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The General and the War to Save LA’s Soul (Part II)

July 19, 2014
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This is part two of a four-part story about gentrification in downtown Los Angeles, about the treatment of its homeless residents and the tale of one community organizer who continues to fight against all odds.
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The General and the War to Save LA’s Soul (Part I)

July 12, 2014
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This is part one of a four-part story about gentrification in downtown Los Angeles, about the treatment of its homeless residents and the tale of one community organizer who continues to fight against all odds.
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In memory: Steve Baratta (1953 – 2014)

July 9, 2014
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Poet, radio host and activist Steve Baratta was honored this past Sunday, July 6, at a memorial where friends and family celebrated his life and mourned the silencing of what for many was a voice of inspiration. ...
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Anti-Eviction campaigners put a little ‘sweat equity’ into South LA neighborhood

November 17, 2013
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Adam Rice is standing at the mouth of an alley in South Los Angeles. His long copper-blond hair is pulled back and around his neck is a breathing mask. He is sweaty from hours of picking up the dusty filth that completely fills the alley — discarded lumber, old carpets, paint cans, tires, pizza...
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The dubious seizure of Laurel Greenstein’s home

August 5, 2013
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The dubious seizure of Laurel Greenstein’s home

When Laurel Greenstein filed for bankruptcy in May of last year, the filing should have stopped Wells Fargo & Co. from foreclosing on her Woodland Hills home. That is until attorneys working for Wells Fargo put Greenstein through, what she describes as, an “excruciating journey filled with horrifying discoveries.” Now, at nearly 60 years...
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Living with love in a cage

July 18, 2013
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Karen Modjeski sits in her bus seat looking out the window. The sun is setting, giving the atmosphere outside a golden color. Her long earrings sway to the convulsions of the bus. Many of the people she rides with, activists from Los Angeles, are sleeping. They had traveled to Corcoran State Prison to march...
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Las Cafeteras: Bringing song and dance to the struggle

May 28, 2013
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A band born out of the immigrant’s rights movement in Los Angeles is reinvigorating the struggle, providing uplifting and empowering music for people to dance to. Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece band, produces music that embodies the transnational identities of LA by taking the afro-indigenous influences of Son Jarocho, folk music from Veracruz, Mexico, and...
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Does LAPD’s reporting on our ‘suspicious behavior’ protect us from terrorism?

April 1, 2013
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Nearly every day Los Angles police file reports on someone for their simply being suspicious. Suspicious of what, however, is unclear. It is part of the Los Angeles Police Department’s suspicious activity reporting program, which is touted as a first line of defense against possible terrorist attacks. Though law enforcement praises the reporting system,...
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The Dorner Manifesto: Piercing the ‘blue line’ (Part II)

February 17, 2013
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The online manifesto of Christopher Dorner, an ex-cop who sought to exact revenge on the Los Angeles Police Dept. for his dismissal in 2009, spoke of corruption, racism and brutality within the department. However, the LAPD is not the only...
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The Dorner Manifesto: Piercing the ‘blue line’ (Part I)

February 12, 2013
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The manifesto of Christopher Dorner, an ex-cop seeking revenge on the Los Angeles Police Dept. for what he says was a wrongful dismissal, has gained much attention since he had been connected with several murders that targeted law enforcement and their families, and which led to a multi-agency manhunt. The document has been described...
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