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August 29   |   Posted by


I am deeply troubled by what's happened in Ferguson. When you turn over a rock, all kinds of things can crawl out from underneath it. The spotlight on this small town in Missouri has brought many uncomfortable issues out into the light, and perhaps we can make good of it by using this opportunity to educate the larger public. For many of us, these are issues we already live with every day.

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Vote YES on Proposition 47

August 28   |   Posted by


This fall there will be several propositions on the ballot, as well as candidates. Let's start by covering Proposition 47, and why you should vote yes.

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Congratulations to George McKenna

August 15   |   Posted by


On Tuesday night, George McKenna won a hard fought election for the District 1 vacant seat on the Los Angeles Unified School Board. Once the election results are finalized (in the next couple days or weeks), he will be sworn in. The voters have spoken.  Democracy has been served. I congratulate him—he won fair and square and he earned it. Not appointed, elected!

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Increasing turnout in Los Angeles city elections

August 11   |   Posted by


The Pat Brown Institute at Cal State Los Angeles just released a detailed report of their findings about Los Angeles city elections. It's a good read.

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Lifting African Americans out of poverty

July 30   |   Posted by


Yesterday, Angela Glover Blackwell testified before Congress about how to increase economic opportunity for African Americans. She’s the founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a think tank focusing on advancing economic and social equality for low income people and people of color through public policy. I wanted to take a minute to share her thought-provoking ideas with you.

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