Marcy Winograd: Stay tuned for an epic political battle uniting progressive Jews with their Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters—organizing together to say “not in our name” as Bloom and the Israel lobby lean on lawmakers fearful of being branded anti-Semitic. Anti-Free Speech Bill
Marcy Winograd: Bloom’s bill would prohibit California and its cities from contracting with companies that boycott the illegal Israeli occupation; in other words it would punish companies that respect human rights and international law.
Marcy Winograd: Bloom’s water-carrying for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has raised the ire of some of his district’s residents (count me in that crowd), including members of LA Jews for Peace.
Marcy Winograd: Somehow I had never heard of these white anti-racist groups until Sunday night when this teacher got an education long after the bell rang. White People for Racial Justice
Marcy Winograd: If we want to protect elephants in their natural habitat, we shouldn’t build prisons for them in urban centers but instead donate to elephant sanctuaries.
Marcy Winograd: The Reporters Committee defended the rights of citizens, journalists, and this pony ride activist to publicly disagree with the opinions of government employees and challenged the lower court’s interpretation of defamation law.
Marcy Winograd: If the University of California can censor debate on Israel by threatening critics with expulsion, what is to stop the university from restricting all political debate?
Marcy Winograd: How fortunate for AIPAC leaders that at the midnight hour, when time and patience is running out on Israeli expansionism, they find not a firebrand, but a low-key Democrat to carry their water.
Marcy Winograd: On Thursday, local constituents will hold a candlelight vigil in support of peace and diplomacy right before the congressional vote scheduled this week on the nuclear agreement with Iran.
In sweltering 90 degree heat, pro-Iran deal supporters rally and deliver petitions at Congressman Ted Lieu’s Los Angeles office this week to urge the “undecided” lawmaker to support the agreement.
Marcy Winograd: Mobilizing to prevent Schumer’s Senate ascendancy may be the most practical way grassroots Democrats can channel their anger at a perceived rush to war on Iran.
Marcy Winograd: New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s statement opposing the Iran deal reads like a wishy-washy-wish-I-didn’t-have-to-write this Dear John letter to President Obama.
Marcy Winograd: The City of Santa Monica is seeking new activity vendors — those offering cooking demos, arts and crafts, painting and more.