

Rev. Irene Monroe: Just below the Pope’s LGBTQ pastoral message, however, the damaging and homophobic ecclesiastical edicts or theological tracts hold firm. Thanks to Francis.

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Transgender Woman’s Murder Reminds Us That We’re Bound Together

Frank McAlpin: The ongoing discrimination and violence directed at trans people, particularly trans women of color, is nothing short of an epidemic.

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