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What’s Next for California in the Immigration Fight

The Truthdig editorial team sat down with the Rev. Martin Garcia, a grass-roots organizer for the Los Angeles immigrant support group LA Voice.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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How Much Does California Value Its Immigrants?

Lawyer and labor rights professor Victor Narro joined Truthdig on Thursday to discuss the state’s response to the president’s immigration crackdown.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

ICE Agents in Police Jackets Seize Undocumented Man Near His Daughter’s School


Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez (pictured) had just dropped one of his children off when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested him in Los Angeles.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 READ MORE

Welcome to the Police State of America for Immigrants


Donald Trump’s new orders give immigration officials and local cops around the country new and almost unlimited power to enforce a vague law.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 READ MORE

Los Angeles City Council Prepares Defenses Against Trump’s Policies


The council takes steps to protect against faith-based discrimination and provide aid to travelers detained at LAX.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE

Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Signals Beginning of a Mass Awakening for Black America


The 2016 documentary has given a voice to African-Americans, who now have more tools to fight for truth, justice and freedom from oppression.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Life in the Poorest Parts of America Is Not All ‘Urban Carnage’


A new book about the conflict between police and residents in South Los Angeles paints a much more humane, complex picture of poverty than President Trump does.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE

Women’s Marches Show That People Will Stand Up to an Intolerant ‘America First’ Vision


The demonstrations around the world are a first step toward resisting Donald Trump. But there is much more to do.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

Standing Your Ground in a Trump Presidency: ‘Loss Will Always Be a Teacher’

“This is actually a time of great loss,” said the Rev. Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries. Now more than ever, we need to use compassion to heal the demonization and hate that have divided America.

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with one of the leaders of California’s Democratic Party about the state’s paradox—how progressives swept the nation’s largest state in the 2016 election while Hillary Clinton got Trumped elsewhere in the country. Transcript added.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ooh, ‘La La Land’


Director Damien Chazelle captures the dreamy side of Los Angeles in a buoyant, candy-colored musical romance. (Not keen on musicals? Give this one a chance.)

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE

Thousands of Anti-Trump Protesters March in Los Angeles

By Emma Niles

A massive crowd gathered at MacArthur Park on Saturday morning and marched several miles through the heart of downtown.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Praises Protesters After First Blaming Media for Inciting Them


The president-elect expressed an appreciation for dissent and called for unity in an early morning Twitter message on Friday. But don’t expect the protests to stop or protesters to be silenced.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Presidential Victory Sparks Nationwide Protests


As Americans took in the news that Trump will be the nation’s 45th president, many of them apparently decided not to take it sitting down.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

Tom Hayden Fought for the Rights of All Living Things


The progressive activist compiled an impressive record in California and local politics—from 18 years in the state Capitol to a variety of community crusades. Even shelter animals benefited from his work.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE

All We Want Is Dignity, Respect and a Job


The presidential candidates are not talking about the issues that matter to millions of working-class Americans, including students at Los Angeles Trade Tech. The community college centered on vocational education is a place of second chances, and its students have no time for empty campaign rhetoric.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE

Last Call for Vin Scully, the King of Los Angeles


After 67 years as Dodgers baseball play-by-play announcer, the 88-year-old legend is retiring at the end of the season—and remains the biggest star in town.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

Stanley Sheinbaum, an L.A. ‘Liberal Lion’ Who Helped Shape Politics for Decades, Is Dead at 96


The teacher and activist (in profile in photo), for whom “helping to keep a liberal voice alive” was the enduring goal of his lifetime of activism, died Monday.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE

Working-Class Struggles in Southern California Symbolize Blue-Collar Blues Across America


Far from the noise of the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton brawl are painful examples of what this presidential campaign should be about: people struggling to raise their families out of poverty, send their kids to school and survive day to day.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein Has a New Political Rap Anthem Called ‘Power to the People’

Kor Element, a self-described “hip-hop healer,” unveiled his new song for the Green Party presidential candidate at a rally in Los Angeles.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

A Racist Mecca, a Black Architect and Odious Politics That Refuse to Die


“Blueprint for Paradise,” in its world premiere in Los Angeles, is powered by an odd, real-life California tale of a pre-war Nazi center and its acclaimed designer, Paul Williams. Sadly, the political rot explored by the play survives: Check out the 2016 presidential campaign.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE

Fighting for Peace on ‘Hurricane Street’


This impassioned, timely memoir about the American Veterans Movement picks up where author Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July” left off.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE

Starbucks Announces Plan to Raise Employee Wages


In a letter to employees on Monday, CEO Howard Schultz said the coffee chain will increase base pay for U.S. employees and managers at company-operated stores by at least 5 percent starting Oct. 3.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE

She’s No Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump—Behind the Scenes With Jill Stein (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

A path exists for a credible independent candidate to win the U.S. presidency in 2016. Could that person be the presumptive Green Party nominee?

