Prop C: Battling Big Money in Politics

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David Burke: By voting yes on Proposition C, we can make it clear that individuals should be at the center of the electoral process and that corporate speech does not deserve the same level of protection as individual speech.

Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement

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Angola 3 News: This month, a 30-day action campaign was launched demanding the release of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz from solitary confinement, where he has been held for over 23 consecutive years, and 28 of the last 30 years, in Pennsylvania prisons.

Put Citizens United on the Ballot in Los Angeles

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Lauren Windsor: Join the Money Out/Voters In Coalition and California Common Cause on Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00 am for the City Council meeting to ask the LA City Council to place this on the ballot:

Right to Live v Right to Own a Gun

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Robert Letcher – The right to keep and bear arms versus the right of five and six-year olds to live was probably not in the minds of the Framers of the Constitution

GOP Leading from Behind

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Karen Finney: Last week’s Senate vote on a U.N. treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, shamefully made America seem small-minded and exclusive.

Charlie Beck’s Anniversary: A Walk in the Park

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Stephen Box: Beck occupies a unique position in the world of Occupy protests and is one of the only Police Chiefs in the country to establish a relationship with protesters that is based on respect and dignity.

LAUSD Closes Ranks with Principals

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Leonard Isenberg: When I first started teaching back in the late 1980s, somebody told me that principals were Gods and I was foolish enough to believe that they did not mean this literally.

Free Speech about Saggy Pants

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Steve Hochstadt: The most unfortunate recent development in American politics is that Constitutional questions cannot be discussed calmly. Too many people care less about defending our Constitution than using it as a club to smash political opponents.

America “Refudiates” Rights When Used

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Ed Rampell: The controversy over building an Islamic community center near Ground Zero shows that in America, you have constitutional rights – until the second you try to use them.

Why People Hate Politics

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Gautam Dutta: Rather than engage in discussion and debate, many politicians find it easier to demonize their opponents, rather than debate the issues.

Why Tea Party Chairman Mark Williams Got Kicked Out

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Anthony Samad: Don’t look for Tea Party activists to try to run racists hiding in their ranks out of the movement. For they can no more disavow the racists in their own Party than they could disavow their white grandfathers that raised them but said things that made them “uncomfortable.” They’ll just have to learn to keep their unspoken truths to themselves.

LA Progressive: January 24 to 30, 2010

LA Progressive: January 24 to 30, 2010 — This week’s articles.

Religious Freedom and the IRS

Recently, a coalition of right-wing pastors decided to make a frontal assault on the long-standing policy that charitable institutions, including churches, are prohibited from endorsing candidates if they want to keep their tax-free status. These pastors defied that law by explicitly endorsing John McCain from the pulpit.

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