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Education Reform

Oneida Cheerleaders

Oneida Cheerleaders: Right Spirit, Wrong Goal

Lucianna Sanson: What might we accomplish as invested community stakeholders if our passion for our public schools was as strong as our passion for Football and Prayer?

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Climate Change

Save the Planet

Want to Save the Planet? Flood Wall Street.

RJ Eskow: Today’s blatantly amoral capitalism is an anomaly in modern history, a throwback to the days of the Industrial Revolution. But it is an anomaly we can no longer afford.

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Prison Reform

Millions Behind Bars

Can We Be Optimistic with Millions Behind Bars?

Sarah Rothbard: The way Americans talk about prisons has shifted. The nation’s policies have yet to catch up.

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Progressive Issues

Figures of Speech

Dialectics of Dialect

Robin Lakoff: Between playin the whoopee necessary to produce two children concurrently by two women, and the whoopins, it’s hard to imagine where Mr. Peterson finds time to play football.

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Immigration Reform

Obama Immigration Betrayal

Obama’s Betrayal

Randy Shaw: Obama’s latest broken commitment to millions of undocumented immigrants and their supporters is a stab in the back to all activists working for social change.

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Middle East

Bucca Camp

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

Kathy Kelly: When U.S. politicians want to sell a war, their marketing is top notch: they can count on the U.S. public to buy that war at least long enough to become irretrievably committed to it, as long as the advertising for that war leaves them feeling threatened.

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Ecomomic Justice

central banks buying stocks

Preparing To Asset-Strip Local Government?

Ellen Brown: Municipal bonds have been eliminated from the list of high-quality liquid collateral assets, so banks are liable to start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds.

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Animal Rights

Santa Monica Council Ponies

Santa Monica Council Shuns Tethering of Ponies

Marcy Winograd: Santa Monica can now move forward in a more positive and humane direction, offering our children uplifting activities like painting, poetry, and drama.

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Law and Justice

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Getting a Finger on the Pulse With Susan Burton

Dick and Sharon: In our second in a series of articles focusing on the impact our criminal justice system is having on the lives of Angelinos, we sit down with Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, CNN Awardee and herself , formerly incarcerated.


Police Abuse Driven by Primal Instincts

Charles D. Hayes: What is happening when we witness an officer beating on someone who is clearly no longer resisting is that emotion has taken over and the incident is running on instincts being driven by hormones.

Beaten Black Children

Black Children: Beloved and Beaten

Rev. Irene Monroe: Having enslaved parents beat their own children was a prophylactic method to protect children from hasher beatings they would otherwise get from white slavers.

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Los Angeles

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LA City Council Adopts Ferguson-Like Citation Program

Patty Bellasalma: This week the Los Angeles City Council voted to adopt Ferguson like “quality of life” violations ignoring the dangers of unfettered police power to communities of color in order to increase city coffers.

Public Bathroom Cleanliness in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Bathroom Workers Organize

Marcy Winograd: A group of beach maintenance workers in Santa Monica just signed Industrial Workers of the World petitions to collectively bargain with the city of Santa Monica

LAPD Fingerprint Backlog

Fingerprint Backlog: Does LAPD Have Its Priorities Straight?

Peter Bibring: If LAPD is focused on preventing future crimes, then one of the best ways to do that is to catch people who are committing crimes today.

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Nuclear-Armed Submarines

Doom from the Depths

Lawrence Wittner: Taxpayers, particularly, might be concerned about the unprecedented expense of this new submarine fleet. According to most estimates, building the 12 SSBN(X) submarines will cost about $100 billion.

Is Military Power Useful

The Limits of Military Power

Lawrence Wittner: The lengthy and costly Vietnam War led to a humiliating defeat for the United States — not because the U.S. government lacked enormous military advantages, but because, ultimately, the determination of the Vietnamese to gain control of their own country proved more powerful than U.S. weaponry.

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Elections and Campaigns

GOP Overconfidence

Did GOP Peak Too Soon?

Brent Budowsky: The chorus of predictions of GOP victory have led swing voters to more carefully consider how to vote and Democratic base voters to more urgently consider whether to vote.

Hillary Latino Vote

Is Hillary Ready for Latinos?

Mario Solis-Marich: The path undertaken by the official Hillary included an unnecessary book tour that was rife with bad press and now a trip to Iowa for which the un-candidate was un-prepared.

McConnell and Koch Brothers

Mitch’s Mum Moment

Berry Craig: The Birchers are still around. But they’ve been eclipsed by the Tea Party and like-mined white folks of the Obama’s-a-Kenyan-born-Islamo-Socialist persuasion.

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