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Paul Von Blum is Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA.  He has taught at the University of California since...

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Make Art, Not War


Political posters can contribute enormously to street demonstrations that will inevitably increase in both number and intensity.

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Arts and Culture

Arnold Mesches’ Death Closes a Chapter on Socially Conscious Art in American History


Throughout his long and distinguished career, the artist used his talent to provide incisive visual commentary about the major social and political issues of his time.

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Invisible Nation


Families represent 37 percent of today’s homeless population. Entire families live in the streets, in cars, in temporary shelters and in single motel rooms. A new book examines family homelessness in five American cities.

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Arts and Culture : Book Review

The Hundred-Year Walk


April 24 is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. The 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the genocide are often an abstract statistic, but a powerful new book, based on the journals of the author’s grandfather who lived through the atrocity, may help change that.

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Arts and Culture : Visual Arts

The Restoration of a Mural Is the Resurrection of Lost History


Noni Olabisi’s painting “To Protect and Serve”—perhaps the most controversial mural in Los Angeles in the past 80 years—features a positive depiction of the Black Panther Party and its contributions to the African-American community. Such information about the party’s constructive role is nowhere to be found in school textbooks.

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American Artists Against War


Artists of conscience have always responded angrily and passionately to war, genocide and torture. This book examines the work of American visual artists from 1935 to 2010 who believed that governments and humanity must be held to higher moral standards.

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Arts and Culture : Book Review

House Keys, Not Handcuffs


A new book asks its readers to understand that the homeless in America need homes and serious social and public health services, not arrests, prosecution, police harassment and the continuing criminalization of the poor.

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Paul Von Blum
Paul Von Blum

Paul Von Blum is Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA.  He has taught at the University of California since 1968, serving 11 years at UC Berkeley before arriving at UCLA in 1980.  He is the author of six books and numerous articles on art, culture, education, and politics.  His most recent book is “Paul Robeson for Beginners”  (2014). Other books Von Blum has authored include “Racism and the Law” and “A Life at the Margins: Keeping the Political Vision,” his 2011 memoir that chronicles almost 50 years of political activism, starting with his civil rights work in the South and elsewhere in the early 1960s. 

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