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NEWS
June 3, 1990 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Bay Area artists who will present their works to Mikhail S. Gorbachev at Stanford University on Monday have wanted to meet the Soviet president for years, but neither dreamed they would get the opportunity only a few miles from home. "I wanted personally to shake Gorbachev's hand. . . . I figured I would have to go to Moscow in order to do it," said Sausalito painter George Sumner, whose oil work "The Peacemakers" will be given to the Soviet leader.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2000 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By the time Al Gore took the podium at the Democratic National Convention, actor Richard Dreyfuss had already met with the vice president. In fact, the star of "Mr. Holland's Opus" had scored even more impressive coups. There was his two-hour tete-a-tete with President Clinton and his lunch with key Middle East peace negotiators. He had traveled to Israel three times and met with then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres. No one is expecting Dreyfuss to help restore Middle East peace.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1995 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Three years after the Los Angeles riots and a year before a likely ballot initiative to repeal affirmative action laws, clergy and lay leaders from several faiths said Tuesday that they must step up political activism on socially divisive issues. Political success, they said, will require surmounting religious and cultural differences in order to present a united front. "Our diversity need not be our adversity, and it dare not be our perversity," said the Rev.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1994 | RUSS LOAR
The passage of Proposition 187 has sparked a rare burst of political activism at the usually sleepy Irvine Valley College campus. Student groups from colleges throughout Orange County are expected to take part in a Proposition 187 "teach-in" beginning at noon today on campus. Educators, students and Latino activists will gather at the student services courtyard on campus to learn about and discuss the law, which denies social services and public education to illegal immigrants.
WORLD
May 6, 2002 | From Associated Press
Vladimiro Roca, a well-known Cuban political prisoner, was freed early Sunday about two months short of completing his five-year sentence. Back home in Havana, Roca told reporters, "I will continue my political activism. I am not thinking about abandoning the struggle." Roca likened the government's long-term ideological campaign, aimed at engaging citizens in current affairs through rallies and political talk shows, to the "bread and circus" tactics of Roman rulers.
NEWS
August 11, 1991 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her father had been missing in Indochina for nearly 25 years, and suddenly there was a controversial photograph of him, along with two other American MIA soldiers, somewhere in the jungle. Shelby Robertson Quast was desperate for information, and when she spotted Defense Secretary Dick Cheney at a POW-MIA meeting here last month, she made a beeline for his table.
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Frederik W. de Klerk announced Saturday that 71-year-old Nelson R. Mandela, who personifies nearly a century of black struggle to end white minority rule, will walk free today after more than 27 years in prison, putting South Africa on a dramatic new course toward ending one of the bloodiest racial conflicts in history. "This will bring us to the end of a long chapter," De Klerk told a news conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1991 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every day in San Pedro, in a large stucco hall filled with memories of good times, scores of Croatian-Americans gather to share sad stories about the war in their homeland. In the bright auditorium and the dimly lit lounge of Croatian Hall, they talk about what has happened to their republic and to loved ones such as Ante Rogic. Rogic was a 17-year-old soldier in Yugoslavia when the war began in July, said his cousin, Susy Smith of San Pedro.
BOOKS
February 11, 1990 | SONJA BOLLE
The efforts to introduce anti-pornography legislation in recent years have taken the definition of pornography to new legal and political ground, argues Donald Alexander Downs in "The New Politics of Pornography." The terms in which pornography and obscenity are discussed have shifted from moral issues to social and political ones.
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