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December 13, 1998
I was pleased to read Bettijane Levine's article about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet ("Our Life of Prayer," Nov. 22). Levine did a great job portraying this rare group of women, as did Wally Skalij's beautiful, impressionistic photo that accompanied the article. The article led me to reminisce about Sister Clare Dunn, a member of this religious order who served as a state legislator in Arizona in the 1970s. I had the honor of attending a class on social justice from Sister Clare at that time, and her influence has stayed with me through the years.
March 28, 2014 | By Jon Christensen
When people say that Los Angeles is hard to read, as they often do, they're usually not talking about books. They're talking about the city itself or rather the megalopolis, made up of dozens of cities. It is this sprawling, tangled, confusing, seemingly homogenous but in fact diverse, mixed-up urban and suburban landscape that people describe as illegible. Edward Soja, a geographer at UCLA, has spent much of his long career trying to read Los Angeles. Along the way, he developed innovative and sometimes controversial theories of urbanization and became a founder of a dynamic "L.A.
June 5, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Hillman Foundation has announced the winners of the 2005 Sidney Hillman Awards in New York, honoring print and broadcast journalists and authors who investigate issues related to social justice and progressive public policy. This year's award winners are Jason DeParle for his book "American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare"; Sarah Karp for the article "Our Next Generation" in the Chicago Reporter; Peter G.
March 1, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The Hollywood Domino pre-Oscar Gala & Tournament, staged in partnership with Swiss watchmaker Bovet 1822. It benefited Artists for Peace and Justice. Founded by Paul Haggis, a two-time Oscar-winner for writing and producing “Crash,” the charity supports peace, social justice and the alleviation of poverty in Haiti. The game: Hollywood Domino is a version of the children's game, enhanced by a generous helping of star power. Players at the Thursday event included Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and recording star Kevin Jonas.
The Jesuits, the largest and most influential order of Catholic priests, pledged Wednesday to strengthen their commitment to social justice, reaching out to women and other lay Catholics. A series of documents climaxing a three-month international congress outlined activist Jesuit missions in a gamut of social and educational areas, but was careful not to place the 23,000-member order at odds with Vatican dogma.
March 22, 1998
How does columnist Vicki Torres imagine the credit officer at a responsible lending institution would regard a credit applicant with little "education, assets and contacts"? ["Public-Private Partnerships: All Too Often, the Promises Go Unfulfilled," At Issue, Feb. 18.] Every time we see some minority champion bemoaning the lack of ample credit for starting businesses or for minority-neighborhood-members-in-need, we hear a damning of the Wells Fargos, Bank of Americas and Union Banks, who for some odd reason are not always eager to lend their stockholders' resources to markedly poor credit risks.
July 11, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. Paul Sawyer, a Unitarian Universalist minister and peace and social justice activist whose landmark, onion-shaped former sanctuary in the San Fernando Valley was the site of one of the Merry Pranksters' famous "Acid Test" gatherings in the 1960s, has died. He was 75. Sawyer, who most recently was minister of Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, died June 23 at his home in Pasadena after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Susan.
October 26, 2000
The USC Journalism School is establishing a program focusing on the news coverage of social justice issues. A $425,000 Ford Foundation grant will create the Institute for Justice and Journalism, said Loren Ghiglione, director of the Annenberg School of Journalism. Steve Montiel, former president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, will direct the new program.
May 9, 1988 | United Press International
Pope John Paul II ended his 45-hour visit to Uruguay today after meeting President Julio Maria Sanguinettia, an agnostic, and later celebrating a Mass in which he called for greater social justice and improved distribution of wealth. The Pope told an outdoor Mass for 70,000 people in the northern city of Salto that the Catholic Church was ready for a "new evangelization" that would represent "a maturity of your faith."
Lee Podolak, a forceful community advocate who put homeless people on Orange County's agenda, will be remembered at a memorial service today by colleagues and peers who called her "irreplaceable." Podolak, 67, died Friday after a battle with cancer. The longtime resident of Orange spent nearly half her life working as a volunteer in various community organizations where she did everything from licking envelopes to pestering legislators.
