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Event to Highlight Navajo & Hopi Tribes' Fight Against L.A.'s Dirty Power

Tomorrow, the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign and Power Paths Productions are hosting a screening of Power Paths, a documentary film that follows the Navajo (Dine) and Hopi tribes as they fight against polluting companies and work to...

Free Healthcare Event Serves Thousands and Makes History

Remember when Remote Area Medical (RAM) -- a Tennessee-based nonprofit organization that traditionally provided free healthcare to poorer countries around the world -- delivered 14,000 free healthcare services to over 6,400 people over eight days, in Los Angeles last year? Well they're back in Los Angeles this week, and making history. Today marks the first day of a seven day free healthcare event, the largest event of its kind, and the 601st Remote Area...

Tablacentric: Two-Week Long Residency Starts Tonight

Robin Sukhadia and Walter Kitundu performing live. Photo credit: Mischief Photo. Two years ago, Machine Project hosted a month-long Tablacentric residency, featuring the tabla -- a traditional drum of northern India. Twelve tablas were set up all month at Machine Project, and workshops and sessions ranged from tabla lessons to film screenings, cooking lessons, and a talk on robotics and the tabla. The month's events were devised and organized by Robin Sukhadia aka Tablapusher,...

Patti Smith: Dream of Life Airs Tonight on PBS

Photo of Patti Smith in performance | Photo by richt/tlobf on flickr About one year ago, Nuart Theater in Los Angeles premiered the award-winning Dream of Life, a documentary about rock legend Patti Smith, filmed by Steven Sebring. It was not highly publicized but the theater was crowded with an audience spanning all ages, all curious to see how a piece that was filmed over eleven years would portray Patti Smith. At the end...

LA's Homeboys Travel to Alabama

It's a fascinating story -- ex-gang members from Los Angeles traveling to rural southwest Alabama to talk to kids about violence, gangs, poverty and love. Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the country, is based in Los Angeles and is doing just that. The LA Times covered a recent trip to Prichard, Alabama by two members of Homeboy Industries, Luis Colocio and Agustin Lizama.

Twas the Night Before Christmas and All Through the Senate...

Mr Mouse | Photo by ccharmon via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr The US Senate convened today -- the day before Christmas -- and passed the Senate's version of the famed health insurance reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This bill will move into conference committee with the House of Representatives' version of the bill in January, before finall passage (Previous discussion of this week's Senate events here). It is not...

Schoolhouse Rock and the Health Care Reform Bill

Although it was highly anticlimactic and awfully frustrating for all parties involved, this week signified a historic move on the health care reform bill. So what exactly happened? Well, the US Senate voted 60-40 -- not in favor of passing a specific bill --- but in favor of ending debate and stopping further filibustering on a specific set of amendments to the health care reform bill known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [full bill and amendments can be found here (.pdf)]

Pelosi Marks a Deep Line in the Sand for the Public Option

Photo by Speaker Pelosi via Flickr Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives (D-CA) has been a strong supporter of the Public Option as a critical piece of President Obama's health care reform proposal. For more information on the public option, check out this video and chart. This past week, many politicians are weakening their stances on the public option as a result of pressure from special interests. But Speaker Pelosi marked a...

President Obama's Healthcare Reform 'Public Option' Explained

Really. President Obama's healthcare reform proposal ranks highly among least understood policy proposals in current politics. What follows is a concise and easy to understand explanation of the popular but often muddled "public option" that is contained in national legislation and that forms the centerpiece of President Obama's proposal. This one is great for cocktail parties and local bars, because it's so easy to explain....

White House Forum on Health Reform Attracts Varied Voices

Last week the fifth and final White House Regional Forum on Health Reform took place at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. Speakers included California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, Childrens Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, and the event was moderated by Dr Mehmet Oz who appears regularly on the Oprah show. A preselected audience shared personal stories, and some questions were chosen from those...

