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April 21, 2001 | Associated Press
Black churches' political activism is spotty and focused more on voter registration and getting people to the polls than on shaping public policy, says a scholar who has spent three years studying the churches. The Rev. R. Drew Smith of Morehouse College in Atlanta, a political scientist and Baptist minister, said two-thirds of the 1,893 pastors he interviewed said their churches ran voter registration drives and half said voters would be given rides to the polls on election day.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Resident Ora Easley, an active volunteer on the local Republican Party scene, was honored Monday as "Woman of the Year" for the 70th Assembly District by Assemblyman Gil Ferguson (R-Newport Beach). Easley has held officer posts in the Orange County Black Republican Council, the California Republican Assembly and the Orange County Federated Republican Women.
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August 14, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Lupe Moreno knows the immigrant struggle. She has lived all her life in Santa Ana, a gateway community for Mexican immigrants. Her father helped smuggle them into the country; her former husband sneaked in illegally. Now Moreno is part of the growing movement to stem the flow of illegal immigration. "I want people to know that there are Latinos who are law-abiding," she said. "We need to protect our borders."
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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.
NEWS
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.
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November 27, 1988 | ELIZABETH MEHREN AND VICTOR F. ZONANA, Times Staff Writers
The door swings open to a vestibule the size of some small apartments. Joseph, the butler, leads guests into a foyer whose inlaid marble floor might serve for ballroom dancing at minor diplomatic functions. A swirling staircase twists up to the second floor, where a Renoir pastel hangs over the fireplace. Downstairs, the kitchen is discreetly out of sight.
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August 13, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
They emerged from nowhere three years ago, 100 mothers with two things in common: a white scarf tied around their heads and a deep-seated concern for the health and safety of their East Los Angeles neighborhoods. Galvanized by Father John Moretta of Resurrection Church to battle construction of a proposed $100-million state prison in East Los Angeles, the group of Latinas helped stall the project and have gone on to tackle issues ranging from environmental pollution to overcrowded classrooms.
NEWS
May 5, 1990 | BOB SECTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe it was a catharsis or maybe just a fixation, but the wounds and weariness of Vietnam seemed fresh as ever Friday as thousands gathered here in driving rain for the dedication of a memorial to one of the war's most tragic but pivotal incidents. The theme was reconciliation at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the day Ohio National Guardsmen shot 13 Kent State University students during an anti-war demonstration, killing four of them.
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July 31, 1994 | JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She was sprayed with tear gas during a college Vietnam War protest, has met with Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat, and headed a 200-member political action committee of heavy hitters in the entertainment industry. So it's a tad odd to find teddy bears among the Ralph Lauren linens in Margery Tabankin's bedroom. "When people get to know me really well, they know I'm incredibly vulnerable and a complete marshmallow on the inside," Tabankin says, trailing off into a from-the-gut laugh.
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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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