January 27, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
All anybody wanted to talk to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow about backstage after the Grammys on Sunday night was if the academy was taking a political stance by marrying (mostly) gay couples during the telecast. No, he said. "We're not taking a stand on a political issue," he said. "We're taking a stand on a humanitarian issue.... This is about people who love each other and want to be together. " When it was pointed out that social justice seemed to be an overwhelming theme during this year's ceremony, Portnow said the Grammys simply reflect the artistic environment that they grow out of each year.
September 20, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
David C. Bohnett, an Internet technology entrepreneur and busy philanthropist, serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and his own eponymous foundation. The L.A. Phil board chairman for the last five years discussed his involvement with the orchestra since Walt Disney Concert Hall's opening a decade ago. How long have you served on the L.A. Phil board and why did you choose to work with them?
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The death of Sister Sheila Walsh, believed to have been the first Roman Catholic nun in the nation to be a full-time registered lobbyist, reminded me of how many other activist nuns have contributed so forcefully and significantly to the causes of the poor (or, as Sister Sheila preferred, the less stigmatized “people living in poverty”), the homeless, the victims of warfare. Nuns dedicate their lives to service in the name of God, and that service can be -- and should be allowed to be -- more than pastoral.
August 9, 2013 | By James Rainey
The charismatic young social activist renowned for the breakout "Kony 2012" video on enslaved African children, and for a painfully public personal meltdown, returned to a public stage this week at UCLA, urging 1,500 acolytes to make their lives "bigger than your best dream. " Jason Russell, co-founder of the nonprofit Invisible Children, went to a psychiatric hospital after he was arrested for traipsing, naked, down a San Diego street. He said Thursday he felt guilt and embarrassment for distracting attention from the video - said to be the most viral in history - after it got more than 100 million views in just six days.
July 17, 2013 | By Chris Lee
The Weinstein Co. is no stranger to take-no-prisoners movie marketing campaigns. The independent studio's promotional efforts are legendary in Hollywood, where it has pulled out all the stops to land Oscar wins for such films as “The Artist” and “The King's Speech,” racking up big box-office for any number of little films in the process. So when it came to marketing the drama “Fruitvale Station,” the Weinstein Co. did what it does best: Ride the zeitgeist. At a moment of national reckoning, when emotional demonstrations are being staged across the country externalizing the debate about race and equality in 21 st century America, the studio is employing a marketing campaign predicated on generating a dialogue about social injustice to give the film a promo push.
October 19, 2012
Re "Poor go unheard in race," Column, Oct. 17 It took Steve Lopez to notice that for our presidential candidates and other politicians, poor people no longer exist. I remember when a war on poverty was a legitimate cause for people aspiring to be our leaders and for citizens hoping to see America make progress toward our ideals. Now, as Lopez states, a mere mention of social or economic progress for 46 million poor people is equated to socialism by the Republicans and feared by the Democrats.
November 26, 2002 | Peter Hong, Times Staff Writer
John Rawls, a political philosopher who shaped late 20th century notions of social justice with ideas that guided debates over topics from affirmative action and welfare to physician-assisted suicide, has died. He was 81. A Harvard University professor, Rawls died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Lexington, Mass., according to a statement from the university. Rawls had suffered a series of strokes, beginning in 1995, but continued to publish until last year.
October 8, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Eighty years ago today, civic leaders gathered outdoors on the second floor of an Olvera Street social club to dedicate a remarkable painting. "América Tropical," by visiting Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, was being unveiled on an outside wall of Italian Hall. Dean Cornwell, a prominent local illustrator who had just finished a sugary mural cycle about California history for the rotunda of the Central Library, said a few congratulatory words. Arthur Millier, The Times' art critic, would soon praise the politically trenchant painting for being "stern, strong, tragic.
June 28, 2012
Re "New wave, new target?," Opinion, June 25 Despite Gregory Rodriguez's excellent points concerning the connection between high socioeconomic status and bigotry, I take issue with his retelling of one writer's simplistic assertion that Jewish philanthropy is motivated "by a desire to defuse envy over the income disparity between the Jewish and Gentile populations. " Generosity is a built-in Jewish value. Every Jewish kid learns of tzedakah - that charity is an obligation.
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