How Los Angeles Wrestles with Mass Incarceration

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Dick Price: With jails straining to absorb thousands of prison inmates, jailhouse guard-on-inmate beatings grabbing headlines, and public concern rising about possible spikes in crime rates, public safety issues have Angelenos of all stripes scrambling for answers.

Shakespeare in Watts: Teacher Activist Melanie Andrews

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Washington Prep is the little school that could. We have won over forty awards in theatre competition. I found kids who were hungry to do theatre.

They’d Like to “Occupy” Their Own Homes

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Paulina Gonzalez: House by house, block by block, the residents of these South Central neighborhoods are being pushed out by landlords eager to capitalize on USC’s expansion.

Summer Single Payer Conference

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This one-day educational and skills-building conference will teach you all about the US healthcare system, its problems, and how to fix them.

Lethal Injustice

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Diane Lefer: The death penalty means “the State can kill you as long as they give you a trial. The State doesn’t say your lawyer has to be awake.

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Citizens Gather in LA to Take Back the Media

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Sylvia Moore: This year’s Just Media: L.A. Media Reform Summit, held Feb. 26 at Occidental College, drew 200 activists, speakers and concerned members of the public for an all-day conference on how to build a better news and information environment for our communities.

“Enthusiasm Gap My Ass!”

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Dick Price: Certainly, a recent tour through packed political venues around Los Angeles will tell you that there’s no lack of enthusiasm among Democrats, at least in this part of the world.

Enthusiasm Gap? What Enthusiasm Gap?

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Sylvia Moore: Sometimes the ones we love need understanding and time to make things right. Obama has only had less than two years to turn around an economy and society that took the GOP 30 years to destroy. And, he is hamstrung by an archaic, corrupt and dysfunctional political system that desperately needs fundamental structural reform.

Is There a Plan for Longtime Residents in the Master Plan for University Park?

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Diane Lefer: According to Uriarte, speculators aren’t just driving out longtime residents but taking advantage of the students, too. “Where a family used to rent a house, or apartments used to be rented as one-bedroom or two-bedroom, now the property-owners rent by the bed.”

Free Speech Down the Rabbit Hole

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Lydia Howell: This Supreme Court ruling effectively says “military actions are the primary tool of U.S. foreign policy.” Or to be more blunt: U.S. might makes right and there is no alternative to the use of military power.

Report on the Benefits of Immigrant Legalization Falls Short

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Immigration Impact: A wide range of economic studies—studies which consider legalization’s impact in both the long term and in context to comprehensive immigration reform—conclude that legalization does in fact benefit both native-born and immigrants alike.

Santa Clarita Councilman Tells Anti-Immigrant Protesters He’s a Proud Racist

Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar

Andrea Christina Nill: Though Kellar insists his remarks weren’t intended to “express animosity towards non-whites,” local Democrats describe Kellar’s comments as “symbolic of the Republican Party’s attitudes toward immigration in general.” The rally was organized by several California anti-immigrant groups including the Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen, the Santa Clarita Tea Party, and designated hate group Save Our State.

The Peter Principle on Steroids: Lane Kiffin as Sarah Palin’s Running Mate in 2012

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H. Scott Prosterman: When all is said and done, the “Peter Principle” will be known as the “Kiffin Effect” – or perhaps the “Putz Principle” -that is, people will be promoted until they reach a level of gross incompetence, if garden variety incompetence does not suffice.

Dick & Sharon’s Excellent Town Hall Adventure

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For this corner of the world, with people who worked hard to elect Barack Obama, whose lives have already been profoundly changed by his election—just look at their faces—and who desperately want him to succeed, Obama needs to deliver on his promises to fix America’s broken healthcare system

USC Professor Roberto Suro Wants Statue of Liberty Message Erased

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Suro thinks most immigrants are “adventurous” and “ambitious,” not “tired and poor.”

How About a Student Loan Bailout?

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The education bubble is going to burst. It has to happen. On a daily basis, we hear about the bursting of the housing bubble. Housing values were over inflated. Millions of people found themselves with mortgages they could not afford to pay—whether through hard times and job loss, racial profiling and predatory lending by unscrupulous, [...]

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 [...]

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