Be Part of the Largest Climate Rally in History: LA, February 17

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Jack Eidt: Never before have such a wide array organizations … environmental, humanitarian, religious, political, labor, civil rights, and educational … come together in Los Angeles to say: “Solve the climate crisis! Take a stand, Mr. President!”

Could Fracking Release Radiation from Old Nuclear Tests?

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Scott Kaufman: A Cold War-era plan to help the United States achieve greater energy independence is once again raising environmental red flags as this country continues to seek means of avoiding overreliance on foreign sources of fuel.

The Hagel Hearings

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Nick Turse: Chuck Hagel’s views on the Vietnam War underwent a fundamental shift following the release of audio tapes of President Lyndon Johnson admitting, in 1964, that the war was unwinnable. That “cold political calculation” caused Hagel to vow that he would “never, ever remain silent when that kind of thinking put more American lives at risk in any conflict.”

LA Students to Hold Teach-In on Civilian Oversight of County Jails — February 7th

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Patrisse Collurs: The Dandelion Risin’ Leadership Institute will host a teach-in on civilian oversight of the L.A. County Jails Thursday, February 7, from 11:20 a.m. until 12:20 p.m., on the campus of Los Angeles Trade Technical College,

March to Guarantee Universal Healthcare for All Californians — February 11th

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We need Improved Medicare for All! Join us on Monday, February 11th starting in Pershing Square and ending at the offices of Anthem Blue Cross.

How Academia Continues to Betray Aaron Swartz

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Michael Eisen: It is a tragic irony that the only reason Swartz had to break the law to fulfill his quest to liberate human knowledge was that the same academic community that rose up to support his cause after he died had routinely betrayed it while he was alive.

Pasadena City Council, School Board Candidate Forums

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The Pasadena/Foothills Chapter of ACLU SC is hosting 2 candidates forums- one on January 31st for Pasadena City Council candidates (6:30 PM at Church of Truth, 690 East Orange Grove Blvd.) and one Pasadena Unified School District candidates (6:30 PM at 301 North Orange Grove Blvd.)

Discuss “The New Jim Crow” at All Saints in Pasadena

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Join the discussion of author and attorney Michelle Alexander’s ground-breaking book , The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in four sessions at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 No. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, 91101 (across from City Hall).

Channeling Poverty: Poor v. Broke on TV

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Matthew McDermott: If a young worker views a restaurant job as a disappointing setback on the way to an illustrious professional career, she may be more likely to buck management.

Byron Hurt at Occidental College Jan 23

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“Soul Food Junkies: The Impact of Food on Life and Health” Join us for the MLK Week Keynote speech with special guest BYRON HURT. Most recently, Byron directed the award winning documentary “Soul Food Junkies.” It aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy award-winning series, Independent Lens. Learn more at www.BHurt.com.

How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?

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Jonathan Shell: In Kill Anything that Moves, Nick Turse has for the first time put together a comprehensive picture, written with mastery and dignity, of what American forces actually were doing in Vietnam.

Write the Wrongs: Republicans and Democrats Unite for Former Governor Don Siegelman’s Clemency

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Ilene Proctor: Don Siegelman was once touted as a candidate for the 2004 presidential race then the Bush Administration indicted him

You Could Be Speaking at Netroots Nation

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ach year, we ask for your help in developing and organizing the sessions you’ll attend at Netroots Nation. Your submissions will help us create an inclusive and engaging agenda.

LA Police Department’s 2013 LGBT Community Police Academy

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The Los Angeles Police Department presents the 2013 LGBT Community Police Academy every Thursday night, beginning on April 4th, thru May 30, 2013.

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays to all from the LA Progressive.

The Racist Roots of ‘Right-To-Work’ Laws

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Chris Kromm: While Michigan’s momentous decision has received widespread media attention, little has been said about the origins of “right-to-work” laws, which find their roots in extreme pro-segregationist and anti-communist elements in the 1940s South.

As New Jobs Return, Employers Slash Wages

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Seymur Slavin: The startling fact is that low wage jobs now constitute 58% of all job growth. The jobs with the fastest growth were retail sales at a median wage of $10.97 per hour. At this salary, workers would be eligible for food stamps.

Group Calls for Continued Monitoring of LA County Jail in Wake of Deputy’s Arrest

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Ultimately, we think that independent civilian oversight with subpoena power is a crucial part of the systemic changes necessary to protect the rights of incarcerated people,’

Community Demands End to Violence in L.A. County Jails – Dec 18th

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Violence in County Jails – Community organizers demanding an end to violence committed by L.A. Sheriff Deputies in L.A. County Jails – hold press conference Tuesday

ACLU-SC Pasadena Foothills Police Drones Forum — January 8th

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Domestic Drones and Police Surveillance: What Happens to Civil LIberties. Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Pasadena, California.

Comedy Congress Live – Dec 12th

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Election season might be over, but that doesn’t mean Comedy Congress is too. From the Petraeus love pentagon to fiscal cliff worries, join Patt Morrison and her guests to laugh at the madness of it all—the truth hurts far less when it’s told by comedians. The comedic material emanating from Washington D.C., and state capitols across the [...]

Why Is Cancer Killing More African-Americans? Thurs Dec 6th

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Cancer Kills More African-Americans – African American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer. Black women die at higher rates from breast cancer.

Free Film Screening: “On These Shoulders We Stand” Dec 7th

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Free Documentary Film Screening and Discussion “ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND” You are invited to join us at a free screening of Glenne McElhinney’s documentary, “On These Shoulders We Stand,” about LGBT civil rights in the 60s and 70s in Los Angeles. After the screening a panel of local community activists including Wes Jo and [...]

Raise Cash and Consciousness for The Progressive Magazine: December 2nd

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Founded by Wisconsin Senator Fighting Bob La Follette on January 9, 1909, the magazine is known for combating corporate power and for championing civil rights and civil liberties, women’s rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, human rights, environmentalism, criminal justice reform, and democratic reform.

Marianne Williamson on The Law of Divine Compensation – Dec 4th

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Marianne Williamson on Divine Compensation – The author, activist, lecturer and teacher in the world of spiritual self-help, will be speaking at the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, CA on Dec 4th.

Will Gaming Change the Way We Learn? – Tuesday Dec 4th

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Gaming’s Affect on Learning – Are video games were teaching us fundamental skills?

LA Protest Against Israel’s War on Civilians in Gaza

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As the aerial bombardment of Gaza’s homes, markets, hospitals, schools and more continues–and with the potential invasion of Israeli ground troops–join us for an emergency action to demand an immediate end to the attacks and ending all U.S. aid to Israel.

Finally Over

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STeve Hochstadt: Republican policy will mean relief for profit, outside of public control, in a new age of deadly storms. Democratic policy will mean strong public control of relief, combined with an effort to slow down global warming.

“Do The Math” Comes to LA November 11th

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This November, leading environmental writer and 350.org founder Bill McKibben is hitting the road for a 21-city tour that will kick-start the next phase of the climate movement

LAPD LGTBQ Forum — November 8

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LBGTQ Community Forum: With Police Chief Charlie Beck and the LA Police Commission.

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