September 24, 2012 |
Veteran activist supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash will team with muckraking musician Tom Morello for an Oct. 3 concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to raise awareness and money to defeat Proposition 32, a campaign-finance measure on the November ballot. Morello will open for CSN in an evening that will also feature actor Edward James Olmos in rallying opposition to the measure that is opposed by the League of Women Voters, the California Alliance for Retired Americans and a consortium of teachers, firefighters, nurses and other members of organized labor.
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June 17, 2012 |
For Angelica Salas, it was a long time coming. The Obama administration's announcement that it would stop deporting illegal immigrants who were brought here as children was the culmination of more than a decade of persistent political organizing by Salas and her fellow immigrant rights advocates. But Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, barely had time to celebrate what many activists consider their most significant victory since amnesty was offered to nearly 3 million illegal immigrants in 1986.
June 9, 2012 |
For decades, the Boy Scouts of America has weathered anger, petitions and lawsuits over a long-standing policy that bans gay Scouts and troop leaders. But the dissent that erupted this week is different. It's coming from a group that's exclusively its own. A group of Eagle Scouts has banded together to form Scouts for Equality, a group aimed at challenging the century-old policy. Its formation comes on the heels of an announcement from Boy Scout top brass: They will examine a recent resolution that would reverse the policy.
May 17, 2012 |
A New York federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that opponents contend could subject them to indefinite military detention for political activism, news reporting or other 1st Amendment activities. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled Wednesday in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and the Defense Department. Obama signed the bill into law Dec. 31. The complaint was filed Jan. 13 by a group including former New York Times reporter Christopher Hedges.
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May 16, 2012 |
The allegation was serious: Someone might be playing politics with Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's personnel file from his days as a county prosecutor. Trutanich, who is campaigning to become the next district attorney, complained to state authorities last week that his file was missing and asked for an investigation into "suspicious political activity" in the district attorney's office. In his letter to the attorney general's office, Trutanich noted that Los Angeles County Dist.
May 13, 2012 |
Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - In 1988, well-heeled gay activists went to Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign with an offer to raise $1 million for his election effort. The campaign said no, according to the activists. "They turned us down flat because it was gay money," said longtime gay rights advocate David Mixner. Less than a quarter-century later, the gay and lesbian community ranks as one of the most important parts of President Obama's campaign-finance operation.