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The LA Progressive: April 26 to May 30

100 Days: Is Obama’s Probation Period Over? When the brotha tried to be positive and upbeat, they said he smiled too much during these tough economic times. --Anthony Asadullah Samad


Anti-Immigrant Hysterics’ Swine Flu Blame-Game Generates Blowback. Any long-term solution at the U.S. border must include reforming immigration-and a great majority of the American people agree. --Andrea Christina Nill

When Swine Flu Hits South Los Angeles. If you live in LA, about the only you can do is sit back and wait for it to hit and say a prayer, chant, or whatever it is that you do. --Jasmyne Cannick

Occidental Petroleum and Death in Arauca. Oxy must decide whether to put higher value on profit or human life; the rest of us need to ask about the cost of energy measured in people’s blood. --Diane Lefer

Forget About Obama’s 100 Days, What About Ours? It’s time to stop waiting for hope to be handed down, and start pushing it up, from the hoperoots. --John Delloro

Reflections on May Day. Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and Janis Rosheuvel of Families for Freedom discuss the nation's immigration policy and the May Day protests in Los Angeles.--Sharon Kyle

Myopia Meltdown. I am fluent in the looks and language of prejudice, discomfort, xenophobia and under-exposure. --K. Danielle Edwards

The Hush-Hush Story: Why They Tortured. The suggestion that Bush Administration used torture to back up claims that Iraq was linked to 911 justifies creating a special commission. --Carl Bloice

100,000 Civilians at Risk of Attack in Congo. For us to turn our backs on the Congolese people is a moral failing with profound consequences for humanity. --Georgianne Nienaber

When Queer Communities of Color Are Not Needed to Win Marriage Rights. If Marriage Equality pushed white states first to avoid communities of color, it would be ignoring vital ways for coalition-building. --Rev. Irene Monroe

What the Specter Switch Ultimately Means. The Man of the Hour moved the Swine Flu and former GOP sister Susan "we don't need no stinking epidemic funding" Collins off the breaking news watch. --Mary Lyon

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