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Fifty years ago, Hispanics made up barely 15% of Santa Ana's population. Mostly farm workers and laborers, they were forced to attend "Mexican" schools, not allowed to eat in certain restaurants, and segregated into five barrios. Now, according to U.S. Census figures released Monday, they make up 65% of the population, giving Santa Ana by far the highest percentage of Hispanics of any major California city.
September 17, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
The San Francisco Giants' Sergio Romo is probably best known for throwing the final pitch that helped the Giants win the 2012 World Series. But the Giants' closer is also earning a reputation for his political activism. At the team's victory parade, Romo sported a blue T-shirt that read “I just look illegal ” -- a cheeky comment on how the debate over immigration reform is all too often reduced to ethnic stereotypes. Now, Romo is reported to be joining forces with the Three Twins Ice Cream company to develop Sergio Romo's Mexican Chocolate.
July 18, 1990 | KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, Bates is a Los Angeles writer who writes frequently about black issues. and
When the NAACP's conference ended here last week, civil rights leaders left behind a portrait of black men in crisis. Too many young black men, said the civil rights group, are underemployed, alternately feared and reviled, and living at risk. Now come the men of Sigma Pi Phi, a once-secret black fraternity that celebrates the professional and material success of black men.
June 27, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DAKAR, Senegal -- With 94-year-old Nelson Mandela possibly nearing death, President Obama on Thursday reflected on the role the civil rights icon had played in spurring him into political activism, saying he “gave me a sense of what is possible in the world.” As a 19-year-old at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Obama became involved in the anti-apartheid movement when Mandela, a revered leader in the fight against white-minority rule, was...
September 4, 1994 | Joe Morgenstern, Joe Morgenstern is a journalist and screenwriter who lives in Santa Monica. His last piece for this magazine was a profile of Matt Groening, cartoonist and creator of "The Simpsons."
One Saturday last spring, the same day that marked the kickoff of West Hollywood's annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration, a small group of conservative Republican activists got together for an alfresco fund-raising brunch in a Hollywood Hills home. The setting seemed like heaven--ripe oranges and lemons on curving branches, mockingbirds burbling arias beneath an azure sky--and the dozen or so guests seemed perfectly cast for their roles as Grand Old Party stalwarts.
March 18, 1989 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Political Writer
He hurries to his limo on Sunset Boulevard. Traffic slows, horns honk and admirers yell: "Hey, Jesse!" He shoots them a thumbs-up. He is driven across town to Burbank, hoists himself out of the car, and office workers materialize on the sidewalk to greet him. Up goes the thumb. This is the evidence in the Rev. Jesse Jackson's life that all is well. And to those who claim otherwise, he is ready figuratively with his thumb at his nose.
May 29, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Colombia's Administrative Security Department, which is comparable to the FBI, announced that it had arrested three Venezuelans, including a congressman and university rector, and was preparing to deport them for engaging in illegal political activity. Congressman Jose Luis Pirela, rector Victor Hugo Merino of Bolivarian University of Venezuela and Rafael Maria Baral, whose job was not disclosed, would be taken to the Venezuelan border by helicopter, the government said in a statement.
Asian-Americans need to do a better job of political organizing to ensure that the 1990s will be "a decade of political empowerment," authors of a heralded public policy report warned Tuesday in a round-table discussion on "The State of Asian Pacific America."
June 3, 1992 | BILL BOYARSKY
On the first night of the riots, Jin Moo Chung, armed with two shotguns and plenty of ammunition, watched from a second-floor room as looters picked their way through his South-Central Los Angeles swap meet. He had retreated there earlier in the evening after six people had tried to break in. "Get the hell out of here!" he had yelled. "If you come in, I'll shoot!" They left, but returned a half an hour later and opened fire on the building. Chung prepared for battle. The mob grew to 30 or 40.
June 29, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Reacting to the appearance of a timber regulator at an industry-sponsored fund-raiser for Gov. Pete Wilson, lawmakers moved Monday to put restrictions on the political activities of state Forestry Board members. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee approved legislation that would prohibit Forestry Board members from soliciting or accepting campaign contributions on behalf of the governor.
June 14, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Anaheim City Council showed its contempt for the principle of representative government again this week, defeating another proposal to let residents vote for council members on a district-by-district basis. The decision means that the voting power of the city's growing Latino population will remain diluted for now. But it's easy to envision a day when demographic change overtakes the city's political elite, and the shoe will be on the other foot. The council has previously stiff-armed efforts to change the city charter and end at-large voting, a practice that enables more politically active residents of the wealthier parts of the city - along with entrenched special interests - to dictate the council's membership.
May 16, 2013 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In spring 2010, agents in the Cincinnati office of the Internal Revenue Service, which handles applications for tax-exempt status, faced a surge of filings by new advocacy groups, with little guidance on how to treat them. Their decision to deal with the problem by singling out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny has now triggered a criminal inquiry, congressional investigations, the departure of two top IRS officials and the naming of a new acting commissioner Thursday.
October 23, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
Michael Wahl is aware that he has a choice - President Obama or Mitt Romney. "It's either this guy or that guy," the Cal Poly Pomona sophomore says. But he didn't know about the candidates lower on the ballot, or the measures that could shape California's future - until volunteers came to his ethnic studies class one evening with a video aimed at convincing Asian Americans to turn out on election day. Wahl, who is half-Chinese, is among the thousands of prospective voters targeted in what is probably the most aggressive push yet to unlock the Asian vote in Southern California.
September 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
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.
June 9, 2012 | Laura J. Nelson
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 | Bloomberg News
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.
The Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend two measures that would severely restrict the political activity of city commissioners, prohibiting them from being paid lobbyists and soliciting campaign contributions for city officials. Most city commissioners--who sit on panels overseeing everything from city harbors and airports to animal regulation--are appointed by the mayor.
October 26, 1993 | MIMI KO
People supporting political causes may soon face strict campaign restrictions on school campuses in the Brea-Olinda Unified School District. By a 6-1 vote, school board members last week tentatively adopted a policy that would allow the public to voice political opinions and hand out campaign brochures in campus parking lots--but not when school is in session. The board is expected to formally adopt the policy as soon as next week.
May 16, 2012 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Melanie Mason, Matea Gold and Joseph Tanfani
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.
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