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Visiting activists from Detroit talk about water crisis

July 29, 2014
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Two Detroit-based activists spoke in Los Angeles this week about fighting their city’s decision to shut off water and sewer services to poor residents past due on their bills.
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Distrust of police may ground LAPD drones

July 23, 2014
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Distrust in law enforcement drives new campaign to ban LAPD drones in Los Angeles. Organizers are confident they can win fight.
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Desert Rose and the story of stray currents

July 14, 2014
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The issue of stray currents is a muddy, complicated one, made all the murkier by an array of differing expert opinions and a lack of comprehensive testing as to the human health effects of long-term exposure to low-level electrical currents. ...
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Third time a charm? No, say anti-war activists

June 22, 2014
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Anti-war demonstrators rallied and marched through downtown yesterday. The protest was in response for renewed calls of intervention in Iraq since the outbreak of sectarian violence that threatens the U.S.’s diplomatic and economic influence in the country. On June 19, President Obama announced he would be sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq,...
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ANSWER Coalition gets bum wrap on permits

June 20, 2014
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A group calling itself the Los Angeles People’s Media on Facebook has derisively accused the ANSWER Coalition of pulling a permit for their anti-war demonstration tomorrow in Pershing Square. “At 1 PM there is a permitted Parade by the Answer Coalition,” stated the group on its “No More War” event page. “As soon as...
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Homeless woman arrested 87 times for resting on sidewalk

February 20, 2014
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Homeless woman arrested 87 times for resting on sidewalk

A special task force of LAPD officers has been targeting Annie Moody, a homeless woman in Skid Row for little more than sleeping, sitting or lying down on a sidewalk, according to police emails obtained by a public records request. Called “Operation Bad Moody,” the campaign has led to Moody being arrested scores of...
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Evictions paving the road toward gentrification at Jordan Downs

February 19, 2014
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As if the health threats that come with living in spitting distance of a lead- and arsenic-contaminated industrial site aren’t enough of a worry, the impoverished residents of the Jordan Downs housing development have an even more pressing...
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Police behavior focus of demonstration supporting justice for Kelly Thomas

February 10, 2014
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Homeless and anti-police brutality advocates demonstrated in Hollywood on Feb. 8, demanding justice for the police killing of Kelly Thomas, a mentally-ill homeless man. Demonstrators, whose protest was held in front of the Hollywood and Vine Metro station across from the Pantages Theater, are also seeking greater police accountability. “My biggest fight, where I’m...
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Soil in Jordan Downs may be poisoning its residents

January 28, 2014
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It’s not necessarily the patchy linoleum flooring, the egg-white cinder block walls, or the bars against all the windows that gave Eleazer Acevedo’s unit at Jordan Downs in Watts, Los Angeles, its penitential quality—it’s more...
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Kelly Thomas and the frail rights of the homeless

January 26, 2014
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While poverty remains at Great Recession levels, Philadelphia has banned food lines; North Carolina’s state government has asked religious groups to stop feeding the hungry; Tampa banned panhandling and sleeping in parks or on sidewalks; Arizona banned begging for money or food, which was later overturned by a federal judge; and a state representative...
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