Justin Bieber Thug — Bubblegum pop singer Justin Bieber was caught speeding in Miami Beach and was arrested for throwing a temper tantrum.
Garcetti Obama Promise Zone: The award is a demonstration of connected politics being the first at the table. South Los Angeles loses again.
Anthony Samad: The district is not trying to save black boys and has solidified itself as a primary feeder to the “school-to-prison” pipeline in California. The data supports it and the parents know it.
Anthony Samad: The Republicans have spent the past three years licking their wounds while trying to distort the reality of what universal health care means to the nation.
Anthony Samad: The thing about history is, if you don’t tell your story—somebody will tell it for you (and they rarely get it right). Fifty years later, the March On Washington story is still being largely misappropriated.
Anthony Samad: We can use Trayvon Martin’s death to launch a national peace movement that goes beyond single incident. Violence touches our lives everyday, in nearly every city in America.
Anthony Samad: The youth see that and see their futures tied to an unjust world. It’s one thing to negotiate their dignity; it’s another thing to negotiate their lives.
Anthony Samad: The people’s outrage is legitimate and we have the “right to protest for right,” as Dr. King once said. But protest takes many forms and that’s where we have to be wise.
Anthony Samad: We can’t let Christine Calderon die for a dollar and say nothing about the circumstances that brought about her death. The absence of advocacy will not equate to an absence of outrage.
Anthony Samad: Clinton was an elite politician in 2008. Romney was the elite’s choice in 2012. Neither attracted enough mass appeal to win the Presidency. Elitism is out. Populism is in.
Anthony Samad: In the Trayvon Martin case, George Zimmerman is poised to beat the system. Because everybody and everything will be on trial, except George Zimmerman.
Anthony Samad: Just as communities have their interlopers and obstructionists (blockers) misrepresenting complicated scenarios, Congress has its interlopers and obstructionists misrepresenting already complicated policy discussions, like gun control and immigration.
Anthony Samad: Jackie Robinson showed us that blacks and whites could co-exist on the same intellectual, emotional and physical planes. America had to see it before they could “see it.”