CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2002 |
As an attorney, Roger Lowenstein defended some notorious characters, including a mobster, a group of political radicals accused of inciting riots, a Russian spy and, most notably, a widely despised New Jersey cop-killer. Last month, however, Lowenstein took on a new, rambunctious batch of clients: nearly 120 Los Angeles middle-school students. Under his charge, a charter school with a focus on social justice opened in Koreatown.
January 8, 2012 |
Power Concedes Nothing One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Kill Zones to the Courtroom Connie Rice Scribner: 368 pp., $26 Connie Rice is known in Los Angeles as a brilliant civil rights advocate and agitator, but people farther afield have often confused her with Condi, the former secretary of State. Connie narrowly escaped being Condoleezza, a family name; the two Rices are second cousins (and hold disparate political beliefs). Connie Rice dispenses with any confusion in the first pages of her memoir "Power Concedes Nothing" so she can get down to the business of telling her story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1996 |
What would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. do if he were alive today and living in Los Angeles? While we view King as something of a saint, in his day, the establishment considered King a dangerous troublemaker. While he began as a crusader against the nation's racial caste system, the struggle for civil rights radicalized him into a fighter for broader economic justice.
December 1, 1995 |
Pastor Gabriel Varga takes the pulpit on the Sunday morning before Thanksgiving in a Daytona Beach district called the Bottoms, the prettiest bad neighborhood you'd ever want to see. He is here this day as a visiting preacher to beg, plead and rally the congregation of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, so that together they might feed the city's poor and battle the city's mighty.
September 29, 1995 |
With emotions cresting inside and outside the courtroom, lawyers for O.J. Simpson made their final pitch to the jury Thursday, a multitiered closing argument that disparaged the prosecution's evidence, compared Detective Mark Fuhrman to Adolf Hitler and derided him and another police officer as the "twin devils of deception."
September 12, 1993 |
Ruben Blades' concert Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl with Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri is part of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's farewell--at least for now--to pop music. He hopes to record a long-awaited reunion album with Willie Colon. Then Blades--one of the most innovative and influential Latino musicians ever--will return to his native Panama, where he tops the opinion polls for next year's presidential election.
April 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK - New Yorker drama critic John Lahr set off a social media firestorm in December with a blog comment that called for a moratorium on those "infernal all-black productions of Tennessee Williams plays unless we can have their equal in folly: all-white productions of August Wilson. " The theater community, as viewed from my portal on Facebook, found the comparison not just inept but inflammatory. Emily Mann, who happens to be directing the multiracial Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker that opens later this month at the Broadhurst Theatre, however, refused to take the bait when we spoke during a rehearsal break in March.
September 7, 2011 |
The tent camp along one of Tel Aviv's trendiest streets that symbolized a large-scale social protest movement is coming down, leaving some to wonder if it was all just a summer fling. As more sections of the Rothschild Boulevard camp were dismantled Wednesday, protesters tried to keep spirits up, saying the tents may be folding but their efforts are not. The time has come, they said, to move to the next phase of their social justice movement. City officials have been pushing the process forward.
November 16, 2003 |
Liberalism is "living on borrowed time -- taking for granted the spiritual and cultural resources that liberals depend on but do nothing to replenish," writes historian David L. Chappell, revivifying an old argument in his stunning reinterpretation of the American civil rights movement as a profoundly illiberal undertaking.
March 17, 2010 |
Once upon a time, Americans did some very bad things. They enslaved Africans, displaced Indians, oppressed women and exploited laborers. Then the Great American Government came to the rescue. Spurred by protest movements for freedom and equality, the government instituted changes that brought the nation progressively closer to its founding promise. That's the theme of most American history textbooks. And it's also what offended the Texas Board of Education, which voted last week to approve a new set of social studies standards that emphasize America's timeless virtues.