Missing Movements?

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Peter Dreier: For the most part, however, reporters for the mainstream media cover the political maneuvering in Washington, D.C., or state capitals, or city halls. They don’t cover the day-to-day lives of ordinary workers and immigrants, nor the movement groups that help give them voice.

No More Baca

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Patrisse Cullors: The attitude of indifference and denial that Sheriff Baca exhibits toward the people whose welfare he is in charge is unacceptable.

Opposition Grows to AT&T’s Attack on LifeLine Program

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Randy Shaw: AT&T’s proposed hijacking of the LifeLine program is particularly surprising in light of Democratic Party control of the California Legislature and the Governor Brown-appointed California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) strong opposition to AB 1407.

California: Green Revolution’s Focal Point

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Tom Hayden: California, under Governor Jerry Brown’s leadership, is playing a pivotal role in the struggle to transform the global economy toward energy conservation and renewables.

Stop the Koch Brothers Buy of the LA Times – May 23 Rally

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Lauren Steiner: Please help us spread the word across Los Angeles! Come with signs that say “Bruce Karsh, please don’t sell the LA Times to the Kochs” and “Bruce Karsh, our democracy is not for sale” We are gathering Thursday, May 23 for a rally and march.

Effort to Stop Koch Brothers’ Takeover of LA Times Gains Momentum

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Steve Smith: A sale by Oaktree (which has controlling interest in the Tribune Co.) to the Kochs would be an affront to the values of Angelenos and working people everywhere.

Why I Want the Koch Brothers to Buy the LA Times

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Joe Mathews: Most American newspapers today are owned by little-known rich people or faceless corporations, and it’s rare that papers do things that people love or hate. The LA Times suffers from this same malady: It’s unthreatening and predictable.

Washington Covers Up Reasons for Terrorism

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Michael Haas: Washington refuses to connect the dots and continues to foment more anger among Muslims around the world, who in turn are aware of and eager to retaliate against such obvious American war crimes.

How the Los Angeles Times Can Help LA’s Police Department Save Money

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Dan Bluemel: Chief Beck should sack his own PR department and let the Times do what they do best — patching up and stitching together the department’s image and keeping the population in the dark.

New York Times Puffs Fix The Debt Corporate Lobby

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Peter Dreier: Peterson’s Fix the Debt agenda would simply exacerbate the recent trends of widening inequality and declining living standards for most Americans, a chasm we haven’t seen since the Gilded Age of the late 1800s. This so-called “solution” is bad for the economy and bad for the country.

Marriage Equality: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

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Carl Matthes: If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the Prop 8 case, legal same-sex marriage will return to California

LAPD Loses Downtown Ticket Trap

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Dan Bluemel: Thanks to one Angelino, who braved police intimidation in the process, downtown Los Angeles is now without a needless ticket trap.

Activists Try to Stop Banks From Foreclosing on Cancer Victims

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Peter Dreier: Wells Fargo Bank and US Bank have chosen to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by trying to evict breast cancer survivors from their homes.

One Year Later: Which Way Occupy LA?

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Dan Bluemel: There is no manual for activists on how to save the world. The best anyone can do is learn from the past, try new things and see if they work, while the world will carp at them for it — supporters and critics alike.

How Gloria Romero Became the Face of Proposition 32

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Matthew Fleischer: Nothing has been more surprising than the decision of Romero, a former California State Senate Democratic majority leader, to serve as the measure’s frontwoman.

The Dolphin Group: Prop. 32′s Dark Messenger

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Matthew Fleischer: Prop. 32’s cynical appropriation of Occupy Wall Street-style anti-corporate rhetoric, and the language of campaign finance reform, fits what has become Dolphin’s signature in recent years – the “Trojan Horse” political campaign.

Urban Issues Forum Welcomes Jackie Lacey — September 28th

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Anthony Samad’s Urban Issues Breakfast Forum welcomes Jackiet Lacey, Candidate for LA County District Attorney, Friday, Sept. 28, at The Regency West, Los Angeles.

Health Care Reform: California’s Next Steps

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Diane Lefer: With the general practitioner or family practice doctor now a vanishing breed, yes we could and should put in place incentives to encourage more medical students to go into the field. But we also need to address the problem without delay.

L.A. Police Leave Chalking Protesters Alone

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Dan Bluebel: A month after the ArtWalk uprising, Occupy Los Angeles pulled off another act of civil disobedience to protest the arrests of several occupiers and non-occupiers for chalking sidewalks. This time around it was peaceful.

Closing LA’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: What Were They Smoking?

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Jon Zerolnick: Reportedly, some of the negative effects of marijuana use are paranoia, magical thinking and faulty decision-making. Who, today, is exhibiting those symptoms? Just sayin’.

L.A. Police Chalking Arrests Spark Uprising

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Dan Bluemel: A protest over activists being arrested for chalking messages on sidewalks erupted into a near-riot last Thursday in downtown Los Angeles.

Just Call Mitt Gatsby!

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he rich truly are different than the rest of us, as Dorothy Parker observed many decades ago, and they proved it Sunday afternoon at a trio of Mitt Romney fundraising events in The Hamptons on Long Island. Revlon chairman Ronald O. Perelman, Clifford Sobel who is a former US ambassador to Brazil, and David Koch [...]

Pilots Without a Cockpit

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Medea Benjamin: Drone operators based so far away from the battlefield and undertaking operations entirely through computer screens and remote audio-feed risk developing a ‘Playstation’ mentality to killing.

Death Penalty: Let Voters Decide

Judge Cordell is joined by four volunteer signature gatherers with six boxes of petitions from San Francisco County voters.

James Clark: Thousands of Californians are joining together to call on local district attorneys to stop seeking death sentences until voters get a chance to weigh in on this broken system.

Pot Pharms: Responsible Dispensaries or Roach Motels?

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Jon Zerolnick: The City of Los Angeles has steadfastly refused to provide a firm regulatory scheme in which these responsible players can operate—and which would allow the city to then shut down all of the quick-buck profit-takers.

Stopping Foreclosures, One House at a Time

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Sylvia Moore: As Americans, we have to ask ourselves, how long are our lawmakers going to continue to allow these too-big-to-fail institutions escape accountability?

What European Elections Should Teach Obama

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Randy Shaw: Europe’s lesson is that Obama should far more aggressively promote public investment, job creation, and other economically populist – and popular – measures.

Pasadena/Foothills ACLU Forum: How Homeowners and Renters Cope with Housing Crisis

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Hear how activist groups in the San Gabriel Valley and across Los Angeles are fighting back, battling attempts to throw people out of their homes and collaborating to find housing for former homeowners and others who can no longer find a decent—and afforable—place to rent.

Occupy Fights Foreclosures Turns Tables on BofA

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Cheryl Aichele: Occupy Activists aim to highlight the fraudulent ways in which the nation’s largest mortgage servicer forecloses on millions of innocent families.

Norman Solomon: What Makes a Healthy Progressive Ecosystem

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Norman Solomon: Paul Wellstone talked about representing and fighting for what he called the democratic wing of the Democratic Party and I would like to fight for the progressive wing of our social movements in Congress.

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