Friday Feeback: A Professor’s View on the Teachable Moment

Academicians who specialize in particular social issues (such as Prof. Gates and Black Studies) tend to see their particular cause as central in every facet of society. They all but fantasize about having some historic altercation that will visibly punctuate the relevance and urgency of their cause.

LA Progressive: 26 July to 1 August 2009

A Teachable Moment: Police Authority and Racism. President Obama was right the first time when he said the police acted stupidly, because they should know better. It’s unfortunate that the president found it necessary to step back and retract the remark because until we can see this kind of action with some objectivity, we will [...]

Friday Feedback: The Gates Teaching Moment

Most Fridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by David Landau, commenting on Robert Fuller’s “Rankism: The Elephant in Professor Gates’s House.” Here’s David’s comment: Robert Fuller’s piece is certainly the best analysis I’ve seen of “Gates-Gate.” Rather than produce a whodunit, or [...]

LA Progressive: July 19 to July 25, 2009

Republicans Display Their Racial Hatred at Sotomayor Hearings. One thing that I did learn from the hearings, however, was the extent to which the Republican Party will demonstrate the extent of their hatred for civil rights, diversity, foreign cultures and foreign law, Latino folks in particular and people of color in general. –David A. Love [...]

Los Angeles Council Creates More Hardships with Denials

Cannabis sativa: medical marijuana

Widespread inaction, bad press, and hasty moves surrounding the Golden State’s number one cash crop have council members flustered and community members, on both sides of the issue, outraged.

Friday Feedback: Repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970

Only a clause about interstate commerce provides the CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) with any pretext of constitutionality. The effect of the CSA on interstate commerce is to fatten outlaws and endanger homeland security while the treasury bleeds.

Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground at Forty

Mark Rudd led student protests at Columbia University in 1968.

While the Iraq War has failed for a number of reasons, including the absence of a military draft and sustained media coverage, to provoke Vietnam era-style protests, the youth of the twenty-first century are technologically savvy and intent upon creating a world community to formulate solutions for environmental concerns of which the protesters of the 1960s were only dimly aware.

L.A. Progressive: July 12 to July 18, 2009

Plugging Pasadena’s School-to-Prison Pipeline. The policy was then to educate the middle class kids, but to not educate poor White, Latino and African-American kids. These policies continue, wrapped up in words of sweet kindness and deeds of destruction. –Dick Price Forget “Greenest City in America,” LA’s the “Meanest.” For all the talk and political pandering [...]

LaVena Johnson (In Memorial) Where Is The Justice?

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A Poem in Memorial to LaVena Johnson by Luke Easter Just when you think you’ve heard it all, Another name is slammed into a brick wall, LaVena Johnson an Army Private First Class, Is she the first? Certainly this PFC isn’t the last. Is it any wonder Osama Bin Laden can’t be found? With a [...]

LA Progressive: July 5 to July 11, 2009

Large Immigrant Populations Keep Cities Safe, Just Ask El Paso, Texas. Many Americans believe that immigrants are associated with high levels of crime. According to criminologist Jack Levin, El Paso is safe because of its immigrant population. –Michele Waslin Broken Immigration System Breaks Up a Jamerican Family. In the end, 200,000 non-citizens are deported every [...]

Why Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Speech Is More Relevant than Ever

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In 1979, President Carter jolted Americans with his so-called “malaise” speech. Contrary to most recollections, the speech received a positive response and, according to historian Kevin Mattson, remains timely.

LA Progressive: June 28 to July 4, 2009

Spare Us the Elvis-Michael Comparisons—H. Scott Prosterman President Obama: Help Bring Paula Home—Denis Campbell Michael Jackson: The BADDEST Entertainer of Our Generation—Anthony Asadullah Samad Reflections on Racism—Nadia Hijab After a Century of Overthrows, What’s Washington’s Role?—Alan McPherson The Chávez-Castro Connection Lies in a Now Forgotten Chapter of the Cold War—Brian Nelson What Cap and Trade [...]

War, Violence & Religion: A Dialogue and Call to Action

Rev. Dr. James Lawson and Dr. John G. Cobb, Jr

War, Violence & Religion: A Dialogue and Call to Action with the Rev. Dr. James Lawson and Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr. Monday, July 20 – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Is war or violence ever justified by our religious or spiritual traditions? In the service of combating oppression, tyranny, [...]

LA Progressive, June 21 to June 27, 2009

No Nonsense Census — Carl Matthes Illusion, Reality & Courage in Iran — Carl Bloice Experts Wrong: Newsom Clear Beneficiary of Villaraigosa Non-Entry — Randy Shaw Iran’s Youth and Women’s Movement — Herndon Davis The Politics of Mourning Michael Jackson — John Delloro What’s With Cable’s “All Jack-O All The Time” News Coverage? — Charley [...]

