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Education Reform

Charter School Myths

Debunking Common Charter School Myths

Jamaal Bowman: Based on what I know, as they are currently constituted, charters,Teach For America, and yearly standardized testing are wrong for our high need communities.

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Elections and Campaigns

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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

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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

Independent Contractors

Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors

Robert Reich: The rise of “independent contractors” Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce – contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity.

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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

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Three Governors Who Bankrupted Their States and Want to Be President

Larry Wines: It’s getting so you need a program to tell the broke red state’s governors apart. Here’s today’s handicapping of the race.

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Law and Justice

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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

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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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