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Great Advances in Strikes

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On January 13, 2019
This has to be the greatest advance in strikes since the sit-down. Memo to teachers preparing to join the picket lines on Thursday: There will be tacos. Some 34,000 L.A. public school teachers are scheduled to strike January 14, unless a last-minute deal is made in their Wednesday meeting with LAUSD. (The original strike date […]
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I too am shocked that President Pussy Grabbing Fascist would create fascist policies that facilitate the crimes of domestic abusers and rapists. Latinos in Los Angeles are making dramatically fewer reports of rape and domestic violence amid a climate of fear over increased immigration enforcement, according to the city’s Police Chief Charlie Beck. Since the […]

SWAT

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On July 13, 2016

Worth remembering in this age of extreme police militarization that the concept of the SWAT team came straight out of the LAPD after Watts in the mind of a very nice man named Daryl Gates. In case you

L.A.’s Sweatshops

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On April 11, 2016

In Out of Sight, I discuss how consumers need to understand how their clothes are made and the tremendous costs of not knowing that information. Of course, much of this is because clothing production

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Sometimes I read about art projects dealing with socially conscious themes and think “wow, this shows a real lack of self-awareness.” That’s how I felt when reading about this: Nick Brandt has been photographing the grandeur of East Africa’s stoic wildlife since 2001, but during his many trips he has observed a troubling pattern: “The […]
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With leadership like this, it’s hard to believe the American labor movement is in decline: Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. […]

Fight for $20

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On May 20, 2015

Yesterday’s bill in Los Angeles to ease in a $15 minimum wage is great. But it isn’t enough to live on in Los Angeles because housing is so expensive. A $15 minimum wage really just needs

Fight for $15

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On May 19, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council voting 14-1 to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour is a very big deal. Doing this city by city or state by state is not ideal. But given the broken gover

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