Friday Feedback: American Blacks and Iranians

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Devin, commenting on David A. Love‘s “The Revolution Will Be Twitterized.” Here’s Devin’s comment: You had it right until you said “Cairo protest surely provided a catalyst for the Iranian protests”. We must remember [...]

Lax Enforcement Keeps Slumlords from Cleaning Up Act

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A toddler wakes up with a cockroach lodged in his ear. Cat-sized rats chew through the feeding tubes of a young girl with cystic fibrosis. Conga lines of roaches parade through a house in broad daylight. Leaky pipes and constant moisture breed vast colonies of mold. Inadequately maintained plumbing backs up, causing overflows of sewage. [...]

LA Progressive: June 14 to 20, 2009

This Week’s Newsletter Here Does the Obama Plan for Reforming Wall Street Measure Up? —Robert Reich California Democrats: “Spreading the Pain” from Sacramento —Joseph Palermo Black Victims of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ —Herndon Davis The Italian Job: Border Police Seize $134 Billion in US Government Securities —Charley James From Analog To Digital: Nothing’s Free Anymore [...]

Friday Feedback: Crony, the Corporate Clown

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Wayne,  commenting on Carol V. Hamilton’s “Right Wing Sedition.” Here’s Wayne’s comment: The real sedition is coming from within the Democratic Party, which is now rapidly becoming the party of Crony the Corporate Clown [...]

LA Progressive: June 7 to 13, 2009

The Other N Word: Nappy—Sharon Kyle Affirmative Action the Chicago Way—Steve Ybarra New Jobless Stats: Still “Less Terrible”? Not for Some—Carl Bloice Will Obama Save the Mideast from Itself?—David A. Love Department of Homeland Security Suspends “Widow Penalty”—Michele Waslin— Get That Colonization Off Your Crown, Michelle—K. Danielle Edwards The Latest Public Option Bamboozle, and How [...]

Friday Feedback: Waterboarding for Real

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by James Dehnert commenting on William J. Astore’s “The United States of Euphemism.” Here’s James’s comment: I have noticed that every person who has agreed to be water boarded on TV to see how bad [...]

LA Progressive: May 31 to June 6, 2009

“You Are Now the Owner of a Brand New Car (Company)!”—John Delloro Should Catholic Justices Recuse Themselves on Certain Cases? —Joyce Appleby Plea Bargains in the Criminal McJustice System—David A. Love The United States of Euphemism—William J. Astore Interpreting the Failure of Prop 1A—Sheila Kuehl Gay Pride Speaks to Equality —Carl Matthes LAUSD Canceling Summer [...]

Friday Feedback: Merchant of Misery Degree

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Craig commenting on Lorraine Payette’s The Poor You Shall Have with You Always.” Here’s Craig’s comment: Poor has become a MBA major now. You can learn how to charge the unisured double what insured [...]

LA Progressive: May 24 to May 30, 2009

Single-Payer Health Care versus Individual Mandates: A Dilemma for Democrats. –Gene Rothman What’s Not Being Said About the Obama-Netanyahu Talks. –Carl Bloice A White Gay’s Guide for Dealing with the Black Community. –Jasmyne Cannick Lieutenant Dan Choi Takes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Directly To Obama. –Linda Milazzo A Tip Without An Iceberg: Americans, Not Canucks, [...]

Northeast Los Angeles Pride Banner Hanging

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UGLA salutes the City of Los Angeles’ official designation of June as Gay/Lesbian Pride Month. Join us at City Councilman Jose Huizar’s District field Office at Eagle Rock City Hall (Maywood and Colorado) on June 6, Saturday morning, 10 a.m., for the official hanging of Northeast Los Angeles Pride Banner

Friday Feedback: At Least They Had Some Flava!

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Roman  commenting on Charley James’ “Why TV Is the Pits.” Here’s Roman’s comment: Another thing that I believe contributes to the decline of network television and I’m not speaking of cable here is the [...]

Intellectual Monopoly Is an Unnecessary Evil

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In a rush to stimulate the economy, the Obama administration is touting various “visionary” plans to make the American economy more progressive, more innovative, and more forward-looking by subsidizing politically-motivated projects like “green” technology. These hands-on policies will be ineffective. Recent research suggests that a much more effective way to accomplish the same goals would [...]

LA Progressive: May 17 to May 23, 2009

A Modest Plan for Paying College Costs. –Robert Reich Budget Baloney. –Adam Eran Local Police Report Makes the Case for Federal Enforcement of Immigration Laws. –Michele Waslin “Of Course (The CIA) Misled Congress. We Were Trained How.” –Charley James The Arlen Spectacle. –Robert Illes Los Angeles NAACP Life Achievement Award. –Anthony Asadullah Samad Obama Expands [...]

Friday Feedback: Torture and America’s Moral Compass

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Magic StarER commenting on Charley James’ “Suppresssed Abu Ghraib Photos Published Down Under.” Here’s Magic StarER’s comment: Americans have certainly lost their moral compass and this is why they are not shocked by the [...]

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