Archive for March, 2011

Mar 31 2011

Tree of Fire Explores Lives of Women Prisoners

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Tree of FireIn a new play, “Tree of Fire”, three incarcerated women threatened by a fire while trapped in their prison cell unburden their souls when faced with death. The fictional characters in Tree of Fire were created by a woman with real life experience with the prison industrial complex.

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Mar 31 2011

After Historic Walkouts, Hamilton High Students Ponder Next Steps

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Hamilton HighHamilton High seniors in Los Angeles, Olivia Natt and Sophie Trauberman, discuss what led up to the historic school walkout on March 18th against LAUSD budget cuts, and what the next steps are, on KPFK’s Uprising with Sonali Kolhatkar.

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Mar 31 2011

Obama’s Energy Policy Speech Riddled with Inaccuraries, Misstatements

georgetownPresident Obama laid out his new vision for a national energy policy yesterday at Georgetown University, calling on the U.S. to cut oil imports by one-third over the next ten years, and reiterating his goal for producing 80% of the nation’s electricity from clean energy sources by the year 2035. Pushed by high gas prices at the pump, Obama explained …

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Mar 31 2011

After Historic Walkout, Hamilton High Students Ponder Next Steps

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Hamilton HighStudents at Alexander Hamilton Senior High school in Los Angeles walked out of their classes en masse earlier this month. The public school students weren’t playing hooky – they were protesting the lay off notices that their teachers received. About 7000 LAUSD employees have been sent pink slips in anticipation of major cuts to public education and the school …

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Mar 31 2011

Tree of Fire Explores Lives of Female Prisoners

Roots and WingsMaya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” In a new play, “Tree of Fire”, three incarcerated women threatened by a fire while trapped in their prison cell unburden their souls when faced with death. The fictional characters in Tree of Fire were created by a woman with real life …

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Mar 31 2011

March 31, 2011

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“The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one’s contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.” — Angela Davis …

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Mar 30 2011

March 31, 2011

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We’ll analyze President Obama’s speech on clean energy. Mark Jacobson, a Stanford scientist making the case for powering the planet through renewable energy, will join us. And, two student organizers from Hamilton High will share their story of how they organized an historic walkout against teacher layoffs. Plus, a local performance of the play Tree of Fire to benefit The Roots and Wings Project. And this week’s edition of the Black Agenda Report. …

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Mar 30 2011

Changing Political Dynamics in Britain, Germany, and France

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steven hillDemonstrations in London over the weekend drew at least half a million people saying no to massive planned government cuts in services. People traveled from all over the country for the biggest march since the 2003 demonstrations against the Iraq war. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government has planned $130 billion in cuts to health care services, as well as …

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Mar 30 2011

Walmart Faces Potential Sex Discrimination Class Action Suit

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walmartThe Supreme Court this past week began considering an historic case of sex discrimination against female employees of Walmart that could affect between 500,000 to 1 million women. Six women are bringing a lawsuit against Walmart for being held back from promotions and other job-related privileges because of what they describe as gender discrimination by managers. And, it is now …

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Mar 30 2011

Bus Riders Union Says MTA Cuts Harm Civil Rights

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bus riders unionThe Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority just told Angelenos to “take a hike” by making it harder to find a bus. In a contentious 7-6 vote on March 24th the MTA Board approved historic cuts in bus service. Nine lines will be completely eliminated, and 11 others will be reduced. Mayor Antonio Villaregosa, City Councilmember Jose Huizar, and …

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