Rodney King Dead at 47

Rodney King

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 […]

“Hurray! Congress Is to Adjourn!”

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Ted Vaill: Seventy or eighty arch-conservative Tea Party members of the House and Senate have held this country hostage to their right-wing demands that we sacrifice entitlements belonging to ordinary, hard working Americans for the benefit of their rich friends. What is the mood of the ordinary American? Disgust.

Reckoning with Torture

Julie Gutman

Diane Lefer: Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster quotes Abraham Joshua Heschel: “Some are guilty, but all are responsible.” Why? Because when we are aware of bad things that happen, we have a role in fixing them.

Should Your Job Kill You?

Angela Alvarez, a lead organizer with the Workers Health Program of IDEPSCA (Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California)

Diane Lefer: Given our economic woes and high unemployment, the importance of advocacy groups and community organizations becomes very clear. Without support and backup, workers are less likely to demand their rights and risk retaliation at the very time when employers want to cut corners

Welcome to the “Inland Empire”

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Ron Wolff: The “Inland Empire” is a vast stretch of land east of Los Angeles County inhabited mostly by cacti and Republicans, characterized over the years by brazen political corruption (the most recent former San Bernardino County assessor used the office as a political headquarters when he wasn’t high on meth or participating in rehab) and the intellectual analysis of issues on a level of sophistication that would make any fifth grader proud.

John Delloro, RIP

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John Delloro, a Filipino American labor leader from Southern California and member of the AAA-Fund blog team, died of a heart attack yesterday. John also wrote extensively for the LA Progressive.