Figthing for the Life of Public Education

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Mark Naison: As I watch the teaching profession be destroyed before my eyes, through bi-partisan initiatives that are difficult to fight, I am filled with anger. I hate what is going on, and will fight it with every ounce of my energy, but as a historian, I am hardly surprised.

Feed a Silent Guest and Build World Peace

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The Spirit of 1947: This Thanksgiving Feed a Silent Guest and Build World Peace The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time to give thanks and, thanks to Black Friday, to shop. But it could also be a season when Americans take the reins of their country’s foreign policy . . . and build [...]

2010 Resolutions

In our LA Progressive survey that ran from 30 December 2009 to 2 January 2010, we asked our readers to name a political leader they admire and write a 2010 resolution for that person. Here are the results from that survey. Below is the full list of responses:

How Music Is Saving Lives in LA

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Right now, the Harmony Project is fundraising together with the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. They have highlighted 12 gang reduction zones (areas with a high documented rate of violent gang crime) in which Harmony Project serves as an official part of the city’s strategy to reduce gangs by keeping kids away from predators, and helping them develop discipline, persistence, self-esteem and accountability which will lead them to success in school and in life.

Low Voter Turnout: Are We Downsizing Democracy?

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The voter turnout numbers are an embarrassment. Throughout the country in nonpresidential elections, less than 30 percent of voters turn out for elections. In presidential campaigns, billions are spent and the media does focus on the national race, horserace style, which isn’t something to cheer about either. In nonpresidential elections, we are facing a political [...]

Friday Feedback: Making the Army Experience Center Realer than Real

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Buck-Connecticut, commenting on “Shutting Down the Army Experience Center,”by Pat Elder. Buck responded: “The mall-based Army Experience Center has stirred up controversy by using simulators (aka video games) to create a fun-filled, hi-tech recruitment [...]

Good Grief! I Have More Foreign Policy Experience Than Sarah Palin!

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Mother Jones has unearthed official Alaska government records documenting Sarah Palin’s foreign policy experience over the 19 months she’s been governor. Including the time she spent with 10 foreign exchange high school students, attending a reception at the Italian embassy in Washington and a 15-minute taping of a video message shown at a trade fair [...]

Healing the Black-Brown Divide

African American and Latino Communities Must Unite. Traditional allies and friends in a common struggle for equal opportunity, the African American and Latino communities of Los Angeles have grown apart in recent years. Where once blacks and browns stood shoulder to shoulder in the decades-long fight to correct the social injustices they both faced and [...]