Will Roberts Court Light a Fire in Gutting the Voting Rights Act?

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Tom Hall: The Roberts Court’s formal gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will be announced later this spring, after the weather has warmed up, after the school year has ended. After young black men in cities around the nation will join their fathers, standing on line to apply for jobs they won’t be given.

The Accidental Hero—Remembering Rodney King

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Jasmyne Cannick: For every Black man and woman in Los Angeles who has ever been pulled over for driving while Black since March 3, 1991, a debt of gratitude is owed to Rodney King for the beating they didn’t get.

Rodney King Dead: How He Put Police Brutality on the Map

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David Love: It is ironic that Rodney King died on the day that Rev. Al Sharpton led a march to protest New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policy.

Rodney King Dead at 47

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Rodney King, the man whose video taped beating by Los Angeles police twenty years ago shocked the nation, was found dead this morning, Sunday June 17, 2012 in Southern California. According to Reuter’s King’s body was found at the bottom of his swimming pool in Rialto a suburb of Los Angeles. Cynthia Kelly, King’s fiancee [...]

20 Years After the LA Riots: What Have We Learned?

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Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: What has changed in South LA — then South Central — where the flames shot to the sky 20 years ago, after an all-white jury exonerated the gang of police officers who had beaten a black motorist half to death, captured on video for all to see?

A Changing Culture at the LAPD

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Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Officer Sandra Moura credits the Department’s leadership — from Chief Beck on down — with instilling and enforcing a more community-oriented policing approach.

Urban Issues Breakfast Forum: 20 Years after the ’92 LA Riots – Friday May 25th

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What Has Changed, What Needs to Change — with Rodney King, Connie Rice, Rev. Chip Murray and others. Friday, 25 May, 7:30 a.m., California African American Museum.

Roots of LA’s 1992 Uprising

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Javier Gonzalez: For me, the real question was why are there so many poor and hungry people who feel so targeted and so left out in a county that is consistently America’s number one home for millionaires?

LA City Council Redistricting: What Price Belligerence?

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Anthony Samad: Parks and Perry went straight at Wesson in the most belligerent manner they could. The outcome hasn’t been pretty. Did the constituents of the 8th and the 9th districts pay a price for their representatives’ belligerence?

Can’t Wait to Hear What He Had in His Hand This Time

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Anthony Samad: The LAPD shot and killed another Black man. Why weren’t two trained law enforcement officers able to subdue an unarmed, naked man? I’d like to know how this happened. I just wanna know what he had in his hand that would justify the use of lethal force.

So, Did Anything Unusual Happen Over Last Weekend?

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Robert Letcher: With all the violence and contempt that seemed “in the air”, it was starting to feel like some “Tucson” was bound to happen, but there wasn’t enough actionable information: no “when”, no “where”. Nor were resources available to “look into the situation”, as they had been to President Bush.

Forget About Obama’s 100 Days, What About Ours?

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Lately, I have found myself absorbed in continual political debate on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter or my own personal blog. Some begin as friendly banter but quickly escalate to the point that I am pulling my car to the side of the road so I can furiously text a targeted retort [...]

Iraqi Journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi Captures the Moment

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Jailed Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi has thrust himself into history and become an international overnight celebrity. Thousands protest for his release. A Saudi businessman offers $10 million for one of his shoes. Libya nominates him for a medal. Why? Because al-Zaidi threw his shoes at President Bush, capturing a moment for which millions have yearned. [...]

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