Director’s Note: The Girl

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David Riker: I began to think about what it means to live in the very epicenter of the American Dream, and feel not hope – but trapped. My focus shifted, and I began to imagine a film not simply about the borders of geography, but about human borders – of class, culture, attitudes, and ideas. This was the starting point for The Girl.

Gun Violence: An All-American Crisis

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Marian Wright Edelman: too many people assume that despite recurring cases of often labeled “isolated” or “unpredictable” mass gun violence primarily committed by White male shooters, “ordinary” gun violence is mostly a Black problem that is or should be the Black community’s responsibility alone to solve.

The Flawed Logic Behind Restarting San Onofre in Light of Fukushima

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Ace Hoffman: There’s an unofficial history of misery, starting with the uranium miners, the bomb victims, the bomb test “downwinders,” “Chernobyl heart” and “thyroid necklace” children, and now Fukushima thyroid cases abound… yet nobody counts.

ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothill “Gun Violence in Our Communities” Forum — March 12th


An upcoming ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter bimonthly public forum on March 12th will bring the conversation back to the no less critical gun violence taking the lives of our fellow Angelenos day in and day out.

Non-violent Resistance to Support Israeli-Occupied Palestinians — April 6

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All-day “Justice and Only Justice” Conference will be presented April 6 in Pasadena by Friends of Sabeel Los Angeles and Orange County

Anthony Portantino Joins USC Institute

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Former Legislator Known for Independence and Government Reform to Work With Students, Provide Political Analysis in Campus Programs

Keeping Families Together Tour

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Join CHIRLA’s “Keeping Families Together: tour March 4-6

Small Donors Make Bigger Impact in LA Mayoral Race

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California Common Cause released new analysis of the fundraising around the Los Angeles Mayoral race, finding that some of the campaign finance reforms implemented in 2013 are already re-shaping candidate fundraising to focus on individual and smaller donors.

The LA Premiere of Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

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Stephen Vittoria’s new feature documentary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America’s most famous political prisoner – a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression.

Obama Should Make Florida Fort Reconciliation Center in Indigenous Hands

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Casey Leydon: Our mission, with our community, The International Native American Memorial, is to gather all Indigenous Tribes and Nations to form a virtual round dance around the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, and to reclaim it for Indigenous Native Americans.

Emancipation — Sunday, February 24


As a special event for Black History Month, Neighborhood Church will present the first public performance of Emancipation, written by Jonathan Estrin and directed by Alan Freeman.

Djamel Ameziane’s Decade in Guantánamo — Wednesday, 27 February

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The speakers will examine unjust U.S. detentions and prosecutions, whether at the internment camp at Guantánamo, in domestic prisons and jails, or at ICE immigration detention centers; explore how racism and anti-Muslim propaganda are being utilized to enable and normalize these unjust detentions and prosecutions, and contextualize these in the ongoing if rebranded so-called “war on terror.”

Drones: Killers and Spies – Is Anybody Safe Anywhere? March 12th

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Charles Feldman KNX Reporter and ACLU’s Peter Bibring on Domestic Surveillance Drones and Your Privacy and Civil Liberties. ACLU’s Ahilan Arulanatham will speak on Overseas Targeted Killings

GOP Still Parched after Rubio Rebranding Pratfall

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Daniel Hurt: They may change the packaging of their message, but Rubio represents the same old Republican policies: cutting taxes for the wealthy, cutting education spending, anti-equal rights views, and an uncompromising attitude that caused them to lose the 2012 general election.

Women Veterans Symposium — March 21


With Ruth Wong, Director of LA County Military & Veteran Affairs, and Brenda Threatt, Office of the Mayor City of Los Angeles.

What’s So Great About Unions, Anyway?

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Liz Shuler: Sometimes, outside of election campaign seasons, even progressives wonder what’s so great about unions. Sure, we had a role to play before job safety laws, the eight-hour day, Social Security and civil rights laws were passed. But today?

Recent War Vet Runs for South Gate City Council

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Mayor Bill De Witt and Vice Mayor Gilbert Hurtado are facing a challenge from Ricardo Reyes, a political coordinator for Service Employees International Union United Long Term Care Workers Union

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


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


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


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


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


“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

How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?


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.

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