Two SoCal Companies Make List of World's Most Democratic

photo by ansik via flickr Does your company encourage leadership, transparency, democracy and creativity in the workplace? Do your co-workers participate in company decisions on an ongoing basis? WorldBlu -- a social enterprise that champions the ideas of "organizational democracy" -- compiled its list of the forty most democratic companies in the world based on questions like these. Two Southern California companies made the list this year: Dreamhost, the popular web hosting company, and...

What We Do Not Hear About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

In honor of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, unprecedented numbers of Americans served their communities today in beautiful ways. And President-Elect Obama’s Renew America Together service forged new means of connecting Americans (and Los Angelenos) with local volunteering opportunities. However, Dr. King’s honorable work and messages to America have been somewhat romanticized and Americans are quick to recall Dr King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and his peaceful ways. We often forget that his...

Interview: Members of Local Gay and Lesbian Band to March in Inauguration Parade

Photo by SFBart via Flickr For the first time in U.S. history, a marching band comprised of Americans identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer, will perform in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. Of the 177 musicians from twenty six states representing the Lesbian and Gay Bands Association (LGBA), four will represent Los Angeles. In a statement released earlier this month, President-Elect Obama said of the variety of bands selected to perform tomorrow, "I...

Vigils Set to Recognize Fallen Homeless Today

1 in every 9 homeless people in the United States live in Los Angeles County, and just this past year, 393 of them died. The Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness (LACEHH), along with other advocacy and service organizations, are holding candlelight vigils to memorialize those who died, and thousands across the country are doing the same, for the National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. In Santa Monica, a vigil is planned for 4:00...

Looking Inward: Los Angeles and the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Photo by tao_zhyn on Flickr Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UHDR), adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The 30 articles of this declaration were written after the Second World War and represent the first global expression of human rights worldwide. The UHDR is the most translated document in the world and has inspired many international treaties and laws. Now is as good a time...

Local Leaders Call for More Community Health Clinics

Photo by Waldo Jaquith via Flickr Yesterday a panel of hospital and government officials voiced concerns over overcrowding in Los Angeles emergency rooms and called for the creation of more community health clinics in the county.ER overcrowding is a growing problem in California for a number of reasons. 11 Los Angeles emergency rooms have closed in the last 5 years in Los Angeles County, partly because of low reimbursements from Medicare and Medi-Cal, California's...

Remembering Bhopal: 24 Years Ago Today

Photos by jbhangoo via flickr; graphic and videos from Students for Bhopal Today marks the 24th anniversary of the world's worst industrial disaster--one that has been called the "Hiroshima of the chemical industry" and that took place in Bhopal, India. Around midnight on December 3rd, 1984, a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal leaked 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate. Safety systems were not operational and the gas spread through the city....

LAist Interview: Jessica Lawless and Sarah Ross of the Audacity of Desperation

Photos of the exhibit/gallery by Von Edwards/Used with permission | Drawing by Ryan Griffis Jessica Lawless and Sarah Ross are both artists and educators. They met in graduate school at UC Irvine. Because they share a similar sensibility about art making and politics, they decided to collaborate on a project together. The Audacity of Desperation is the result. The exhibition is in Los Angeles from October 26th through November 16th. LAist: So, what *is*...

More on Prop 8: LA Mormon Temple Welcomes (Some) Visitors

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign, accompanied by Reverend Eric Lee, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Council of California, held a press conference outside the Los Angeles Mormon Temple this week. They attempted to peacefully deliver a petition with nearly 17,000 names of Californians opposed to the Mormon Church's funding and tactics in support of Proposition 8. They simply asked that the LA Mormon Church pass on these petitions to Utah. This...

Incarcerex: Talk to your Spin Doctor Today

For politicians who suffer from "fear of losing your election" Incarcerex might just be what the spin doctor ordered for the treatment of Chronic Re-Election Paranoia (CREEP): This brilliant pharmaceutical spoof by the Drug Policy Alliance is now an ad for the Yes on Prop 5 campaign (and against Proposition 6). LAist has more background information on Prop 5 and Prop 6....

