Archive for July, 2011

Jul 28 2011

Community Members Push for Racial Justice in Redrawing LA District Lines

redistrictingThe California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission will release its final maps tomorrow – it’s the culmination of months of work to redraw state legislative and Congressional districts. They will take public comment until August 15th. With Los Angeles County’s population growing less than the rest of the state, the area is facing a loss of representation. North County Times journalist Dan …

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Jul 28 2011

Pelican Bay Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike, Call for Continued Solidarity

Feature Stories | Published 28 Jul 2011, 9:51 am | Comments Off on Pelican Bay Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike, Call for Continued Solidarity -

palican bayFor about three weeks starting on July 1st, a multiracial group of inmates from the Pelican Bay State Prison’s Secure Housing Unit or SHU, began a hunger strike to protest inhumane conditions such as arbitrary solitary confinement and more. Thousands more prisoners from 13 other California prisons joined the hunger strike in solidarity, bringing to light the cruel treatment …

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Jul 28 2011

ALEC Pushes Right Wing Corporate Agenda on Climate Change

Feature Stories | Published 28 Jul 2011, 9:51 am | Comments Off on ALEC Pushes Right Wing Corporate Agenda on Climate Change -

alec exposedA spate of state-level legislation attempting to curb the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouses gases swept the nation this year. The seed of inspiration that grew into at least 20 separate anti-EPA bills can be traced back to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. ALEC brings together legislators and corporate leaders who draft …

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Jul 28 2011

Black Agenda Report on the Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites

Black Agenda Report,Commentaries | Published 28 Jul 2011, 9:45 am | Comments Off on Black Agenda Report on the Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites -

Glen FordGlen Ford is a writer and radio commentator and the Executive Editor of The Black Agenda Report. This week’s commentary is on the Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites.

Visit www.blackagendareport.com for more information.

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Jul 28 2011

July 28, 2011

Subversive Thoughts | Published 28 Jul 2011, 9:22 am | Comments Off on July 28, 2011 -

“All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” — George Orwell …

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Jul 27 2011

July 28, 2011

Coming Up | Published 27 Jul 2011, 1:42 pm | Comments Off on July 28, 2011 -

We’ll cover the fight over redistricting that’s been shaping up, particularly in Los Angeles, where Black representation is being seen as under attack. And, an update on the Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike. Plus, new analysis of the leaked right wing drafts of dangerous bills from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, focusing on climate change and the EPA. And the Black Agenda Report. …

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Jul 27 2011

Conservatives Target ATF While Ignoring Source of Arms Trafficking

The House Government Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing yesterday, hammering officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) about the growing scandal over operation Fast and Furious. An estimated 1000 firearms were trafficked to Mexican drug cartels under the watch of the ATF, as part of a failed anti-gun tracking program. Firearms trafficked under Fast …

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Jul 27 2011

Wexler Releases Director’s Cut of 1985 film, Latino: America’s Secret War In Nicaragua

haskell wexlerIn 1985, celebrated film maker Haskell Wexler released his feature film on the secret U.S. war in Nicaragua called simply Latino. The film’s plot was centered around a character named Eddie Guerrero, played by Robert Beltran, who ends his tour of duty in the Vietnam war, only to find himself in Central America, training U.S.-backed counter-revolutionaries or Contras. The …

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Jul 27 2011

What Does Borders Liquidation Mean for Indie Bookstores?

vromansA last-minute bid by Borders Group Inc to sell 30 of its bookstores and assets to Books-a-Million, has failed. Borders Books, the nation’s second largest book seller now faces the liquidation of its nearly 400 stores nationwide. Internationally, Borders operates more than 500 stores. The giant retailer announced Title 11 bankruptcy in February of this year. The fall of Borders …

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Jul 27 2011

The Activist Beat – 07/27/11

Commentaries,The Activist Beat | Published 27 Jul 2011, 10:06 am | Comments Off on The Activist Beat – 07/27/11 -

Activist BeatThe Activist Beat with Rose Aguilar, host of Your Call on KALW in San Francisco is a weekly roundup of progressive activism that the mainstream media ignores, undercovers, or misrepresents.

Environmental activists are ramping up their campaigns against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This project has not received the attention it deserves.

It’s a $13 billion pipeline that would run …

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