Mar 31 2014

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

Today is Cesar Chavez day – the day the great union organizer from California would have turned 87. In 1965, the seasoned organizer took on the fight of his life as he led thousands of poor migrant farmworkers who toiled in the grape fields of Delano to a years long strike and boycott …

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Mar 26 2014

In the Light of Humane Nature

In the just released book, In The Light of Humane Nature, environmental activist and author Arthur B. Weissman proposes a fundamental change in our approach to the health of our planet. Drawing on decades of experience in the environmental movement, Weissman asks us to reconstitute our core morality to include not just …

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Mar 13 2014

Stokely: A Life

While the phrase “black power” is often associated with the Black Panther Party, credit for popularizing it in the American lexicon actually goes to a civil rights icon named Stokely Carmichael. Representing a new generation in the mid-60s that was more militant than the activism of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, …

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Mar 07 2014

A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants

While much has been known about human and animal physiology for centuries, the study of plants, or botany, is actually a relatively new field. Plants and trees are a mystery to us. They don’t really move except in the wind, they don’t have mouths to eat and we don’t actually see them …

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Jan 23 2014

Chasing Utopia with Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. She has spent decades writing, lecturing, and speaking out. She is one of the US’s most widely read poets and prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.”

Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. …

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Jan 22 2014

Local Academics, Gilda Ochoa and Wendy Cheng Tackle Community Relations in Southern California

Southern California has its own unique racial makeup, not just in urban areas, but in the suburbs. While most suburbs in the rest of the US are dominated by whites, here in the greater Los Angeles area, immigrant communities can dominate. The most striking case in point is the San Gabriel Valley which is home to two major groups: Asian Americans and Latinos.

A new …

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