Conflicts of Interest among No on Prop 5 spokespeople

Daniel Abrahamson, co-author of Proposition 5 and Director of Legal Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance Network, publicly called out California Attorney General and former governor Jerry Brown on his motives behind opposing Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act. No on Prop 5 is heavily financed by California's prison guard union, who is in turn supporting Brown's bid for Governor in 2010. Interestingly, US Senator Dianne Feinstein, another prominent opponent of Prop 5 (and...

Father Greg Boyle and Connie Rice Speak Out Against Prop 6

Father Greg Boyle is the director and founder of Homeboy Industries, a well respected Los Angeles organization that works to educate and provide job training for at-risk youth and former gang members. Connie Rice is the director of the Advancement Project Los Angeles and is a prominent civil rights activist and lawyer. They are featured speaking out against Proposition 6, a measure that could bring lengthier sentences for youth, try 14 year olds as...

Yes on Prop 5 Unveils Effective Commercials

This ad is the first Yes on Prop 5 spot and is entitled "Warden." It features Jeanne Woodford, former warden of San Quentin State Prison and former Director of the California Department of Corrections. Against a backdrop of images of San Quentin, she speaks of her 25 years working at the prison, where she began as a prison guard. "Let me tell you," Woodford says, "too many of the men I dealt with started...

LAist Interview: Alicia Dwyer, Filmmaker for Local Voices for Obama

Alicia Dwyer, a filmmaker from Los Angeles who has directed, edited and produced an Academy award winning documentary and an Emmy-award winning series, recently travelled to Ohio not to film a documentary but to direct and produce advertisements. She produced ads for Local Voices for Obama, an innovative campaign to broadcast local ads featuring local voices and attitudes in swing states. LAist sat down to talk to Alicia Dwyer about her experience. LAist: How...

LAist on the Propositions and Other Voter Guides

Photo by adshaw80 via Flickr Whether you're sitting in front of your absentee ballot or you're readying yourself for voting in person on November, you're looking at national and local elections as well as a slew of California ballot propositions -- 12 to be exact. Well, over the course of this election cycle, LAist writers have posted about 10 of the 12 propositions. We present to you our posts on each proposition, for a...

UCLA Report on Prop 36 Provides Window into Prop 5

Photo by kr4gin via Flickr Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act, on the California ballot this year, significantly expands on Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, passed in California in 2000 by 61% of voters. In this regard, it is quite timely that this month, the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program released its 2008 report on the progress of Proposition 36 (link to .pdf of report). Prop 36 allows first...

SisterFire Comes to Los Angeles

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence organized SisterFire, a national women of color multimedia arts tour that traveled across the country. INCITE! members organized SisterFire because they recognized the transformative power of creative cultural work. In recent years, SisterFire performances have been organized in several cities and towns across the U.S. This Sunday, October 26th, from 3:30pm until evening, the Los Angeles chapter of INCITE!, hosts SISTERFIRE LA, a Women of Color and Trans People...

Intro to Proposition 5 -- the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (NORA)

Several of California's ballot propositions this year could have wide-ranging national ramifications. Among them is the less talked about Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (NORA). This proposition aims to fundamentally reform California's drug-control policy by providing resources for rehabilitation and treatment of drug users a priority of the prison and parole systems. Up to eighty percent of California's prisoners have a substance use problem and most receive no treatment. The rationale behind...

LAist Guide to the Elections: Proposition 6

What is Proposition 6? Prop 6, also known as the Runner Initiative or the Safe Neighborhoods Act, is a move to increase funding for police and prisons and toughen penalties on "gang-related" and drug crime . It has been introduced by George Runner (Republican state senator) and his wife Sharon Runner (Republican state assemblywoman). The proposition would deem any youth 14 years or older who is convicted of a gang-related felony fit to be...

Fostering Hope and Sustainability in Los Angeles

The Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is a community-led organization that has served the community of LA's Figueroa Corridor since 1989 (Figueroa Corridor is in south LA, an area surrounding Figueroa Street by 100 yards to the north and south, and situated just south of downtown LA). The organization provides affordable housing to low-income residents; teaches the arts to local children; provides resources for sustainable economic development; empowers residents through education and outreach by community-trained health...

