Walter Brasch: TV news—including parade coverage—has become more of a personality-based medium than a news medium. The Happy News TV anchors chat with each other. A few seconds here. A few seconds there.
Peter Dreier: Less than half a mile from where the Rose Parade route begins, near Millionaires Row, Pasadena becomes a city of low-wage workers, predominantly Latino and Black. Tens of thousands of residents struggle to meet their basic needs.
Jessica Lux: John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” played as members of Occupy Venice Beach posed with onlookers interested in their other 20-foot-tall float, showing the Constitution of the United States being shredded by a corporate sponsored paper-shredder.
Justin Chapman: Nearly six decades after being snubbed by the city for being black, Miss Crown City 1958 is finally riding in the Rose Parade
Joe Mathews: The state’s greatest public event delivers every year–which is more than you can say for Sacramento.
Dick Price: Occupiers expressed satisfaction that their concerns had been heard by Wells Fargo leaders, but frustration that little concrete action had been taken and no promises made for future steps.
On Monday morning, 7-8 am, on KPFK (90.7 FM – Los Angeles), listen to Marcy Winograd guest-host Connect the Dots, first with a commentary on why we must Occupy the English language.
Linda Milazzo: On January 2nd, thanks to the hard work and determination of members of the Occupy Movement, the 123rd Rose Parade is permitting viewers to Just Imagine how spectacular our country could be if greed and war disappeared.