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Climate Change

Prison Reform

Panthers in the Hole

Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis

Angola3News: To further discuss the release of Panthers in the Hole and Amnesty France’s broader support for Albert Woodfox and the Angola 3, we interviewed Nicolas Krameyer, who is head of the Individuals at Risk / Human Rights Defenders Program for Amnesty International France.

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Education Reform

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Arne Gets An Earful!

Mark Naison: I asked for a two-year moratorium on all these policies — no more school closings, no more VAM, no more charter school creation — and a new effort by the US Department Education to have teachers voices have a primary role in shaping Department policy rather than business leaders.

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Middle East

John Kerry Peace Plan

Is John Kerry Right?

Brent Budowsky: The repeated barrages of derision from the Israeli right toward Israel’s one great ally in a lonely world are profoundly wrong and profoundly unwise.

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Immigration Reform

Children Seeking Asylum

Children Seeking Asylum and Finding Antipathy

Tina Dupuy: I might be the only syndicated columnist in the country who was raised by the state. So when lawmakers and public pontificators discuss the welfare of unaccompanied minors who’ve been dropped on our proverbial doorstep, I should probably speak up.

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Ecomomic Justice

detroit water crisis

Detroit Activists Talk about Water Crisis

Dan Bluemel: In the past decade, Detroit residents have seen their water bills increase 119 percent, further stressing a poor population in a bankrupt city.

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Los Angeles

Villaraigosa Community Bank

Can Los Angeles Communities Bank on Antonio Villaraigosa?

Peter Dreier: Los Angeles is littered with the debris of banks’ risky and sometimes illegal practices — subprime loans, predatory lending and foreclosed homes that destroyed the lives of families and stripped entire communities of their major source of wealth.

Eagle Rock Dump Expansion

Where Is Councilmember Huizar on Dump Expansion?

Lazaro Cuevas: Deliveries of trash to the dump, now at about 800 tons per day, could double or triple under the proposed expansion. A larger dump and more trash will worsen air quality, noise levels, and traffic congestion in Eagle Rock.

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Elections and Campaigns

Kentucky Conservative Democrats

Kentucky’s ‘DILEO’ Democrats

Berry Craig: Any Democrat running for the U.S. House, Senate or the presidency in the Bluegrass State has a tough slog. Kentucky is one of the most conservative states in the most conservative western industrial democracy.

Grimes Beating McConnell

McConnell’s Knotty Problem

Berry Craig: In any event, few tea partiers will likely go for Grimes. But more some might hop on the David Patterson bandwagon. Patterson is the almost unknown Libertarian third-party candidate.

marianne williamson hillary clinton

Marianne Williamson’s Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Marianne Williamson: I want to hear what’s true from you. I want you to rail against the chemical companies and their GMO’s — not support them. I want you to decry the military industrial complex — not assure them you’re their girl.

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Animal Rights

Santa Monica Animal Exhibits

Marcy Winograd: Bekoff refutes arguments that the animal exhibits are educational. “This sends the wrong message that it’s okay to treat animals like this and that they don’t mind being tethered or kept in cages.”

Santa Monica Pony Rides

Marcy Winograd: The City of Santa Monica needs to outlaw the tethering of ponies, establish an animal welfare commission, and seriously address the deeply felt concerns of neighborhood residents.

Pigeon Shoots Cruelty

Walter Brasch: The NRA leadership, as opposed to most of the membership, wrongly believes that banning animal cruelty by guns is a “slippery slope” that not only violates the Second Amendment but will lead to gun control bans.

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