LAist Interview: Debra Cleaver of Long Distance Voter

Photo by Dean Terry via Flickr Record numbers of Americans are casting their votes early, through early voting in-person or via absentee ballots. However, the absentee ballot process varies from state to state and can be immensely confusing. This year a few dedicated people set out to simplify the absentee voting process for Americans in all 50 states, and created Long Distance Voter -- a comprehensive website with information on each state's process for...

New Ads Say 'No on Prop 8' More Effectively

Finally. After a barrage of slanderous and fear-mongering commercials from the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, and somewhat tepid and underwhelming ads from the No on Prop 8 campaign, it is heartening to see positive and effective messaging put forth by these witty videos by Margaret Cho, Molly Ringwald, and friends, in the style of the Mac vs PC ads. The first video is posted above, the rest, below....

Another World is Possible: Los Angeles Social Forum, June 27-29

This weekend marks the long-anticipated Los Angeles Social Forum, a unique opportunity where students, activists, local media-makers, and other Los Angelenos will converge upon the USC campus to learn from each other and build together in regards to local and global social justice issues. Over 70 workshops on topics from local media to healthcare to electoral reform to prison reform to local immigration issues to global issues will be presented by an amazing array of...

Oh my Golly, Not Exactly the Pixies! @ The Echo

That's right, because you love The Pixies so much, here's a chance to experience Not Exactly The Pixies. Tomorrow night, local musicians (most of whom have not performed together before practicing for this event) will come together at the Echo, to perform songs from the legendary band, The Pixies. The artists include members of local bands Fishbone, Tribe 8, Shatto, The Larks, EZ Tiger, Romeo Crestwood, Bedroom Walls, The Stranglers, Wild Colonials, and several...

Vote to Preserve Tenants Rights and Rent Control Today (No on Prop 98)

Today will be historic. Throngs of voters will get out and vote NO on Proposition 98, a not thinly veiled attempt to destroy rent control and tenants rights. Of note, Los Angeles has the highest average rents (over $1500) of any city in the Western United States -- even higher than San Francisco. In what direction will allowing the passage of Proposition 98 lead us? Yesterday, Ross Lincoln wrote a fine post on LAist about...

To Thirty Baseball Stadiums in Twenty-Seven Days

Los Angeles resident Josh Robbins and friends will embark on a twenty-seven day quest, by car, to visit baseball games at thirty baseball stadiums around the country. Their journey starts on June 16th, and they hope to set a world record, document the trip on video, and raise funds for the Jim Thorpe Little League in Hawthorne. All thirty stadiums and games, as well as information on donating to the project and the little...

King Spoke in LA Just 3 Weeks Before His Assassination

Photo by mil8 via the LAist Featured Pools on Flickr Yesterday marked 40 years since Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. But did you know this? MLK Jr spoke at a packed congregation in Los Angeles just three weeks before his assassination: The 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. comes as a poignant reminder of the day the civil rights leader stood in the pulpit at Holman United...

LAist Interview: Robin Sukhadia and Tablacentric

This month, from March 13th through April 12th, the folks at Machine Project are hosting Tablacentric -- an entire month devoted to the concept and feel of not the snare drum, not the piano, but yet another form of percussion -- the tabla -- a majestic drum originating in South Asia. For the entire month, 12 pairs of tabla will be setup in the gallery for all students and performers to touch and play....

Dems to Debate at Hollywood & Highland; Edwards Will be Missed

And then there were two. Tonight in Los Angeles, Democratic presidential contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will pontificate, bicker, wax poetic, and throw things at each other. The debate is sponsored by the LA Times, Politico.com, and CNN, and moderated by Wolf "Hack" Blitzer. The "show" begins at 5pm PST. Edwards will be strongly missed, as he suspended his campaign for presidency yesterday. Since he won't be present at the debate, here's the video...

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