This Week in the LA Progressive: March 29 to April 4

Equal Access, Equal Justice

commie-republicansRejecting Post-Raciality: An Ode to the Life of John Hope Franklin. Franklin proved that within our story is America’s story and America “Negro problem” was a refusal to acknowledge the equality of black America. –Anthony Asadullah Samad

Diddy’s Dumb Deed. My “sistas” are finally no longer making excuses for self-haters. Why give money and power to those who don’t have value for you or, worse yet, don’t like you? –Pearl Jr.

Barney Frank Calls Justice Scalia a Homophobe. When U.S. Representative Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Scalia a “homophobe,” his remarks were wrongly taken as a personal attack on Scalia. --Rev. Irene Monroe

Obamas Triumph in Europe

Goodness, An Adult Really Is In Actually Charge! Having triumphed at the G20, Obama is now at a NATO summit. It is truly nice to have a real grown-up, an actual adult, running the US. –Charley James

Full Marks Mama Michelle and BarryO. We have all becomes far too jaded, sarcastic, and cynical and I include myself. It’s time to believe that change not only can happen but is here. –Denis Campbell

Avoiding the Greater Depression

U.S. Economic Policy Faces a Defiant Planet. As Obama begins his first European tour, starting with the G20 economic summit, he’s finding that much of the rest of the world has suddenly become quite uppity. –Carl Bloice

The Administration’s Proposed Responsible Wall Streeter Tax Credit. In effect, the plan redirects the bailout money to these honest executives and traders who fess up and take responsibility. –Robert Reich

Reagan the Socialist, Nixon the Commie, Eisenhower the Quisling. Today Reagan is a socialist & the new hero is Joe the Plumber, who doesn’t know how quickly he will be abandoned once he stops being profitable to talk radio. –Tom Hall

My Lunch With Drew: K Street Makes Hay Either Way. I had four or five failing clients and Obama’s bailed every single one of them out. I’ve just booked a Caribbean cruise for my whole family. –Sherwood Ross

Tea with Her Royal Highness; Royal Bank of Scotland Trashed. The real news of various back-to-back diplomatic meetings was reduced to ‘grab and grin’ photo-ops on the steps of Number 10 or Buckingham Palace. –Denis Campbell

War & Peace

Mission Accomplished: Bush Gets the Last Laugh. If the mission was to bilk the federal government for hundreds of billions of dollars in “no-bid” contracts, then “Mission Accomplished.” --Joseph Palermo

The U.S. Should Fear Its Friends. It’s puzzling why the U.S. fears countries that pose no direct threat—Iran, North Korea, Iraq—while downplaying actual threats emanating from “friendly” nations. –Ivan Eland

Space Race Hikes Risk of Nuclear War. An unchecked race to militarize space is underway that is increasing the risk of an accidental nuclear war while shortening the time for diplomacy to halt crises. –Sherwood Ross

Cleaning up after Bush

Department of Justice to Recommend Bar Association Action Against Five or More. If the DoJ’s recommendations are acted upon, the state bars could do anything ranging from a wrist slap to a bitch slap. –Charley James

The Spanish Fly In Obama’s Ointment. When Obama meets Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero in London this week, it will be interesting to see if Zapatero gets the Obama smile or a steely-eyed glare. –Charley James

Canada To Bush: Y’all Don’t Come Back Soon! A few weeks ago, George W. Bush slunk into Calgary, Alberta where he was paid a reported $50,000 to address a group of oil men. Canadians were none too happy. –Charley James

Toward a Sensible Drug Policy

U.S. Drug Policy Has Gone to Pot. In a town hall meeting at the White House, President Obama was asked whether legalizing marijuana would create jobs and help the economy. –David A. Love

A Major Deal Over a Minor Issue. Is the state or the nation prepared for the social dislocation, economic despair, and breakdown in law and order that could occur as the crisis worsens? –Cheryl Aichele

The Drug Wars: Is Half a Century of Bloody Futility Enough? Our war on drugs has boomeranged; we have promoted increased violence and incarceration at home, and subsidized challenges to our interests abroad. --John Peeler

Politics as Unusual

An Odd, Totally Otherworldly, Experience. During the Democratic Convention in LA, Kennedy wanted to get away so he moved in with my uncle. Yes, Marilyn showed up for a couple hours. No one said a thing. –Charley James

Don’t Kill the Lawyers — Yet. Our court system should be viewed as a mechanism for protecting our own rights — and not as a bully club for beating our neighbors into submission. –Tanya Acker

Honoring Cesar Chavez’s Memory

On Cesar Chavez’s Birthday, New National Farmworker Campaign Launched. As we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day, Obama should consider revising the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) so that it no longer excludes farmworkers. –Randy Shaw

Cesar Chavez Day and the Forgotten Asian Americans. Many do not know that the 1965 Delano Strike, which gave birth to the UFW, was started by Pilipinos, not Cesar Chavez and the Mexican farm workers.

Citizen Children Neglected and Deserted in Wake of Immigration Raids. Immigrant families are under siege. We need to reform the system so that all workers can work here legally and U.S. families can stay strong, healthy, & united. --Michele Waslin

Saving the Planet

Arnold, Finish What Maria Started. Is the state or the nation prepared for the social dislocation, economic despair, and breakdown in law and order that could occur as the crisis worsens? –Robert Singer

Urban Farming — An Idea Whose Time Has Come. As “green” as he likes to claim he is, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa missed his chance to lead the growing urban farming movement. –Ron Kaye

New Voices, Different Viewpoints

Don’t Kill the Lawyers — Yet. Our court system should be viewed as a mechanism for protecting our own rights — and not as a bully club for beating our neighbors into submission. –Tanya Acker

Citizen Children Neglected and Deserted in Wake of Immigration Raids. Immigrant families are under siege. We need to reform the system so that all workers can work here legally and U.S. families can stay strong, healthy, & united. –Michele Waslin

LA Rape Evidence Backlog Booms to 12,000 Cases. “Failing to test rape kits denies justice to women who’ve suffered sexual violence,” said Sarah Tofte, the Human Rights Watch researcher who authored the report. –Benjamin Protess

Published by the LA Progressive on April 4, 2009
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