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Great American Story of Asian Immigrants and Politics


The rise of Asian-Americans in politics refutes Donald Trump’s portrayal of immigrants as an alien body invading the United States.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards Is Convicted of ‘Felony Lynching’

Commentator Sonali Kolhatkar discusses the case with professor and Black Lives Matter organizer Anthony Ratcliff. Richards was the first African-American to be tried on the controversial charge, after allegedly attempting to intervene when police were detaining a woman.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Two Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at UCLA


Thousands of students barricaded themselves in their classrooms on Wednesday morning.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

How the Internet Is Empowering the Grass Roots and Transforming Democracy


While super PACs and superdelegates have been the focus of the public’s attention and frustration, an overlooked narrative is how eager people—especially the young—experience and participate in the political process in nontraditional ways.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

Los Angeles Press Club Nominates Truthdig for 20 Southern California Journalism Awards


Journalists from press clubs around the United States selected the finalists, and winners will be announced June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE

Angelenos Press for Change in California With Fossil Fuel Industry Protest


Although the state is ahead of the curve on renewable energy, Saturday’s rally in Los Angeles was a reminder to politicians that there’s far to go before we “Break Free” of our dependence on coal, oil and gas.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Stays Motivated After Oregon Win, Appeals to California Voters


Although Hillary Clinton leads in delegates, Sanders says his latest primary victory “is the beginning of the final push to win California” on June 7.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Protesters in East L.A. Would Rather ‘Deport Her’ Than Support Her (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Demonstrators did not appreciate the Democratic presidential candidate’s appearance in the Mexican-American community on Cinco de Mayo and accused her of pandering to Latinos.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer: My Mother, ‘the Illegal Alien’?

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In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve republished Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s moving account of his mother’s struggles as an immigrant living in constant fear of deportation.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

Across Los Angeles, Hope Remains for a Big Upset in the California Primary


Their names don’t make headlines in the national media, but the idealists volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign are the future of the Democratic Party and of progressives who believe in the electoral process.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE

CAIR-LA Files Federal Lawsuit Accusing Long Beach Police of Stripping Woman of Hijab


A male officer allegedly removed Kirsty Powell’s religious headscarf by force during an arrest, and now the United States’ largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization seeks justice.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE

A Connecticut Yankee’s Introduction to California


A Northeastern native and longtime California resident reflects on his first time experiencing the colorful characters, culture and politics of the Golden State.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE

Armenians Demand Recognition of Genocide at Los Angeles Protest


President Obama has never made good on his promise to officially recognize the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians for what it was.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Camp Complains to DNC Over Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising


The Bernie 2016 campaign believes Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee may have violated campaign fundraising rules and asked DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stop the activities.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE

Study: Pollution Leads to Thousands of Premature Births Each Year


Air pollution contributes to 16,000 preterm births annually and costs the country billions of dollars in medical costs and lost productivity, the first study of the phenomenon suggests.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE

No Blues for Bernie in L.A., Where Sanders Backers Are Still Making Happy Music


A Los Angeles rally—defying media pessimism about the Vermont senator’s chances against Hillary Clinton—shows upbeat determination and eagerness to tackle the complex delegate process.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE

California Reaches Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour


Numerous statewide polls have suggested that voters would approve a minimum wage proposal—perhaps even a more sweeping version—which forced lawmakers to take swift action.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE

Rosario Dawson Calls Out Dolores Huerta on Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Record


The actress challenges the civil rights icon’s criticism with a detailed breakdown of Sanders’ voting history in an open letter.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE

An Old-School California Love-In Greets Bernie Sanders in L.A.

The rock-star treatment that the candidate received at a rally—complete with passionate, chanting fans—didn’t distract him from the issues.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Homeboy Creative’ Showcases Poetry by At-Risk Youths and Former Gang Members (Multimedia)


The nonprofit organization in Los Angeles provides hope for at-risk youths, former gang members and previously incarcerated men and women. Truthdig will be featuring writers from Homeboy Industries in a series called “Homeboy Creative.”

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE

City of Los Angeles Continues to Invade Homeless Camps, Despite Federal Lawsuit


Los Angeles has faced years of chronic homelessness, and over the past year police have regularly raided encampments. Now a civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city for exactly those actions—yet the razing of sites goes on.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE

Ted Cruz Today, the Rapture Tomorrow


The Texas senator’s measured pro-Israel comments mask the extremist views of “God’s candidate.” His Christian Zionist backers see Israel’s continued grip on Palestine as key to the second coming of Jesus.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style


Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE

‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)


A film by Renee Tajima-Peña revives the historical context for our ongoing mistreatment of undocumented immigrants—and reminds us why it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE

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